No, this Pokémon card isn’t made of solid gold, but it is however valued at $60,000. Unfortunately, the card, “Trainer No. 3,” sold by eBay user Pokemonplace and insured for $50,000 before being shipped via USPS, went missing while in transit to its new owner. Why is this card so precious? It was an exclusive card gifted to the third-place finisher of a Japanese event in 1999, making it one of the rarest Pokémon cards ever. Pokemonplace is offering a $1,000 reward for anyone who that can successfully locate the card and send it to the original buyer safely. Read more for a video explaining the situation and what may have happened.
Japan-based ESCRIT, a wedding ceremony company, partnered with The Pokemon Company to start offering officially licensed Pokémon weddings, complete with costumes, themed food items, and more. Each package also includes place cards and program pamphlets adorned with Pikachus poking their tails out from a bed of flowers, in which they’re possibly sharing a just-married smooch. There are two bride-and-groom Electric Types that greet guests as part of the welcome board, which is tradtionally placed at the entrance of the banquet hall where the wedding reception is held. Read more to see some of the food offerings.
The Pokemon Company wanted to gamify sleep, and thus Pokémon Sleep was born. There’s very few details available now, but during the press conference today they said it would “turn sleep into entertainment” by interfacing with Pokémon GO, and will be launched some time in 2020. In addition to the app, a new device, called Pokémon GO Plus+, will be released, and it’s designed to collect sleep data when placed next to your pillow at night. It also functions normally as a way to play Pokémon GO without looking at your phone during the day, while transmitting “sleep information to your smartphone via Bluetooth.” Read more for a video and additional information.
DeNA announced on Twitter that they have partnered with The Pokemon Company and Nintendo to develop a new Pokemon mobile game. For those who don’t know, DeNA is behind several popular Nintendo games, like Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, and Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. No other details have been released, other than that the title will be released by the end of the fiscal year, which would mean on or before March 31, 2020. Read more for another video and additoinal information.
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Adidas is releasing several sneakers based on the Pokemon series, just in time for the Detective Pikachu movie release. The one you see above features a large embroidered Pikachu character, and of course a hidden Pokeball inside the tongue. So far, there’s no official confirmation on what characters other than Pikachu and Squirtle will be released, but we’re assuming that if the demand is there, they’ll be releasing dozens of characters possibly. Read more for additional pictures and information.
CASETiFY teamed up with The Pokémon Company to release a limited edition collection of tech accessories and custom merchandise celebrating iconic Pokémon characters ahead of the Detective Pikachu movie release. The limited edition Pokémon Day and Night collection offers customizable tech accessories, with options to add names, locations and more for customers to personalize their items. “Launching the first CASETiFY co-lab project in collaboration with Pokémon was a natural fit. With Pokémon being a globally popular entertainment franchise, we’re proud to bring this celebrated icon to our line of trusted accessories that will excite a worldwide fanbase,” said Wes Ng, CEO and co-founder of CASETiFY. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The first Harry Potter: Wizards Unite gameplay footage has surfaced, and it builds upon Pokémon GO’s augmented reality technology. This free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game inspired by the Wizarding World is being developed by WB Games San Francisco and Niantic. Instead of Pokémon, the game lets players fight against mythical beasts from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchise. How is this game different? Well, Ninantic did purchase Escher Reality, so the game is expected to implement new technology to allow for persistent worlds within AR. Read more for another video and additional information.
It’s official, Nintendo announced today that Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield will be coming to Switch in late 2019. This game will bring Generation 8 to the console with three new starter Pokemon: Grookey (grass-type), Scorbunny (fire-type), and Sobble (water-type). It will take place in Galar, a fictional area of England, complete with various environments such as the countryside, modern cities, forests, and snow-covered mountains. Read more for a reaction video and the full Pokemon Direct announcement.
Pokémon Go is set to get a Snapshot mode, in addition to the AR+ mode, that lets you to pose and interact with creatures you’ve already captured. Simply open the camera or navigate to a specific Pokémon in your bag, tap the screen to toss their Poké Ball to that place, and then you’ll be able to move around the life-sized Pokémon for optimal angles for your photos. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Pokémon GO maker Niantic, a startup specializing in mobile augmented reality (AR) games, has managed to secure $190-million in a new Series C funding round, as revealed in SEC documents, ahead of the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite launch. In the latest funding round, a total of 26 investors participated, with the names of the investors currently unknown, but the company had previously raised $200 million in November 2017, led by Spark Capital. With the latest round, the company has raised over $415 million till date from investors. Wizards Unite gameplay has been described as similar to that of its predecessor, with players able to view the gameplay world through a smartphone and enable them to fight against mythical beasts from both the Harry Potter universe. Read more for a Harry Potter: Wizards Unite trailer breakdown and additional information.