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Sun Moon Mega Stones

A new event that will net you four more Mega Stones in Pokemon Sun and Moon has just been announced. The four stones are Mawilite (Mega Mawile), Beedrillite (Mega Beedrill), Audinite (Mega Audino), and Medichamite (Mega Medicham).

To get the these four stones, you'll need to go to the main menu (Sun & Moon only) select "Mystery Gift", "Receive Gift", and "Get with Code/Password". The Password for this event is INTIMIDATE. Once you've done this, you can pick up the four stones from the delivery person at any Pokémon Center. Enjoy your new stones, because this is currently the only way to get these stones in Sun and Moon versions!

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Water Festival and Shiny Magikarp Come to Pokemon GO

Still playing Pokémon GO? If so, you'll be happy to hear that a Water Festival event is taking place from now until March 29. The event, in correspondence with World Water Day, will give players an opportunity to catch a number of water Pokemon that might be otherwise hard to find. Water Pokemon will spawn much more frequently, but they will still be limited to areas where water Pokemon typically spawn.

Specific Pokemon that this event features include the starter Pokemon Squirtle and Totodile and their evolutions. Lapras is also getting special treatment as well as Magikarp and Gyarados. Although Magikarp might not sound very exciting at first, there will also be the potential to catch a Shiny Magikarp, the first official shiny in Pokemon GO.

Are you still playing Pokemon GO, or do you think it was just a trend? Are these kind of themed events enough to make you pull your smartphone out? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned for more Pokemon coverage!

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Get a Pair of Mega Stones for Mewtwo in Pokemon Sun and Moon

Mega Mewtwo Stone Even

The Pokemon Company has announced a new event for Pokemon Sun and Moon Versions. You'll now be able to obtain the mega stones Mewtwonite X and Mewtwonite Y in the latest iterations of Pokemon. Because items cannot be transferred through Pokemon bank, this was not previously possible. These stones will allow you to evolve Mewtwo (who must be transferred from previous games) into Mega Mewtwo X or Mega Mewtwo Y. Instructions for obtaining the stones are below.

Here is the code: M2DESCENT

Here's how to use it:

  1. Select "Myster Gift" from the main menu
  2. Select "Receive Gift"
  3. Select "Get with Code/Password"
  4. Enter the code M2DESCENT
  5. Speak to the delivery man in any Pokemon Center

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Pokemon Bank Adds Support for Sun and Moon Versions

Pokemon Bank

The long awaited support for Pokemon Sun & Moon versions on Pokemon Bank is finally here. Starting today, you'll be able to transfer Pokémon from Pokemon Bank directly into Pokemon Sun and Moon. This means that any Pokemon caught since Ruby and Sapphire are now able to be transferred to seventh generation games, albeit a complicated process. You can even transfer from generation one games, but only the digital versions on the eShop. In addition, a special Z-Crystal Mewnium Z is available for a limited time to Pokemon Bank subscribers.

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Get a Magearna in Sun and Moon with this QR Code

Magearna Event 2016

The new mythical Pokemon Magearna is now available as a free distribution to anyone who has completed either Pokemon Sun or Moon version. The Pokemon will be level 50 and will be holding a Battle Cap. It will know the moves Flash Cannon, Lucky Chant, Helping Hand, and Fleur Cannon. After becoming the Pokemon League Champion, simply scan the QR code to get the Magearna. This is a permanent distribution. Check out the detailed instructions and QR code below.

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Get a Level 100 Meloetta via Nintendo Network Until December 24

Meloetta Event 2016

December's Mythical Pokemon distribution event to celebrate Pokemon's 20th Annivesary is live in North America and Europe. This event Pokemon is the Unova Legendary Meloetta. It is a Normal/Pyschic type Pokemon. It is a level 100 Meloetta that has the ability Serene Grace and knows the moves Quick Attack, Confusion, and Round. This Level 100 Meloetta is not easily obtainable, so make sure to get it before the distribution ends on December 24.

To receive the Meloetta, select the "Mystery Gift" option in Pokemon X and Y, or Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire versions. Proceed to choose the "Get via Internet" option. Head into the game and speak to the lady that's waiting in any Pokémart to claim your Meloetta. Since this is a Nintendo Network event, you can even get a seperate Meloetta for every version of X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire you have!

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New Pokemon Sun and Moon Walkthrough Online

Pokemon Sun Moon

Pokemon Sun and Moon released a week ago to much success. We have played through the games and our Pokemon Sun and Moon Walkthrough has gone live! It takes the player through the main objectives in the game and we have guides for most of the rest as well. So be sure to check us out if you need help with things such as the Zygarde Cells or Z-Crystals! Or maybe our Legendary Pokemon guide is what you need?

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Get a Level 100 Genesect via GameStop Until November 24

Genesect Event 2016

Note: this article previously stated that Gensect was to be distributed through Nintendo Network, which is not correct. This is a GameStop distribution.

This month's free Legendary Pokemon couresty of Pokemon's 20th Anniversary is Generation 5's Genesect. Genesect will be level 100 and is distributed via code through Gamestop in the United States. Genesect has the ability Download and the moveset Techno Blast, Magnet Bomb, Solar Beam, and Signal Beam. This Level 100 Genesect is hard to come by and is only available until the 24th of November, so make sure to get yours before then.

