Front-Runners for Detective Pikachu Emerge

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It was recently confirmed that a live-action adaptation of the popular Great Detective Pikachu was in the works, after the success of Pokemon GO. Since then, Legendary has announced a partnership with The Pokemon Company to bring it to the screen, and Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) would direct the film.

Now, it’s come to light a few of the front-runners the studio would like to land for the film. Those names are… ridiculous, to say the least, with Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, and Dwayne Johnson, all in line for the role. It would appear they’re still going for that gruff voice.

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Hat Pikachu Coming to Pokémon Sun and Moon

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The Pokémon Company has announced that a code for special edition Pikachu will be given away on September 19, 2017 via the official Pokémon website for Pokémon Sun and Moon players. The Pikachu in question will be wearing one of many protagonist hats from the series. There is, however, a catch. The time in which you enter the code will determine which hat you get:

  • September 19-25, 2017: Pikachu in Ash’s original hat.
  • September 26-October 2, 2017: Pikachu in a Hoenn region hat.
  • October 3-9, 2017: Pikachu in a Sinnoh region hat.
  • October 10-16, 2017: Pikachu in an Unova region hat.
  • October 17-23, 2017: Pikachu in a Kalos region hat.
  • October 24-30, 2017: Pikachu in a Alola region hat.

People who attend screenings Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You will receive a QR code for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon that will give them Pikachu wearing Ash’s new hat from the film. They will also get a Pokémon Trading Card Game card with Pikachu wearing the hat, which you can see after the jump.

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BAPE x Pokémon Announced

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Well-known Japanese department store, Isetan, has announced that they’ll be hosting a capsule collaboration between A Bathing Ape and Pokémon for a limited time between August 16 – 21. The collab features Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Pikachu getting the BAPE treatment, along with a pattern of the characters with some Poké-Balls.

The collection will be getting a wider Japan release across BAPE stores in Harajuku, Shibuya, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Sapporo, as well. Hit the jump for a look at the full line of shirt designs.

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Pokémon Returning to Theaters with I Choose You!

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Pokémon’s 20th anniversary animated film, Pokémon: I Choose You!, will receive an international theatrical run this November through Fathom Events. The much-anticipated film will screen for two days in theaters around the world, The Pokémon Company announced, giving longtime Pokémon fans the chance to see the re-telling of Ash’s origin on the big screen.

The new film features some key differences from Ash’s initial introduction, with new Pokémon, new characters (replacing Brock and Misty, strangely), and an entirely new take on the story. Pokémon: I Choose You! hits theaters Nov. 5-6, throughout the U.S. and elsewhere. Hit the jump to check out the official key-art in full.

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New Pokémon McFlurry

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Last week, McDonald’s Japan asked users to guess which new flavor McFlurry they were bringing to locations as part of a special for the 20th Anniversary of Pokémon. The flavors were interesting to say the least, with Bulbasaur Broccoli, and Habanero Charmander being among them.

The winner, as expected, ended up being Pikachu, who had the most down-to-earth flavor among the group with his chocolate banana flavor being made available on July 14th, in McDonald’s locations across Japan. Coincidentally, Chocolate Banana is also the flavor of the Minion tie-in McFlurry, so take that with what you will. Hit the jump to get a look at the adorable special packaging.

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Ash’s Pikachu Now Available in Pokémon GO

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In celebration of the one-year anniversary of Pokémon GO, Niantic has announced that players can now catch Ash’s Pikachu (seen above) in the game. Celebrations had begun weeks ago with a larger update to gyms, and the introduction of raids, it would seem they weren’t done yet. One top of the new Pikachu, players can also purchase Anniversary Boxes.

Ash’s Pikachu will be available in the wild from 1pm PST/3pm CST/4pm EST on July 6, 2017 until 1pm PST/3pm CST/4pm EST on July 24, 2017. The in-game shop will be selling Anniversary Boxes during that time. No price has been announced, but boxes will give you Incubators, Max Revives, Raid Passes, and Ultra Balls.

Pokemon Gold and Silver Coming to Nintendo eShop

It would seem Nintendo had one more Pokemon related surprise for us today, with the announcement that Pokémon Gold and Silver are both coming to the Nintendo eShop for 3DS and 2DS the same day that Pokkén releases, September 22nd.

Like other Virtual Console Pokémon releases, players will be able to trade and battle wirelessly, as well as load their caught Pokémon to the Bank for other versions of the game.

Pokémon Nintendo Direct

Nintendo and The Pokémon Company held a Nintendo Direct this morning, if it can be called that. The entire direct can be seen in the (really awesome) video above. While more of a trailer, than a Direct, it does reveal some new announcements.

There are no new games, but Pokkén Tournament DX is officially coming to the Nintendo Switch. Also Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have been announced for later this year on the Nintendo 3DS.

Splash! Magikarp Releasing in Japan Tomorrow

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It would seem that ridiculous Magikarp song that the Pokemon Company released a week ago was not without merit. Splash! Magikarp is hitting smartphones in Japan tomorrow, with a North American release sure to follow soon. The game sees trainers in a small town, known as Hop Town, that desperately loves Magikarp, attempt to train them and compete to see whose Magikarp can splash the highest.

Players will encounter other various Pokemon, as well as new and interesting looking Magikarp, such as Koi Magikarp. Players will also earn rewards for high splashes, and events that could help earn them decorations for their home screen pond, where their Magikarp lives. Splash! Magikarp hits iPhone and Android on May 23.