Another blatant Pokemon ripoff hits iOS

I'll never understand projects like this. I don't know why people make them and think it's okay. I also don't know why they would waste their time creating something that could undoubtedly get them into legal hot water. We're sure Nintendo is going to be swooping in on this one soon. Thanks to Dan for the heads up!

U.S. Video Game Industry Generates $30.4 Billion in Revenue for 2016, Pokemon makes an impact

Washington, D.C. – January 19, 2017 – The U.S. computer and video game industry generated $30.4 billion in revenue in 2016, according to new data released today by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and the NPD Group. This total consumer spend figure includes revenues from all hardware, software, peripherals, and in-game purchases. This is an increase in total consumer spend from reported 2015 sales, which were at $30.2 billion.

“2016 was another enormous year for the interactive entertainment industry,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA, which represents the U.S. video game industry. “The industry’s innovative genius and ability to engage and delight billions of gamers worldwide delivered another record performance. Congratulations to the developers, storytellers, creators, and investors who defined the leaderboard for entertainment.”

Separately, ESA highlighted that video game software revenue grew 6 percent from the 2015 level. In 2016, video game software revenue, which includes physical packaged goods, mobile games, downloadable content, subscriptions, and other revenue streams, reached $24.5 billion—up from 23.2 billion in 2015.

In 2016, virtual reality systems like the Sony PlayStation VR, Vive, and Oculus Rift reached the mass market to consumer interest. The release of Pokémon Go became a cultural phenomenon on mobile, while the later release of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon on portable gaming devices achieved the highest launch month consumer spend in the history of the franchise, according to NPD. Blockbusters like Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Madden NFL 17, NBA 2K17 and Tom Clancy’s The Division drove consumer spend on console platforms. Finally, the PC platform was the most diverse and dynamic of all growth platforms, with a record number of titles reaching PC gamers in 2016.

“Growth in entertainment software consumer spend was seen across the mobile, PC, virtual reality, subscription, portable and digital console segments,” said Mat Piscatella, industry analyst, The NPD Group. “Consumers have more options to purchase and enjoy entertainment software than ever before, while developers have more and easier ways of delivering that content. No matter the delivery platform, entertainment software has never been more engaging, diverse or accessible.”
The U.S. video game industry is one of the nation’s fastest growing economic sectors, providing tens of thousands of high-paying jobs to Americans and generating billions of dollars in revenue for communities across the nation.

Pokémon TCG: Volcanion and Magearna Mythical Collections

A big handful of Mythical Pokémon assemble in a powerful lineup, with Volcanion or Magearna taking the lead as a stunning full-art card! You get at least six foil promo cards featuring Mythical Pokémon, each an awesome addition to any collection—plus five Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs.

The Pokémon TCG: Volcanion and Magearna Mythical Collections include:

1 full-art foil promo card featuring Volcanion or Magearna

In the Volcanion Mythical Collection, get 5 more foil promo cards featuring Mythical Pokémon: Celebi, Jirachi, Darkrai, Victini, and Keldeo

In the Magearna Mythical Collection, get 6 more foil promo cards featuring Mythical Pokémon: Mew, Manaphy, Shaymin, Arceus, Genesect, and Meloetta

5 Pokémon TCG booster packs

A code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

The Pokémon TCG: Volcanion and Magearna Mythical Collection will be available January 20th, 2017 in the Pokémon Center and where Pokémon TCG products are sold.

Try a Trio of Sun & Moon Theme Decks

Receive a warm welcome to the Alola region with Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon theme decks, available now.

Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon theme decks are now available, weeks before the Sun & Moon expansion officially launches on February 3, 2017. Theme decks are a great introduction to playing the Pokémon Trading Card Game, providing everything you need to start battling. You'll find a complete 60-card deck, damage counters, playmat, rulesheet, and more in each box. With a friend and a second theme deck, you can start playing right away.

