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Race the Wii DK Summit in Mario Kart Tour's Snow Tour

Slip, sliding your way

The Mario Kart Tour Snow Tour kicked off a couple days ago, bringing a wintery mix of fun and frenzy with it. Need an official breakdown everything this Tour includes? You can read Nintendo's rundown below.

Slip, slide, and race in snow-filled fun during the Snow Tour—the latest limited-time event in the Mario Kart Tour game, happening now! Conquer the added course Wii DK Summit and see if you can pull one of the snow-themed drivers, karts, and gliders from the pipes.

Mario Kart Tour is for everyone, newcomers and karting veterans alike. We hope you have a fun time racing, collecting Grand Stars, and seeing if you can unlock all the in-game rewards.

Tour overview

Event and login bonus duration: Until March 9 at 9:59 p.m. PT

Snow Tour Pipe 1: Penguin Toad and Penguin Luigi are in the spotlight

Available from Feb. 23 at 10 p.m. PT until March 9 at 9:59 p.m. PT

You can find Penguin Toad, Penguin Luigi, the Steel Driver kart, the Black Penguin Slider kart, the Rainy Balloons glider, and the Blooper Wingtip glider in the spotlight.

The favored courses for these drivers will include the second course of every cup for the duration of the Snow Tour.

Snow Tour Pipe 2: Peach (Wintertime) and Wario (Hiker) are in the spotlight

Available from March 2 at 10 p.m. PT until March 9 at 9:59 p.m. PT

You can find Peach (Wintertime), Wario (Hiker), the Gilded Prancer kart, the Snow Skimmer kart, the Rainbow Starchute glider, and the Blizzard Parasol glider in the spotlight.

The favored courses for these drivers will include the third course of every cup for the duration of the Snow Tour.

Lucky Seven Pipe

Available from Feb. 25 at 10 p.m. PT until March 9 at 9:59 p.m. PT

Take your chance to nab Nabbit, Luigi (Classic), and other drivers that have the Lucky Seven skill.

Heavy Duty Pipe

Available from Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. PT until March 4 at 9:59 p.m. PT

This pipe features some heavy-duty karts with tires made for a wild ride. It's your chance to get rare karts like Dozer Dasher, Dark Buggy, and more.

Tour gifts

The included Tour gifts this time are Roy, the Landship kart, and the Minion Paper Glider. If you have a Mario Kart Tour Gold Pass subscription and earn enough Grand Stars, you will also receive Ice Bro, the Pipe Buggy kart, the Gold Snow Skimmer kart, and the Cloud Glider as Tour gifts.

New in version 2.8

Check out what’s been added to the latest version of the Mario Kart Tour game, available now:

The max level for drivers, karts, and gliders boosted to Lv. 7
An option to enable Team Attack in team races
New multiplayer events include Kart Pro and cooperative 2-Player Challenges. In the Kart Pro event, challenge yourself to win 3 races in a row in Standard or Gold Races.
In Auto Mode, choose from seven filters to change up your in-game snapshots.
Ability to adjust the position for steering and using items in Landscape mode

Dragalia Lost updated to Version 2.5.0, "Gala Dragalia (February 2021)" trailer released

Dragalia Lost has been updated to Version 2.5.0, and along with that, a new Gala Dragalia trailer has been released. Check out the trailer above, and read full patch notes for today's update below.

■Update Details (version 2.5.0)

▼New Feature: Shapeshifting in Auto-Play

If both the Auto-Play and Shapeshift buttons are toggled on, adventurers will automatically shapeshift into their dragon form during quests as soon as they are able to do so. The Shapeshift button can only be toggled on while auto-play is enabled and is also available when using auto-repeat.

▼New Feature: Equipment Sets

When editing a team, players can register individual equipment sets that determine which weapon, dragon, and wyrmprints an adventurer will equip. Once registered, a set can be applied to a particular adventurer to have them automatically equip the specified loadout.

▼New Feature: Team Copy

Players can duplicate their team setups and overwrite existing setups with copied ones.

