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Some Pokémon Appearances Are Evolving Courtesy of ‘Pokémon Home’

Some Pokémon, from common to mythic, look a little different thanks to Pokémon Home.

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Pokémon Home, the highly anticipated cloud-based storage app, is finally here and players are wasting no time depositing their beloved Pokémon collections into its vaults and completing the National Pokédex for the new Oak-related professor, Grand Oak. The service has been full of surprises for users thus far, from the aforementioned Grand Oak to a hidden ability Pikachu and Kanto starter. Reports of even more unprecedented revelations continue to circulate as players inspect their collections within the service.

For starters, shiny Pokémon, rare color variants of each creature, are actually represented with differently colored sprites in the app. This is an enormous convenience for collectors curating their collection, players who make frequent trades, and many in between. Even more unexpected, players began to notice that certain Pokémon’s shiny variants have been visibly altered within the confines of Home and, presumably, Sword and Shield when they can be transferred there. Castform, for example, which transforms in certain weather conditions, was previously only visibly shiny in its normal form, much to the disappointment of its fans. Going forward, shiny Castform will have different coloration for each of its forms, making it a much more exciting addition to any collection.

Similarly, Minior, the “Meteor Pokémon” introduced in Sun and Moon, has multiple new shinies as well. Previously black, Minior, which already comes in one of seven different colors, has an equal number of darker, shiny variations dependent on the base color the Pokémon would be if not shiny. While the black shiny coloration was an eye-catching, stark difference, players with shiny Miniors have a fun surprise awaiting them if they elect to transfer the Pokémon to Home.

Even more curious are conflicting reports coming from players who’ve already compiled the National Dex in Pokémon Home concerning the ensuing mystery gift reward. Supposedly, the reward for uploading all 890 Pokémon into Home is the seventh generation, mythical Pokémon, Magearna. Some players, however, have reported receiving a rare version of the Pokémon previously unavailable to players while others are reporting receiving nothing at all. Magearna is unique in that it has two different appearances, its traditional grey and yellow coloring available in the Pokémon’s first distribution, and a highly sought after “Original Color” version from decades past according to game lore. Original Color Magearna, gold and red as opposed to grey, comes complete with its own shiny variant and was previously only visible in the anime, though known to exist in-game courtesy of a Sun and Moon era data mine. It’s this Original Color Magearna that has never been distributed and that some players are claiming to have received upon completing the National Dex.

Original Color appearance would be the more sensible gift to reward dedicated players who’ve collected the entire Pokédex, offering them an additional rare gem for their collection they couldn’t have legally obtained before. It’s likely simply a bug preventing players from acquiring this new (old) coloration for the mythical Pokémon, or, as some are quick to point out, perhaps the image when receiving the gift is errantly grey Magearna, but the Pokémon itself will be Original Color upon inspection.

As if that wasn’t enough news circulating around the “Artificial Pokémon,” Magearna, which exclusively just didn’t have a shiny variant, now has a proper shiny form, though still unobtainable, visible in data mined info in Home. Unsurprisingly, the variant matches the coloration of Lillie’s Magearna in the Sun & Moon anime and may mean the shiny will be available in the future, perhaps through Pokémon Go or a distribution event.

Adjusting shiny appearances isn’t without precedent, nor is the late distribution of a previous generation’s mythical Pokémon, for that matter. Many Pokémon’s shiny sprites have been subtly altered over the years, particularly early on, so it’s not particularly shocking to see particular Pokémon some much needed or welcome attention. To see Game Freak turn its attention to an older Pokémon like Castform does feed the small hope that some less-than-thrilling to hardly distinguishable shinies (Gengar and Garchomp anyone?) might get some fan sought amendments, but it’s far from likely.

Hopefully, the mystery surrounding Original Color Magearna will be fully sorted out soon, but, in any case, players have multiple newly colored shiny Pokémon to look forward to courtesy of Pokémon Home.

Tim is not the droids you are looking for. He resides quietly in the Emerald City where he can often be found writing, reading, watching movies, or playing video games. He is the Xbox editor for Goomba Stomp and the site's official Pokémon Master.

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Sad News DS Fans: The Nintendo 3DS Has Been Discontinued

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After almost ten years in service, Nintendo’s portable 3DS console has officially been discontinued according to Nintendo’s official website. This applies to all the various models of the console: the 3DS, the 2DS, the New 3DS, the New 2DS, the 3DS XL, the New 3DS XL and the New 2DS XL.