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Fantastic Sun and Moon Trailer Shows Off Final Evolutions of Starters

Pokemon Sun Moon Final Evolutions

Another week, another Sun & Moon trailer. This time, the final starter evolutions that were previously leaked on multiple occasions have been officially revealed. Decidueye is a Grass/Ghost type, Incineroar is a Fire/Dark type, and Primarina is a Water/Fairy type. Three other guardians of Alolan islands to accompany Tapu Koko were shown: Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, and Tapu Fini. Other new Pokemon include the Psychic type Cosmog and the absolutely hideous Dark type Alolan Persian. Fan favorite NPCs and former Pokemon champions will be returning to the game as well including Wally, Cynthia, and Red and Blue! The full trailer and Pokemon details can be seen after the fold.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon Demo Footage and First Impressions

The free demo for Pokemon Sun & Moon is now available and ready to be downloaded from the 3DS eShop. The demo will give you a brief introduction of the Alolan region and allows you to explore a number of new features. The download is pretty hefty at 3058 blocks, but most SD cards should be able to handle it. We've played through the demo and recorded a walkthrough of it that you can catch after the break. Also included are some first impressions of the game from the demo from myself and fellow staff member Jonathan. Check them out below and enjoy the demo!

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A New Batch of Pokemon, Alolan Forms, and Trainers Shown for Sun and Moon

Pokemon Sun Moon Pokemon

Another week, another fresh batch of Generation VII Pokemon for Pokemon Sun & Moon. As always, turn away now if you want to avoid spoilers. This week, a number of new evolutions were revealed alongside Alolan Grimer and Alolan Muk. Among these include Silvally, the evolution of Type: Null. Silvally's type will change based on it's hold item and it's exclusive move, Multi Attack, will change typing alongside it. Jangmo-o also got a set of evolutions in Hakomo-o and Kommo-o. In addition to the new Pokemon, the trainers Olivia and Ilima were shown. You can check out the entire trailer and details on all the new Pokemon revealed after the break. Check out our New Pokemon page for details on all of the new Pokemon coming to Sun and Moon.

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Volcanion Distribution through GameStop Now Available

Volcanion Event

2016 is really turning out to be the year of Pokemon events. With this event, trainers all over the globe will have the opportunity to obtain the mythical Generation 6 Pokemon Volcanion. Volcanion is a Fire/Water type (the only Pokemon with this typing) and will have the ability Water Absorb. This Volcanion will have the moveset Steam Eruption, Flamethrower, Hydro Pump, and Explosion. In North America, Volcanion will be distributed through GameStop via code redemption from now until October 31. Simply visit a local Gamestop and ask for a Volcanion code, no purchase should be necessary. To get a Pokemon via code in Pokemon X & Y or Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, visit the Mystery Gift option on the homescreen and select Receive Gift and then Get With Code. Below are details for regions other than North America.

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Starter Evolutions and Demo Shown Off for Sun and Moon

Sun Moon Starter Evolutions

As per the usual Tuesday pattern, new information was revealed for Pokemon Sun & Moon. This time, details about the evolutions (Stage 1) of starter Pokemon were revealed. Rowlet evolves into Dartrix, Litten evolves into Torracat, and Popplio evolves into Brionne. These evolutions all share the same type as the starters: Grass/Flying, Fire, and Water respectively. It was also announced that a Sun & Moon Demo will be coming to the 3DS eShop on October 18. This demo will feature a new form of a Gen VI Pokemon, Ash Greninja. You'll be able to use the Pokemon throughout the demo and then transfer it to your copy of Sun & Moon upon release. Check out the trailer for full details after the fold.

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North America Gets Another Hoopa Distribution

Hoopa Event 2016

Last year, the mythical Pokemon Hoopa was distributed in McDonald's restaurants across North America. Now, North American trainers will get a second chance at obtaining the event-only legendary. This time, the distribution is through a code on Nintendo network. The serial code to receive your Hoopa is 2016HOOPA. The Hoopa will be level 50 and will have the ability Magician. It will also know the moves Hyperspace Hole, Psychic, Astonish, and Nasty Plot and will be holding a Smoke Ball. There is no known time that this code expires (so we recommend acting quickly) and is currently only available in North America.

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Get a Level 100 Keldeo via Nintendo Network Until October 24

Keldeo Event 2016

October's Mythical Pokemon distribution to celebrate Pokemon's 20th Annivesary is live in North America and Europe. This event Pokemon is the Unova Legendary Keldeo. The Pokemon is a Water/Fighting type. It is a level 100 Keldeo that comes fully equipped with the ability Justified and knows the moves Aqua Jet, Leer, Double Kick, and Bubble Beam. This Level 100 Keldeo is not easily obtainable, so make sure to get it before the distribution ends on October 24.

To receive the Keldeo, select the "Mystery Gift" option in Pokemon X and Y, or Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire versions. Proceed to choose the "Get via Internet" option. Head into the game and speak to the lady that's waiting in any Pokémart to claim your Keldeo. Since this is a Nintendo Network event, you can even get a seperate Keldeo for every version of X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire you have!

