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Shiny Zapdos Accidentally Released in Pokémon Go

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With the introduction of Legendary Pokémon in Niantic’s Pokémon Go comes Zapdos, one of the three Legendary birds from the first generation. However, players have noticed that the color scheme is actually matched with the Shiny model rather than the normal one.

Pokémon Go Hub is reporting ‘the Zapdos model currently available in game is actually a shiny Zapdos model, not the regular one’. They cite a Reddit thread that shows in-game models of the Legendary birds alongside their Shiny counterparts as well as pictures of players’ captured Zapdos in Pokémon Go. There is no question that the Zapdos players have acquired more closely resembles the Shiny model.

However, Pokémon Go Hub continues that ‘unfortunately, this doesn’t imply shiny Zapdos is available. It seems to be a problem completely on [Niantic’s] end, as the models are mistakenly swapped – the game is downloading the shiny, instead of the normal, variant’.

Questions are being asked how Niantic will respond to this error, but the most likely outcome is that Niantic will fix whatever’s causing the models to be swapped and players will lose their Shiny Zapdos; the color will revert to the standard design for Zapdos. This hasn’t stopped some being optimistic that they may be able to keep their Shiny version, however.

Currently, Japanese players can participate in the ‘Pikachu Outbreak’ event in Yokohama and acquire Shiny versions of Pikachu, leading some to think the palette swap for Zapdos may be a mistake caused by this introduction. Whether or not players worldwide can capture the new Shiny Pikachu is also unclear, although many believe more news will become available at the end of the Japanese event; the same day Zapdos is due to stop spawning, August 15th.

Unfortunately, there is so far no official response to the news, leaving many players puzzled as to what might happen to their hard-earned Legendary Pokémon. As Niantic is already losing credibility for some of the players, all we can do is hope for a quick clarification.

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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You can now preorder the official Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree strategy guide

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There will soon be a new book in Future Press’s Books of Knowledge series, which is FromSoftware’s officially licensed line of hardcover strategy guides. This will help players who are having trouble with Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. The base game came with two books, and now you can get the unholy trinity for $45 (or the equivalent amount in your currency). It will ship on September 30th.

Like the first two games, The Lands Between and Shards of Shattering, Shadow of the Erdtree is both a complete guide to how to play and a beautiful artbook with full-page pictures of enemies, landscapes, and weapons. This big book has 352 pages and is likely to sell out quickly, based on how quickly the ones that came before it did.

Do you know a lot about strategy guides? You could read the first two Books of Knowledge. If so, what did you think of them? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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