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Woman shares how Pokemon GO helped her battle depression and get physically fit

The following blurb comes from Rhonda, a 47-year-old who got into Pokemon due to her kids playing Pokemon Red/Blue.

“In January, I had a big meltdown, which was like a grand finale to my depression, triggered by the death of my father-in-law and various stresses like prolonged restructure at work. I stopped doing the things I had enjoyed previously. Pokémon Go got me out of the house again and, with the social aspect, meeting and chatting to new people when all I wanted to do was lie in bed. I just escape from reality for a bit and bad thoughts disappear.

With the weight loss and feeling a lot better mentally, I decided to try dating again, which I hadn’t done for a year or two. I’d got into a terrible funk and, really, playing this game helped me feel better physically and led to me kickstarting things to change stuff in my life.”

Now that's the kind of feel-good story I love to see. It's easy to knock Pokemon GO for what it lacks and where it needs fixing, but there are also people out there who are getting more from the game than we could ever imagine.

Fire Emblem Heroes - April update further detailed

Before Battle Begins, Swap Spaces

You’ll be able to change the starting position of your characters prior to the start of combat. Tap the Swap Spaces button in the menu at the bottom of the screen to make your changes. You can continue to swap spaces as much as you like until a character completes an action in battle.

EXP Increase vs. Weak Enemies

The amount of EXP earned by 1★ to 4★ Heroes will increase in battles against enemies with a lower level than the Hero.
The fewer stars a Hero has, the more pronounced the effect will be.

Maximum Stamina Increase

The maximum amount of stamina will increase to 99. That also means that when you restore stamina using an Orb or a Stamina Potion, you’ll receive 99 stamina instead of 50.

Super Mario Run downloaded at least 10 million times on Android

While we don't have specific numbers, thanks to the way the Google Play store displays info, we can see that at least 10 million people have downloaded Super Mario Run on Android. At most, the title could have hit 50 million downloads by now. Hopefully Nintendo comes forward with an actual number!

Pokemon news - Sun/Moon Global Link gift, battle competition, Global mission, Pokemon Shuffle update

Pokémon Sun & Moon - Global Link Gift

- available for those who participated in the recent Kanto X Alola Regional Rumble Competition
- gift is a Pidgeotite and a Steelixite, which cannot be obtained through any other means at this time
- must be redeemed by April 27th 2017 at 23:59 UTC
- distributions for these Mega Stones through shared code will begin later this Spring for those who didn't participate

Pokémon Sun & Moon - Battle Competition

- 2017 International Challenge April competition
- Double Battle competition using VGC 2017 rules requiring the Alola Pokédex only
- Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Magearna, Necrozma and Zygarde are not allowed
- Mega Stones are also not allowed
- Registration will be open from April 19th at 00:00 UTC to April 27th 23:59 UTC
- battles will run from April 28th to April 30th
- all entrants will get the Sceptilite and Blazikenite Mega Stones.
- players that are part of the Play! Pokémon program will also earn Championship Points if they rank high enough

Pokémon Sun & Moon - Global Missions

- fifth Pokémon Sun & Moon Global Mission has begun.
- theme involves hatching Eggs
- over 200,000 Eggs have to be hatched
- Rewards are 2,000 FC (Success), 200 FC (Failure)
- if the game is tied to a Global Link account: 4,000 FC (Success), 400 FC (Failure)
- runs until April 10th 2017 23:59 UTC
- if players hatch 3 or more Eggs, then they will earn a Rare Candy
- if 400,000 Eggs are hatched, all players with a PGL account will get a Love Ball