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Version Exclusive Pokemon and New Z-Moves Revealed for Sun and Moon

Sun Moon Version Exclusives

A new trailer for Pokemon Sun & Moon has once again been released, giving us quite a bit of new information about the upcoming pair of games. This trailer revealed two version exclusive Pokemon that might help determine which version of the game you plan on getting. Two monkey Pokemon were revealed, Passimian is exclusive to Sun version and Oranguru is exclusive to Moon version. The previously revealed Rockruff is getting an evolution with two different forms, one exclusive to each version. Lycanroc is the evolution and it will be in Midday Form in Pokemon Sun and Midnight Form in Pokemon Moon. Here are the details on each new Pocket Monster:

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Sun and Moon Trailer Reveals Type Null, Jangmo-o, and Ultra Beasts

Pokemon Sun Moon

As promised, The Pokémon Company released a new trailer for Pokemon Sun & Moon today. Two new seventh generation Pokemon, Type: Null and Jangmo-o, were revealed alongside Alolan versions of the Generation 1 Pokemon Rattata and Raticate. Also introduced in the trailer was the Aether Foundation, a corporation that owns the private island Aether Paradise that you'll be able to travel to.

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Get a Level 100 Victini via Nintendo Network Until September 24

Victini Event 2016

This month's mythical Pokemon distribution is now live in North America and Europe. The Unova legendary Victini makes its distribution debut in September. The event Victini will have the ability Victory Star and the moveset Incinerate, Quick Attack, Endure, and Confusion. It will also be level 100, so no training is necessary to start using your Victini to beat your friends. This is a Nintendo Network distribution, so check out the details on how to get it in your game below.

To receive the Victini, select the "Mystery Gift" option in Pokemon X and Y or Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire versions. Proceed to choose the "Get via Internet" option. Head into the game and speak to the lady that's waiting in any Pokémart to claim your Victini. Since this is a Nintendo Network event, you can even get a seperate Manaphy for every version of X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire you have!

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New Sun and Moon Trailer Released Including Alolan Rattata Details

Sun Moon Logo

During the special 3DS focused Nintendo Direct earlier today, a new trailer for Pokemon Sun and Moon was released. The trailer shows off a the new Alolan Rattata and gives some back story abou the evolution of the form. More information on Z-Moves was also revealed. Z-Stones serve are similar to Mega Stones and give Pokemon the ability to perform Z-Moves. As a special bonus for early purchasers of Sun and Moon a Munchlax with the item Snorlium Z will be distributed and will allow the eventual Snorlax to learn the unique move Pulverizing Pancake.

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Turtonator, Palossand, Stufful, and More Revealed for Sun and Moon

Pokemon Sun Moon Logo

As the release of Pokemon Sun and Moon quickly approaches, the rate at which new Pokemon are revealed is increasing. Five new Pokemon have been announced in the past two days, and a couple of them are pretty rad. Turtonator is a Fire/Dragon type Pokemon that is inspired by a turtle but features a lot of fire and a really cool body structure. Then you've got Sandygast and Palossand, which are Ghost/Ground type sand castle Pokemon. The cute basic Pokemon that evolves into Bewear is called Stufful and the boxing crab Pokemon (Kingler, anyone?) Crabrawler rounds out the new Pocket Monsters. You can hit the jump to see the reveal trailer and the offical artwork for the new Pokemon.

Pokemon Sun Moon Turtonator
Turtonator - FireDragon

Pokemon Sun Moon Sandygast
Sandygast - GhostGround

Pokemon Sun Moon Palossand
Palossand - GhostGround

Pokemon Sun Moon Stufful
Sandygast - NormalFighting

Pokemon Sun Moon Crabrawler
Sandygast - Fighting

If you want to check out the rest of the Pokemon that have been revealed so far in Pokemon Sun and Moon, feel free to check out our Sun & Moon New Pokemon Guide. It also features additional information about the new Pokemon including abilities, new moves, and a short description. Pokemon Sun and Moon releases exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS on November 18, 2016.

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Newest Sun and Moon Trailer Shows Off Team Skull and New Pokemon

Sun Moon Logo

The newest English trailer for Pokemon Sun and Moon was released earlier this week and gave details on some new Pokemon and forms in the 7th generation. New Water-type Wishiwashi, Water-type Pyukumuku, and Grass/Fairy-type Morelull were revealed as the newest Pokemon in the Alola region. First generation Pokemon Meowth, Marowak, and Raichu are all getting Alolan forms that include a change in appearance, ability, and type. Team Skull, the newest antagonist group was also detailed. Skull thugs will sport a black bandana and will follow the lead of Admins Plumeria and Guzma. Pokemon Sun and Moon will launch on Nintendo 3DS on November 18. Check out the latest trailer below.

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Get a Level 100 Arceus from Gamestop Until August 24

Arceus Event 2016

This month's mythical Pokemon distribution is now live. August's legendary is the fourth generation Arceus and will be distributed by code at Gamestop stores. The Arceus is level 100 and will ahve the ability Multitype. It's moveset will be Judgement, Recover, Hyper Beam, and Perish Song. The codes can be redeemed in Pokemon X and Y or Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire versions. Make sure to nab this Arceus while you have the chance, because it's a very difficult Pokemon to come by.

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Alolan Forms, Z-Moves, and New Pokemon Announced for Sun and Moon

Sun Moon

Even though Pokemon GO has been all the hype as of the past few weeks, The Pokemon Company is still hard at work pumping out new information for Pokemon Sun and Moon. A new trailer was released a few days ago that details a number of new Pokemon as well as some interesting new features unique to Sun and Moon. New Alolan Form Pokemon are unique alternate forms of earlier Pokemon that are native to Alola. Z-Moves are ultra-powerful moves that are unique to a Pokemon's type and can only be used once per battle.

