Valentine’s Day on Pokémon Go

The current Valentine’s Day Event on Pokémon Go is still going on right now and will last until the 15 February, 8 p.m. in Luxembourg.

Until tomorrow, you can:

  • Double the amount of candy you get for all actions, from buddy walking to hatching and transferring
  • Get a higher chance for Cleffa, Igglybuff and Smoochum to hatch from eggs
  • Enjoy an increased spawn rate for pink Pokémon like Chansey, Clefable, Exeggcute and even Porygon
  • And last but not least, Lure Modules last for 6 hours instead of the usual 30 minutes

The event has already started on the 8th so it’s going to end tomorrow after exactly a week.

 

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Pokemon Go Update 0.31.0 is coming

Nintendo and developer Niantic’s wildly popular Pokemon Go has had its technical problems since launch, and some of them have remained unsolved.

The most annoying of grievances with the game for most users is the “three step” glitch, which would show all nearby Pokemon with the same number of steps. This makes it that much harder to track down nearby Pokemon, as the two and one steps never appear.

To solve this, Niantic has removed the footprints feature entirely, with no mention as to whether or not fans can expect them back again. There are some welcome improvements to the game, like improved memory usage, the ability to re-customize your avatar (as well as some new outfit options), and more.

You can find the entire changelog, below:

  • Avatars can now be re-customized from the Trainer profile screen
  • Adjusted battle move damage values for some Pokémon
  • Refined certain Gym animations
  • Improved memory issues
  • Removed footprints of nearby Pokémon
  • Modified battle damage calculation
  • Various bug fixes during wild Pokémon encounter
  • Updated Pokémon details screen
  • Updated achievement medal images
  • Fixed issues with displaying certain map features
  • Minor text fixes
  • New warning about playing in dangerous areas
  • Battery saver mode removed from iOS version

 

The more confusing move by Niantic has been the effective shutting down of third party websites and applications like Pokevision, Poke Radar, and more – by cutting off whatever information said third parties were scraping from the Pokemon Go servers.

Now, with no way of reliably tracking down Pokemon both in the app and outside it with third parties, it will be interesting to see how Niantic approaches tracking Pokemon, considering they have consistently had server issues.

Get Pikachu as a Starter in Pokemon Go

At the start of Pokémon Go, players are presented with option of choosing one of the three classic starter Pokémon from Pokémon Redand Blue: Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. Sadly it doesn’t appear that Pikachu available to select as your first Pokémon.

It turns out that with a bit of knowhow and patience, Pikachu can in fact be your first partner in your Pokémon Go journey, and you can play the game in true Pokémon Yellow style.

When you start playing, Professor Willow prompts you to choose one of the three presented starters, who all pop up on the in-game map. If you don’t initiate battle with any of them, though, and walk away from the area, they should all disappear and then respawn to wherever you moved to. If you do this four times, the next time the starters pop up again, they should have Pikachu with them.

Bear in mind that this method might take some time to work for you: It took our team 30 minutes until it happened for them.

 

Nintendo Stocks Increase By 23% After Pokemon Go’s Release

It seems as though Nintendo’s Pokémon Go has been a success for the company.

Since the release of their mobile app, Nintendo experienced a 23% rise in their stock on Monday morning in Japan, with a 10% occurring  on Friday. The 23% rise added 7.5 billion dollars to the company’s market value.

According to Bloomberg’s David Ingles, the 23% rise is the best one day move for the stock since 1983, which was the year that the Famicom released in Japan.

 

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With this massive rise, it’ll be interesting to see what the company has in store for the mobile market.

Augmented Reality Pokemon Game Coming to Smartphones

 

Get ready for an all-new Pokémon experience! Pokémon GO opens a universe of Pokémon to find, catch, trade, and battle on your iPhone or Android device! With Pokémon GO, you’ll discover Pokémon in a whole new world—your own! Pokémon GO will use real location information to allow players to experience catching, trading, and battling Pokémon.

The Pokemon Company has announced Pokemon Go for both iOS and Android.

The new game is coming sometime next year, and it’s developed to bring the Pokemon universe to our world. Featured above, you can view the first teaser trailer for the game.

Pokemon Go has been in development for the past two years within Ingress developer Niantic Labs, a former startup at Google. The game is being developed in collaboration with both Nintendo and The Pokemon Company. Series creator Junichi Masuda is returning to design the game’s music and overall design.

The Pokemon Compay partnered with Google spin-off Niantic, creator of the sci-fi augmented reality game Ingress, to create the AR game. Pokemon Go will be available for free in 2016. Fans will be able to search real world locations find, capture, trade, and battle Pokemon.

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Players will also be able to use a separate bluetooth device called a Pokemon GO Plus, a device developed and manufactured by Nintendo. The Pokemon GO Plus will alert players of special events and nearby Pokemon when they aren’t looking at their phone.

A small device called a Pokémon GO Plus will enable Pokémon GO players to enjoy the game even when they’re not looking at their smartphone. The device connects to the smartphone via Bluetooth and notifies the player about events in the game—such as the appearance of a Pokémon nearby—using an LED and vibration. In addition, players can catch Pokémon or perform other simple actions by pressing the button on the device.

Junichi Masuda, the game director of the Pokémon video game series, will contribute to the AR game as well.

Is hard at work ensuring that the fun of Pokémon makes its way into this new project, and is also looking to come up with new kinds of gameplay while thinking of ways to connect this project with the main series of Pokémon video games.

The game will be free but does support “in-app” purchases.