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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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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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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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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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Now available in a preview-form (effectively an open beta), the latest mobile game from The Pokémon Company and DeNA, Pokémon Masters, definitely stands out from the previous mobile Pokémon games in some very exciting ways. But, it has to be said, it’s not all good news. We’ve had the chance to put some time into the game ahead of its full, global release in the coming weeks and build some initial impressions about this new spin on Pokémon gameplay and the mobile game trappings it’s wrapped up in.

Check out our full in-depth preview on the game, including details on microtransactions and evolving Pokémon here:...​
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Over on our sister site GameCrash, we've launched some new forums and a new Feature series - the GameCrash Game Club!

Every month we’ll post a new poll on the GameCrash forums for people to choose between a handful of games. After a certain amount of time, that poll will close and the winner will be that month’s game.

We’ll then go our separate ways and play that game over the month, sharing our experiences and tracking our progress as we go. It’s like a book club, but since this isn’t a website about books, it’s for video games instead!

The aim of this club is to go back to games we either might have missed from the past few years or go even further back to remember games from long long ago. So every game we play will be at least about a year...
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All the way back in 2017, The Pokemon Company announced the latest entry in the Pokémon Rumble spin-off series, PokéLand. Intended for release exclusively on iOS and Android, this was effectively a follow-up to the Pokémon Rumble World3DS free-to-play game released a year before. An alpha test of the game took place in Japan over the space of a few weeks after announcement and then the game was never heard or seen from again.

Until last week when it suddenly appeared on the Google Play Store in Australia, now called Pokémon Rumble Rush. The name may have changed in the 2 years the game has been MIA, but the rest of it looks pretty much exactly as it did back when it was called PokéLand. Quite what happened to the game to initially delay it, or...
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As some of you might already be aware, every Saturday for the past few weeks I've been streaming again on our sister site GameCrash's Twitch channel. While we're still taking a break from Pokecharms streams until we have content we're happy with putting out weekly, these weekly streams will help fill the time until then!

Tonight (starting shortly after this post!) I'm playing Golden Axe Warrior in celebration of a recently published article by moi. If you have no idea what Golden Axe Warrior is, all the more reason to join us!

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Pokémon Sword and Shield could be the best and most disappointing Pokémon games yet
"Although we loved what we saw in the Pokémon Sword and Shield reveal, there's a disappointing lack of any sign that the Pokémon series itself will be evolving any time soon."

Read the latest opinion piece on Pokémon Sword and Shield from @DoctorOak at our sister site: GameCrash.co.uk