▼New High-Difficulty Quest: Rise of the Sinister Dominion

A new series of high-difficulty quests, Rise of the Sinister Dominion, arrives 03/05/2021 at 00:00. In certain difficulties of these quests, the player’s current team will be swapped out mid-battle with another one, so they must prepare two teams of differing elemental attunements beforehand. Drop rewards include wyrmprints that can be equipped in new slots on weapons and the materials required to unbind and add copies of those wyrmprints. Players must complete Chapter 16 / 4-6 (Normal) of the main campaign, Setting Off, in order to play. Further details will be provided in a separate notification.

▼Updated System: Wyrmprints

With the addition of the first Rise of the Sinister Dominion quest, arriving 03/05/2021 at 00:00, special slots in weapons, and wyrmprints that can only be equipped in those slots, will become available. Depending on the weapon, up to two of these wyrmprints may be equipped, and the slots for them may be unlocked using materials that drop from Rise of the Sinister Dominion quests. Affinities from these new wyrmprints will count toward affinity bonuses in the same manner as those from existing wyrmprints.

Wyrmprints that may be equipped in these new slots are different from existing wyrmprints in that, in addition to holy water and consecrated water, they can also be upgraded using special items that drop in place of duplicated wyrmprints. These wyrmprints may be unbound and copies may be added with said special items as well as materials that drop from Rise of the Sinister Dominion. However, they may not be unbound with silver keys or golden keys.

▼New Mechanic: Overdrive Counter

A new mechanic, the overdrive counter, will appear in Rise of the Sinister Dominion quests. When (and only when) an enemy in the overdrive state attacks with a red action marker, players can reduce that enemy’s overdrive mode gauge by an amount greater than normal if they use an attack skill to inflict damage (in other words, counter). We plan to include this mechanic in more quests in the future.

■Other Changes

・The logic that determines how AI-controlled adventurers dodge certain action markers will be adjusted.
・The dragon Gala Reborn Poseidon’s abilities (Water) Fury of the Seas I and (Water) Fury of the Seas II will be adjusted to also affect enemies with no elemental attunement.
・The dragon Gala Reborn Zephyr’s abilities (Wind) Wrath of the Plains I and (Wind) Wrath of the Plains II will be adjusted so that they also affect enemies with no elemental attunement.
・Adventurers wielding rapid-fire manacasters will be able to move while performing their force strike.
・If auto-play is enabled and both the skill Hound Shot and Ace Operator are available for the adventurer Formal Joachim to use, he will use Ace Operator first and Hound Shot directly afterward.
・The appearance of certain objects in quests will be adjusted.
・The user interface will be adjusted in various places.

■Issues Addressed

・While playing Tartarus’s Wrath on Standard, Expert, or Master difficulties, when the adventurer Dragonyule Lily performs an upgraded force strike after being granted the Saint Starfall Lily effect, if the team member that is most in need of healing is in a portal zone, their HP may not be restored and their max HP may not be increased.
・Certain normal endeavors for Advanced Dragon Trials and The Agito Uprising are able to be completed despite their names appearing as “???.”

Fire Emblem Heroes "Legendary Hero (Claude: King of Unification)" trailer

Well look who's here

The Legendary Hero Claude is making his way to Fire Emblem Heroes. To see what the character is bringing with him, check out the trailer above.

A new Season is coming—and so are March’s Pokémon GO events

Marching ahead

Not a month goes by without a slew of things to do in Pokemon GO, and March 2021 is no different. Niantic has detailed the huge lineup of content for March on the way, and you can get the full details below.

We hope you’re prepared for a month of exciting Pokémon encounters and bonuses!

Incoming: New Team GO Rocket Special Research!

It appears that after a few months of rest, Giovanni and his Grunts are up to no good once again! What’s worse, they’ve obtained more Shadow Pokémon—including Shadow Legendary Pokémon! Early investigations into Giovanni’s movements suggest he’ll be using these Shadow Legendary Pokémon at different times.

