in Articles, Events, Video Games by Ali Al-Karam

Over at WonderCon 2013, I headed over to the Nintendo exhibit to check out the newest Pokemon game, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity. I played the demo and Terry Chan, product marketing coordinator for Nintendo of America, walked me through this next addition to the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series. (Terry also confirmed that, yes, he IS buddies with Joel Simon from last year’s E3 coverage)

 

 

 

As you can see, all of the PMD: GtI demos were served to the ravenous WonderCon crowds on a shiny Pikachu 3DS XL platter (which are a lot more difficult to obtain as of recent), but what really matters is what’s on the inside, so let’s talk about Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity.

 

This is the second full Pokemon 3DS game that we’ve seen so far (with the first being Pokemon Rumble Blast) and this game, by itself, unlike its predecessors, makes up the fifth generation of the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games. What’s new in this new PMD game?

 

 

Well, the first thing Terry wanted to tell me was that in GtI, you get to pick your starter pokemon and your partner pokemon instead of taking the usual personality quiz that picks your starter pokemon for you as in previous PMD games; this is the first North American-released PMD game to implement this feature. After that, though, the game begins quite similarly to its relatives: you’ve mysteriously woken up in the body of a pokemon, so you need to figure out how and why this has happened to you. There are five different pokemon that a player can start as and pick their partner from: Pikachu, Axew, Snivy, Tepig, and Oshawott. During the course of the game, Emolga, Dunsparce, and Virizion will join your team as well. Most of the pokemon featured in this game are from the fifth generation of pokemon, but there are also pokemon from previous generations included.

 

The two main, non-dungeon locations in GtI are Post Town and Paradise. Post Town is a town of pokemon that contains various NPC’s and shops for your pokemon to access. Paradise is a location for your pokemon to build a house and dojos, it also contains mini-games, seed harvesting, and the Paradise Center, where you can pick up missions. Those dojos are pretty important, and there are 17 different ones to build, so guess what they’re related to; each dojo has its own pokemon type, and your team’s pokemon can visit the dojo to use moves of that type in order to power up those moves’ strength and accuracy. The Paradise Center also includes another important aspect of the game. In addition to being a mission hub, you can use the Paradise Center to gift Revival Seeds, an in-game item, to other players using the 3DS’s Streetpass function. Players consume these revival seeds to restore their party if they lose in a dungeon.

 

There are a few different play modes in GtI, outside of the story mode. The first of which is “Discover a Magnagate.” This mode takes advantage of the 3DS’s camera and uses AR; when you find a circular object or space a “magnagate” opens within it. When you enter it, the game generates a random dungeon and starter; playing through this lets you keep all your earnings and loot for use in story mode. Another play mode is called “Companion Mode.” This section of the game contains various side quests where you can play as your party’s recruits in bonus missions. To provide a true multiplayer experience, the game features a “Local Wireless Mode” where you can cooperate with four other PMD-players, using wireless, to battle a boss pokemon.

 

This new PMD game also makes use of the Nintendo eShop. The DLC includes new dungeons with exciting themes and special items. Currently the Poke Forest dungeon can be downloaded for free in the eShop until the end of April; this dungeon’s special feature contains large amounts of money to earn (If only I could earn large amounts of money by navigating a forest, see: Tour Guide, Big Sur, CA).

 

Playing through the main story took Terry around 35-40 hours, but he mentioned that the play time can vary greatly from person to person depending on your preferred playing style.

 

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity was released on March 24th, 2013, and is currently available for purchase on the 3DS. If you would like more information on PMD:GtI, you can access the official website at: http://www.pokemonmysterydungeon.com/gates-to-infinity/

 

Thank you very much, Terry Chan, for providing the information for this article. Hopefully, PE2K can work with you in the future on some of the great Pokemon games to come!

 

Thanks for reading!


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in Articles, Events by Ali Al-Karam

It may be a little bit overdue, but here are some pictures of the most awesome [Pokemon-related] WonderCon cosplayers of 2013! Also, funny thing, these “most awesome” WonderCon cosplayers actually happen to be some of the most awesome Pokemon cosplayers I’ve met; most of them displayed outstanding creativity in their costume design and concepts. You’ve waited almost a month now, so here they are:

 

 

This first guy is Sergio.

 

He’s dressed as Ash, but I’d like you to know him as Sergio. “Why” you may ask, “should I know this man, not as Ash, but as Sergio?” I’ll tell you exactly why you should know this man as Sergio; there’s one simple reason: Sergio is a POKEMON MASTER. I’ll give you a close up on his jacket:

 

 

Do you see that? Sergio has collected every badge from every region. Chances are, the guy’s probably caught every pokemon as well (even going through the horrible effort of trading over the Global Trade Station to get all the starters and legendaries, too). Alas, I must be done with praising Sergio and move onto our next cosplayer.

 

 

Okay, let’s start with the most noticeable thing: the illegible embroidery on his lab coat pocket; that embroidery is actually the embroidery of an Pokemon Organized Play Pokemon Professor. Pokemon Professors are referees at POP tournaments who are accredited by POP (one has to pass their exam). If you’ve never heard of Pokemon Organized Play’s Professor Program, I suggest you take a look at it through this link to the Pokemon website. Also, this particular Pokemon Professor (Let’s call him Prof. Heiter) seems to have excellent fusion experience (by the way, I’m a big fan of the spriting section on PE2K’s forum), and has managed to create a fun and cuddly 7-mon. The good Prof. also has a dual-headed Charmander/Squirtle and a Charmander/Pikachu in his pockets. With all those slightly disturbing poke-beast experiments, I hope he wasn’t the one to hand Sergio his diploma (SPOILER ALERT: In case you haven’t caught ‘em all yet, the only thing you win for doing so is a diploma)!

