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Build-A-Bear has revealed Snorlax as the latest Pokemon to be receiving a plushie. It’s out now, with the online bundle costing $57.

Here’s some information about the product as well as some photos:

Game Freak uploaded a video this week with Shigeki Morimoto, the original designer for Mew. While it’s unfortunately only in Japanese at present, Siliconera translated some of the more notable tidbits.

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In License Global’s latest issue, the magazine has a report on merchandise sales for 2018. The Pokemon Company placed in the 23rd position having generated $2.98 billion.

License Global attributes a variety of aspects to Pokemon’s success, including the still-popular Pokemon GO and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu / Eevee. The Detective Pikachu movie, card game, anime, toys, and even fashion collaborations contributed as well.

Thanks to Timurs for the tip.

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IGN has shared an official behind the scenes clip for the Pokemon Detective Pikachu movie. Reynolds talks about his role, and other members of the cast also weigh in. You can watch the short video below.

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Update: The Pokemon Company has announced that it will indeed only be a temporary location. The Pokemon Center will be open in the Westfield Shopping Centre between October 18 and November 15 this year.

 

It seems like London will be getting its own Pokemon Center (shops that exclusively sell Pokemon merchandise) soon. Assets for the location appeared on a press site this morning, but so far there has been no official announcement from The Pokemon Company and no further details are available. However, the press assets describe this as a “pop-up” Pokemon Center, meaning that this is likely only a temporary and not a permanent store. We will keep you updated.

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A trio of new commercials have been released promoting Pokemon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution.

All three of the spots can be viewed below. Two of them show movie footage mixed with fan reaction, while one is simply from the film.

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Pokemon is understandably associated with Nintendo. The series’ games have appeared on the Big N’s platforms going all the way back to the Game Boy, and it’s always touted as one of the company’s top properties. However, those who closely follow gaming news understand that Game Freak has been developing the core titles since Pokemon started.

Of course, not everyone knows that. Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda recently said that he asked 200 people who they thought made Pokemon. The result? Close to 100 said Nintendo. Masuda said that some people even think that he’s a a Nintendo employee, when he works at Game Freak instead.

When Masuda returns to his hometown, he’ll overhear people express disbelief to each other that he is actually Junichi Masuda. They say things like, “Someone from Nintendo would never come to a place like this.”

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Pokemon Detective Pikachu has secured a new film record. After sales generated this weekend, it’s now the highest-grossing video game movie of all time.

Detective Pikachu has earned $436 million worldwide. As of July 14, the United States accounted for $143.3 million. There was $286 million in foreign sales as of July 7. Another $6,994 was obtained from cinemas in Norway, New Zealand, Slovenia, Portugal, and Colombia this past weekend.

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Pokemon games tend to have a habit of introducing new features with each entry, only for them to be abandoned when the next games are introduced. Mega Evolutions and Z-Moves didn’t stick around long, for example. Having Pokemon follow the player as they’re exploring has also never been consistent.

While speaking with Pokemon Sword/Shield director Shigeru Ohmori, Metro decided to ask why this happens. Ohmori had this to say when asked if Dynamax will stick around in the long-term:

Update: Reports had surfaced that the name of the movie was Pokemon with You, but this appears to be incorrect. We’ll let you know if we receive an official title from The Pokemon Company.


Original: A special screening for Pokemon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back was held at Anime Expo 2019 today. At the event, a teaser was shown for the next film in the franchise.

Fans can look forward to the movie in 2020. The teaser showed Pikachu sliding down a vine in a forest, but that’s about all. CG visuals will not be used this time around, and will be more of a return to form.

Stay tuned for further information about the upcoming movie the future.

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