Pokemon credit cards now exist in Japan

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Visa and The Pokémon Company recently unveiled a new collaboration: some extremely adorable credit cards. Now Japanese fans of Pokémon can show their love whenever they shop!

Two of the cards feature Pikachu by himself and will be available indefinitely, while the limited edition Pikachu and Hoopa card is meant to promote Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages. Only one million of these cards will be available, and they will only be sold until August 31.

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A new Tepig event in Pokémon Shuffle begins today, runs until July 20th

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In addition to the special Jirachi event, an event that gives players a chance to capture Tepig in Pokémon Shuffle has gone live. The event runs until July 20th 6:00am UTC (that is July 19th 11:00pm PDT/July 20th 2:00am EDT). This is in preparation for an event that will feature Tepig’s evolution Pignite in August.

Along with the Tepig event is the return of the Daily Pokémon event which runs through July 18th 6:00 AM UTC. It cannot be played on Saturdays and Mondays, however.

Read the descriptions from the game itself below!

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Pokémon Shuffle’s Jirachi event begins today, runs until July 10th

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An event that gives players a chance to capture the mythical Jirachi in Pokémon Shuffle has gone live. The event is until July 10th 6:00am UTC (that is July 9th 11:00pm PDT/July 10th 2:00am EDT). A unique aspect of this event is that you may only challenge Jirachi once per day during the event period, giving you only a total of five chances to catch this Pokémon.

The reason this week’s event features Jirachi is likely in celebration of the Tanabata Festival which takes place in Japan on July 7th. People in Japan make wishes during this day, which is why Jirachi is known to grant wishes.

Don’t miss this special opportunity to get Jirachi!

Aksys Games officially announces Zero Escape 3 for Summer 2016

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After a few days of teasing, Aksys Games officially revealed the long awaited Zero Escape 3 at Anime Expo today. The latest in the escape adventure series, the game is currently in development with plans to release during Summer 2016 for Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation Vita. No information was shared beyond the confirmation.

The first game in the series, Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors released for Nintendo DS in 2010. The sequel, Virtue’s Last Reward came to Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita in 2012. Since then, fans had been waiting for the third and final installment in the series. However, it had run into issues and put on indefinite hiatus. For this reason, today’s confirmation comes as great news to fans of the series.

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Street Fighter V coming to Six Flags parks across the U.S. this summer

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A lot of things go well together, video games and theme parks being two of them. Capcom announced that beginning July 2, Six Flags theme parks across the U.S. will feature Street Fighter V attractions, so be on the lookout for themed kiosks or gaming pods during your trip. Visitors will be able to play demos of the game (coming to the PS4 and PC next spring) and even participate in elimination-style tournaments that offer prizes to top performers. Check out the complete list of dates and locations below.

July 2 – July 7
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (Vallejo, CA)
July 4 – July 7
Six Flags Over Texas (Arlington, TX)
July 6 – December 31
Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, CA)
July 13 – July 19
Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio, TX)
July 27 – August 2
Six Flags Over St. Louis (Eureka, MO)
Six Flags Over Georgia (Austell, GA)
August 10 – August 16
Six Flags Great America (Gurnee, IL)
Six Flags America (Bowie, MD)
August 24 – August 30
Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, NJ)
Six Flags New England (Agawam, MA)

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Dragon Quest Heroes now available for preorder online

Square Enix has cooked up an exciting Collector’s Edition of Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below (that’s a mouthful, huh?), coming to the PS4 October 13. It will set you back about $100, but packs a generous offering of collectibles and DLC including a Slime plush, special treasure box packaging, and in-game weapons and maps.

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Best Buy confirms Dark Pit amiibo exclusively in stores on July 31st with no pre-orders

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In a surprising (or rather unexpected) move, Best Buy’s corporate site has gone ahead and confirmed that they will not be taking pre-orders on their retailer-exclusive Dark Pit amiibo.

The figure will launch exclusively in brick-and-mortar Best Buy stores – which, by deduction, implies not on BestBuy.com – on Friday, July 31st. It’s also confirmed (as expected) that the figure will be available in limited quantities, and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. A limit of one Dark Pit amiibo per customer will be enforced.

Have a day job? Oh well. I’ll be teaching at band camp that morning – anyone want to fill in for me? Maybe I’ll have to actually import this time…

 

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Dark Pit amiibo confirmed to be exclusive to Best Buy in North America

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The Dark Pit amiibo supposedly launches this month, but up until now, any additional details regarding its launch in North America has been speculation and deduction. Last night, Best Buy finally confirmed what many fans had suspected.

According to Best Buy’s online inventory, the Dark Pit amiibo figure will indeed be exclusive to them. The listing is accompanied by an “Only at Best Buy” indication, so you won’t find the Kid Icarus antihero at your local Target or Toys”R”Us store. A release date of July 31st is shown, which is a Friday and could very well be true. Alternately, it could simply be a placeholder date.

The Palutena figure is the other amiibo figure scheduled to launch this month, and many speculate her amiibo will also be a retailer exclusive. The question now is: which retailer gets her?

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Fire Emblem Fates tops the Japanese sales charts with over 300k sold in four days

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The Media Create sales figures for the week of June 22 through June 28 are in, and it looks like Japan is deciding their fate.

Fire Emblem Fates, known as Fire Emblem If in Japan, launched on Thursday, June 25 and managed to blow away competition with total sales of 303,666 among the BirthrightConquest, and Special Edition retail versions, the latter selling out its stock of nearly 43,000 through pre-orders. Persona 4: Dancing All Night, also launched last Thursday, came in second with sales of 94,036, which was enough to push the PlayStation Vita slightly ahead of the New Nintendo 3DS XL model in individual sales.

You can check out the top 20 software sales list along with the hardware sales numbers after the break.

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Your Inkling amiibo need their own turf? Check out this custom-built Splatoon portal amiibo stand

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After crossing the 1-million-mark for copies sold, it’s clear Nintendo’s new ink shooter IP, Splatoon, is officially here to stay. Since this whole kid/squid thing isn’t just a fad, it’s time to display those Inkling girl, Inkling boy, and squid amiibo with some style – hey, Mario, find your own stand!

Artist Danilo Santeliz has created a replica of Splatoon‘s turf wars portal, hand-crafted to hold four amiibo. This may be one of Danilo’s more intricate pieces, crafted over five days from a mixture of materials including foam, clay, cardboard, and acrylic. Did we mention it lights up? Equipped with LCD lighting, the portal stand glows an assortment of hues to match your teams color, just like in the game.

Check out the full gallery below for behind-the-scenes pictures of the creation process. You can also check out Danilo’s previously created amiibo stands here, including Hyrule Castle and Final Destination. And keep an eye on his Instagram page to see what he’s working on next – spoiler alert, his Villager amiibo will finally have a home.