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Pokémon Challenge: Mr. Masuda versus...Mr. Masuda?!

No one knows Mr. Masuda better than Mr. Masuda...right? Watch GAME FREAK’s Kensaku Nabana transform—Ditto style—into Junichi Masuda to take a quiz about the iconic Pokémon developer! Who do you think knows Mr. Masuda better—his colleague or his fans?

Random Time! - This Bulbasaur fan is riding in style

There are plenty of ways to let people know you are a fan of Pokemon. Little things you can do throughout your day to share your love for pocket monsters. Then there's something a bit more grandiose, like this custom Bulbasaur paint job on a car. Now that's a way to turn some heads on the road!

Tips on Handling Heatran in Pokémon GO Raid Battles

Pokémon GO Raid Battles are heating up once again—the Fire- and Steel-type Legendary Pokémon Heatran is finally blazing a trail into Pokémon GO Gyms. Originally discovered in the Sinnoh region, Heatran makes its dwelling in volcanic caves and is sure to be one of the most coveted Fire-type attackers in Pokémon GO. Be sure to add it to your lineup before it disappears from Gyms on January 15, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. PST.

To catch Heatran, you can use only the Premier Balls you earn from defeating it, so it's crucial to be prepared. Help your team take over the Gym before the raid starts, battle alongside your friends, and pick Pokémon that will perform well in battle to maximize your chances. Check out our guide to training Pokémon in Pokémon GO to get your team up to speed, and then read on for some tips specific to the Lava Dome Pokémon.

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Get Rare Berries in Pokemon Sun/Moon/Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon

Starting early January of 2019, Pokémon fans will be able to take part in a Berry exciting event (see what we did there?). Players of Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, and Pokémon Moon will have the opportunity to get a Mystery Gift containing a selection of special Berries that have previously been unavailable in the games. The Mystery Gift contains an Enigma Berry, a Micle Berry, a Custap Berry, a Jaboca Berry, and a Rowap Berry.

Each of these rare Berries has useful effects when held by a Pokémon, but you may not want to use any right away. By traveling to Poké Pelago in your game, you can plant the Berries to grow more of them. With proper maintenance, your supply of these handy items will never run dry.

Competitive players will be pleased to learn that these Berries can be used in Pokémon Global Link Rating Battles and Online Competitions (unless the regulations state otherwise). They can also be used for the 2019 Video Game Championship Series from the Moon Series onward.

This Berry distribution runs from January 7, 2019 (8:00 p.m. PST), to September 2, 2019 (4:59 p.m. PST), so don't miss out on adding these valuable items to your game!

To get your Berries via Nintendo Network:

Select Mystery Gift on the main menu.

Select Receive Gift.

Select Get via Internet, then Yes, and then Yes again to connect to the internet.

Watch as you receive your Berries.

Speak to the delivery person in any Pokémon Center to add the Berries to your inventory.

Be sure to save your game!

Wireless internet access is required for online features. For more info, go to support.nintendo.com.

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle vinyl soundtrack now shipping on iam8bit

Earlier this month, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle won the 2018 British Academy Children's Awards for "Game of the Year." In partnership with Ubisoft and Nintendo, iam8bit has brought the soundtrack of the award-winning title to life on vinyl. The Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle 2-LP vinyl soundtrack is now available and can be purchased for $40 USD on iam8bit.com.

The set comes playfully packaged in a fuzzy "Rabbid Mario Mustache" jacket and includes a paper doll playset featuring Rabbids, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and more. The Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle soundtrack, composed by Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie, Viva Pinata, Goldeneye), spans across two translucent vinyl records. A digital download is also included with purchase.

Rocket League's first Hot Wheels car has arrived

ROCKET LEAGUE’S FIRST HOT WHEELS CAR HAS ARRIVED

The iconic ‘Octane’ takes die-cast form!

Starting later this month, the first 1:64 scale Hot Wheels Rocket League car goes on sale for $1.09 MSRP (or regional equivalent) at all retailers where Hot Wheels are sold in North and Latin America, Europe, and Asia! At launch, the Octane will be available in Blue, with an Orange version arriving in 2019. See below for some of the participating retailers across each region.

United States: Walmart, Target, Kmart
Canada: Walmart, Canadian Tire
Asia: Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, Kmart
Latin America and Mexico: Bodega Aurrera, Walmart, Lasa, Reval and Barao
Europe: Amazon, Smyths, Argos, Tesco, Muller

Nintendo heading to court over its lack of eShop preorder cancellation options

Earlier this year, we reported on various European councils that took issue with Nintendo's lack of a clearcut way to cancel eShop preorders on the Switch. Now the German Consumer Protection Authority is jumping in on the action, and they'll be taking Nintendo to court over the matter. Nintendo has already once said that they are following in-step with the law and have done nothing wrong, but I guess a court will be deciding on that in 2019.

Pok-ify your cat with these Pokemon cat hats

Do you love Pokemon AND torturing your cat? We've got the perfect product for you! These officially-licensed Pokemon Cat Hats are shipping in Japan this January. The lineup of hats includes Pikachu, Eevee, Meowth, Vulpix, Jigglypuff, and Snorlax. If an import retailer offers them up, we'll be sure to link you in!

France - Top 5 software sellers for Dec. 3rd to 9th, 2018

France has been taken over by Smash Bros. Ultimate fever! Check out the top 5 software sales from Dec. 3rd to 9th, 2018 below.

1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NSW)
2. Read Dead Redemption 2 (PS4)
3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Limited Edition (NSW)
4. Super Mario Party (NSW)
5. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! (NSW)

Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! - Version 1.04 available (full patch notes)

Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! has gotten a massive update on Switch, bumping it up to Version 1.04. Check out the full patch notes below.

Additions:
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– Dirk getting stale? Delicious new promotional weapons have arrived!
– The analog stick can now be used to navigate menus when the cursor is locked!
– D-pad can now be held down to navigate menus easily
– Your last viewed weapon in the Forge menu is now remembered by the Potato Gods

Improvements:
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Art

– Improved the quality of art assets in the User Interface!

User Experience

– Game should now run much faster when the Switch is docked
– Improved visual quality of Smith movements and animations
– Camera now zooms out when the Smith Panel is opened
– Increased the interactable size of stations and Smiths

– Smiths that are away are now more clearly indicated when Assigning Smiths
– Order of languages when selecting the game language is now consistent
– The first dialogue choice is now not selected by default, giving you time to react
– Camera movements when assigning Smiths are now much smoother
– Increased the camera panning speed
– Increased the cursor speed

– Improved D-pad navigation in the Journal
– Improved D-pad navigation in the Smith Panel
– Improved D-pad navigation in the Shop Upgrade menu
– Improved D-pad navigation when assigning Smiths
– The Whetsapp scrolling experience is now more flavorful

Audio

– Added sounds to various menus
– Improved variation of menu sounds

Fixes:
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– Fixed language preference not immediately saving when changed
– Fixed viewing item details in Explore Area menu sometimes causing D-pad to stop working
– Fixed Smiths in the Research menu being too friendly and overlapping
– Fixed viewing ‘All’ weapons in Sell Weapons menu not showing your weapons
– Fixed a Whetsapp bug that occurs when there are a few messages
– Fixed able to select the auto-save slot for Saving
– Fixed second choice in cutscenes being slightly smaller
– Fixed Area Event duration texts being slightly obstructed by the Objective panel
– Fixed visual artefacts on text when forging
– Fixed several cases of text overflowing
– Fixed several cases of non-localised text
– Other miscellaneous files