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Pokemon GO Holding Out on International Release After Server Issues

Pokemon GO

Pokemon GO took mobile devices by storm when it began launching by region a few days ago. As of right now, the Smartphone application is available for download on the iOS and Android marketplaces in the US, Japan, and Australia. Servers for the game have been unstable due to an unexpected popularity surge at lanuch, causing many performance and availability issues for the many who have already given the app a try. Developer Niantic has decided to further delay the release in Europe and the rest of the world while these server kinks get worked out in order to offer a smoother expirience worldwide. Stay tuned for more Pokemon GO updates.

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Toxic Lizard Pokemon Salandit is the Newest Edition to the Alola Region

Sun Moon Salandit

Earlier this weekat the Japan Expo in Paris a new seventh generation Pokemon, Salandit was revealed. New to Pokemon Sun and Moon, this "Toxic Lizard Pokemon" is a Poison/Fire type. Salandit will have the new ability Corrosion and comes in at a height of 2'00" and a weight of 10.6 lbs. Salandit has a cool, dark design and it's name derives from "salamander" and "bandit". Check out the official description of the newest Pocket Monster after the break and visit our New Pokemon page for the rest of Alola's Pokemon.

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Several New Pokemon Revealed in Latest Sun and Moon Trailer

Pokemon Sun Moon Logo

The Pokémon Company recently released a new trailer for Pokemon Sun and Moon that reveals a number of new 7th generation Pokemon. The trailer details several new Pokemon along with the new forms of Zygarde. The Pokemon seem to be overwhelmingly Electric, Fairy, Bug, and Steel type. There are a number of cool new designs and a few that are less than visually appealing (see: Bruxish). You can check out details on all the new Pokemon here. Check out the full trailer and official art for each of the new Pokemon below.

Pokemon Sun Moon Charjabug
Charjabug - Bug/Electric

Pokemon Sun Moon Vikavolt
Vikavolt - Bug/Electric

Pokemon Sun Moon Komala
Komala - Normal

Pokemon Sun Moon Rockruff
Rockruff - Rock

Pokemon Sun Moon Bruxish
Bruxish - Water/Pyschic

Pokemon Sun Moon Cutiefly
Cutiefly - Bug/Fairy

Pokemon Sun Moon Drampa
Drampa - Normal/Dragon

Pokemon Sun Moon Tapu Koko
Tapu Koko - Electric/Fairy

Pokemon Sun Moon Togedemaru
Togedemaru - Electric/Steel

Pokemon Sun Moon Magearna
Magearna - Steel/Fairy

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Get a Level 100 Shaymin via Nintendo Network until July 24

Shaymin Event 2016

July's monthly mythical Pokemon promotion will land you the Generation 4 Legendary Shaymin. This month's event is one of eleven hard-to-obatain Legendary Pokemon that will be available each month until the end of 2016 to celebrate Pokemon's 20th Anniversary. Shaymin will be level 100 and is equipped with the ability Natural Cure and the moves Seed Flare, Armotharepy, Substitute, and Energy Ball. This Level 100 Shaymin won't be available for very long, so make sure to get it via Nintendo Network using the instructions below.

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Three New Pokemon and More Details Revealed at E3 for Pokemon Sun and Moon

Solgaleo Lunala Phase Change

During Nintendo's Treehouse Live Presentation earlier this morning, our first look at gameplay footage from Pokemon Sun and Moon was shown. Included was evidence of an improved battle interface, three new Pokémon, more details on the region and characters, and a new four player battle mode called Battle Royal. After the presentation, the above image and a paragraph briefing two new forms of Legendaries Solgaleo and Lunala was released on the Pokemon website. These new forms apparently play a large role in the story. Solgaleo will get the Radiant Sun phase while Lunala will get the Full Moon phase.

Sun Moon Pikipek

Sun Moon Yungoos

Sun Moon Grubbin

The three new Pokemon are Pikipek, Yungoos, and Grubbin. Pikipek is the "Woodpecker Pokemon", a Normal/Flying type that has the abilities Keen Eye or Skill Link. Yungoos the "Loitering Pokemon" is a Normal type with the abilities Stakeout or Strong Jaw. Grubbin is a Bug type "Larva Pokemon" equipped with the ability Swarm. All three of these new Pokemon can be encountered on the first Route in the Alola region.

Sun Moon Battle Royal Screenshot

Sun Moon Battle Royal Screenshot

A new battle mode, Battle Royal was also showcased. It features four-player matches that allow players to bring up to three Pokemon to a free-for-all battle. Players can choose to attack any of the three opponents and can receive attacks from any opponents. The winner of the Battle Royal is determiend by the number of KOs dealt by each trainer. It appears that trainers wer also wearing special clothing for these battles, but no further details were given on this observation.

Changes to the battle UI are made in Sun and Moon that include a full display of all the stat changes that have occured to any Pokemon during the battle. Text will also appear next to a move notifying a trainer of how effective a move will be. Trainers will be visible during the 3D battle sequences and a more accurate and realistic porportion is given to both trainers and Pokemon. Stay tuned for more details that are sure to come throughout E3 and before the games release on November 18.