March 2021: Shadow Articuno
April 2021: Shadow Zapdos
May 2021: Shadow Moltres

Starting on Sunday, February 28, 2021, at 12:00 a.m. local time, play through this Season’s new Team GO Rocket Special Research to earn a Super Rocket Radar and take down Giovanni! There will be other opportunities to earn Super Rocket Radars at the beginning of each month this Season, so stay tuned for more information!

March Research Breakthrough encounter

From Monday, March 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8) to Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), you’ll encounter Gible in Research Breakthrough encounters.

Featured Pokémon in five-star raids and Mega Raids

The following Legendary Pokémon will be appearing in five-star raids throughout March.

Incarnate Forme Landorus will be appearing in five-star raids from Monday, March 1, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. to Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. local time. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!

Incarnate Forme Tornadus will be appearing in five-star raids from Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. to Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. local time. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!

Incarnate Forme Thundurus will be appearing in five-star raids from Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. to Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!

Therian Forme Thundurus will be appearing in five-star raids from Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Therian Forme Tornadus will be appearing in five-star raids starting Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
In addition, the following Mega-Evolved Pokémon will be appearing in Mega Raids.

Mega Blastoise, Mega Pidgeot, and Mega Ampharos will be featured in Mega Raids from Monday, March 1, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. to Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Mega Houndoom, Mega Abomasnow, and a surprise Mega-Evolved Pokémon will be appearing in Mega Raids starting Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Every Wednesday in March will feature a Raid Hour event from at 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time. Raid Hours will feature the Pokémon appearing in five-star raids that week. A bonus Raid Hour will be taking place on Monday, March 15, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time. As a reminder, when the Season of Legends begins on March 1, 2021, you can gain extra XP for completing five-star raids!

Stay tuned for the April events blog for more details on the next Pokémon to be featured in raids.

Pokémon Spotlight Hours

In the month of March, Pokémon Spotlight Hour will take place every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. local time, and each of these will spotlight a different Pokémon and special bonus!

Tuesday, March 2, 2021: Krabby will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for transferring Pokémon.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021: Drowzee will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for evolving Pokémon.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021: Voltorb will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Stardust for catching Pokémon.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021: Surskit will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for catching Pokémon.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021: Slugma will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for catching Pokémon.

March Bonus Hours

We will be testing Bonus Hours throughout the month of March. These tests will take place on the listed Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. local time, and each one will feature a unique bonus!

Thursday, March 4, 2021: GO Rocket Hour — Team GO Rocket Balloons will be appearing more frequently. Be on the lookout, Trainers!

Thursday, March 11, 2021: Mega Bonus Hour: Candy — You’ll earn more Candy when you catch Pokémon that share a type with your active Mega-Evolved Pokémon.

Thursday, March 18, 2021: Mega Raid Hour — Mega Raids will be happening more frequently.

March Community Day Featuring Fletchling

Join us on Saturday, March 6, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time for a fiery Community Day featuring Fletchling. Evolve Fletchinder (the evolved form of Fletchling) during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Talonflame that knows the attack Incinerate. For more information, be sure to check out the blog here.

Upcoming new events

Look out for more details coming soon for these events.

Searching for Legends—From Tuesday, March 9, 2021, to Sunday, March 14, 2021, join us as we begin our journey to search for Legendary Pokémon! And what better way to sniff out these Legendary Pokémon than with the Compass Pokémon, Nosepass? Who knows—if you’re lucky, you may even encounter a Shiny Nosepass!

Incense Day: Psychic-Type and Steel-Type —We are hearing reports that on Sunday, March 14, 2021, more Psychic-type and Steel-type Pokémon will be attracted to Incense, including Beldum!

**Charge Up!**—From Tuesday, March 16, 2021, to Monday, March 22, 2021, get amped for an event where Electric-type Pokémon will make their Pokémon GO debut!

Weather Week—From Wednesday, March 24, 2021, to Monday, March 29, 2021, experience a whirlwind of weather-themed Pokémon appearing in the wild and new avatar items, all to celebrate the Therian Formes of Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus coming to Pokémon GO.

