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High-level Pokemon GO accounts are disappearing without explanation

Well this is a bit scary, especially if you're a long-time Pokemon GO player. Reports are coming in from a handful of high-level Pokemon GO players who have lost their account. They haven't done anything wrong, and Niantic hasn't hit them with any warnings or bans. Their accounts just seem to vanish out of thin air, an Niantic hasn't been able to do anything to help. It seems tied to some sort of data corruption, but there's no explanation as to what's causing it.

With the news on this occurrence spreading, hopefully Niantic takes more notice of the issue and sets out to find a solution.

Dragalia Lost - content update for Jan. 18th, 2019

[Manga] Chapter 58 of the official Dragalia Lost 4-koma manga, Dragalia Life, is now available: A Request for Orion. Click here to check them out (also available from within the game itself) (no end date)

Fire Emblem Heroes - content update for Jan. 18th, 2019

[Events] The third and final set of additional stages for the latest Tap Battle: Illusory Dungeon event is now live. (available until February 7th)

[Quests] A new set of Quests is now available: Tap Battle (avaialble until January 29th)

[Events] Battle 1 the 11th Grand Conquests event goes live on January 18th. (available until January 20th)

[Quests] The first set of Quests related to the latest Grand Conquests event is now live (available until January 20th)

Super Mario Run - content update for Jan. 18th, 2019

[Event] The latest Loads of Coins event is now live, and runs until February 1st. It allows you to get 1.5 times the usual amount of coins when you win at Toad Rally. If you lose, you get the usual amount of coins, though… Also, no change regarding the amount of Toads you can win!

Niantic CEO talks Pokemon GO's road to success, engagement with fans, and future plans

Niantic CEO John Hanke couldn't be happier with out Pokemon GO went in 2018. It was a great year for the game, and people were flocking back in droves. In an interview with BusinessInsider, Hanke discusses the journey the team has been on with Pokemon GO, and where it could lead in the future.

- Niantic spent the months after launch "on our heels," trying to patch the game up on the fly
- in 2017, Niantic took a step back to make new hires, and build a plan
- in 2018, the team achieved a "regular pace of updates," which will carry into 2019
- player engagement was way up in 2018 from 2017
- Niantic keeps up with the "Pokémon Go" community via Reddit
- Niantic tries not to let fan feedback drive its overall product strategy
- fan feedback is very useful in fine-tuning an idea once it's out
- when Pokémon trading and battling came out, Hanke says fans highlighted all kinds of little problems, which lead to solutions
- Nintendo and the Pokémon Company have been very pleased with both "Pokémon Go" and "Pokémon: Let's Go"
- they are looking for more "synergies" between the game and the core franchise

Pokemon GO - Special Weekend rescheduled for Feb. 23rd, 2019

A Pokemon GO Special Weekend was supposed to take place back in July in Japan, but the event was postponed due to ticket issues. Now that event has been rescheduled for Feb. 23rd, 2019. Here are the details on what's taking place.

- increased spawns of Charmander
- the Unown letters S & B will appear
- includes double experience
- to qualify, you need a ticket from the SoftBank website, which are then given by lottery
- when you have a valid ticket, you can spin any sponsored PokéStop for the event to begin

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp - content update for Jan. 17th, 2019

[Goals] A new set of Goals is now live: Shell Goals. They task you with collecting as many shells as possible, in order to earn Leaf Tickets and Fortune Cookies. The target Shells are: coral, conch shell, scallop shell, and pearl-oyster shell (those obtained from Animals or Market Boxes do not count) (available until January 21st)

[Log-in Bonus] A new set of Daily Log-in Bonuses is now live. It allows you to get the following: fertilizer x3, elegant essence x3, Calling Card x1, Leaf Ticket x5, cute essence x3, river throw net x3, and Leaf Ticket x10 (available until January 24th)

Fire Emblem Heroes - content update for Jan. 17th, 2019

[Events] The second set of additional stages for the latest Tap Battle: Illusory Dungeon event go live on January 17th. (available until February 7th)

[Story Maps] A new set Tactics Drills map is now available: Weak and Worried (Grandmaster, Infernal) (no end date)

Nintendo president talks eSports, Switch sales, Nintendo Labo response, continued 3DS support, China, mobile plans, and much more

Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa recently did an interview with Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, which we've covered a bit already. Furukawa made statements on Smash Bros. Ultimate sales and Switch momentum in general. Now we have a full rundown of what was said in the interview, and it contains a bunch of different topics. Check out the summary below.

- Nintendo has taken elements of eSports into consideration when developing games
- this includes the perspective of the audience and competitors
- Nintendo is looking into making eSports events not about “large prize money”, but to increase its “contact points” with fans
- Nintendo forecasts future growth (for Switch) in Asia, as the market that hasn’t been particularly strong
- Nintendo has “things yet to be done” in Asia
- if possible, Furukawa wants to tackle the challenge of entering the mainland Chinese market
- Furukawa wants to bring more Nintendo smartphone apps overseas
- 3DS has turned into an affordable console for entry-level players and children
- compared to the Switch form factor, the 3DS is “light and compact”
- the Switch business is isolated from the 3DS business, and both can co-exist
- Nintendo has no plans to discontinue 3DS at this time and will continue to support it
- Furukawa sales it's “unfavorable” to compare Nintendo Labo sales to the sales of other popular first party titles
- Nintendo Labo sales during the holiday season saw a bump
- Nintendo hopes to turn Nintendo Labo into an evergreen product
- Nintendo does not have plans to connect all of their smartphone apps with games on traditional hardware
- one goal of making smartphone apps is to increase the fans of a certain IP
- monetization of smartphone apps is different from traditional console games
- Nintendo is committed to release “two to three” smartphone apps within the year
- Nintendo is closely monitoring Switch sales trends during the end of year and new year holiday season
- Furukawa does not have the exact figure on how many Switch units were sold
- this means Furukawa isn't yet sure if they'll hit the 20 million Switch units sold in the current fiscal year
- with Switch approaching its 3rd anniversary, it will be more important than ever to deliver “fresh” software to consumers
- Nintendo wants to highlight the versatility of the Switch to consumers

Pokemon Duel - Team Match event registration open

Pre-registration for a new Team Match event in Pokémon Duel is now available. Check out the details on this even below.

- choose a team of either Articuno, Zapdos or Moltres
- during the Team Match, you just play as normal online and your wins count towards your team
- earn various rewards, including the possibility of a special Time Booster (Sparkle)
- this has a chance of containing a chance of a figure, this time a Shiny Jolteon
- pre-registration runs until January 18th
- the Team Match event runs from January 18th through to January 21st
- reward redemption lasts until January 24th