Pokemon GO - Trainer Battles trailer

Ready to take on a new challenge? Get ready for Trainer Battles in Pokémon GO! Choose a team of three Pokémon and challenge a fellow Trainer or a team leader in one of three leagues. Learn more from Blanche, Candela, and Spark in this tutorial video.

Fire Emblem news - Sounds of Fire Emblem from Cipher Festival promo video, plus more mini acrylic figurines

A couple tidbits of Fire Emblem info have popped up today. First up, the above promo video for the Sounds of Fire Emblem from Cipher Festival album. This album will be on sale at the Comic Market 95 event, which kicks off Dec. 29th, 2018. The songs featured on this album focus mostly on battle map music.

Next up, we have a look at the 11th wave of Fire Emblem Heroes mini acrylic figurines. This set will launch in Japan sometime during Feb. 2019. As usual, you can get one for 350 yen, or a box with every figurine for 3,500 yen.

Super Mario Run - content update for Dec. 15th, 2018

[Event] The latest Weekend Spotlight is now live, and it’s all about Mario. Here’s the items you can get from the Super Bonus game in Remix 10: 8-bit Mario Trim (15%), Mario topiary (15%), Classic 8-bit Small Mario statue (15%), Modern 8-bit Small Mario statue (15%), Mario statue (10%), Mario (Wedding) statue (10%), Mario Kart statue (10%), and Gold Running Mario statue (10%) (available until December 17th)

Dragalia Lost - content update for Dec. 15th, 2018

[Event] The first set of 4 additional stages for the Tap Battle: Illusory Dungeon event is now live. (available until January 10th)

[Special Maps] The latest Rival Domains map is now available. This time, you get a bonus if you defeat allies using infantry allies (available until December 22nd)

[Issue] An issue is currently impacting Rematch in Aether Raids.

[Teaser] A new Special Hero wearing a seasonal outfit will make an appearance in Fire Emblem Heroes on Dec. 18th, 2018 for a Special Heroes Summoning Event and Log-In Bonus.

Niantic Shares Social Impact Report 2018

At Niantic, people come first. We strive to build experiences that connect people in the real world and are continuously exploring new ways to support our passionate players and create platforms to give back to local communities. Because when you do good locally, you do good for the world.

In the early days at Niantic, we witnessed firsthand the powerful positive impact AR technology can have on local communities and civic engagement and have made it part of our mission to prioritize social impact in everything we do. In 2016, we formalized our social impact efforts by creating a division focused on making a positive impact through a variety of activities ranging from community events and service, supporting players to do good, and special campaigns.

Fast-forward to 2018, and we’ve taken what our technology and games already encourage–positive impact in the real world–and made it into a core part of the company. Below, you’ll find an infographic outlining some of the incredible feats we’ve accomplished together with the worldwide player community in 2018.

You can expect more events, activities and partnerships with local and global organizations that continue to support our players and local communities in 2019.

Check out the full report here

Delibird and friends return for Pokémon GO Holidays 2018

The cheer and joy of the holidays is coming to the world of Pokémon GO, as the Delivery Pokémon, Delibird, returns for Pokémon GO Holidays 2018!

Starting on December 18, Ice-type Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild, including Jynx, Sneasel, Swinub, Snorunt, Spheal, and Snover! Certain other Pokémon are also getting into the festivities—you might see holiday-ready Pokémon, such as a Pikachu wearing a festive hat, until January 2!

What’s celebrating the holidays without gifts? Pokémon such as Smoochum, Azurill, and Munchlax will have a greater chance of hatching from 7 km Eggs, so show your friends you care by sending them special Gifts! In order to help with hatching during the holiday season, Trainers will also earn a free single-use Incubator once per day via spinning a Photo Disc on a PokéStop until January 2.

To keep the celebrations coming, there will be plenty of bonuses throughout the event! From December 18 to December 22, Trainers will be able to enjoy double Candy for catching and transferring Pokémon. Then, from December 22 to December 26, earn double Catch Stardust to help power up your Pokémon! From December 26 to December 30, earn double XP when you catch Pokémon to help you reach a higher Trainer level before the new year! Finally, from December 30 to January 2, Incubators will be twice as effective. Make sure you check in regularly to take advantage of all these exciting bonuses!

