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

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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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!

King of the Hill X Pokemon Mashup

This was done by YouTube user El Cid. It’s got Hank Hill dressed up as Ash and using same mannerisms from the 90’s Pokemon television show. Boomhauer is pretty much the same, though. That’s a good thing! Really great gags here.

Thought Pokemon Origins Would Be Another Kiddie Show?

Think again. Here’s a clip of what’s premiered via the Pokemon TV app. Brutal. Read more on the show here.

Behold The Badassery Of Mega Charizard X
The classic Fire- and Flying-type Pokémon gets an all new Dragon-type form and we have all the details with screenshots straight from Pokémon X & Y as well as an all new gameplay trailer.
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Remember this guy? Remember how the foil version of his original Pokémon trading card still goes for mad money? Ah, nothing beats a classic!

Well, accept maybe this guy. This is Mega Charizard Y. I’m sure if he got in a fight with a regular Charizard, things would get pretty nuts. You can have your regular Charizard transform into this beast by letting him hold Charizardite Y, an item only obtainable in Pokémon Y. Once transformed, his Special Attack goes up like crazy and his ability changes to Drought which powers up Fire-type moves. Mega Charizard can also learn the move Blast Burn.
But if you think that’s nuts, check out this crazy mofo.

Dun dun dunnnnn!!! Bask in the glory of his badassery! Unlike other Charizards who are Fire- and Flying-type, Mega Charizard X is Fire- and Dragon-type! Which kinda’ would make sense for all Charizards since they’re freaking orange dragons, but this just makes Charizard X even more special and awesome.

LOOK AT HIM! Don’t you just want to use him to murder things? And check out that sexy color scheme! Doesn’t it remind you of something?

Our Albotapus mascot is as big as a planet and feeds on the bones of entire civilizations, so I’m pretty sure he’d destroy the living poop out of a Mega Charizard any day of the week.
Owners of Pokémon X version can obtain the Charizardite X Megastone to Megaevolve their ‘Zards into this beastly colossal titan who’s ability changes to Tough Claws which ups the power of moves that make direct hits. He also learns the Dragon-type move Dragon Tail which deals damage and can force an opponent’s Pokémon to switch out during battle. Well that’s just rude. Awesome, but rude.
Check out this new gameplay trailer showing off Mega Charizard and his fancy new moves!

And because we love you, here’s a bunch of screenshots of Mega Charizard X and Mega Charizard Y straight from the games.







Who do you think would win in a fight? Mega Charizard X or Mega Charizard Y?
Pre-order: Pokémon XPre-order: Pokémon Y

Behold The Badassery Of Mega Charizard X

The classic Fire- and Flying-type Pokémon gets an all new Dragon-type form and we have all the details with screenshots straight from Pokémon X & Y as well as an all new gameplay trailer.

Read More

Daily Graffiti: Pokémon Edition
I’ve been slacking on Daily Graffiti all week, so here’s some rad Pokémon subway car graffiti to make up for it.
Check it: More geeky Graffiti from AlbotasJoin: The Albotas Geek Graffiti Flickr group

Daily Graffiti: Pokémon Edition

I’ve been slacking on Daily Graffiti all week, so here’s some rad Pokémon subway car graffiti to make up for it.

Check it: More geeky Graffiti from Albotas
Join: The Albotas Geek Graffiti Flickr group
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