Pokemon GO Datamine Suggests More Gen 2 Additions

Pokemon GO Datamine Suggests More Gen 2 Additions

The dataminers at Silph Road are back at it again, this time unveiling code that suggests that Pokemon GO will be getting more Gen 2 monsters in the near future.

Pokemon GO might not have made many people’s list for the best games of 2016, but it was ubiquitous in gaming discussions for what seemed like the entire year. Niantic’s mobile killer app proved that a little brand recognition can go a long way in the mobile gaming industry, and Pokemon GO quickly became the fastest selling and most profitable game on iOS and Android devices.

The shine on the game may have dulled in recent months after Pokemon GO‘s developers failed to address a number of core issues fans had with the mechanics behind the title, but it has nevertheless held onto its status as the mobile app to beat in 2017. One of the biggest weapons Pokemon GO has available to it in order to maintain its relevance is the anticipation that the features fans have been clamoring for will inevitably be added, as evidence by Pokemon GO‘s latest update file. Pokemon GOdataminers have been uncovering potential updates with each patch release, and this one is no different – according to the dataminers from Silph Road, Pokemon GO will be getting more Gen 2 Pokemon in the near future.

Pokemon GO‘s latest update contains new data for evolutionary items, and although they haven’t been implemented yet, their presence within the code indicates that they likely will be soon. The five evolutionary items present in the code are the King’s Rock, Metal Coat, Upgrade, Sun Stone, and Dragon Scale items, each of which made their first appearance in Pokemon games in Pokemon Silverand Pokemon Gold.

Those items would make a lot of sense for inclusion in Pokemon GO, as Niantic has demonstrated that, while the developer is willing to slowly introduce new Pokemon to the game, it would much prefer those Pokemon to be related to ones that are already in-game already. The evolutionary items present in the code indicate that gamers should be seeing Bellossom, Porygon2, Kingdra, Steelix, and the mighty Slowking in the coming months, and all of them are related to first-gen counterparts.

 

 

[Source:- GR]

 

Petition to bring Pokémon Go to Windows phones officially hits over 100,000 signatures

Pokémon Go is everywhere – be it walking around town, eating out at a restaurant, or even being at work. The phenomenon of Pokémon has just taken the world by storm with endless news stories of people wandering into dangerous places that they normally wouldn’t pay attention towards. Fortunately or unfortunately, Windows phones don’t have access to the latest “must-have” app. For some, this could be a blessing in disguise, saving them from the dangers of the wilderness. For others, it is acting as a social barrier from those on other mobile platforms, preventing people from socialising with their friends.

For some, this could be a blessing in disguise, saving them from the dangers of the wilderness. For others, it is acting as a social barrier from those on other mobile platforms, preventing people from socialising with their friends.

Over the past few days, Windows phone users have come quite a long way, with anunofficial client for Pokemon Go on Windows 10 Mobile being delivered. It’s in beta stage at the moment, however, development is seemingly fast-paced with therealready being 3 versions and counting. The app is rough and doesn’t provide the full experience, but for some it is enough for now. That doesn’t stop people clamouring for an official app though – in fact, thousands of people every day are still signing the petition to bring Pokemon Go to Windows phones, in particular, Windows 10 Mobile.

A few weeks ago, the petition hit 50,000 signatures. Today, it has reached 100,000 – just 20 days later. That’s a pretty hefty milestone to reach for a mobile platform that so many claim is “dead” or lacks any large number of users. If we put this into perspective, many Windows phone users, with the exception of those who follow the news closely or are really into the platform, will not have noticed the petition or even thought of it. If those were to be factored into the numbers, then that 100,000 could, in reality, be much larger.

Of course, there will also be some fake signatures on the petition, alongside those who signed it but wouldn’t use the app. These variables make it difficult to provide an accurate number of how many actually want Pokemon Go to arrive on Windows 10 Mobile. One thing is for certain, though: a large number of users do want it.

There’s been no response from Nintendo, Niantic, or Microsoft regarding the petition. Microsoft did respond to some feedback reports on their Feedback Hub, stating thatthey’re looking into it, but that’s as far as it has gone.

