When your highly-successful franchise hits a big milestone, you have to celebrate. Especially when people are still buying and playing your games in droves. Yesterday we showed you the new Special Edition Pokemon 3DS, which will be released next month. But Nintendo has gifts coming for everyone, once a month, through the end of the year. And we've got the schedule.
It's hard to imagine a world where Pokemon doesn't exist. But 20 years ago, we were all living in that world. Pokemon made its debut on February 27, 1996. With such a big anniversary, Nintendo has a few surprises up their sleeve for everyone.
It's been some since we've heard about impressive mods to get game consoles running software and games they're not meant to, but thanks to Failoverflow, a collective of console hackers, there's something new to closeout 2015 with. The group has managed to hack Sony's PlayStation 4 to install the Linux operating system on it, taking advantage of the console's fairly standard PC architecture.
It's been over two years now since Nintendo debuted its 2DS handheld system in the US, dropping the 3DS's clamshell hinge as well as 3D functionality in favor of a slate-like form factor with a budget-friendly price. Now the odd portable is arriving in Japan for the first time, but in the form of special Pokemon-themed editions. The four models come in transparent red, blue, green, and yellow, and coincide with Nintendo's release of updated versions of the original Gameboy Pokemon titles.
Last week we brought you the news that Bandai Namco was making a special controller with a single game in mind. Specifically, this controller was designed for Pokken Tournament, a Pokemon arcade fighter. While it was interesting to see a controller specifically designed for a fighting game, there was one disappointing part to the news: It was only to be released in Japan.
The controller you see in the image above may not look like it, but it's actually for the Wii U. The thing is, it's meant to be used with one game in particular: Pokken Tournament, the Pokemon arcade fighting game that is headed to Nintendo's home console next year. It's a wired controller and is notably missing any analog sticks, but those are unnecessary when it comes to dedicated fighting game fans, who prize smooth directional pads and zero latency button presses above all else.
In its latest Nintendo Direct presentation, its first since the passing of the late Satoru Iwata , the gaming company giant laid out its future in the next few months all the way to 2016. At least as far as its games are concerned. There is sadly no hint or even foreshadowing of its long rumored and speculated NX console. But with the extensive lost of games coming our way, some gamers might be distracted for a while, with a variety of games that contain surprise appearances of old school pocket monsters, a gender bender green clad elf hero, and the long awaited return of a space fox.
"I want to be the very best..." If you can finish that line, then I've got some great news for you. Since the original Pokémon games debuted in the 90's, people everywhere have wanted to be Pokémon Master. Sadly, to do so requires you to visit a Pokémon Gym, and collect badges. And there have been a distinct lack of such gyms, until now.
Three big companies are apparently very interested in the upcoming real-world augmented reality Pokemon game "Pokemon GO". The Pokemon Company Group, Google, and Nintendo are investing up to $30 million in Niantic, Inc., the company that created the game Ingress. This company recently spun off from Google and not long after announced a collaboration with the Pokemon Company to release Pokemon Go. The investment from The Pokemon Company Group, Google, and Nintendo includes $20 million upfront and an additional $10 million "conditioned upon achieving certain milestones."
Get ready for a whole new way to play Pokemon: in the real world. The Pokemon Company has announced a new mobile game, Pokemon GO, for both iOS and Android, but the twist is that it's paired with a wearable and uses GPS location data to have players hunting monsters in real life. The Pokemon Company has partnered with both Nintendo and Niantic Labs, the former Google-owned makers of the hit GPS-based mobile game Ingress. The mobile app will be available for free when it launches in 2016.