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PSA: Mew Download Codes Being Distributed in this Months Pokemon TC Newsletter

Mew Email Codes

Just in case you did not realize it, Mew download codes are being distributed to people in this months Pokemon Trainer Club Newsletter. Did you miss your chance back in February? Well, now might be your lucky day! Go check your emails if you are registered for the newsletter and secure your Mew. Be sure to do so before the codes expire August 31, 2016 though, or you'll miss out once again!

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New Zygarde Forms and Two New Pokemon Revealed

Sun Moon

The Official Pokemon Channel released a trailer earlier today that showcased two new forms of Zygarde for Pokemon Sun and Moon. Zygarde 10% Forme and Zygarde Complete Forme, both of which were previously exclusive to the Anime, will be featured as transformations of Zygarde in Sun and Moon. New attacks Thousand Arrows, Thousand Waves, and Core Enhancer are showcased in the trailer as well. It appears that a linear transformation from 10% form to complete form will occur, but details about this mechanic have not been revealed.

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Solgaleo and Lunala Revealed as Legendary Pokemon in Sun and Moon

Sun Moon Legendaries

Legendary Pokémon from the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Moon Solgaleo and Lunala were revealed in a trailer earlier today. Solgaleo, native to Pokemon Sun, is a Psychic/Steel type Pokemon with the ability Full Metal Body that prevents Solgaleo's stats from being lowered. Pokemon Moon's native legendary, Lunala, is a Psychic/Ghost type Pokemon. It's ability Shadow Shield reduces damage taken when the Pokemon is at full HP.

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Get a Level 100 Manaphy via Nintendo Network Until June 24

Manaphy Event 2016

The next Mythical Pokemon distribution to celebrate Pokemon's 20th Annivesary in 2016 is now live in North America and Europe. June's event Pokemon is the Sinoh Legendary Manaphy. The Manaphy is Level 100 and comes fully equipped with the ability Hydration and the moves Tail Glow, Bubble, and Water Sport. This Level 100 Manaphy is rare to come by, so make sure to get it before June 24.

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New Pokemon Sun and Moon Trailer Shows off Starter Pokemon, Games Launching Nov 18

Pokemon Sun and Moon Starters

As seen in the image above, the starters for Pokemon Sun and Moon have been announced in a recent trailer. Rowlet is a Grass/Flying type, Litten is a Fire type, and Popplio is a Water type. They are from the Alola region, which is featured in the new games. Pokemon Sun and Moon launch on November 18, 2016. Be sure to check out the latest trailer below for more information...

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Get a Level 100 Darkrai via GameStop Until May 24

Darkrai Promotion 2016

The next promotional giveaway event has begun. You can now get a free lvl 100 Darkrai in Pokemon ORAS and Pokemon XY. In order to recieve the Pokemon, go to your nearest GameStop (North America Only) and request a download code from the clerk. Enter the download code in your game and go pick up your gift from any Delivery Girl in a Pokemon Center. Darkrai includes the moves Dark Void, Ominous Wind, Nightmare, and Feint Attack. The Pokemon's type is Dark and the ability is Bad Dreams.

This promotion runs from May 1, 2016 until May 24, 2016. Be sure to check back next month for the next giveaway for Pokemon's Anniversary!

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Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres Coming in Next Months Pokemon Trainer Club Newsletter

Legendary Birds Promotion 2016

Even more legendary Pokemon make their way to Pokemon ORAS and Pokemon XY in next months Pokemon Trainer Club newsletter. They will be giving out Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres codes to people who have subscribed to the newsletter. They include their hidden abilities Snow Cloak, Static, and Flame Body respectively. A few other tidbits from this months newsletter include...

Pokemon Newsletter April 2016 Snippet

These promotions are alongside the Pokemon 20th Anniversary ones that are happening each month for the rest of the year. Be sure to check back for information on future promotions throughout the year!

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Get a Level 100 Jirachi via Nintendo Network Until April 24

Jirachi Promotion

The next promotional giveaway event has begun. You can now get a free lvl 100 Jirachi in Pokemon ORAS and Pokemon XY. In order to recieve the Pokemon, pick the "Mystery Gift" option from the file select menu. Now select "Receive Gift" and "Get Via Internet" to get the Pokemon from Nintendo Network. Now speak with the delivery girl in any Pokemon Center to get the gift.

Jirachi comes at level 100 and with the moves Wish, Confusion, and Rest along with the Serene Grace ability. The promotion runs from April 1 to April 24, 2016 and is only for North America at this time.

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Get a Level 100 Celebi via Nintendo Network Until March 24

Celebi Event 2016

The second Mythical Pokemon distribution to celebrate Pokemon's 20th Annivesary in 2016 is now live in North America and Europe. March's event Pokemon is the Johto Legendary Celebi. The Celebi is Level 100 and comes fully equipped with the ability Natural Cure and the moves Confusion, Recover, Heal Bell, and Safeguard. This Level 100 Celebi is rare to come by, so make sure to get it before March 24.

To receive the Celebi, select the "Mystery Gift" option in Pokemon X and Y, or Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire versions. Proceed to choose the "Get via Internet" option. Head into the game and speak to the lady that's waiting in any Pokémart to claim your Celebi. Since this is a Nintendo Network event, you can even get a seperate Celebi for every version of X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire you have!

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Pokemon Sun and Moon are Coming to 3DS in 2016

During yesterday's Pokemon Direct to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pokemon series, Nintendo announced that two new Pokemon games will be released in 2016: Pokemon Sun and Moon Versions. These are main series games that will feature at least some new Pokemon and a new region to explore. It's not known for sure if this means a completely new generation, but that's what we anticipate. Pokemon Sun & Moon will come to 3DS sometime in late 2016.