 

[Source: Winbeta]

Pokemon Go for Windows 10 Mobile is now possible, PoGo UWP now available in beta

Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile users have been pining for Pokemon Go for some time now, with a petition for Niantic to bring the game to Microsoft’s mobile platform garnering well over 50,000 signatures (almost 100,000 now). There’s been hope for an official port of Pokemon Go for Windows 10 Mobile for some time, with Microsoft representatives across various teams stating that they’re working on it, however, none of those claims have come to fruition so far. That brings it back to the Windows phone community, who are known for their third-party apps, which, in some cases, turn out better than the official apps – such as YouTube, Reddit and SoundCloud.

This time, we’ve gained a third-party client for Pokemon Go, called PoGo-UWP (at least for now). It acts as a client between the Android version of the app and brings its features to the Windows 10 platform. With it being a client, it means that players are connected to the same world as players on the other mobile platforms and can complete many of the same tasks. It is important to note that the app is still in beta and is being actively worked on. It is also open-source, meaning that anybody can help out. It has some issues right now and a few missing features but it is a good start for a third-party version of Pokemon Go.

Features of the app so far include:

  • Login with Pokemon™ Trainer Club accounts
  • Similar UI as the Android/iOS version but 2D only
  • Use the map to see both Pokemons and PokeStops near your location
  • Catch Pokemons
  • Visit PokeStops and get new items

For some of the missing features, they’ll be coming soon:

  • Improve layout/UI/animations
  • Fix crashes
  • Add Google Login support
  • Make better code
  • Add eggs support
  • Add Pokedex and inventory management
  • Add gyms support

Get the app on your device

PoGo-UWP isn’t available in the Windows Store yet. It currently resides on GitHub, where users interested in giving the app a try will have to complete a few steps before being able to transfer it to their device. These steps can become a little advanced for the average user, as it requires tools such as Visual Studio, Bluestacks and more.

 

 

[Source: Winbeta]

6 Things We’d Like to See in Pokemon Sun and Moon

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As we wait for the release of the recently announced Pokemon Sun and Moon, Game Rant takes a look at what features we’d like to see in the upcoming titles.

Despite the excitement of Pokemon Sun and Moon‘s announcement during Nintendo’s Pokemon-themed direct, very little has been revealed about the upcoming game besides the fact that it will be a new main series title.

Due to the lack of information in the company’s brief presentation, all we can do is speculate about the upcoming games, though some eagle-eyed fans have noticed that the presented concept art hints at the next adventure possibly having a tropical setting. While we don’t know much about what the new titles are going to be like, here are just some of the things we hope will be in Pokemon Sun and Moon.


A Better Rival

Pokemon Rivals

The original Pokemon games had great rivals that would occasionally pop up to test the player’s skills in battle. The Kanto region had Blue, Johto had Silver, and Hoenn had May/Brendan – as well as Wally. The thing is, as the games go on, The Pokemon Company seem to be diluting down the rival experience in place of allowing more characters to join the player’s journey. In the latest region, Kalos, the player has 4 friends that will turn up from time to time.

The thing is, while Blue and Silver’s teams would fill up and develop alongside the player’s, even the last time you encounter your friends in Pokemon X and Y, they still haven’t caught 6 Pokemon. Not only does this make them easier to beat but it actually serves to remove almost all of the threat in them challenging you to a battle. Here’s hoping that Sun and Moon brings back that same intensity that we saw when facing Blue in the Pokemon league for the first time.


Original Pokemon

Pokemon Rainbow

One thing that made Pokemon X and so great was the inclusion of classic creatures, as well as the new additions to the Kalos Pokedex. While Generation 6 delivered a range of fresh and unique Pokemon, the power of nostalgia is strong, especially for Pokemon fans. With the inclusion of the brand new Mega Evolution, old favorites suddenly became important and usable creatures again.

Of course we’re all wanting to see what The Pokemon Company delivers in terms of new creatures, but adopting X and Y‘s method of blending the old with the new might be the best tactic to ensure popularity of the new games. Maybe Sun and Moon will once again give players a second starter Pokemon, this time in the form of the second generation’s Cyndaquil, Totodile, or Chikorita.


Higher Difficulty

Pokemon Red Versus Giovanni

Despite Pokemon being a game generally aimed towards children, Nintendo has always been good at making its titles fun for all ages and the older fanbase isn’t about to abandon the franchise, especially during the Year of Pokemon. That said, it would be nice to see the Big N raise the difficulty just a little from it’s level in X and Y. The original games had just the right amount of difficulty to add a challenge while still keeping the game fun.