A Special Raid Weekend event featuring Legendary Pokémon will take place on Saturday, March 27, 2021, through Sunday, March 28, 2021.

Stay tuned for more details on each of these events!

Weekly free bundles

Every Monday in March, a free one-time bundle containing 10 Ultra Balls, 10 Razz Berries, and a Remote Raid Pass will be available in the shop.

Quality-of-life updates

We’re excited to share some updates to Candy XL that will help acquiring this resource in Pokémon GO be more fun and accessible.

Trading Pokémon will have a chance of rewarding a Candy XL for the Pokémon you’ve traded. The chance of receiving a Candy XL will increase the greater the distance between Pokémon catch locations is.

Walking with your Buddy Pokémon will now have a chance of earning you a Candy XL.

Catching Legendary, Mythical, or evolved Pokémon is now guaranteed to reward you with Candy XL.

Pokémon Masters EX Sync Pairs Preview: Leon & Charizard, Marnie & Morpeko, Champion Iris & Hydreigon, and Diantha & Gardevoir

Here come more familiar faces

Pokemon Masters EX just keeps getting bigger and better. A whole new wave of Sync Pairs are on the way, and you can read all the info on who's included in the press release below.

DeNA Co., Ltd., in partnership with The Pokémon Company, has announced that sync pairs Leon & Charizard, Marnie & Morpeko, Champion Iris & Hydreigon, and Diantha & Gardevoir will be arriving soon in Pokémon Masters EX. With these additions, the island of Pasio will have had Champions from every region of the Pokémon world arrive on its shores.

Introducing the First Master Sync Pair

Leon, the Champion of the Galar region, and his partner Pokémon Charizard, will be the first master sync pair added to the game. Master sync pairs possess a passive skill that provides a boost to the whole team. Marnie & Morpeko, also hailing from the Galar region, can deploy moves with culinary themes like Full Belly Mode and Hangry Mode. Both of these will be available in the sync pair spotlight scout from February 25th at 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time until March 17th at 10:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

All-New, Upcoming Story Event

In-game events that follow these characters and their time on Pasio will also be available. In Champion Time, a Story Event available from February 25th at 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time until March 17th at 10:59 p.m. Pacific Time, players can watch Galar Trainers Leon, Gloria, and Marnie take on top Trainers from other regions in tournament-style exhibition matches. A solo event titled Yell and Dream will be available from March 3rd at 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time until March 17th at 10:59 p.m. Pacific Time and follows the story of Marnie as she demonstrates what Trainers from Spikemuth Gym have to offer.

Continuing the Celebration

A trailer showcasing Leon & Charizard and Marnie & Morpeko can be found here on the official Pokémon Masters EX YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/tN_Lv2Qviyg.

A re-tweet rally is also being held, in which if enough players re-tweet the trailer on the game’s official Japanese Twitter (@pokemas_game) and English Twitter (@PokemonMasters) pages before March 2nd at 9:59 p.m. Pacific Time, 3,000 Gems and 60 5★-Guaranteed Scout Tickets (enough to use the 5★-Guaranteed Scout two times) will be distributed to all players.

Looking Ahead

In March, new sync pairs Champion Iris & Hydreigon and Diantha & Gardevoir will appear in their respective sync pair scouts, with more information coming at a later time.

Pokémon Masters EX will also soon be celebrating one and a half years since the game’s launch and will be providing players with the opportunity to earn up to 10,000 Gems, enough to add up to 36 sync pairs to players’ teams, via multiple log-in bonuses that will be held from February 25th at 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time until March 30th at 10:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Players can check the in-game menus for more information. Note that in-game event dates are subject to change without notice.

Mario Kart Tour "Snow Tour" official trailer released

Ready, set, SNOW!

Mario Kart Tour's Snow Tour kicked off yesterday, and Nintendo is trumpeting that content update with a new trailer. Get a better look at the frosty fun that awaits with the video above.

