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Your source for Pokémon fan works, Trainer Cards, and news.

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If you’ve eyed up, from afar, the Pokémon Sword & Shield demo available at shows like EGX, or the London Pokémon Center and felt unimpressed by how much of an incredibly basic Pokémon experience it seemed to show, you’re definitely not alone. That’s precisely the view I carried with me into my opportunity to play the demo when we were invited to visit the Pokémon Center last week.

As it happens, though, even this short and simple slice of the upcoming games delivers a surprising leap in the experience of playing a Pokémon game. We’re just weeks away from the release of the games, but here’s our report on a demo that took me straight from “meh” to “hype” by the end of it’s short, 5-minute time-locked duration.

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This weekend, thousands of UK fans were finally able to buy official Pokémon Center merchandise for the first time. If they waited for up to 10 hours in a queue, that is. Fortunately, we got to beat the queues to see what they had first-hand!

Check out the latest details on the London store as well as a look at all the exclusive merchandise available (if it's in stock!) in my report on GameCrash! (But here's a sneak peek at a couple pictures below).

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A new trailer that dropped in the last few minutes revealed a new batch of Gigantamax forms. Unsurprisingly, the Kanto pandering the franchise has been so in love with for the past few generations continues in full force - all of the new forms revealed today are specific to Pokémon introduced in the first generation. More surprisingly, most of these are tied to particular promotions in some fashion or another - but more on that later.

First of all - the trailer itself!


So here's this gigantamaxed enemy genwun... and you attack its weak point for massive damage.

And now that that's out of the way, let's break down what we just saw, shall we? Read More for details.
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Honestly… You wait a year for a Game Freak game to come along and then what happens? Two show up practically right on top of each other. Absolutely blimming typical.

All eyes might be on the release of Pokémon Sword and Shield next month, but this week, at least, it’s all about Little Town Hero. A much smaller scale RPG coming out of Game Freak’s “Gear Project” initiative. Intended to allow staff to flex their creative muscles a bit outside of the confines of the annual demands to feed the Pokébeast.

Please check out our full review of Game Freak's latest non-Pokémon game on GameCrash!
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The dates for an up-coming event for Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have been confirmed today. This event gives Pokémon trainers the chance to get their hands on either Shiny Solgaleo or Shiny Lunala.

Read on to find out more!
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First spotted over the weekend during the extremely long 24 hour 'livestream', Galarian Ponyta is now officially confirmed. Reclassified as the "Unique Horn" Pokémon, this version of Ponyta is a pure Psychic type - not Fairy as previously speculated - and is exclusive to Pokémon Shield.

Galarian Ponyta's unique appearance is said to come from being exposed to the "life energy" of forests like Glimwood Tangle, giving it this unique form - and its glowing mane - in the Galar region.

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As well as the Run Away ability, Galarian Ponyta can also have the new Pastel Veil ability. When a Pokémon with this ability enters battle, it automatically heals all allies of poisoning, as well as giving itself and all its allies immunity from being poisoned while in battle.

Despite being the only other new Pokémon to appear in the 'livestream', Impidimp remains unannounced entirely. Although it did...
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This week on our sister site GameCrash is the second part of this deep dive into the history of the Pokémon franchise (as written by yours truly).

In the first part, we met the creator of Pokémon, Satoshi Tajiri and followed his life through to the creation of Game Freak - the company behind the entire series.

In this part, we look into the troubled and extended 6-year development of the original Pokémon Red & Green games - originally known as Capsule Monsters. Including the story of how a desperate need to pay the bills nearly doomed the Pokémon series before it even got off the ground - until Junichi Masuda stepped in to save it.

Please check it out here!
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If you, like us, tuned into the 24-hour stream of Glimwood Tangle, This image is likely what you've seen 99.9% of the time.

Promoted as a "24-hour stream from the Galar Region demonstrating the ecology of the Pokémon in the Glimwood Tangle" and mostly demonstrating that there wasn't much life out in this particular patch of static, frozen wilderness (clearly the work of Zacian and Zamazenta's errant sibling, Za Warudo), the stream in question nonetheless had a few things of note.

Read more here to see what rode in on this event!
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Today, our sister site GameCrash has received a bit of a make-over and with it, three new weekly feature series to keep coming back for.

On Mondays, GameCrash Rewind takes a look back at games from the long or perhaps more recent past. We explore the pros and cons of the games as well as how you can get your hands on them today.

This weed's first article centres on a Master System Disney classic, The Lucky Dime Caper Starring Donald Duck:

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On Fridays, Version Control focusses on the era of gaming when games could be entirely different depending on which console you played them on.

The first Version Control takes a long hard look at no less than five versions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:...
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The latest trailer for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield has gone live today revealing a new brand new evolution for Farfetch'd! This evolved form is known as Sirfetch'd and is exclusive to Pokémon Sword. You can find out more after the jump!