In the last original title, however, players had access to an exp. share that simultaneously levelled up all of their Pokemon at once, regardless of whether or not they were ever sent out in battle. This resulted in the player having a high level team with very little effort and led to many complaining that the game’s ultimate challenge, the Elite 4, required almost no preparation to beat. While an easy Pokemon game does remove the need to grind levels, it takes away from the great sense of achievement that we felt after finally beating a difficult gym leader or challenging rival fight.


More Evolution/Mega Evolutions

Pokemon X Y Mega Charizard Blastoise Venasaur

It’s almost guaranteed that we’ll be getting a new range of Mega Evolutions in order to capitalize on the new feature that was introduced in the past couple games, but a few new regular Pokemon evolutions would be welcomed also. Pokemon such as Dunsparce, Farfetch’d, and Shuckle are long overdue a new form in order to make the creatures relevant and worthwhile in battle again.

In terms of new Megas, it’ll be interesting to see if the developers give any more starter Pokemon a Mega Evolution in much the same way as they did with Gen 1 and Gen 3. A Mega Typhlosion or Empoleon would be sure to be met with a great reception, due to the popularity of the two. It’d also be interesting to see creatures like Dragonite, Flygon, or Rapidash get a Mega form because, frankly, it’s upsetting that they haven’t already received the upgrade.


Return of the Roller Skates

Pokemon skates

Pokemon X/Y’s addition of the roller skates was one of the things that made the game stand out in comparison to the other main series titles. Ever since the series began, trainers have been confined to a blocky movement pattern that only allowed them to move in 4 different directions. Then out came the roller skates and suddenly every Pokemon master could move fluidly and quickly at a push of the CirclePad. Yes, bikes are available too, but there was just something fresh and new about the skates that made them so much fun to use.

Not only were the skates practical but trainers could also learn tricks including a stylish “Cosmic Flip”. Sadly, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby removed the option to skate in order to stay true to the original games, but with Sun and Moon on the way, Nintendo should certainly consider bringing back the transport method.


Pokemon Followers

Pokemon Walking

Something that nearly every Pokemon fan wants to see is the return of the Pokemon follower. First seen in Pokemon Yellow where Pikachu could tail behind its trainer and be interacted with to check its mood, the Pokemon follower feature has been vastly underused ever since. Only appearing once more in Heart Gold/Soul Silver, Pokemon followers are well overdue a comeback.

Of course, it’d require a lot of effort to implement such a feature now, both because of the sheer number of Pokemon sprites that would need to be produced and because of the 3-dimensional movement but it’s sure to be very much appreciated by almost all of the Pokemon fanbase.


Conclusion

Still Play Pokemon Mid Twenties

Despite the first Pokemon titles coming out 20 years ago, fans of the series are still playing the games today, and this is reflected in the success of Nintendo’s second most popular franchise as the sales increase with each generation. While the old classics still have a great deal of replay value, it’s important that the Big N learns from its successes and puts a great deal of time into making sure Pokemon Sun and Moon are remembered as fondly.

Regardless of whether any or all of the features on our list are added to the next Pokemon games, it seems hard for Nintendo to do anything profoundly wrong with this legendary series. With that said, it’s no stretch to say that we’re all very excited to see how Sun and Moon turn out.

 

[Source:- Gamerant]

6 Things We’d Like to See in Pokemon Sun and Moon

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As we wait for the release of the recently announced Pokemon Sun and Moon, Game Rant takes a look at what features we’d like to see in the upcoming titles.

Despite the excitement of Pokemon Sun and Moon‘s announcement during Nintendo’s Pokemon-themed direct, very little has been revealed about the upcoming game besides the fact that it will be a new main series title.

Due to the lack of information in the company’s brief presentation, all we can do is speculate about the upcoming games, though some eagle-eyed fans have noticed that the presented concept art hints at the next adventure possibly having a tropical setting. While we don’t know much about what the new titles are going to be like, here are just some of the things we hope will be in Pokemon Sun and Moon.


A Better Rival

Pokemon Rivals

The original Pokemon games had great rivals that would occasionally pop up to test the player’s skills in battle. The Kanto region had Blue, Johto had Silver, and Hoenn had May/Brendan – as well as Wally. The thing is, as the games go on, The Pokemon Company seem to be diluting down the rival experience in place of allowing more characters to join the player’s journey. In the latest region, Kalos, the player has 4 friends that will turn up from time to time.

