Pokemon Center Online Store Opens Up

The official Pokemon Center online store has finally opened up. The traffic on the website has been pretty hectic, but if you manage to make it through, you can purchase a Pokemon plush, keychain, t-shirt, and a bunch of other gifts over at the webstore. That includes the limited edition Special Delivery Pikachu plush seen up top.

To also celebrate the grand opening of the store, Pokemon Y/X users can receive a special level 12 Vivillon that is designed to look like a Pokeball. The Pokemon is available as “mystery gift" from now through Aug. 12. Check the Vivillion up top.

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BUY: Pokemon X | Pokemon Y

JAPAN HAS A PIKACHU CAFE AND THE FOOD LOOKS FREAKING INCREDIBLE

A limited-time Pikachu Cafe opens in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo this weekend along with a Pikachu the Movie XY Exhibit. I can’t stop staring at the mango pudding parfait and those little hot dog things make me wish EVERY hot dog came with Pokémon printed on them.

(Kotaku via Inside games)

CHECK IT: Pokémon Panties
PRE-ORDER: Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon Omega Ruby

POKEMON OMEGA RUBY/APLPHA SAPPHIRE BRINGS BACK SUPER-SECRET BASES

Super-Secret bases bring an Animal Crossing quality to the Pokemon world with hidden hide-outs that you can decorate with all sorts of items and furniture. No room for a Snorlax beanbag chair in your dorm or apartment? Get one for your secret base!

Build and Customize a Super-Secret Base and Share It with the World!
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire players will be able to create their very own Secret Base, a customizable area that will allow them to show off their individuality by setting up mazes or traps for visitors to encounter, and even creating Pokémon battle rules, transforming their Secret Base into their own Pokémon Gym!

Players will be able to share their Secret Base with other Trainers around the world using StreetPass functionality, or they can create a QR Code for their unique Secret Base, enabling friends to visit it with ease. When visiting other Secret Bases, players can meet other Trainers in the same base and invite them back to their own Secret Base as Secret Pals. Players can interact and battle with Secret Pals, who have special skills that can support players in their adventures, such as sharing new Decorations, making a Pokémon Egg hatch faster, or raising the level of a select Pokémon by one. The more Secret Pals players have in their Secret Base, the more special skills will be available to help them in their adventures.  

Players can also capture flags while visiting other players’ Secret Bases. Flags are located beside the Secret PC in each Secret Base. The more flags a player collects, the higher the rank earned, which brings rewards like improving the skills of a player’s Secret Pals.

Question: How pumped would you be if Nintendo actually decided to make an Animal Crossing x Pokemon crossover game?

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PRE-ORDER: Alpha Sapphire, Omega Ruby
I DON”T OWN A BIKE, BUT I’D BUY ONE JUST FOR THIS PIKACHU BIKE TIRE RIM
Check out this Pokemon bike!!! No sure if that rim is custom or they sell them somewhere, but I kind of need it in my life.
(via awesomepokepics)

I DON”T OWN A BIKE, BUT I’D BUY ONE JUST FOR THIS PIKACHU BIKE TIRE RIM

Check out this Pokemon bike!!! No sure if that rim is custom or they sell them somewhere, but I kind of need it in my life.

(via awesomepokepics)

DOG COSPLAYING AS UMBREON, I CHOOSE YOU!!!

Not sure if this Pokémon dog cosplay by lefeon-ex is awesome or mean. Can it see? Does it care? But what if it wanted to dress up as Psyduck? Do all dogs really go to heaven?

(via Neatorama)

POKÉMON IS COMING TO NETFLIX
Starting Saturday, March 1st, you’ll be able to stream episodes of the Pokémon animated series on Netflix: Pokémon: Indigo League, Pokémon Black & White, and the movies Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom.
Tempted to fire up some old epsidoes as soon as they go live, but I swear to god if I watch Ash set his Butterfree free one more time I just don’t think I can take it.
Real talk: Best oldschool Pokémon episode. GO!

POKÉMON IS COMING TO NETFLIX

Starting Saturday, March 1st, you’ll be able to stream episodes of the Pokémon animated series on Netflix: Pokémon: Indigo League, Pokémon Black & White, and the movies Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom.

Tempted to fire up some old epsidoes as soon as they go live, but I swear to god if I watch Ash set his Butterfree free one more time I just don’t think I can take it.

Real talk: Best oldschool Pokémon episode. GO!

HOW NINTENDO PLANS TO RUIN THE POKEMON FRANCHISE
With almost every new generation of Pokémon games players have been able to transfer their hard-earned Pocket Monsters from one generation to the next completely free of charge. That’s all about to change.
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It’s finally happened. Nintendo has discovered a way to further capitalize on the deep bonds between trainers and their Pokémon.

