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In this week’s issue of Famitsu, the magazine will be publishing an interview with Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda. While we don’t have our hands on the full discussion yet as the issue hasn’t gone live, some early quotes have leaked out early. We’ve translated the tidbits thus far.

First up, a general comment from Masuda on the upcoming project:

Today, Pokemon the Movie: Everyone’s Story debuted in Japan. At the very end of the film, next year’s release was teased. Pokemon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution will premiere in 2019.

Reports out of Japan say that Masachika Ichimura, the original voice for Mewtwo, has voiceover in the teaser. He says lines like “Who am I? Where am I?”, indicating that he’s coming back as Mewtwo.

Earlier today, we heard that Funko has licensed the Pokemon IP. The company made it official just a few minutes ago.

Pikachu will be the first-ever Pokemon pop. The toy will begin to appear in Target stores throughout the United States this month. According to Funko, it’s a retailer-exclusive.

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According to the Funko Reddit, a user stumbled across a Pikachu Pop figure at a Target in Ohio. It appears that it was not supposed to leave the warehouse or be sold to the public, meaning that an official announcement about Funko obtaining the Pokémon license should come soon. For now, it’s as good as confirmed. Unfortunately, the original post has been removed, but several reposts can be seen on the website.

It was also stated that the Pikachu Pop is a Target exclusive–whether or not this will be the same for all Funko Pokémon figures remains to be seen. A 10 inch version of the figures may also be in the works. Have a look at the leaked figure below:

Here’s a fun update: Alolan Raichu is a Pokeball character in Smash ultimate. According to the update Smash blog, the surge surfer is speedy and hard to avoid!

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The next Pokemon filter is now available in Snapchat featuring Squirtle. Previously, filters for Charmander and Bulbasaur were added. No word at this time on how long you’ll be able to use it.


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Famitsu recently had an interview with The Pokemon Company President, Tsunekazu Ishihara giving us a few more details about the upcoming Pokemon game coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2019.

The Pokemon President stated that the game is due to be released in the second half of 2019, it will have better graphics than any other previous Pokemon game, it will be completely new and not like Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu! & Let’s Go Eevee! and finally it will contain many brand new Pokémon to the series.

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Build-A-Bear has revealed the next addition to its Pokemon collection. Starting today, you can get your hands on a new Jigglypuff plush.

An exclusive online bundle can be purchased here. It includes Jigglypuff, a cape, plush microphone, sound chip, and a Pokemon card.

Jigglypuff will also be sold standalone in stores for $28. The online bundle costs $52.

 

Snorlax isn’t just a Pokemon character who was designed out of the blue. He was actually inspired by one person in particular.

In an interview with Japanese newspaper Yomiuri, Pokemon art director Ken Sugimori officially confirmed that planner Koji Nishino was the basis for Snorlax. Nishino has been involved with Pokemon since Red and Green.

It wasn’t live streamed, but tonight’s Pokemon 2018 Video Game Press Conference was recorded. You can watch the event in full below.

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