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Hoenn Pokemon and Weather System Inbound for Pokemon GO

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Niantic heard Pokemon GO trainers like Mudkips, so the company is finally putting Mudkip in the game. And its evolutions, the other Hoenn region starters, and 41 other Pokemon. I can’t wait to catch ’em all. Again.

Back in October, trainers got a small taste of the Hoenn region with the Ghost-types Sableye, Duskull, Dusclops, Shuppet, and Banette. Niantic has confirmed we will get another taste with 50 new Pokemon later this week. While the starters are a foregone conclusion, the trailer Niantic released to celebrate these new Pokemon teases Salamence, Shiftry, Aggron, Ludicolo, and Groudon. Add in the silhouette of a Zigzagoon from screenshots on the official website, and that leaves 24 Hoenn region Pokemon unaccounted for, assuming the above Pokemon, their preevolutionary and postevolutionary forms, and the other two Gen III mascots Kyogre and Rayquaza are scheduled to release first. And since 135 Pokemon were introduced in the Gen III games, we have 80 more Pokemon on the way. How much do you want to bet we’ll have to wait to capture the likes of Flygon, Tropius, and Deoxys?

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Some people think new Pokemon games only add Pokemon and maps; they don’t realize each generation introduces new features that change core game mechanics, including 2v2 battles that personalities that affect Pokemon stats. Well, Niantic will also add a new system to Pokemon GO alongside the Hoenn Pokemon, something many trainers have asked for: dynamic weather. The player avatar will be soaked by digital rain when it rains in real life; the game world will be covered with snow when snow falls in the real world, and so on. And this weather isn’t just for show; it will impact both Pokemon spawn rates and attack efficacy. Trainers are more likely to find Mudkips splashing about on rainy days, and Charizard’s Fire Blast will be far more devastating when the sun is shining. I’m now curious if Mareeps, Electabuzzes, and other Electric-types will wander about during thunderstorms.

Pokemon GO might have had a very rough start, but trainers and developers have stuck with it and transformed the game into the must-play app. I eagerly await all the new Hoenn Pokemon, dynamic weather system, and any other surprises Niantic has up its sleeves. Maybe cosmetic items trainers can use to customize their Pokemon is in the works; why should Pikachu be the only one to wear a hat?

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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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