Starting December 27, 3DS owners will be able to download Pokémon Bank, an app that lets you store up to 3,000 Pokémon online so that you can trade them between games. Anyone who downloads it by January 31, 2014 gets a 30-day trial subscription. After that, it’s $4.99 a year. Not too bad, but it’s the only way to transfer Pokémon from Generation V (Pokémon Black & White and their sequels) to Pokémon X & Y.
Sorry, Nintendo, but this is bullshit. Any time a company forces customers to pay for something that’s been free for more than a decade, I’m forced to call shenanigans.
Back in the Ruby & Sapphire days, Nintendo released Pokémon Box for the Gamecube. It let you hook up your Game Boy Advance to the console and dump Pokémon onto a Gamecube memory card. This was perfect for things like collecting and breeding - especially once you ran out of room to store your Pokémon on the actual GBA cart. But here’s the thing: Pokémon Box was a standalone thing strictly for storing and organizing Pokémon - you didn’t NEED it for trading Pokémon between games.
Pokémon Bank takes the same concept of storage, but puts it online and makes you pay for it. Considering most people will probably only buy this for the transferring capabilities, it seems like Nintendo found a quick and easy way to make A LOT of money. Sure, it’s only $5 a year, but that money adds up when millions of players around the world are paying it. It’s hard not to feel taken advantage of.
 There’s also some pretty scary drawbacks to hosting your Pocket Monsters on the cloud. These were taken from the official Pokémon Bank FAQ page.


So, once you store your Pokémon, pay five bucks a year or lose them forever. Kind of like ransom, only you have the option of backing them up to your 3DS game whenever you want. Just don’t forget to renew to subscription. Mark a calendar. Set an alarm. Not the most convenient thing in the world.
The good news is, Pokémon Bank comes with a companion app, Poké Transporter. Poké Transporter lets you transfer any of your Pokémon to Pokémon bank without having to use multiple 3DS systems.
But what if you just want to transfer your dudes without having to use Pokémon Bank? Let’s consult our good friend, the FAQ.

"No, that is not possible. Poké Transporter is companion software that works together with Pokémon Bank to transfer Pokémon from your copies of Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2, and Pokémon White 2 to your own private Boxes hosted online through the Pokémon Bank service. After downloading Pokémon Bank, you can download Poké Transporter for no charge.”
Well then…
Okay, so maybe there’s a way to transfer Pokémon directly from the B&W games to the X&Y games for free without having to store anything online - like, maybe you can do it locally somehow using two systems like you could with from the DIamond/Pearl/Platinum games to the B&W games. Makes sense, right?
WRONG!

Are you kidding me? Why the hell not? The technology clearly exists, so why make loyal fans jump through hoops to do things that were more streamlined (and free!) in previous generations?
Nintendo could have at least done us a solid by letting us store a small amount of Pokémon in Pokémon Bank for free using the memory on our systems, then offering the online storage as a paid upgrade. Or at least let us transfer stuff without needing the online subscription.
Maybe I’m making a bigger deal out of this than it really is. Maybe it’ll be awesome and I’ll be wrong. Five bucks is nothing, but it’s about more than just that. Transfering shit between games used to be free! Regardless, I’m probably just going to transfer my Pokémon while I have the free trial subscription and then never mess with it again.

HOW NINTENDO PLANS TO RUIN THE POKEMON FRANCHISE

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Get Your Hygiene: Old School Nintendo Cartridge Soap

Firebox has these awesome Super Nintendo and GameBoy soaps, created from vegan-friendly ingredients and consisting of coconut oil, palm oil, and safflower oil. Each soap is shrink wrapped and comes in a cool plastic replica case.

GameBoy options for soap cartridges are Earthworm JimPokemon Red/Blue, Kirby’s Dreamland, Tetris, Super Mario Land, and The Legend of Zelda, while those wanting a Super Nintendo cartridge can purchase The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Kart, or Street Fighter II Turbo.

The GameBoy carts are going for $11.50, Super Nintendo for $21.30.

(via HiConsumption)

Get Pokemon Y For $20

Toys “R” Us, you done FUCKED up.

I’m about 80% sure Toys “R” Us messed up the price on Pokemon Y with this ad, but they’re selling Pokemon Y for $20. You can view the ad online, and if they don’t honor the price mismatch, you can always go to Walmart or Target, walk up to the customer service desk, and ask them to honor the price match on TRU's mistake. The ad can be found here on page 4 and can be pulled up in any store to match prices.

(via Slickdeals)

Field Guide to Kanto by Kari Fry

This 158-page full-color field guide by Kari Fry documents the wildlife observed in the Kanto region during a study preformed in 1998 and is available from Fangamer in hardcover and paperback.

