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It's that time again! Pokécharms is 17 years old as of today, which means that next year it'll officially be old enough to vote. Considering that most of the staff have been here at least a decade, I'm not sure whether that makes us dinosaurs, or fossils. (I could cope with being a cute little Bulbasaur, but I'd rather not be a broken Dracovish, thankyouverymuch!)

It's a strange time that I find myself writing this, what with the novel coronavirus COVID-19 becoming a pandemic around the world. Here in the UK, many workplaces are switching to remote working only. My university has already shut for taught course students, and the labs will be closing for research students on Friday. So a lot of us are finding ourselves having to adapt to sudden enforced lifestyle changes, which means we're all stressed and rather short of energy. Hence we don't have any fantastic new artwork to share with you.

So I thought I'd write a review of the past year as seen here on Pokécharms.

The first... excitement of the year...
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As we previously reported, a pop-up Pokémon Center store is headed to London, England, later this year to celebrate the release of Pokémon Sword & Shield. The store will only be open for a limited time, from October 18th until November 15th, 2019 - the same day that Pokémon Sword & Shield release worldwide.

We now know that the store hours will be 10 AM to 10 PM Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 6 PM on Sundays. Plan your trips accordingly!

It’s also been stated that store will be fully accessible for guests of all abilities, and an elevator will be available for travel between floors.

Will you be visiting it?
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Some exciting news dropped today for those of you living in the UK. In celebration of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield's release on November 15th, and to pay tribute to the Galar region being so heavily inspired by the United Kingdom, it's been announced that a pop-up Pokémon Center will be making its way to London, England, later this year for a limited time. Click through for more information!...
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It's that time again! March 17th is here, and that means we've officially completed another revolution around the sun.

Things have been pretty busy for all of us - and so we haven't really had the chance to put together anything particularly special this year (as you can probably tell by the fact we took this long to even make a post about it!). But nonetheless, existing for 16 years is an achievement of its own right - and with a new generation of Pokémon games just around the corner, we will probably have some interesting things in store this year regardless.
The official Pokémon Twitter account has confirmed that a new Pokémon Direct will be released tomorrow.


While no other details have been revealed the it seems likely that the direct will consist of 8th generation reveal, especially given this in celebration of Pokémon Day. Will we finally see the forthcoming Switch game? Well you better tune in to find out!
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As we're celebrating our big ol' 15th anniversary today, we've put together something special for the occasion: a Pokécharms 15th Anniversary Quiz Game!

Head on over to the website Quizizz.com/join and enter the game code 114413 to play the quiz. We have 15 questions lined up for you all about the staff of Pokécharms, our various site features, and Pokécharms' history.

Once you've entered the game code on Quizizz, choose a nickname to take the quiz. Be sure to use your Pokécharms username so that we can recognize who you are! You may be rewarded for your efforts. Read on to find out more!...
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March 17th, 2018 marks the date in which we officially celebrate 15 years of being crazy and proud! This is quite the major milestone, and you can be certain that many of us have had something to say about it. So without further ado, I'll let the rest of staff speak for themselves.

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Earlier this week a brand new mobile game, Magikarp Jump, was released in Italy for iOS and Android. Today the game has finally been released in the US and the UK, as well as elsewhere across the globe.
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We woke up to the news this morning that Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata, has unfortunately passed away during the weekend. Losing a battle with a rare and aggressive form of bile duct cancer that he has been struggling with for over a year.

Iwata’s contribution to the video game industry is practically immeasurable. Even before he was running the most recognisable and most cherished video game company in the world, he was a leading developer on the ground floor of some of Nintendo’s biggest hits and possessed a rare natural ability that would have made him one of the greatest forces in the industry whether or not he was in the top chair.

Born in Sapporo, Japan in 1959, Iwata’s very first game was a baseball game he programmed onto a pocket calculator at school, demonstrating early on the uncanny ability at programming and problem solving that would be seen throughout his career at Nintendo.

From there, he entered the Tokyo...
[So, this is a community project that took off on the forums a few days ago to Wonder Trade Halloween-themed Pokémon - it's a great idea, so I'll let Ruko explain more... -Teapot]

So, @DoggyEars had an idea to catch up as many Pumpkaboo as she can, give them rare candy and then Wonder-Trade them on Halloween. I've decided to follow suit and do the same thing and thought I'd post here to see if anyone else would like to join us, or perhaps just try to get a hold of one on halloween :)

At the moment we're thinking about nicknaming them, but don't have any particularly good ideas - if you can come up with any, feel free to post suggestions or even take from the suggestion pool to nickname your own.

Name suggestions I've liked:
Jack
Candy
Boo
Ichabod
Grim
Salem
Sweets

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