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The Pokemon GO field test is now live in Japan. New details and screenshots have leaked from the event, which is rounded up below courtesy of Nintendo Inquirer.

  • There will be no battles against wild Pokémon, instead you simply catch them directly using various Poké Balls.
  • Trainers are customizable with different options.
  • 137 different attack names have been found in the game’s code, confirming battle systems. Some of the moves include Flamethrower and Hyper Beam.
  • There are an additional 95 “fast” versions of the discovered 137 attacks.
  • Players will receive a starter Pokémon, though in the beta version this does not happen.
  • A new game function with the name “Starburst” has been discovered – details surrounding it are unknown.
  • References to Google Cardboard, a mobile VR peripheral, have been found within the game’s data.
  • There are three “teams” the player can join: Red Team, Blue Team, or Yellow Team.
  • Only first generation Pokémon exist in the beta; it’s unclear if this will be the case for the final version of the game.
  • There are multiple versions of the defense stat, though the reasoning behind this is unclear.
  • There are seven object categories: Poké Ball, Potion, Revive, Maps, Battle Objects, Food, and Camera. Food and Camera details are unspecified.
  • The following items are the only ones available in the beta: Poké Ball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball, Master Ball, Potion, Super Potion, Hyper Potion, Max Potion, Max Revive, X Attack, X Defense, X Miracle, Razz Berry, Bluk Berry, Nanab Berry, Wepear Berry, Pinap Berry, and Special Camera.
  • X Miracle is a new item. Its effects are unknown as of right now.
  • Pokémon Natures are present, but differ from the main games. Currently, the ones found are: Stoic, Assassin, Guardian, Raider, Protector, Sentry, and Champion. Their roles are currently unknown.
  • Microtransactions are available.
  • A day-night cycle is confirmed.
  • Normal, Legendary, and Mythical Pokémon are all present, and Pokémon are categorized as such.
  • There is no evidence of Mega Evolution, however it’s unknown if this is only true for the beta.
  • Supposedly, Pokémon are only allowed two moves during Gym Battles.

And here’s a closer look at what has been data mined thus far:


Miitomo and My Nintendo will officially launch this week in North America and Europe, Nintendo has announced. Nintendo’s debut mobile app for iOS and Android, as well as the new rewards program, is set for March 31 outside of Japan.

By preregistering for Miitomo with a Nintendo Account before March 31, you’ll receive an email when the app is ready to download. Those who go through this simple process will be rewarded with Platinum Points on My Nintendo.

Regarding My Nintendo, users can redeem Platinum and Gold Points for rewards that include games, download content, in-app items and eShop discount coupons. Platinum Points can be obtained by interacting with Nintendo apps and services like Miitomo. Gold Points are handed out after digital versions of games are purchased from or the eShop.

In Europe, users who sign up for a Nintendo Account by the end of April will be able to download Flipnote Studio 3D for free. The download can be claimed by linking a Nintendo Account to the Nintendo Network ID used on a 3DS. The download option on the Flipnote Studio 3D page will then be available between March 31 and April 30.

It’s also worth noting that Nintendo will be bringing out an enhanced Wii U and 3DS shop on and Nintendo of Europe site on March 31 for users with a Nintendo Account to purchase digital games. It’ll have over 2,000 games that can be accessed on personal computers or smart devices. All purchases can be sent directly to a 3DS or Wii U for download. Additionally, it will be possible to “easily find and purchase games that are new, popular and on sale, as well as use filters to search by genre.”

Head past the break for today’s full announcement.

Towards the end of last week, those who visited the English Miitomo site noticed that the page had removed its mention of the planned March 2016 launch. This discovery had some people concerned that the app had been delayed in the west, and wouldn’t be available by the end of this week as originally planned.

As far as we know, Miitomo should still be coming out in territories outside of Japan within the next few days. The English Miitomo site now has the original notice about it arriving in March. It’s unclear why it was removed in the first place, but this news should mean that everything is still on track.

Thanks to tonybaker87 and MichaTeddy93 for the tip.


Let’s Talk #43: What do you think of Pokemon GO?

Pokemon GO was announced about a year ago. But just within the past week, we’ve seen the first off-screen footage and some gameplay screenshots. Niantic and The Pokemon Company divulged new information as well.

Based on what we’ve seen over the past few days, how do you feel about Pokemon GO? Are you less interested compared to the initial reveal, or maybe more? Are you still planning on giving it a shot upon release? Let us know in the comments below.

Highlights from last week’s topic: What are you playing? – March 2016

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When Nintendo put up the English Miitomo site, it included a small note that the app would be available in March. Now, however, this has been removed entirely.

Here’s what the page originally looked like:


And what it shows now:


It doesn’t make much sense to speculate as to what’s happening with Miitomo’s launch outside of Japan right now. If we don’t see it by the end of next Thursday, then we’ll know something’s up!

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Niantic has posted the first official screenshots from Pokemon GO. We’ve rounded up the images in the gallery below.

The following information has also been posted on the official Pokemon website:

Travel between the real world and the virtual world of Pokémon with Pokémon GO for iPhone and Android devices! With Pokémon GO, you’ll discover Pokémon in a whole new world—your own! Pokémon GO will use real locations to encourage players to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon.

The Pokémon video game series has used real-world locations such as the Hokkaido and Kanto regions of Japan, New York, and Paris as inspiration for the fantasy settings in which its games take place. Now the real world will be the setting!

Nintendo is planning an update for Miitomo that will come out in the near future. Three key elements are in the works.

When the update is made available, it will be possible to send friend requests to friends of your friends. There will also be “Everybody Answers” events in which users will answer the same featured question. Finally, Miitomo will have an “Online Answers” feature where you can view answers shared on Twitter.


This week’s Famitsu scans are now available. Highlighted games include Chase: Unsolved Cases Investigation Division, Dragon Ball: Fusions, Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3, Miitomo, and Puzzle & Dragons X. Scans of each title can be found in the gallery below.

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Miitomo is packed with some neat little Easter eggs. There are a couple of Nintendo-specific ones, such as “Nintendo” itself as well as “Nintendo Direct”. You can get a look at these and more in GameXplain’s video below.


Following Miitomo’s recent successes after its launch in Japan, Bloomberg reports that Nintendo’s stocks rose by 8.2 %, being valued at 16,515 yen as of today. This is the biggest jump Nintendo’s stocks have seen since February 2015. Nintendo’s partner (and mutual shareholder) DeNA saw a similar increase in their stocks, which went up by 6.5 %.

Granted, stocks, by nature, see a constant up-and-down, but it’s still good news for Nintendo after what can undoubtedly be called a successful launch for Miitomo. Of course, now everyone’s eyes turn towards the app’s launch in many western countries, which is scheduled for “late March” – likely next week.

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