Pokémon Panties: Because I Didn’t Already Have Enough Weird Geeky Fetishes

Ladies (or dudes, I guess), wrap your tushies in these Poképanties available in Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Pikachu styles from Etsy seller MakersWay.

[Via Geekologie]

Custom Charizard Game Boy

OSKUNK slaps his iconic painting wizardry on on oldschool Game Boy, gussying it up with the most fearsome Pokémon starter to rule the skies: mutha’ effin’ CHARIZARD! Seriously, where does this dude keep finding Game Boys tho?

CHECK IT: More OSKUNK customs on Albotas
BUY: Game Boy cell phone cases
iPhone 5c With Pokemon Influence
Apple’s iPhone 5c has a vibrant choice of coloring, which makes it difficult to choose which sole phone you’d like to use in the line. Now, thanks to artist George Michael Brower, it might be an even harder choice with these Pokemon-inspired mockups. Totally rad artwork! You can head over to Brower’s site to download these wallpapers as stickers for free here.

iPhone 5c With Pokemon Influence

Apple’s iPhone 5c has a vibrant choice of coloring, which makes it difficult to choose which sole phone you’d like to use in the line. Now, thanks to artist George Michael Brower, it might be an even harder choice with these Pokemon-inspired mockups. Totally rad artwork! You can head over to Brower’s site to download these wallpapers as stickers for free here.

Daily Graffiti: Pikachu’s Willy Edition
Sometimes you search for Pokémon street art and your eyeballs are blessed with a three-eyed Pikachu pissing a lightning bolt out of his dingaling, so, obviously, you have to share it with the world. You’re welcome, Internet.
CHECK IT: More geeky Graffiti from AlbotasJOIN US: The Albotas Geek Graffiti Flickr group

Daily Graffiti: Pikachu’s Willy Edition

Sometimes you search for Pokémon street art and your eyeballs are blessed with a three-eyed Pikachu pissing a lightning bolt out of his dingaling, so, obviously, you have to share it with the world. You’re welcome, Internet.

CHECK IT: More geeky Graffiti from Albotas
JOIN US: The Albotas Geek Graffiti Flickr group
UPDATE: GAME OVER MAN! We’re Giving Away A Free Digital Copy Of ‘Pokémon Y’
Haven’t had a chance to pick up the latest Pokémon game for 3DS yet? Worry not, Albotas has your back! We’re giving away a free download code for Pokémon Y that can be redeemed on the Nintendo eShop.
All you have to do drop us a line in the comment section of this post letting us know your favorite Pokémon memory. Did you shed a tear when Ash let his Butterfree go? Did you finally catch that shiny Ponyta? Or maybe you sent out some awesome Pokémon-themed save-the-dates for your wedding. Let us know!
Please note: multiple comments won’t count as multiple entries. Also, this is a download code redeemable only through the U.S. eShop. If your 3DS is from a different region, you won’t be able to redeem your prize.
We’ll update this post to announce one lucky winner on Monday, October 21 around 10am EST. Good luck!
Click here to comment!
AND THE WINNER IS: Karl Delagarza. Congrats! Shoot at email to brownkidd(at)albotas(dot)com to claim your prize.
Huge thanks to everyone else who participated. It was super awesome reading all of your favorite Pokémon memories even though it made me feel way old.
Thanks again to everyone for playing, and a mega huge thanks to Nintendo for hooking us up with the download code to give away. Stay tuned for more giveaways in the future!

UPDATE: GAME OVER MAN! We’re Giving Away A Free Digital Copy Of ‘Pokémon Y’

Haven’t had a chance to pick up the latest Pokémon game for 3DS yet? Worry not, Albotas has your back! We’re giving away a free download code for Pokémon Y that can be redeemed on the Nintendo eShop.

All you have to do drop us a line in the comment section of this post letting us know your favorite Pokémon memory. Did you shed a tear when Ash let his Butterfree go? Did you finally catch that shiny Ponyta? Or maybe you sent out some awesome Pokémon-themed save-the-dates for your wedding. Let us know!

Please note: multiple comments won’t count as multiple entries. Also, this is a download code redeemable only through the U.S. eShop. If your 3DS is from a different region, you won’t be able to redeem your prize.

We’ll update this post to announce one lucky winner on Monday, October 21 around 10am EST. Good luck!

Click here to comment!

AND THE WINNER IS: Karl Delagarza. Congrats! Shoot at email to brownkidd(at)albotas(dot)com to claim your prize.

Huge thanks to everyone else who participated. It was super awesome reading all of your favorite Pokémon memories even though it made me feel way old.

Thanks again to everyone for playing, and a mega huge thanks to Nintendo for hooking us up with the download code to give away. Stay tuned for more giveaways in the future!

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