While we didn't get much information about Sun and Moon from the direct, we do know that they will be compatiable with Pokemon Bank. This means that you'll be able to transfer Pokemon from X and Y and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, as well as the recently released Red, Blue, and Yellow on the Nintendo eShop. Additionally, the games will feature a worldwide release and the ability to select between 9 languages, including simplified and traditional Chinese. You can check out the full Nintendo Direct on Youtube below as well as the full press release. We'll be giving Pokemon Sun and Moon full coverage, so stay tuned for news, walkthroughs, guides, and more!

For 20 years, Pokémon has delighted millions of fans of all ages and has become one of the most successful entertainment brands in the world. During today’s Pokémon Direct presentation, Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, announced Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, the newest additions to a legendary series that has sold more than 275 million video games since the debut of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green in 1996 for the Game Boy system in Japan. Developed by GAME FREAK inc.,Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will be launching holiday 2016 exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems and, for the first time, will offer Traditional and Simplified Chinese as language options.

“The Pokémon core series games are the center of the Pokémon universe and provide some of the most memorable Pokémon moments for our fans,” said J.C. Smith, senior director of Consumer Marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “I can’t wait to see what fans think of the new adventures they’ll find in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.”

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will also have Pokémon Bank functionality. This online storage application will make it possible for fans to move Pokémon wirelessly from Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version and Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition, which come to the Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS on February 27, to Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Pokémon from Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y can also be transferred to Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon through Pokémon Bank. More details about this exciting feature can be found here.

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Get a Level 100 Mew from Gamestop Until February 24

Mew Event 2016

Kanto's most mythical Pokemon, Mew, is getting a distribution via gamestop to celebrate Pokemon's 20th Anniversary. The Mew will be level 100, have the ability Synchronize, and know the move Pound. To get your Mew, head to a Gamestop in the U.S. and ask for a redemption code at the counter. A limited number of codes are available, so make sure to act fast. The codes can be redeemed in Pokemon X and Y or Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire versions. Mew is not available outside of My Pokemon Farm, events, or glitches; don't miss this opportunity! Make sure to keep checking back for updates on events throughout 2016.

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Pokken Tournament gets a March 18 Release Date in North America

Pokken Tournament Logo

The arcade fighter featuring exclusively Pokemon characters, Pokken Tournament was given a release date of March 18, 2016 in North America. The game has been available in Japanese arcades for a while, but it will now be debuting in the west on Wii U this March. A number of new characters were recently revealed as well; the game now features sixteen playable fighters. Check out our Pokken Tournament Characters guide and stay tuned for more Pokken Tournament coverage.

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Braixen, Garchomp, Mewtwo, and Chandelure Revealed as Fighters in Pokken Tournament

Pokken Tournament Chandelure

Braixen, Garchomp, Mewtwo, and Chandelure have all been confirmed as playable fighters in the upcoming Pokken Tournament. Chandelure was revealed on the official Japanese Pokken Tournament Site, while the other three were published in the most recent edition of CoroCoro Magazine. It should be noted that Mewtwo will differ from the previously revealed Shadow Mewtwo, who is also a playable character. More details on the fighters should be coming on January 31. Until then, check out our Pokken Tournament Characters guide for the information we currently have.

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Mew, Jirachi, Darkrai, and More to be Distributed in 2016 for 20th Anniversary

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Pokémon franchise in 2016, eleven mythical Pokemon distributions have been revealed. Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Darkrai, Manaphy, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Genesect, and Meloetta will all get free distributions via Gamestop serial codes or the Nintendo network. Starting in February with Mew, one mythical Pokemon will be available to owners of X and Y versions or Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire versions per month. Each Pokemon will be Level 100 and be in a Cherish Ball. Keep reading after the break for more details and a full schedule.

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Sludge Bomb Zoroark Event Now Available in the U.S.

The latest Pokémon distribution event is now live until November 20 for owners of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. U.S. trainers will be able to download Sludge Bomb Zoroark via the Mystery Gift option from the title screen. The Zoroark will be level 50 with the ability Illusion and the moves Sludge Bomb, Dark Pulse, Flamethrower, and Sucker Punch. Sludge Bomb is a powerful competitive move not normally available for Zoroark, so make sure to get yours before November 20. Check out the official trailer below!

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Pokemon GO is Coming to Smartphones in 2016

Pokemon GO

In collaboration with Nintendo and Niantic, The Pokémon Company International has announced that a new smartphone application is in development entitled Pokémon GO. In an effort to make childhood dreams a reality, Pokemon GO allows you to find and catch Pokemon in real time in the real world. The app will be coming to the iOS App Store and Google Play sometime in 2016. Pokemon GO will be available as a free app and will feature in-app purchases. An optional accessory called the Pokemon GO Plus uses Bluetooth to alert users of nearby Pokemon without having the app open.

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Harmony of a Champion Fan Album Coming in 2016

Harmony of a Champion Logo

The Shinesparkers have created several albums in the past dedicated to things they enjoy and this announcement is no different. Harmony of a Champion - launching in 2016 - is the fifth album by the Shinesparkers and is a tribute to Pokemon Red and Pokemon Green on their 20th Anniversary. Be sure to check the press release below for more details...

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Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon Comes Out November 20 in the U.S.

Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon

To accompany the announcement of Nintendo's 2015 Fall/Holiday Lineup, The Pokémon Company revealed that Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon will arrive in the U.S. on November 20. The game shares a release date with StarFox Zero and will be available for $39.99. Super Mystery Dungeon marks the tenth entry in the Mystery Dungeon spinoff series and the second to come to 3DS. Stay tuned for more information as the release date approaches and check out the press release below.

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Pokken Tournament Coming to Wii U During Spring 2016

Previously an exclusive to Japanese arcades, it was announced this weekend that Pokkén Tournament will be making its way to Wii U worldwide. Pokkén Tournament is a Pokémon fighting game that is similar to Tekken and is co-developed by The Pokémon Company and Bandai Namco. The game features around a dozen fighters so far, including Lucario, Pikachu, Gengar, and Machamp. It was announced at the Pokémon World Championships that Pokkén Tournament would release on Wii U worldwide during the Spring season of 2016. Check out the trailer and press release after the break.

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Get a Shiny Rayquaza in North America Until September 14

In celebration of the XY - Ancient Origins TCG set, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire owners in North America will be able to get a free Shiny Rayquaza from the Nintendo Network. The Rayquaza will already have Dragon Ascent as part of it's moveset, allowing it to Mega Evolve in battle. To get this in your game, simply choose "Mystery Gift" and "Get via Internet" from the main menu and speak to the girl in any Pokémon Center to pick it up. This Shiny Rayquaza is only available in ORAS (not X and Y) until September 14, 2015.

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Diancie Event in North America and Europe to Take Place this Weekend

The mythical 6th generation Pokémon Diancie that was previously only available in the United States via a Gamestop distribution in November is getting a second distribution in the United States and Europe this weekend. Starting Friday July 24th and lasting until July 27th, Diancie will be available via a Nintendo Network distribution for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire only. It will come equipped with a moveset of Diamond Storm, Moonblast, Dazzling Gleam and Protect. Make sure not to miss out on this opportunity to get a Diancie and check out our ORAS Mega Stones guide to get it's Mega Stone!

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Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon Launching Winter 2015

Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon

Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon was announced today for a Winter 2015 launch. It is the latest in the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series and features the same type of gameplay. Check out more details after the break...

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Pokemon Shuffle Surpasses 3.5 Million Downloads, Celebi Stage Launched

Pokemon Shuffle: Celebi Stage

Pokemon Shuffle has surpassed 3.5 million downloads and there is a new special stage in celebration. This stage is Celebi, which is a Mythical Pokemon. It will be available until 6:00 UTC on 5/18/2015. Players will be able to earn 1,000 coins for the first time completing the stage. Celebi is Psychic type and has to be defeated in 20 moves. Just like all of the other Special Stages - Celebi may never return to the game so be sure to catch it while you can!

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Pokemon Safari Appears in Pokemon Shuffle

Pokemon Safari Appears in Pokemon Shuffle

Pokemon Shuffle usually has a couple Special Stages going on at any point in time such as the Groudon stage that recently went live. Well, Pokemon Safari just launched and will run for 12 days. It ends on 5/2/2015. Pokemon Safari features no "Optimize" button and the Pokemon changes every time you play the stage. There are likely only 5~ different Pokemon that will appear giving the history from the Daily Pokemon events. Anyway - be sure to Check-in to get it and give it a shot!

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Hoopa Unbound Coming to Pokemon ORAS

Pokemon ORAS Hoopa Unbound

Hoopa Unbound - seen in the image above - has been revealed for Pokemon ORAS. Hoopa Unbound is another form of Hoopa, which is a mythical Pokemon. This form is both Dark and Psychic type. It is unknown at this time how to unlock Hoopa Unbound, but coming from the reveal trailer - we should know more information soon! Be sure to check out the trailer after the break...

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Pokemon Shuffle: Groudon Stage Has Gone Live

Pokemon Shuffle Groudon

Groudon has finally made it into Pokemon Shuffle as a Special Stage. It will be live until 4/27/2015. Groudon is ground type and has to be defeated in 20 moves. Groudon is a Legendary Pokemon and should be a nice addition to any players Pokemon Shuffle team just like Kyogre. After the first time you defeat Groudon - the game awards players with 3000 coins. So what are you waiting for? Go check-in to get the Groudon stage and defeat him!

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NA: Pokemon Rumble World Launches April 8 for Nintendo 3DS

Pokemon Rumble World

Pokemon Rumble World - the latest in the Pokemon Rumble series - will be free to download (with paid content) and feature 719 Pokemon. Mega-evolutions join the battle for the first time in the series. Poke Diamonds also make a debut and allow players to get hot-air balloons, clothes for your Mii character, and other extras. You can get them from various events in the game and from people using StreetPass. They are also going to be purchasable from the Nintendo eShop. The game launches in North America on April 8, 2015 on the Nintendo 3DS eShop.

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Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros Done, Release Coming Soon

Mewtwo DLC

Mewtwo DLC has been known about for the newest Super Smash Bros games for quite a while. Well, Sakurai has now said that the DLC is "pretty much done" and that they plan to release it "pretty soon." He asks that we just wait for an announcement for more details. Check out the video after the break...

