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Pokemon GO’s Update Lands with New Pokemon, Weather, and Gym Improvements

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Whenever I walk my dog, I take out my smartphone and turn on Pokemon GO. There’s no better time to catch a Pokemon when your dog is sniffing a fire hydrant, but that’s beside the point. Earlier today, when I gave my dog her first walk, I was disappointed the new Hoenn region Pokemon hadn’t landed yet. But, one hour ago, when I took my dog out for her second walk, to my surprise, I caught a Zigzagoon. Niantic unleashed the Hoenn update during the middle of my dog walk, and I got to witness the effects firsthand.

Regrettably, I didn’t see much in the way of new Pokemon; just a few Zigzagoons, two Seedots, a Wurmple, and a Skitty. You know, the kinds of Pokemon trainers run into during their first hours playing the Gen III Pokemon games. But, judging by the new holiday splash screen, trainers will also be able to catch Wingull, Plusle, Minun, Spheal, Kirlia, and all their post and pre-evolutions (the screen also features a Mudkip, but starters are always a given). Quite frankly, I can’t wait to catch a Torchic.

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You might remember Niantic announced a dynamic weather system would be introduced alongside the new Pokemon, and that system is up and running as well. Not only does it affect the spawn rates of certain Pokemon and the strength of different moves, but thanks to the weather,  Pokemon who spawn more often are more likely to have better stats and award more Stardust when caught. It’s currently cloudy where I live (at least according to Pokemon GO), which makes Fairy, Fighting, and Poison-type Pokemon spawn in droves. I found more Qwilfish (they’re Water/Poison) today than I have the rest of the year, so it’s safe to assume the weather system works as intended.

At first I thought that was the end of the update, that Niantic had only introduced Gen III Pokemon and the weather system to Pokemon GO. But, to my surprise, I was greeted with a new UI during a gym battle. Yes, gyms have received yet another facelift, and it’s a good one. Previously, trainers had to tap furiously on their screens to attack and hold down on the screen to unleash a more powerful attack, but now these strong attacks have a dedicated button. Players have been begging Niantic to implement this feature since the first days of Pokemon GO, and I can see why: it’s so much easier and intuitive. Sure, players still need to swipe their screens to make their Pokemon dodge attacks, but one small step at a time. Also, the retreat button is now at the top left corner, so players are less likely to accidentally press it when they only want to switch out Pokemon.

If you want a full list of the updates, visit the official Pokemon GO site.

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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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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