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Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire

Nintendo has released a new episode of their Play Nintendo series. The subject of this episode is Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, with the hosts sharing some tips for newcomers to the game. You can find the video below.

The next Battle Competition for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire has been announced. This international competition will be based around double battles and allows players to use certain legendary Pokémon (specifically Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal and Zygarde). Other legendaries and any Pokémon not caught or hatched in X and Y or Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are not permitted. Registration begins June 16th and ends June 23rd, and battles will take place from June 24th through June 26th.


The next Battle Competition for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire has been announced, this time focusing on Pokémon through the second generation. The online battles will let trainers use any Pokémon from numbers #1 through #248, excluding Mewtwo and Mew. Lugia, Ho-oh, and Celebi are also not permitted. Pokémon will all be scaled to Level 50, and Megas are not allowed. Players can compete in up to 15 matches a day. You can register from May 19 through May 26 and battle from May 27 to May 29. Prizes have not yet been announced.


Owners of Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire can now get a Jirachi through Mystery Gift, as part of Pokémon’s 20th anniversary celebration. Jirachi cannot be obtained in the wild and is only available until April 24th. To get them, start your Pokémon game, go to Mystery Gift, then select Receive Gift, and choose Get Via Internet.


Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are getting a new online, international Battle Competition. This competition will be double battles abiding by VGC 2016 rules and will allow players to use up to two certain legendary Pokémon, specifically Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, and Zygarde. However, other Pokémon are banned, specifically Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Diancie, and Hoopa, as well as any Pokémon not from versions X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire. Registration will be from March 17th to March 24th, with the actual competition occurring from the 25th through the 27th. Everyone who enters will gain 2,000 PokéMiles.


New Nintendo maintenance has been scheduled for early next week for various Wii U and 3DS games including Super Mario Maker and Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire. The schedule is as follows:

First maintenance period:

  • Nintendo 3DS: certain games (online play, leaderboards)

This maintenance will take place on:

– Europe: November 9th (10PM) to November 10th (3AM)
– UK: November 9th (9PM) to November 10th (2AM)
– North America (EDT): November 9th (4PM to 9PM)
– North America (PDT): November 9th (1PM to 6PM)
– Japan: November 10th (6AM to 11AM)

Second maintenance period:

  • Nintendo 3DS: Pokémon X and Y (online play, leaderboards)
  • Nintendo 3DS: Pokémon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (online play, leaderboards)

This maintenance will take place on:

– Europe: November 10th (1AM to 2AM)
– UK: November 10th (12AM to 1AM)
– North America (EDT): November 9th (7PM to 8PM)
– North America (PDT): November 8th (4PM to 5PM)
– Japan: November 10th (9AM to 10AM)

Third maintenance period:

  • Wii U: Super Mario Maker

This maintenance will take place on:

– Europe: November 10th (2AM to 3AM)
– UK: November 10th (1AM to 2AM)
– North America (EDT): November 9th (8PM to 9PM)
– North America (PDT): November 8th (5PM to 6PM)
– Japan: November 10th (10AM to 11AM)

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Gamescom will take place in Cologne from August 5th to August 9th. If you attend, be on the lookout for the Pokemon area if you own a copy of Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire since you’ll be able to receive a code card that gives you access to 2 out of 4 possible Pokemon. They were selected by Shigeki Morimoto, a developer at Game Freak who has worked on most Pokemon games. The Pokemon are as follows:

Aromatisse with Trick Room, Heal Pulse, Disable, Moonblast; Held item: Babiri Berry; Ability: Aroma Veil

Malamar with Superpower, Knock Off, Facade, Rock Slide; Held item: Assault Vest; Ability: Contrary

Sableye with Calm Mind, Will-O-Wisp, Recover, Shadow Ball; Held item: Sablenite; Ability: Prankster

Bouffalant with Head Charge, Facade, Earthquake, Rock Slide; Held item: Choice Band; Ability: Soundproof


Not too long after Pokémon’s sixth generation, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, released back in 2013, fans who are also modders/hackers wasted no time trying to data mine what they could from the new entries into the series. They did not come out empty handed. One of the Pokémon revealed when all of this went down? Hoopa.

Though at the time it was simply its normal form we knew about (also known as Hoopa Confined), it wasn’t until the third generation remakes came along where we found out that Hoopa could transform into a much more powerful version of itself – Hoopa Unbound.

Fast-forward years later to January 2015 when CoroCoro officially revealed Pokémon #720 from its February 2015 issue, also listing that it’d be starring in its own movie, The Archdjinni of the Rings: Hoopa, slated for release this July in Japan.

Hit that fast-forward button one more time to today, where CoroCoro officially revealed its Unbound form that we’ve known about for a while now. Hoopa Unbound is VERY powerful, let it be known. How Hoopa Unbound works is once you’ve obtained the Prison Bottle – which is obtainable simply by walking into a PokéMart with Hoopa in your party – have Hoopa hold it, and watch the magic happen in battle as it transforms into its Unbound form. After three days, it will revert back to its confined form. If you can’t wait three days, simply drop it in the PC and it’ll be back to good ol’ Confined Hoopa.

I’ve used Hoopa Unbound, and it’s legitimately terrifying what it’s capable of. Its signature move is Hyperspace Fury, which is just as mental as it sounds. Being both Psychic and Dark type, the only types Hoopa’s Unbound form is weak against are Bug and Fairy. You guys better start training your Klefki’s and Wurmple’s to put up with this one.



Hello everyone, here’s another podcast! All of your votes have been tallied on to put together the definitive list of the top ten game soundtracks (on Nintendo platforms) from 2014. In this almost two-hour podcast you can expect to hear excerpts from all of the soundtracks that made the list with commentary from myself and those who sent in their thoughts. Thank you to everyone who helped make this feature possible and sorry about the delay.

Unlike last year’s show, it’s now available in video podcast form on Youtube (note: podcast may not contain moving images):

If you want the audio version to stick on your MP3 player or whatever, you can download it here. And if you really want to spoil yourself, the results and and a full track list (with timestamps!) can be found over the break:

The latest Japanese Pokemon Omega Ruby/ Alpha Sapphire event has kicked off in Japan.

From today until November 30, 2015 you can use the code (POKEMON500) to get Emboar with his special ability, Reckless which until today has been unavailable. The code will only be usable once per game.

Alog with the above mentioned Pokemon you can also get Samurott with his hidden ability Shell, which has also been unavailible until today. The code was given out in today’s CoroCoro issue (POKEMON503). This code will also only be usable once per game and will be available until November 30, 2015.

No information has been released at this time about whether these will also be available overseas.




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