There are three theme decks for the Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon expansion. In the Forest Shadow theme deck, you'll control the stealthy strength of Decidueye. In the Roaring Heat theme deck, unleash the fiery power of Incineroar. And in the Bright Tide theme deck, overwhelm your foe with the graceful Primarina.

Look for Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon theme decks today in the Pokémon Center and where Pokémon TCG products are sold. And look forward to expanding your collection and battling with more Pokémon from the Alola region when the full Sun & Moon expansion launches on February 3, 2017!

Pokemon GO Plus experiencing issues on Android after latest update

The Pokemon Co. has noted that Pokemon GO Plus is experiencing some issues on Android devices after the most recent update. The Pokemon GO Plus issues include connectivity problems and other hiccups. The devs are currently working to correct these issues.

Nintendo gets a handful of awards at the New York Game Awards

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Last night, the New York Game Awards were watched by the tens of thousands on Twitch. Legend Award winner Richard Garriott wrote on Twitter, "What a great event you put on tonight. Great celebration of diverse creations." Congratulations from the New York Videogame Critics Circle to all of nominees and winners at last night's 6th Annual New York Game Awards! Here's a full list of winners.

Big Apple Award for Game of the Year
Uncharted 4

Herman Melville Award for Best Writing in a Game
Mafia III

Andrew Yoon Legend Award
Richard Garriott

Knickerbocker Award for Best Games Journalism
David Wolinsky

Coney Island Dreamland Award for Best VR Game

A-Train Award for Best Mobile Game
Pokemon Go

Great White Way Award for Best Acting in a Game
Rich Sommer, Firewatch

Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game

Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game

Central Park Zoo Award for Best Kids Game
Pokemon Go

Statue of Liberty Award for Best World

Freedom Tower Award for Best Remake
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Battery Park Award for Best Handheld Game

Fan Vote: The Ebbetts Field Award for Best eSports Team

Pokemon Sun/Moon - Sign Up Now for the Alola Friendly Online Competition

Registration for the Alola Friendly Online Competition has started. To register, log on to your account from the Pokémon Global Link (PGL) homepage and select Online Competitions in the main menu. You’ll then be able to read and accept the regulations on the PGL.

The competition goes from Friday, January 27, at 00:00 UTC, until Sunday, January 29, 2017, at 23:59 UTC.

You’ll need a Pokémon Trainer Club account, your own Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon video game, and a Battle Team of eligible Pokémon. Accept the regulations on the Pokémon Global Link before Friday, January 27, at 00:00 UTC, and get ready to battle!

All participants in the Alola Friendly Online Competition receive 50 Battle Points.

To practice battling in the Alola Friendly Online Competition, go to Festival Plaza in Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon, select Battle and then Download Rules. You can then select the Alola Friendly regulations as the rules when you battle with your friends in Festival Plaza or via Quick Link.

Errata for Electrode in Pokémon TCG: XY—Evolutions

Due to an error in the card text for Electrode's (XY—Evolutions, 40/108) Buzzap Thunder Ability, the text on this card will be changed. The original text for this Ability says:

Once during your turn (before your attack), you may Knock Out this Pokémon and attach it to one of your Lightning-type Pokémon as a Special Energy card. This card provides 2 Lightning Energy only while this card is attached to a Pokémon.

The original intention of this Ability was for Electrode to provide 2 Lightning Energy as long as it's attached to any Pokémon, not just a Lightning-type Pokémon.

The new text will say:

Once during your turn (before your attack), you may Knock Out this Pokémon and attach it to one of your Lightning-type Pokémon as a Special Energy card. This card provides 2 Lightning Energy only while this card is attached to a Pokémon.

Effective immediately, Electrode's Buzzap Thunder Ability will use this updated text instead of the original text. This will be reflected on the Pokémon TCG Errata document.

Pokemon Shuffle to get Alola region Pokemon in Spring 2017

Looks like Pokemon Shuffle is set to get a big content boost come this Spring. Pokemon Co. has put out an announcement that Pokemon from the Alola region are going to be added to Shuffle this coming Spring. No word on which ones will make the cut, but we'll update you as soon as the info comes in!