The thing is, while Blue and Silver’s teams would fill up and develop alongside the player’s, even the last time you encounter your friends in Pokemon X and Y, they still haven’t caught 6 Pokemon. Not only does this make them easier to beat but it actually serves to remove almost all of the threat in them challenging you to a battle. Here’s hoping that Sun and Moon brings back that same intensity that we saw when facing Blue in the Pokemon league for the first time.


Original Pokemon

Pokemon Rainbow

One thing that made Pokemon X and so great was the inclusion of classic creatures, as well as the new additions to the Kalos Pokedex. While Generation 6 delivered a range of fresh and uniquePokemon, the power of nostalgia is strong, especially for Pokemon fans. With the inclusion of the brand new Mega Evolution, old favorites suddenly became important and usable creatures again.

Of course we’re all wanting to see what The Pokemon Company delivers in terms of new creatures, but adopting X and Y‘s method of blending the old with the new might be the best tactic to ensure popularity of the new games. Maybe Sun and Moon will once again give players a second starterPokemon, this time in the form of the second generation’s Cyndaquil, Totodile, or Chikorita.


Higher Difficulty

Pokemon Red Versus Giovanni

Despite Pokemon being a game generally aimed towards children, Nintendo has always been good at making its titles fun for all ages and the older fanbase isn’t about to abandon the franchise, especially during the Year of Pokemon. That said, it would be nice to see the Big N raise the difficulty just a little from it’s level in X and Y. The original games had just the right amount of difficulty to add a challenge while still keeping the game fun.

In the last original title, however, players had access to an exp. share that simultaneously levelled up all of their Pokemon at once, regardless of whether or not they were ever sent out in battle. This resulted in the player having a high level team with very little effort and led to many complaining that the game’s ultimate challenge, the Elite 4, required almost no preparation to beat. While an easyPokemon game does remove the need to grind levels, it takes away from the great sense of achievement that we felt after finally beating a difficult gym leader or challenging rival fight.


More Evolution/Mega Evolutions

Pokemon X Y Mega Charizard Blastoise Venasaur

It’s almost guaranteed that we’ll be getting a new range of Mega Evolutions in order to capitalize on the new feature that was introduced in the past couple games, but a few new regular Pokemon evolutions would be welcomed also. Pokemon such as Dunsparce, Farfetch’d, and Shuckle are long overdue a new form in order to make the creatures relevant and worthwhile in battle again.

In terms of new Megas, it’ll be interesting to see if the developers give any more starter Pokemon a Mega Evolution in much the same way as they did with Gen 1 and Gen 3. A Mega Typhlosion or Empoleon would be sure to be met with a great reception, due to the popularity of the two. It’d also be interesting to see creatures like Dragonite, Flygon, or Rapidash get a Mega form because, frankly, it’s upsetting that they haven’t already received the upgrade.


Return of the Roller Skates

Pokemon skates

Pokemon X/Y’s addition of the roller skates was one of the things that made the game stand out in comparison to the other main series titles. Ever since the series began, trainers have been confined to a blocky movement pattern that only allowed them to move in 4 different directions. Then out came the roller skates and suddenly every Pokemon master could move fluidly and quickly at a push of the CirclePad. Yes, bikes are available too, but there was just something fresh and new about the skates that made them so much fun to use.

Not only were the skates practical but trainers could also learn tricks including a stylish “Cosmic Flip”. Sadly, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby removed the option to skate in order to stay true to the original games, but with Sun and Moon on the way, Nintendo should certainly consider bringing back the transport method.


Pokemon Followers

Pokemon Walking

Something that nearly every Pokemon fan wants to see is the return of the Pokemon follower. First seen in Pokemon Yellow where Pikachu could tail behind its trainer and be interacted with to check its mood, the Pokemon follower feature has been vastly underused ever since. Only appearing once more in Heart Gold/Soul Silver, Pokemon followers are well overdue a comeback.

Of course, it’d require a lot of effort to implement such a feature now, both because of the sheer number of Pokemon sprites that would need to be produced and because of the 3-dimensional movement but it’s sure to be very much appreciated by almost all of the Pokemon fanbase.


Conclusion

Still Play Pokemon Mid Twenties

Despite the first Pokemon titles coming out 20 years ago, fans of the series are still playing the games today, and this is reflected in the success of Nintendo’s second most popular franchise as the sales increase with each generation. While the old classics still have a great deal of replay value, it’s important that the Big N learns from its successes and puts a great deal of time into making sure Pokemon Sun and Moon are remembered as fondly.