Pokémon Shuffle

- Version 1.4.5 available to download on 3DS
- Meloetta competitive stage where the top 100 players in Europe and 500 in Japan will get 1 Skill Swapper, 5 Mega Speedup and 10 Raise Max Level
- top 300 players in Europe and 1500 in Japan will get 1 Skill Swapper, 4 Mega Speedup and 8 Raise Max Level
- top 500 players in Europe and 3000 in Japan will get 1 Skill Swapper, 3 Mega Speedup and 6 Raise Max Level
- top 900 players in Europe and 5000 in Japan will get 1 Skill Swapper, 2 Mega Speedup and 4 Raise Max Level
- top 1800 players in Europe and 10000 in Japan will get 1 Skill Swapper, 2 Mega Speedup and 2 Raise Max Level
- top 3600 players in Europe and 20000 in Japan will get 1 Skill Swapper, 1 Mega Speedup and 1 Raise Max Level
- top 5400 players in Europe and 30000 in Japan will get 1 Skill Swapper, 1 Mega Speedup and 1 Skill Booster M
- top 7200 players in Europe and 40000 in Japan will get 1 Skill Swapper, 1 Mega Speedup and 1 Disruption Delay
- top 9000 players in Europe and 50000 in Japan will get 1 Skill Swapper and 1 Attack Power
- top 13000 players in Europe and 70000 in Japan will get 1 Disruption Delay and 1 Attack Power
- all other players will get an Attack Power
- Escavalier and Accelgor stages have both begun and run until April 4th 2017 and are recommended for the Meloetta stage
- Genesect stage has also begun and runs until April 4th 2017
- if caught, it may drop a Skill Booster or a Raise Max Level
- Escalation Battle has begun for Keldeo Resolute Form and runs until April 11th 2017
- this gives a variety of items
- Wobbuffet (Female) stage has now joined the rotation with Wobbuffet and Carnivine with the Try 'em Items stages
- lasts a week and costs nothing to play or use items with
- repeat stage has begun for Tornadus Incarnate Forme and runs until April 4th 2017
- can only be played once per day
- various Pokémon have had their maximum level increased through the use of Raise Max Level

Fire Emblem Heroes - content update for March 28th, 2017

- On March 30th, two “new” Heroes will be added, which are teased in the image above.

Question 11 (Lunatic): Who was called “Beast” once?

- Seliph
- Roy
- Marth
- Eliwood

Miitomo - content update for March 28th, 2017

The decisive battle! The battle of Miitomo is back in Miitmo Drop.

- Shogun helmet
- Shogun armor
- Warrior wrap
- Treasured sword
- Warrior princess wig
- Warrior princess armor
- Cherry blossom tee
- Cherry blossom jeans
- Princess flower hairpin wig
- Princess kimono
- Camellia dress
- Camellia pumps

You can select Miitomo Drop stages from the Shop tab and then use Miitomo coins or game tickets to play. Available from March 27th, 2018 to March 30th, 2017 at 6 PM PT.

Fire Emblem Heroes - more information on April update changes


The following information was translated by Perfectly Nintendo...

- devs are adding a feature that will let you switch the position of units before battle begins
- tap the button at the bottom of the screen, and you will be all set
- free to switch the position of units as many times as you want, as long as you haven’t completed the first action
- making some adjustements regarding the amount of XP you get in battle
- change only applies to ★1 to ★4 Heroes
- Heroes will be able to get more XP when defeating enemies of a lower level than themselves
- higher the rank of the Hero, the lower the amount of XP gained that way
- should help with the training of new Heroes
- maximum stamina value will be increased to 99 (previously 50)
- Stamina Potions will then let you recover 99 stamina points
- change was made following feedback from players, who requested the stamina bar be extended

Fire Emblem Heroes - content update for March 26th, 2017

Question 9 (Hard): Who said the following: “Comparing you and my brother is like comparing a turkey to a peacock!”

- Lachesis
- Elise
- Eirika
- Clarine

Fire Emblem Heroes - content update for March 25th, 2017

Question 8 (Hard): When was Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the blade of Light (first released on the NES / Famicom) released?

- July 17th, 1983
- February 2nd, 1986
- April 20th, 1990
- March 14th, 1992