Pokemon News - Pokemon Center Yokohama thank-you campaign, Pokemon Center Halloween 2018 campaign info

Pokemon Center Yokohama “To a new harbor! Surfing in high spirits! Thank you campaign!”

- Pokemon Center Yokohama is moving to a new and larger location this November
- the Center is hosting a thank-you campaign for fans to thank them for their support
- campaign will run from September 3rd to October 28th, 2018.
- Pokemon Center Yokohama will distribute clear art cards to visitors at no additional cost
- art cards feature nostalgic artwork from 2005 and 2008
- Pokemon Center Yokohama will host 4 consecutive weekends of game battles
- participants will need Pokemon Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon and a 3DS to participate
- on October 27th and 28th, visitors will receive a limited edition Message Card, detailing the 13 year history of the Center

Pokemon Center’s Halloween 2018 campaign details

- this year’s campaign will be split into two parts
- the first part is called Pokemon Center Fall Scenery: Pika And Halloween! and runs September 8th to October 5th, 2018
- new merchandise based on special artwork will be released on September 8th, 2018
- during the weekends and public holidays, fans will have the opportunity to meet and get photos with Halloween Pikachu
- during the weekends and public holidays, visitors can play an interactive game called Trick or Treat Hungry Party
- for every 2,500 yen spent at Pokemon Center and Pokemon Store locations, customers will receive a random postcard
- the 2nd part of the campaign kicks off on Oct. 6th & is called Pokemon Center Fall Scenery: Vee (Eevee) and Halloween

Japanese voice actor for Professor Oak passes away

We're sad to report that Ishizuka Unshou, the Japanese voice actor for Professor Oak in the Pokemon anime, has passed away. Unshou was 67 years, and passed away due to complications with esophagus cancer. Unshou was indeed receiving treatment for his cancer, but it wasn't enough to overcome the disease.

Our condolences to all those impacted by the passing of Mr. Unshou.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the information.

Famitsu puts up Octopath Traveler questionnaire, wants to gather feedback for upcoming September issue

Due to the success of Octopath Traveler on the Nintendo Switch, Famitsu has reached out to see if they can gather feedback for their upcoming September issue. From now August 20th, fans are able to answer a few questions in a questionnaire. Despite the magazine being primarily Japan-focused, the questionnaire is available completely in English, as Famitsu wants to hear from their overseas fans as well.

If you'd like to fill out the questionnaire, then please click here!

Pokemon Co. holding EVs+cafe art exhibit

EVs+cafe art exhibit

- will feature Eeveelution works from 9 famous illustrators and creators
- includes artwork from Game Freak character designer Ken Sugimori
- will run from September 1th, 2018 to September 9th, 2018
- open daily from 11am to 9pm
- located in Roppongi Hills Cafe in Roppongi, Tokyo
- free entry
- ties in with the release of a book called EVs, which will contain artwork from all 9 illustrators
- also includes an encyclopedia on Eevee and its evolutions
- you can purchase the book at this exhibit, or at Pokemon Center locations and Pokemon Center Online starting September 10
- artists include:

Higuchiyuuko (Picture book artist)
Kyuuraisu (Manga artist)
Kenjirō Sano (Art director)
Kondouaki (Character designer)
Toshiyuki Fukuda (Illustrator)
Ken Sugimori (Game Freak Pokemon designer)
Tarō Yamamoto (Artist)

Plot details for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie

We've been watching the Sonic the Hedgehog movie closely this week, as filming is underway and imagery has leaked from the set. Now we have a few small details on the movie's plot.

- James Marsden will play a small-town cop from South Dakota

- Marsden ends up going on a road trip to San Francisco with Sonic the Hedgehog

- the pair race against Dr. Eggman (Jim Carrey) to recover Sonic’s rings

- Adam Pally will play a fellow cop

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

NISA & SNK team up for a panel at PAX West

NISA & SNK Retro to Now

SAT 09/01 12:00 PM - 1:00 PMWYVERN THEATRE

The NISA and SNK crew are here with Frank Cifaldi from Digital Eclipse to talk about SNK 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION! Plus we unveil a little more about what’s in store for Disgaea 1 Complete, The Caligula Effect: Overdose and details on RPG Maker MV! And with SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy about to release—we have a new announcement?!


Travis Shrodes [NIS America], Frank Cifaldi [Digital Eclipse], SNK Staff

Shigeru Miyamoto holding a keynote speech during CEDEC 2018

During the Computer Entertainment Developers Conference 2018 (CEDEC 2018) in Japan, Shigeru Miyamoto will hold a keynote speech. The speech titled, ''From where should we make games? 10 years'', will be hold on August 22 at 09:45 JST.

The Nintendo representative director will talk about the current state of game development. More importantly, he will look at his CEDEC 2008 keynote speech. It is here that he discussed the development of Wii Music, ways of thinking about game production and universal design and more.

REPORT - Ben Schwartz to Voice ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ in Upcoming Movie

Ben Schwartz has been tapped to voice the title character in Paramount Pictures’ “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie, sources tell Variety.

James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, and Jim Carrey will also star in the live-action hybrid.

Jeff Fowler, who received an Oscar nomination for his 2005 animated short “Gopher Broke,” is helming the movie, which will blend live-action and CG elements. Neal H. Moritz is producing with “Deadpool” director Tim Miller executive producing, along with Toby Ascher

Major emulation website yanks ROMs after seeing Nintendo's recent legal efforts

A major emulation website has decided to pull all of their Nintendo-related ROMs after seeing the legal action Nintendo has taken after some sites recently. The message below was shared on the site in question.

It's not worth it for us to risk potentially disastrous consequences. I cannot in good conscience risk the futures of our team members who have contributed to the site through the years. We run EmuParadise for the love of retro games and for you to be able to revisit those good times. Unfortunately, it's not possible right now to do so in a way that makes everyone happy and keeps us out of trouble. This is an extremely emotional decision for me after running this site for so many years. But I believe it is the right thing for us at this point of time.

Nintendo's latest push to scrub their games for download across various sites seems to be having a major impact this time around, and I'm sure their efforts are only going to continue.

Jim Carrey confirmed for the role of Dr. Eggman in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie

From rumor to confirmed, straight from the man himself. Jim Carrey will indeed be playing the role of Dr. Eggman in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog live-action movie. Yes, Carrey himself will be playing the role on film, and not just voicing a CG character. Dear lord, am I excited to see how this turns out, mainly because I have NO idea what to expect.