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One of the most popular Pokemon around is Pikachu. In an interview with Game Informer, Game Freak co-founder Junichi Masuda said that Pikachu was able to catch on with fans thanks to the anime and being Ash’s partner.

Masuda added that Game Freak didn’t go out of its way for Pikachu to be the face of Pokemon. It was anime production company OLM Inc. who thought it would make sense to put the creature front and center.

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Game Informer published another piece of content from its month long coverage of Pokemon coverage. This time around, a video has gone live with Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori showing design documents, and sketches from Sun/Moon’s development. Watch the video below.

Europe’s My Nintendo website has just added three discounts for certain Pokemon games on the Wii U.

First off there is a 30% discount for Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team on the Wii U’s Virtual Console that will cost you 200 Platinum Coins. This discount also applies to Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team as well. Finally, there is a 35% discount for Pokemon Rumble U on the Wii U eShop that cost 350 Platinum Coins to download.

You can get these discounts here, which will be on available on Europe’s My Nintendo until November 1st.

Game Informer’s latest piece of Pokemon coverage is all about Pokemon spin-offs. Game Freak co-founder, director, and producer Junichi Masuda and Pokemon Sun/Moon director Shigeru Ohmori were both asked about their favorite ones.

As for Masuda, he went with Pokemon GO, though he’s unsure if it’s actually a spin-off game. Ohmori went with Pokemon Snap. He said that one of the best aspects of the N64 title was printing out the photos in real life.

The Pokemon Company and Snap Inc. have partnered on a custom Pikachu Snapchat Lens. Those who use the app as of today can use the Lens to see Pikachu’s ears, nose, and bright-red cheeks appear over their face. Users can then open their mouth to hear Pikachu’s iconic voice as it jumps onto the screen and strikes a pose.

The Snapchat Lens will only be available for a limited time. The Pokemon Company did not provide a specific end date, however.

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Dusk Form Lycanroc was just announced for Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon. Next month, a plush for the new Pokemon will already be offered to consumers.

Takara Tomy is making the plush, which is about 15cm in height. Pricing will be set at 2,160 yen. We aren’t seeing it on the likes of Play-Asia yet, but we’ll let you know if that changes.

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The next piece of content from Game Informer’s month of Pokemon coverage is live. The magazine chatted with Pokemon series producer, director, and composer Junichi Masuda as well as Pokemon Sun/Moon director Shigeru Ohmori about why the Pokemon RPGs need a story and whether the team would ever make a game as open as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. View the video below.

Update: Game Informer just uploaded a video of Game Freak and Ohmori talking about Pokemon and Switch. We’ve added that in below.


Original: As mentioned earlier today, Game Informer’s latest issue contains a significant feature about Pokemon. The magazine visited Game Freak’s offices in Japan to reminisce about the franchise’s early days, the various entries, and more.

Switch was also one topic discussed. At E3 in June, it was announced that a brand new Pokemon game is planned for the system. Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori both spoke about Switch and making a game on the platform.

Alolan Exeggutor has become a fan favorite Pokemon of sorts, and Bandai Namco is recognizing that with a new statue. The product pictured above is 1/10 scale at 3.57 feet tall.

No word yet on a specific release date, but it’s due out early 2018 in Japan. The product is pricey, coming in at 29,800 yen ($270).

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This month’s issue of Game Informer will have a huge feature on Pokemon developer Game Freak. The magazine visited the studio in Japan “to get the full history of the series and talk about what’s in store for the future on Switch.” Game Informer “explored deeper into Game Freak’s studio than any western outlet has ever been allowed and were able to not only see where Pokemon is made, but where its creators hold their meetings, eat lunch, and even create the series’ iconic soundtrack.” The new issue is packed with twelve pages “covering the studio’s history and read development stories for every core Pokémon RPG it has created.”

Aside from content in the magazine, Game Informer will have “written features and video interviews with Game Freak co-founder, producer, director, and composer, Junichi Masuda, and Sun and Moon’s director, Shigeru Ohmori.”

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