The 3DS was an innovative handheld gaming console upon its release in 2011, combining 3-D technology and gaming without the need for special 3-D glasses. The 3D effect was obtained via an optical illusion with the systems screen- a stereoscopic effect that could be turned on with a slider. I remember the awe I felt the very first time I used the 3DS. It felt like a whole new era of gaming encased in a small and sleek package.

Although not hugely popular when it was first released, sales of the console grew a few years after. Since the release of the Nintendo Switch in 2017, sales of the 3DS have been steadily declining so it is not a huge surprise that Nintendo have made this decision. However, it is still a sad moment for DS fans as it means the end of solely portable consoles for Nintendo. I have a lot of fond memories from my 3DS and my plain old DS. I still remember getting the original DS for my birthday in 2006 and spending the rest of the day playing Nintendogs. Good times.

So raise a glass, bid farewell and press F to pay your respects to the 3DS and the DS console in general. You will be missed, dear friend.  

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The ‘Mass Effect’ Remastered Trilogy Rumours Are Back in Full Swing

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Desperate Mass Effect fans- myself included- have long been hoping for an announcement of a remaster of Bioware’s epic space drama trilogy. Despite no news coming from Bioware themselves or publishers EA, the fandom has been clutching at straws in regards to a remaster. However, there have been a couple of suggestions here and there- such as the listing of a Mass Effect art book coming in March 2021- that point towards a remaster coming our way. The most recent suggestion is possibly the strongest yet so let’s take a look.

A Portuguese retail website recently posted a listing for the Mass Effect Trilogy game, complete with box art and various console versions. The listing showed three different versions of the remaster: A PlayStation 4 version, an Xbox One version and a Nintendo Switch version. Prices were also posted with the retail listing- though they are listed as the euro currency due to the location of the site- with the PS4 and Xbox One versions listed as 59.99 euros and the Switch one down as 49.99 euros. The listing has since been deleted by the retailer site but thanks to Twitter- more specifically the Twitter user Nibel– you can check out the listing below.

This is very encouraging for us Mass Effect fans. It’s not so good for the person responsible for the listing though. Let’s be honest, they are losing their job for sure. The trilogy remaster has been circulating the gaming rumour mill for a while so here’s hoping that we will get some concrete information- and an actual confirmation- sometime soon.

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Square Enix Announces ‘Final Fantasy XVI’ for PlayStation 5

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FINAL FANTASY XVI FOR PLAYSTATION5 ​​​

During today’s PlayStation 5 Showcase event, Square Enix revealed that acclaimed creators Naoki Yoshida (Final Fantasy® Xiv, Dragon Quest X) and Hiroshi Takai (Final Fantasy Xiv, The Last Remnant) are collaborating on an all-new standalone mainline Final Fantasy game, titled Final Fantasy XVI, for the PlayStation 5 system.

The news was revealed via the Final Fantasy XVI“Awakening” trailer which can be viewed below.

Here’s what Producer Naoki Yoshida had to say:

Final Fantasy Xvi producer (that’s right, just producer) Naoki Yoshida here. How did you enjoy the trailer? The exclusive footage, comprised of both battles and cutscenes running in real-time, represents but a fraction of what our team has accomplished since the start of development on this, an all-new Final Fantasy game. In that span, the team’s size has grown from a handful of core members to a full-fledged unit that continues to polish and build upon what they have created so far, all to provide players an experience unmatched in terms of story and gameplay.

Our next big information reveal is scheduled for 2021, so in the meantime, I expect everyone to have fun speculating, as we have a lot in store—not only for Final Fantasy XVI, but for Final Fantasy XIV, too. Needless to say, I’ll be working hard on both!

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And here is what director Hiroshi Takai had to say:

When Final Fantasy I was released, I was just another player─a young student with big dreams. By the time Final Fantasy V was in the works, I had earned myself a seat at the developers’ table… albeit at the very end. From there, I moved “online” leaving my mark on both Final Fantasy XI and XIV.

And now…XVI.

From the establishment of an all-new development environment, to learning the ins-and-outs of the PS5, the team and I have taken on countless challenges during our journey to bring you the sixteenth chapter in the storied Final Fantasy franchise. And though we’re pouring our hearts and souls into this project each and every day, it may still be some time before we can get it into your hands. However, I promise it will be worth the wait!

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