Excited about showing your holiday spirit? Outfit your avatar with the Delibird-themed sweater, gloves, and boots, available on December 18 in the Style Shop!

So put a little happy in your holidays with Pokémon GO! Stay safe, and happy exploring!

Niantic close to $3.9 billion valuation

According to the Wall Street Journal, Niantic is close to grabbing $200 million in funding, which would then push the company's value to $3.9 billion. This funding is coming in from sources who believe that Pokemon GO will continue to engage current players and woo more in as next year rolls on.

Dragalia Lost releases Chapter 7 story content and festive new updates this month

This month, several free updates to Dragalia Lost, Nintendo's first original IP created exclusively for smart devices, will bring a treasure chest full of holiday cheer and new content to Alberia, including the introduction of the game's first new story content to release since launch.

The first set of in-game content launches Dec. 17 and will include:
"The Miracle of Dragonyule" Facility Event - From Dec. 17 to Dec. 26, Yuletrees decorate the town as people eagerly await the arrival of Saint Starfall, but fiends have come to ruin the Dragonyule festivities. Players can acquire a Yuletree, an event-specific facility that powers up water-element adventurers, and will want to use their water-element adventurers during special boss battles, daily battles and challenge battles for a chance to earn event-exclusive in-game items and rewards.
"Dragonyule Defenders" Summon Showcase - From Dec. 17 to Dec. 30, players will have the opportunity to summon limited-time adventurers, dragons and wyrmprints, including Cleo (Dragonyule Version), Nefaria (Dragonyule Version), Xander (Dragonyule Version), Jeanne d'Arc (Dragonyule Version) and more.
"High Brunhilda" Event Quest - The new high-difficulty event quest, High Brunhilda, will be added to Advanced Dragon Trials. Players will be able to test their skills against the Mistress of Crimson, the Inferno Clad, in her true form.
Other Bonuses - Various in-game bonuses for players to enjoy will be added, including year-end login bonuses and a reset of Social Rewards for playing co-op.
On Dec. 27, Dragalia Lost will also release its first new story chapter since launch. Chapter 7 of the main story, Trek to the Aquapolis, follows Euden and company as they set out for Saint Lotier, a city of water with an unexpected ruler.

Developed in partnership with Cygames, Dragalia Lost is a free-to-start game where players must unite with powerful dragons and assemble a customized party of adventurers to save the Kingdom of Alberia. By engaging in real-time battles using intuitive touch-screen controls, players can let loose powerful attacks and transform into a mighty dragon to conquer mysterious evil forces. They can also share the experience with up to three friends in synchronous online multiplayer to battle through the game's main story adventure, additional quests and special Raid Events.

Lugia and Ho-Oh Swoop into Pokémon GO Once Again

From Friday, December 14, through Monday, December 17, look forward to the return of high-flying Pokémon GO Raid Battles against the Legendary Pokémon Lugia and Ho-Oh. It's a good opportunity to catch these amazing Pokémon and even possibly get your hands on a Shiny Lugia or Shiny Ho-Oh.

Cresselia will also continue to be available in Raid Battles, giving you lots of opportunities to catch some seriously powerful Pokémon over the weekend.

Good luck battling the Legendary Pokémon Lugia and Ho-Oh, Trainers!

Tips to Get Started in Pokémon GO Trainer Battles

Pokémon GO is evolving with Trainer Battles, letting players go head-to-head with teams they've assembled. Check out some tips on which Pokémon should learn a new Charged Attack, which Pokémon to power up for Trainer Battles, and how to put together a winning team for matches against other players. You can battle against any Trainers who are nearby, or your Ultra and Best Friends anywhere, at any time. Get ready to prove you're the very best!

The spoils definitely make Trainer Battles worth trying, even if you're not that confident in your Pokémon team. You can get rewards from battling other Trainers three times each day and once daily from taking on an AI-controlled team leader. You'll get the same loot whether you win or lose, which can include rare items like a Sinnoh Stone, the item needed to evolve many Pokémon with Evolutions first discovered in Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl. Battles aren't just a lot of fun—they're also great if you're looking to collect the most-powerful Pokémon and complete your Pokédex!

Full feature here