Today’s Pokémon news: a statement from the developers of Pokémon GO, but also…
- Pokémon Shuffle
- Pokémon Sun and Moon
- Pokémon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire
- Pokémon Stickers on LINE
- Pokémon distribution
Last week, Pokémon GO received a major updates, which made some significant changes to the game. Some of the changes really were not popular, and today, Niantic finally shared a statement about them.
Here’s what they had to say:
As many of you know, we recently made some changes to Pokémon GO.
– We have removed the ‘3-step’ display in order to improve upon the underlying design. The original feature, although enjoyed by many, was also confusing and did not meet our underlying product goals. We will keep you posted as we strive to improve this feature.
– We have limited access by third-party services which were interfering with our ability to maintain quality of service for our users and to bring Pokémon GO to users around the world. The large number of users has made the roll-out of Pokémon GO around the world an… interesting… challenge. And we aren’t done yet! Yes, Brazil, we want to bring the game to you (and many other countries where it is not yet available).
We have read your posts and emails and we hear the frustration from folks in places where we haven’t launched yet, and from those of you who miss these features. We want you to know that we have been working crazy hours to keep the game running as we continue to launch globally. If you haven’t heard us Tweeting much it’s because we’ve been heads down working on the game. But we’ll do our best going forward to keep you posted on what’s going on.
Be safe, be nice to your fellow trainers, and keep on exploring.
The Pokémon GO team
Today, some new content for Pokémon went live:
- a special stage featuring Entei is available until August 9th. You may get an Entei Skill Booster or a Raise Max Level by playing it;
- the Daily Pokémon stage (with Girafarig, Kecleon, Shuckle, Relicanth, and Spiritomb) is back until August 16th;
- the special stage featuring Ash-Greninja is also back until August 16th. You may get Ash-Greninja Skill Boosters by playing it;
- the special stage featuring Reshiram is also back until August 16th. You may get Reshiram Skill Boosters by playing it.
Also, a new challenge went live, featuring Mega Steelix. As usual, the reward you get depends on your overall rank at the end:
- Top 1,200 players in Europe, Top 1,800 players in North America, Top 5,000 players in Japan = Steelixite + Mega Speedup + Raise Max Level
- Top 3,800 players in Europe, Top 5,600 players in North America, Top 15,000 players in Japan = Steelixite + Mega Speedup
- Top 15,000 players in Europe, Top 22,000 players in North America, Top 60,000 players in Japan = Steelixite + Disruption delay
- Top 20,000 players in Europe, Top 30,000 players in North America, Top 80,000 players in Japan = Attack Power + Disruption Delay
- Not Ranked = Attack Power
Pokémon Sun and Moon
Here’s two additional screenshots for Pokémon Sun and Moon:
Pokémon Sun and Moon (3DS) comes out on November 18th in Japan and North America, and November 23rd in Europe.
Pokémon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire
Before the launch of Pokémon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire, in 2014, Nintendo released a special demo for the game. That demo is now available for download on the Nintendo eShop in Japan (if you have a Japanese Nintendo Account, you can check out this page to download it!), but only until September 30th. To download the demo, you will need at least 1 923 blocks / 240MB of free space on your SD Card.
Pokémon Stickers on Line
If you want more Pokémon stickers to use on LINE, you’re in luck: it turns out that The Pokémon Company has released a new set of 40 stickers today, called “Pokémon Thank You”.
Here’s pictures of the stickers, courtesy of Serebii:
You can get them from the Sticker Shop on the More tab in the LINE app.
Did you participate in the Sinnoh Classic battle competition? If yes, you can now get your special Garchomp (based on Cynthia’s Garchomp) until September 29th, via the Pokémon Global Link.