Regardless of whether any or all of the features on our list are added to the next Pokemon games, it seems hard for Nintendo to do anything profoundly wrong with this legendary series. With that said, it’s no stretch to say that we’re all very excited to see how Sun and Moon turn out.

Pokemon Sun and Moon are slated for a Holiday 2016 release for Nintendo 3DS.

 

[Source:- Gamerant]

I’m in My Mid-Twenties And I Still Play Pokemon

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One editor talks about why he still finds Pokemon a great series as he’s grown into his mid-twenties, and why it’s okay to still play the franchise after all these years.

It’s almost hard to imagine my childhood without Pokemon. The series hit North America on September 28, 1998 in the form of the now beloved Pokemon Red and Blue. I still remember heading home from school that day, walking in through the front door alongside my little sister, and being greeted by my mom and dad. There, on the couch in my living room was my little brother – still too young to go to school – and in his hands was a copy of Pokemon Blue Version. I immediately turned around and there, in my mother’s hands, was my very own copy of Pokemon Red Version.

I remember that moment so vividly for a number of reasons, but what I didn’t know at the time was just how invested I would become in this turn-based, monster-gathering series. Seven year-old Riley has since matured quite a bit in the years following his introduction to Pokemon, but one thing that has never changed is my willingness to play the latest installment in the franchise. In fact, I’ve picked up every core entry the series has seen to-date, and there are no plans to change that. Even as I settle into my newly acquired age of 25, I’ve come to accept that fact that I continue to enjoy the series and there’s no reason to stop playing.

I’ve heard it all during the countless hours I’ve logged in my build to become a Pokemon Master. People are quick to brand the property as a kid’s game that others aren’t suppose to enjoy once they cross the threshold into adulthood. Truthfully, I’ve always found this to be a rather stupid point of view. Pokemon has and always will appeal to a large demographic of gamers, and I know many people my age and older that continue to replay the older versions of the game – if only for nostalgia’s sake. Heck, it’s the exact same reason why the re-releases of the original games on 3DSwere so highly anticipated.

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There’s something comforting about the series now, and despite the changes or upgrades it receives it never loses its feeling of familiarity. Perhaps that’s what I enjoy most about it, as I’m intimately acquainted with the type of experience I’m going to receive. While striking that all too familiar chord, every new iteration manages to justify its existence with additional monsters and a brand new story arc to follow. That’s one of the most invigorating aspects of the games, as each new title defines itself by the characters it introduces, the region it takes place in, and the monsters that fill it. Of course, not all gamers approve of these changes.

Despite what fans that have since moved on from the series will say, the new games and accompanying Pokemon push the newer titles ahead of their predecessors. It’s true that the original 151 hold a spot in my heart, but that’s based solely on the fact that they were the first monsters I ever encountered in this universe. I’m sure that’s the case for many, but to dismiss any others because of some misguided sense of nostalgia would be a mistake. When I encounter those that are adamant about how a monster inspired by a garbage bag or an ice cream cone are lazy, I point to the likes of Voltorb. It’s essentially a Pokeball with menacing eyes, and its name is literally the words ‘volt’ and ‘orb’ sloppily glued together. The original Pokemon aren’t immune to scrutiny, which is something I’ve learned after becoming a critic within this industry.

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Of course, not every new entry is perfect either, but the franchise has evolved (pun partially intended) accordingly. Going back to play through and review Pokemon Yellow, for instance, revealed to me just how far the games have come, with day and night cycles, breeding options, various types, new attacks, and more rounding out the series significantly in the time that has passed since I first booted Red Version up on my Game Boy. It’s an IP that has grown up alongside me, and (while it has changed) there’s no denying that it has always provided an experience that allowed me to continuously enjoy a familiar formula with a new and welcomed coat a paint.

Pokemon stopped being exclusively for kids in my mind a long time ago when I looked in the mirror and realized I’d grown up with it. Even if you joined in on the Pocket Monster phenomenon later in life, the fact is that The Pokemon Company and Game Freak keep churning out great games. In the end, those that actively try to belittle or frown upon people of any age that find joy in playingPokemon (or any video game for that matter) probably need to find something better to do.

In the meantime, go out and play what you want. There’s no other way to be the best, like no one ever was.

 
[Source:- Gamerant]