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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.

The Strong National Museum of Play shares their 2017 World Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists

- Donkey Kong
- Final Fantasy VII
- Halo: Combat Evolved
- Microsoft Windows Solitare
- Mortal Kombat
- Myst
- Pokemon Red and Green
- Portal
- Resident Evil
- Street Fighter II
- Tomb Raider
- Wii Sports

Check out the full rundown of each game here

Pokemon Sun/Moon - another wave of players banned from online play due to altered save data

- 7,651 people have been banned from online activity for having altered save data
- ban prevents them from using Game Sync, entering Rating Battles & Battle Competitions, and participating in Global Missions
- when they try, they will get an error message with the error code 090-0212

Pokemon Video Game Championships Mayhem in Melbourne

The Oceania International Championships in Melbourne, Australia, marked the second of four International Championships in the 2017 Pokémon Championship Series. Top players from across the globe flew down under to take on competitors from the Oceania Rating Zone for huge cash prizes—and enough Championship Points to qualify for the 2017 Pokémon World Championships in one fell swoop.

The Oceania International Championships was the largest Pokémon tournament ever held in Australia, and the talented field made it one of the most challenging, too. The strategic acumen on display expanded significantly beyond December's European International Championships, showing how far players have come in a few months. Under the hot sun in Melbourne, we got a clearer view of which Pokémon are truly top performers at this point in the season and which ones fell short as players honed their strategies.

Congratulations to Masters Division Champion Zoe Lou, Senior Division Champion Carson St. Denis, and Junior Division Champion Nicholas Kan. Read on for more about what happened in the Masters Division finals and the impact we expect it to have on strategies in future tournaments.

Full feature here

Pokemon Sun/Moon official PR - Join the Egg-citing New Global Mission: “Hatch a Lot of Eggs!”

Start hatching Eggs for the latest global mission hosted at the PGL! The goal for the “Hatch a Lot of Eggs!” global mission is for participants to hatch at least 200,000 Pokémon Eggs during the time period. Everyone who contributes to the global mission will be eligible for Festival Coins. Pokémon Global Link members can earn greater rewards when they participate.

You can discover Eggs when you leave Pokémon at the Pokémon Nursery at Paniola Ranch on Akala Island. The Pokémon Breeder outside the Nursery will discover Eggs if you leave a male and female Pokémon from the same Egg Group, or if you leave a Pokémon (male or female) with a Ditto. Once you have the Egg, walk around with it until it hatches! Can’t wait for it to hatch? Keep a Pokémon with either the Flame Body or Magma Armor Ability in your party and your Egg will hatch twice as fast.

To join a global mission, first visit Festival Plaza in your Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon game. Head into the castle and speak to the receptionist on the right. She’ll let you join the global mission and guarantee that the Eggs you hatch will count toward this global mission. Then, start discovering Eggs in Paniola Ranch.

If the goal of 200,000 hatched Eggs is reached, Pokémon Global Link members who participate in the mission will earn 4,000 Festival Coins, while Trainers who do not belong to the PGL will earn 2,000 Festival Coins. If the goal is not reached, the participation prize will be 400 Festival Coins for PGL members, and 200 Festival Coins for Trainers not registered at the PGL.

Pokémon Global Link members are also eligible to receive a Love Ball if a bonus goal of 400,000 hatched Eggs is achieved. Plus, regardless of the success of the global mission, any PGL member who contributes at least three hatched Eggs will earn five Rare Candies!

Remember that a PGL account is free, and you have until the end of the global mission time period to create an account and sync your game to earn the bigger bonus. Sign up for a PGL account today!

Check out How to Participate in Global Missions if you’d like a detailed walkthrough on how to join the fun.

Good luck in the “Hatch a Lot of Eggs” global mission! Remember to use Game Sync by April 10 at 23:59 UTC to get your hatched Eggs counted toward the grand total.

PGL Global Mission Prize Summary

Goal Reached (200,000+ Eggs):
• PGL members earn 4,000 FC
• Non-PGL members earn 2,000 FC

Bonus Goal Reached (400,000+ Eggs):
• PGL members earn Love Ball

Goal Not Reached (<200,000 Eggs):
• PGL members earn 400 FC
• Non-PGL members earn 200 FC

Individual Contributor (hatch 3 Eggs yourself, regardless of whether the goal is met or not):
​• PGL members earn 5 Rare Candies

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

Pokémon TCG: Tapu Koko Figure Collection Due Out May 19th

The Pokémon TCG: Tapu Koko Figure Collection showcases one of the amazing guardian Pokémon of the Alola region! In this collection, you get Tapu Koko both as a wild sculpted figure and as a never-before-seen foil promo card. Stand ready to guard the islands with Tapu Koko!

The Pokémon TCG: Tapu Koko Figure Collection includes:

1 foil promo card featuring Tapu Koko

1 sculpted figure of Tapu Koko

4 Pokémon TCG booster packs

A code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

The Pokémon TCG: Tapu Koko Figure Collection will be available on May 19, 2017, in the Pokémon Center and where Pokémon TCG products are sold.

Pokémon TCG: Island Guardians Tin Due Out May 19th

Stand ready with the strange and fearsome Pokémon of Alola in each Pokémon TCG: Island Guardians Tin! Choose the electric mischief of Tapu Koko-GX or the relentless vines of Tapu Bulu-GX. Each of these beautiful tins contains all the astonishing power of a strange and mysterious Pokémon-GX who stands as a defender of the land!

In each Pokémon TCG: Island Guardians Tin, you'll find:

1 of 2 foil Pokémon-GX cards: Tapu Koko-GX or Tapu Bulu-GX

4 Pokémon TCG booster packs

A code card to unlock a playable deck in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

The Pokémon TCG: Island Guardians Tin will be available May 19, 2017, in the Pokémon Center and where Pokémon TCG products are sold.

Random Time! - A look at MarsRobot GO: A Star Wars/Pokemon/Transformers knock-off toy line

When you take 3 hugely successful brands and combine them, you're set for a surefire hit, right?! Well, I think when you see the video above, you might learn why this brand isn't exactly taking off. Thanks to Leaffarisclaus for the heads up!

Pokémon TCG: Mega Powers Collection Launching May 19th

Flying fists, crackling lightning, and powers like no others: the four Pokémon-EX in the Mega Powers Collection make an excellent addition to your team! Bring these four fantastic full-art Pokémon-EX to your collection, along with a whopping eight booster packs!

The Pokémon TCG: Mega Powers Collection includes:

Two full-art foil promo cards featuring Mega Evolution Pokémon: Mega Lucario-EX and Mega Manectric-EX

Two full-art foil promo cards featuring Pokémon-EX: Jolteon-EX and Zygarde-EX

A spectacular full-art oversize card featuring Mega Lucario-EX

A Lucario Spirit Link card to get this Mega Evolution Pokémon into play fast

8 Pokémon TCG booster packs to mega-expand your collection

A code card for the Pokémon TCG Online

The Pokémon TCG: Mega Powers Collection will be available May 19, 2017, in the Pokémon Center and where Pokémon TCG products are sold.