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Meganium, Typhlosion, and Feraligatr Coming to Pokemon Bank

The trio of final evolutions to Johto's starter Pokémon are to be available to all users of Pokémon Bank for a limited time. Starting now through November 30, 2015 anyone with Pokémon Bank can use Pokémon Link with X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire vesrions to receive all three Pokémon. Meganium, Typhlosion, and Feraligatr will all be distributed at level 50 and with their hidden abilities. You can check out those abilities after the jump!

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Eon Ticket Code Distributed for North America and Europe

Previously only available via streetpass, it's recently been announced that the eon ticket will be available via a download code until March 2, 2015. The code will work for anyone in North America or Europe who has not already received an Eon Ticket via Streetpass or distribution. The Eon Ticket will allow you to travel to the Southern Island and capture Latias in Omega Ruby and Latios in Alpha Sapphire. Hit the jump to see the code!

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Serperior, Emboar, and Samurott Codes Distributed for ORAS

Codes for all three of the Unova starter evolutions Serperior, Emobar, and Samurott have now been distributed and can be redeemed by Pokémon trainers in the U.S. on Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire. All three of the Pokémon are Level 50 and have a Hidden Ability. The codes can be redeemed until November 30, 2015. Hit the jump to see the codes and how to redeem your new Pokémon!

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Pokemon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire Heads to Wii U eShop VC

Pokemon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire Heads to Wii U eShop VC

Pokemon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire has launched on the Nintendo Wii U eShop as a Virtual Console game for $7.99 in North America. The game features all of the classic mechanics from pinball as well as the addition of various Pokemon related features such as being able to catch Pokemon. There has been a launch trailer posted on the Nintendo YouTube channel, which can be seen after the break...

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Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Break 7.7 Million in Shipped Units

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Version

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Versions launched less than two weeks ago in Japan, North America, and Australia (November 21) and less than a week ago in Europe (November 28) and have shipped more than 7.7 million copies worldwide. Famitsu reported that the combined shipped units of both games were brought to that number this week, with a significant contribution from the European launch. We found out earlier this week that Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire saw the biggest Pokémon launch the U.K. has ever seen, surpassing X and Y's launch by 135%. It'll be intresting to see how much this number increases over the holiday season. Were you one of the people to grab one of those 7.7 million shipped units of the latest installments? Check out our ORAS Walkthrough for a complete guide to the Hoenn remakes.

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20 Legendaries, Episode Delta, and Zinnia revealed in ORAS

By way of CoroCoro scans and the above video, we now know that Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire feature a new character, Zinnia (known as Higana in Japan), who travels with a Mega Salamence and Whismur and will be key to the story and Episode Delta. A battle between Mega Rayquaza and Deoxys will commence during Episode Delta, which Team Magma/Aqua, Wallace, and Steven all play a part in. Nearly 20 new Legendaries will also be obtainable via Mirage Spots, hit the jump for a full list.

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Here's How to Get an Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Eon Ticket

The Eon Ticket in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphite is the only way to travel to Southern Island, a place you can catch either Latios or Latias, depending on your version. Latios and Latias have the ability to Mega Evolve and fly you around Hoenn, giving you access to Mirage areas where you can catch a number of rare legendary Pokémon. Check out how to get ahold of an Eon Ticket in different regions after the break:

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Pokeball Insider, I choose you!

Hello Pokémon fans! After weeks of hard work, Pokéball Insider is ready for launch! PBI will be your one stop for Pokémon News, Walkthroughs, Guides, Data, Information, Games, TCG, ect.! Pokéball Inisder is part of the Link's Hideaway/Nintendo Castle network of sites and strives to provide the highest level Pokémon content around. We're excited for the launch of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and we're already hard at work preparing guides and resources for those games! Feel free to browse around, we've already got a bunch of content waiting for you! We'll also be hosting a giveaway on the Forums and Social Media in the next few days, prizes will include demo codes, event Pokémon, and a copy of a physical game! We're also giving away one code today on Twitter, so make sure to follow us there! Austin and I look forward to your viewership, please let us know of any way we can improve Pokéball Insider!

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GameStop Giving Out Diancie Download Codes Now until Nov 16

GameStop Diance Giveaway
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For those of you unaware - GameStop is giving out Diancie download codes for Pokemon X and Y. The giveaway is running from October 27th until November 16th, 2014. Diancie is getting a mega-evolution in the upcoming Pokemon games so be sure to nab it from GameStop in order to reap the benefits. There is no purchase required according to the official promo posters - so what are you waiting for? Go on down and catch that Pokemon!

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Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Dual Pack Announced

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Dual Pack

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will be launching on November 21st for the 3DS and 2DS. That is old news; however, we now know of the dual pack - as seen above. The Dual Pack includes both games, in-game bonuses, and is set to retail at $79.98. The in-game bonuses are 100 extra potions for each game that can be acquired by using the download codes inside the box. This is great news for those wanting to purchase both games and be sure to check back shortly after launch to find our walkthrough for the games.

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Mewtwo Returns to Super Smash Bros via DLC

Mewtwo Super Smash Bros. DLC

It was recently confirmed in the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Nintendo Direct that Mewtwo will be available as a DLC character free of charge to anyone who purchases both Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Players who register both games to Club Nintendo will be able to use Mewtwo for free, it's currently unknown if players who only own one game will be able to purchase Mewtwo. The Mewtwo DLC is still in development and won't be available until Spring of 2015. Mewtwo previously made an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee but did not return in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The four other playable Pokémon in the latest Smash Bros. are Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Charizard, and Greninja.

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