 

Now, onto the rest of our wonderful WonderCon cosplayers:

 

 

Red with a member of the Squirtle Squad!

 

 

Pikachu! (Wish I had a cool Pikachu backpack like that one…)

 

 

More Pikachu! (Wish I had a cool Pikachu like that one…)

 

 

Ash definitely wins the “Coolest Pose” award for WonderCon 2013, I should ask for action shots more often!

 

 

Rocket Grunt!

 

 

Well-armed Rocket Special Forces One-Man-Unit!*

 

*Oh no! I leaked the final boss of Pokemon X and Y!**

 

**Speculation

 

 

Gold! (Note, this guy was the only one dressed as Gold; cons officiallly need more Gold; Silver, while you’re at it, too)

 

 

Red, now with the latest in GameBoy Color multiplayer technology! The Link Cable will never go out of style!

 

 

[Affectionately referred to as] Hipster Ash!

 

 

Pikachu Fangirl!

 

 

ANOTHER Pikachu Fangirl!

 

 

-and to change things up a bit, the rare Pikachu Fanboy teamed up with Hilda!

 

That’s all for WonderCon 2013′s cosplay, folks! Thanks for reading, and, Sergio, if you’re going to any of the cons that PE2K will be at this year, make an effort to find me if you see me (I’ll still be the guy in the suit fiddling with a camera)!


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in Events, Video Games by Sarah

 

Want to be the first to get Meloetta, almost two weeks before the distribution at Target and EB Games stores?
 

Nintendo Australia and Hoyts cinemas will distribute Meloetta to all fans who purchase movie tickets to see Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice at selected cinemas on the 23rd and 24th of February.
 

Participating cinemas are as follows:
NSW – Broadway
VIC – Chadstone
ACT – Woden
WA – Carousel
SA – Tea Tree Plaza
QLD – Stafford
 

To receive Meloetta, you’ll need to bring a valid ticket for the movie, a Nintendo DS system and a copy of Pokemon Black, White, Black 2 or White 2. You have to have received the Pokedex in the game and have no more than 11 stored Wonder Cards.
 

Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice will also be showing this weekend, 16-17 February at selected cinemas.
 

For more information, visit the Hoyts website.


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in Events, Video Games by Sarah

 

Meloetta will be available to download to Pokemon Black, White, Black 2 and White 2 games at selected stores in Australia and New Zealand beginning March 4th.
 

In Australia, Meloetta can be downloaded from Target and EB Games. In New Zealand, it will be available from JB Hi-Fi. The distribution ends on April 9th, so don’t miss out!
 

A list of participating stores can be found at the Nintendo Australia website.


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in Announcements, Events by The pokemaster


 
Nintendo has announced through their official website that they will be holding a Meloetta distribution for the US and Canada. The Melody Pokémon will be available for download through participating GameStop stores in the US from March 4th, and participating EB Games stores in Canada from March 9th. Any copy of Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2 are eligible to receive Meloetta.
 
As always, this diva will be only be available for a limited time, so make sure you don’t miss the chance to obtain this rare Pokémon for yourself.


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in Events, Video Games by Typhlosion



Miss the last Keldeo event? Do you have Wi-Fi and a copy of Pokemon Black and or White 2? If you said yes, wipe those tears then! Keldeo will be available on Wi-Fi for Pokemon Black and White 2 versions starting January 25th! Distribution will begin January 25th and end February 12th. Keldeo will know the moves Sacred Sword, Hydro Pump, Aqua Jet, and Swords Dance. If you take it north of Floccesy Town, you’ll end up in Oath Woods and will be able to change Keldeo into it’s Resolute Forme!

Don’t miss the great opportunity! Claim your Keldeo January 25th!

Source: Official Pokemon B2W2 Page


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in Articles, Events by winstein

Bulbagarden banner

 
This year, Bulbagarden had officially reached its 10th year anniversary! It was opened to the public back in 1st of Jaunary, 2003, which was a long time ago when Generation 3 was just beginning its first steps. At that time, Bulbapedia wasn’t set up yet (that would happen nearly two years later), so it was another simple Pokemon site just like any other.
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in Events, Video Games by Neko-chan


 
According to the official Japanese Global Link website, the Arceus PokeDoll will soon be available to decorate your Dream World house. This doll will become available on January 18, 2013, and it can only be obtained with a password. The password will be sent to all Pokémon Daisuki Club members via email.
 
Source: Japanese Global Link website


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in Events, News by Sarah

 

The December set of legendary Pokedolls are now available for your Dream World house. This month it’s Darkrai and Deoxys.
 

The password has been sent to your Trainer Club Mailbox. To unlock these dolls, simply enter the password AVDANGD at the Promotions page of the Pokemon Global Link. They will then be available for free from the Dream Catalogue.


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in B2W2, Events, Video Games by Sarah

 

A new Wi-Fi tournament has been announced for Pokemon Black 2 and White 2.
 

The 2013 International Challenge will be held from January 25th to 28th, 2013. Everyone who participates will receive a Jaboca Berry in the Dream World, which can be transferred to Black 2 or White 2 games.
 

Like in the Video Game Championships, there will be three divisions: Junior, Senior and Masters. Registrations will be open from January 18th to 24th, 2013. Only 50,000 places are available, so anyone keen to enter should register as soon as possible during that time.
 


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