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Pokemon developer Game Freak is currently searching for a motion modeler. The company is trying to find someone who has experience making models on the level of Wii U and PlayStation Vita, and experience with the computer program Maya is required.

Game Freak cites the following as bonuses:

– Experience in deciding character model specifications
– Experience in managing progress of character models
– Experience in producing deformed characters
– Experience in producing monster models

The modeler will be asked to work on creating character models for an unspecified consumer game development project. Among other things, they’ll be asked to produce models of characters, monsters and items, and deformed materials with toon rendering. The position with Game Freak is on a contract basis and can lead up until May 2018.

Before Switch was announced, rumors persisted of a third Pokemon entry to accompany Pokemon Sun/Moon on Nintendo’s system. No announcement has been made, but if it exists, perhaps this job listing could be related.

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Update: Bumped to the top. Added in official upload of the trailer plus a short video.


Original: The first full trailer for Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! just aired on the Japanese show Oha Suta. View the recording on YouTube below.

A new Pokemon-related trademark has been filed in Japan. Nintendo, Creatures Inc., and Game Freak nabbed the name “Pokedaringu”.

At the moment, we can’t say for sure if the trademark will actually be used, and what the final name could be overseas. It could be something along the lines of PokeDaring or PokeDulling.

Also worth noting, this isn’t actually confirmed to be a game. It could even be a merchandise line or even just an item in a game.

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The Pokemon Company has released 8 separate animated Pokemon shorts on their official YouTube channel in celebration of Pokemon day. The animations range from Pikachu and the Pokemon Sun & Moon starters taking a selfie to some target practice with Rowlet. They’re quite cute, and available to watch below. 

Pokemon president talks Switch

Posted on 3 weeks ago by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch | 61 Comments | 0 Likes

Pokemon president Tsunekazu Ishihara was recently interviewed by Japanese outlet Toyo Keizai. At the end of the talk, the discussion turned to Switch.

First, Ishihara was asked about his thoughts on the system. He started out by saying that he knew about it years ago and witnessed its various “twists and turns.” His feeling is that Nintendo finally revealed the system. In Ishihara’s opinion, the important factor will be making best use of HD Rumble.

Pokemon Mega Bloks footage

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Some footage of the Pokemon line of Mega Bloks/Mega Construx toys is up on YouTube, which were shown at the New York Toy Fair. There’s a good variety of Pokemon on display here, so if you’re interested in picking some up you can check out the video below.

A new piece of art has emerged in this month’s CoroCoro from the new Pokemon: I Choose You! movie You can get a look at it above.

Pokemon: I Choose You!, a film that looks to be going back to the series’ roots, debuts in Japan on July 15. A western version should follow at some point later.

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The Pokémon Company seems to be constantly looking for new opportunities to increase their brand appreciation, and the latest news show that some Pokémon will be transformed into Mega Bloks.

Or at least the re-branded line Mega Construx, as Mattel has acquired the license and will start selling Pokémon Mega Construx this summer in North America. The new line of toys will feature Charizard, Pikachu and some other creatures from the first games.

According to The Pokémon Company’s VP of marketing, Colin Palmer:

“Mega Construx brings the engaging world of Pokémon to life in one of the most popular play expressions for kids today. We bring only the highest quality Pokémon experiences to our fans around the world and Mega Brands’ attention to detail and thoughtful creativity with Mega Construx is sure to delight kids as well as the most passionate Pokémon trainers.”

Kotaku encourages us to keep checking their site because the Pokémon Mega Construx will be at Toy Fair 2017 in New York this weekend and they will probably share more images.

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Pokemon Bank was finally updated this week to include functionality for Pokemon Sun/Moon. To celebrate, Nintendo of Europe presented a challenge to Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda to name as many Pokemon as he can in 20 seconds. See how he did below.

Pokemon has achieved record-breaking sales figures at retail in the UK throughout 2016, for its Trading Card Game (TCG) and toys from master toy partner TOMY, The Pokemon Company announced today.

NPD figures reveal that the the Pokémon property earned a 285 percent increase in sales throughout 2016 against market growth of 6 percent in the UK toy market as a whole. During the last three months of the year, Pokemon increased sales by 512 percent compared to the 7.7 percent market growth.

The Pokemon TCG managed to surpass the one million pounds sterling barrier during Christmas week. It saw retail sales of £1.29 million for a 733.7 percent increase year-over-year.

“Thanks to the activities celebrating Pokémon’s 20th year, plus the huge impact of our video game releases, interest in the brand has escalated, ensuring figures for TCG and toy sales have been incredible. We fully expect that demand for the product will remain high throughout 2017 as new expansions are introduced to tie in with our new Nintendo 3DS games Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.” – Mathieu Galante, Senior Market Development Manager for The Pokémon Company International,

“We are delighted to announce these sensational figures just ahead of Toy Fair and look forward to talking to our retail partners at the show about ways that we can keep the phenomenal demand going. We are very excited about our first Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon expansion, which will be released in February.” – Steve Buckmaster Managing Director of Esdevium Games – UK distributor of the Pokémon TCG

“We’re excited to be part of Pokémon’s fantastic achievement. We’re expecting 2017 to be another huge year for Pokémon and we’re looking forward to unveiling two new product lines at Toy Fair London that will appeal to collectors of all ages.” – Camilla MacQueen, UK Brand Manager at TOMY Europe

Source: Pokemon PR

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