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Pokémon Sword and Shield are selling at a faster pace than 'X & Y' and 'Sun & Moon' in Japan

Pokémon Sw&Sh outpaces the moon!

In just 17 days, Pokémon Sword and Shield have sold an astounding 2,023,043 physical copies in Japan. Comparing the 275,959 copies sold this week to previous Pokémon generations during the same time period (days 11 - 17), we can see that Sword and Shield are outpacing Pokémon X & Y (265.9k) and Pokémon Sun & Moon (225.6k). Game Freak can celebrate another highly successful Pokémon launch.

Sword and Shield are officially the fastest-selling Pokémon titles since Black & White.

Shiny Lunala and Shiny Solgaleo available from select retailers in Greece

I'm walking on Sun (and Moon) shine!

Other countries have already been given an opportunity to receive Shiny Lunala and Shiny Solgaleo in Pokémon (Ultra) Sun or Pokémon (Ultra) Moon, but now it's Greece's time to shine.

Both of the legendary Pokémon will be available from select retailers until November 15th. To receive your corresponding Pokémon (Lunala in Pokémon Sun/Ultra Sun & Solgaleo in Pokémon Moon/Ultra Moon), just ask for a download code at one of these listed retailers:

Seven, Public, Media Markt, Game Explorers, Console Club, Astron DVD Club, Gamescom, Gameland, Power User, Inspot Creta, E-paideia and Met Net.

Thanks to cassiel for the heads up!

Pokemon Sun/Moon/Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Shiny Solgaleo/Lunala event now live in multiple locations

Shiny time

The Pokemon Sun/Moon/Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Shiny Solgaleo/Lunala event Shiny Solgaleo/Lunala event is now live in more countries. This event gives a Shiny Solgaleo to Moon/Ultra Moon players, or a Shiny Lunala to Sun/Ultra Sun players via a serial code received at certain stores, or through the Pokémon Pass.

- in the US, it's available through the Pokémon Pass app activated when within a Gamestop store from today until November 10th
- in Canada, it's available through serial code obtained at EB Games from today until November 10th
- in the UK and Spain, it's available through serial code obtained at GAME stores from today until November 15th

Pokemon Sun/Moon/Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Shiny Solgaleo/Lunala event hits more locations in Europe

Oooooh, shiny!

The Shiny Solgaleo and Shiny Lunala event that was previously announced is now heading to more locations in Europe. This event gives a Shiny Solgaleo to Moon/Ultra Moon players, or Shiny Lunala to Sun/Ultra Sun players via serial code. Those in the UK can head to GAME starting October 21st, 2019 to get the code. Distribution lasts until November 15th, 2019. GameStop in Italy will be distributing the code, but we don't have details on dates just yet.

Pokemon Sword and Shield preorder bonus for South Korea revealed

Shiny Pokemon all over the place!

Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have announced the preorder bonuses for Pokemon Sword and Shield in South Korea. Those who preorder the game by Nov. 14th, 2019 will receive a code to redeem Shiny Solgaleo/Shiny Lunala in Pokemon Moon/Ultra Moon/Sun/Ultra Sun respectively. Those who pre-order the Double Pack will get the same code, as well as another to redeem for Shiny Necrozma in Pokemon Sun/Ultra Sun/Moon/Ultra Moon.

Pokemon Co. releasing Alola Can Badge Collections in Japan

Aloha!

It's not all about Pokemon Sword and Shield, you know! Pokemon Co. is releasing two sets of Alola Can Badges in Japan on Oct. 5th, 2019, and they can be found at Pokemon Center and Store locations.

One blind pack from Collection A/B costs 330 yen, and the complete boxes with all 14 designs costs 4,620 yen. Alola Can Badge Collection A features artwork from Pokemon Sun and Moon, while Collection B features artwork from Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Get Shiny Lunala or Shiny Solgaleo at GameStop via Pokémon Pass

Shine on

Take a trip back to the Alola region with the help of Shiny Lunala or Shiny Solgaleo! Get one of these two Legendary Pokémon when you visit a participating GameStop store from October 21 through November 10, 2019. When you get there, open the Pokémon Pass app on your iOS or Android device to receive the code.

When you enter this code into Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Sun, you'll receive Shiny Lunala. Or enter the code into Pokémon Ultra Moon or Pokémon Moon to receive Shiny Solgaleo. Each code can be used only once. Shiny Lunala will be Lv. 60 and know the moves Moongeist Beam, Psyshock, Moonblast, and Moonlight. Shiny Solgaleo will also be Lv. 60 and know the moves Sunsteel Strike, Zen Headbutt, Noble Roar, and Morning Sun.

Get details on the free Pokémon Pass app, which you'll need to have installed to receive the code. And while you're at GameStop, be sure to check out new Pokémon TCG products, including the just-announced Sun & Moon—Cosmic Eclipse expansion launching November 1. Plus, don't miss preorder opportunities for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield for Nintendo Switch, launching November 15!

Use these steps, along with your code, to get Shiny Lunala or Shiny Solgaleo:

Open your Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, or Pokémon Moon game.
Select Mystery Gift on the main menu.
Select Receive Gift.
Select Get with Code/Password, then Yes, then Yes again to connect to the internet.
Enter your code.
Watch as the Legendary Pokémon arrives in your game.
Speak to the delivery person in any Pokémon Center to receive your Legendary Pokémon.
Be sure to save your game.
Let your Pokémon collection shine with a Legendary Pokémon at GameStop!

Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon "Special Battle Season 17" rules revealed

Pokemon at the ready

Pokemon Co. has revealed the Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon "Special Battle Season 17" rules. Check out the details below.

- Season 17 will run from September 3rd through November 25th
- runs on Sun & Moon and Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon, with rankings separate from each other
- this ruleset is only for Level 1 Pokémon
- Battle type: Single Battle
- Pokémon Restrictions: No Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Diancie, Hoopa, Volcanion, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Magearna, Marshadow, Zeraora, and Ash-Greninja.
- Banned Moves: Sonic Boom, Dragon Rage
- choose 3 Pokémon out of your 6, and you cannot have two Pokémon holding the same hold item
- battles have a 10 minute duration, with turns using a 60 second timer
- Pokémon transferred through Pokémon Bank are permitted

Pokemon World Championships 2019 distribution detailed, registration now open

Trainers, at the ready...

We've got two tidbits of info on the upcoming Pokémon World Championships in Washington D.C. to share, with the first being tied to a distribution. Players will be given an Aerodactyl with the Hidden Ability Unnerve, and it comes with the moves Celebrate, Ancient Power, Rock Polish and Wide Guard. It is Level 50 and comes with the Rare Bone.

Next up, registration for the 2019 Pokémon World Championships is now live. The event takes place in Washington D.C. from August 16th to 18th. You can check out all registration info here.

Pokemon Sword & Shield using similar, if not the exact same animations from Pokemon Sun & Moon

Fans are NOT happy

Pokemon Co. and Game Freak can't seem to catch a break lately with Pokemon Sword & Shield. News of the game not including all previous Pokemon has sent fans into a frenzy, and now they're out to hunt down anything/everything that enrages them. The latest findings point to reused animations in Sword and Shield, which characters having movements that appear to be ripped straight from titles like Pokemon Sun and Moon.

Games reusing animations from previous installments isn't really all that new, but fans were expecting a bit more for the series' first mainline jump to consoles. Is this sort of revelation a deal-breaker for you?

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