Dragalia Lost "Divine Deception" Event Preview

Take a trip through North Grastaea

Dragalia Lost's Divine Deception event starts on Feb. 26th, 2021 at 1 AM ET. During their travels in North Grastaea, the prince and friends visit a mountain village called Paradise where a woman has been rewriting people's memories. Get a glimpse of what's to come in the video above.

Pokemon Masters EX updated to Version 2.6.0

Pokemon Masters EX has been updated to Version 2.6.0. Check out the patch notes for this update below.

Sync Grid Update

- A multiple-selection feature for the sync grid.
- A preset feature, which will allow you to save multiple grids with unlocked tiles to be applied right away.
- A feature that will allow co-op sync orbs to be used without converting them to sync orbs.
- Coin-free sync grid resetting.
- A feature to reset tiles individually.
- An additional display for tiles that have move level requirements.
- Pinch-to-zoom functionality.

Niantic punishes over 5 million cheaters across Pokemon GO and their other mobile games

Cheating their way to a ban

Pokemon GO is played by hundreds of millions of people around the world, and unfortunately, millions decided to cheat their way through the game. Niantic is well aware that cheaters ruin the experience for legit players, which is why they've worked hard to squash those cheaters out there.

Niantic's efforts to stop cheaters continues every single day, but the developer has made serious progress since Pokemon GO launched. In a new blog post from Niantic, we learn that the company has punished over 5 million cheaters across their various mobile games, Pokemon GO included. You can see Niantic's full details on cheat prevention and punishment below, along with their commitment to fighting against other cheaters still at large.

We don’t talk much about our anticheat efforts, partly because we don’t want to provide cheaters with information that can help them understand our detection mechanisms better. But, rest assured our reluctance to share is not due to a lack of effort or intent from our side.

Having said that, we have made a commitment with all of our players towards promoting fair gameplay, preserving the integrity of our games and improving transparency with our players. As part of this commitment we’d like to provide an update on some of our recent efforts to curb cheating in our games:

Since the beginning of 2020, we’ve issued punishments to more than 5 million cheaters across Pokémon GO, Ingress and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, where over 20% of the punishments were permanent bans.

More than 90% of users who received their first warning, stopped cheating afterwards. This is quite encouraging for us, as we continue to find the right balance between punishing casual cheaters versus the more egregious ones.

We have invested in new & emerging technologies, while continuing to grow our team, to improve our detection and enforcement capabilities. We’ll continue to act against those who violate our terms of service and we’ll be reinforcing our efforts in the coming weeks.

We are constantly tweaking and improving our existing detection methods by collecting ground truth from player reports and other channels of feedback, to ensure we are accurately detecting cheaters and minimising false positives.

We are always listening to our players and are exploring ways to leverage our community to ensure our games remain fair. To empower all Ingress Agents, we’ve rolled-out a new Fast Track process, which would enable them to request for a quicker manual intervention, before the rogue Agent can cause more damage to the gameboard. Since then, we’ve received more than 4K Fast Track requests, of which ~70% were eligible for an expedited review; and after investigating, appropriate actions were taken against those reported Agents. We’ll continue to iterate and improve the process based on the feedback we receive from the community.

To address concerns of remote Ingress Portals getting spoofed during Ops, we’re working on introducing additional security measures to reduce the impact of such egregious cheating on the game board. We’ll be sharing more information about our Compartmental Access Level measures in the coming weeks on the Ingress forum and our other social channels.

We are committed to ensuring fair gameplay across our game portfolio. Every day newer forms of cheating or spoofing tools are made available on the internet, and we are continuously working to combat these cheaters and focus on improving our detection and enforcement; as they have no place in our games.

As a reminder, please only use the official versions of our games available on Google Play Store, Apple App Store and Samsung Galaxy Store; and note that we do not support jailbroken or rooted devices.

Thank you all for your continued support and patience.

Pokemon Masters EX Leon & Charizard Sync Pair Introduction

Arriving later this week

Leon & Charizard will arrive in the sync pair scout starting Feb. 26th, 2021 at 1 AM ET. They’re a very powerful sync pair that can give your team a huge boost with their master passive skill.