PSA: This might be a good time to remind everyone that you can filter stories here on the site, especially if you are hoping to avoid spoilers of a Hyrulian nature. This is available only to registered members.

Edit Profile > Custom Filters > Games Type "breath" or other keyword to find a game, and make sure it says "Exclude".

Bam. Media blackout on that until you tell us otherwise.

Pokemon news - Sun/Moon egg event in Japan, bottle cap distribution ending in EU, Battle Competition info

Pokémon Sun & Moon

- special Egg Event in Japan
- gives you an egg of Mareanie, Drampa, Turtonator, Goomy, Passimian or Oranguru
- runs at the Pokémon Centers and Pokémon Stores across Japan from March 18th to April 9th

Pokémon Sun & Moon - Bottle Cap Distribution

- in some parts of Europe, the Bottle Cap Serial Code distribution is due to end on Tuesday
- in the UK, this code is given at all GAME stores from today until February 28th 2017 with the code needing to be redeemed by May 13th 2017.
- in Denmark, Norway, Finland & Ireland, it is being given in Gamestop from today
- in Belgium & the Netherlands, it is being given through the Nintendo Zone at Game Mania

Pokémon Sun & Moon - Battle Competition

- 2017 International Challenge February competition
- Double Battle competition using VGC 2017 rules requiring the Alola Pokédex only
- Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Magearna, Necrozma and Zygarde are not allowed
- Mega Stones are also not allowed
- battles will run from February 24th through February 26th
- all entrants will get the Mawilite and Beedrillite Mega Stones

Japan - Pikachu Easter merch lineup revealed

This line should eventually come to the Pokemon Center website in the states, but that won't be for a bit of time. If you want these goodies now, you'll have to import!

Gaming Historian - Panasonic Q

Thanks to MarioCheated for the heads up!

Pokemon president talks about Switch, HD Rumble uses, potential for Pokemon

The following comes from a Toyo Keizai interview with Pokemon president Tsunekazu Ishihara, as translated by NE...

- he knew about Switch years ago and witnessed its various “twists and turns”
- the important factor will be making best use of HD Rumble
- there are about twenty buttons on Switch, so new players may feel like it’s a big hurdle if they haven’t played games before
- HD Rumble can create intuitive expressions
- you can create something like, “I hit the enemy and it felt hard. I should use a more powerful weapon and hit it strongly.”
- it’s possible to feel defense stats by the HD Rumble rather than a number displayed on screen
- Ishihara believes there is a possibility that the relationship between games and people can be brought to a higher level
- the main Pokemon series has been developed as a fully portable experience up until now
- with portable gaming, the advantage is that there isn’t any gap between gameplay at home and playing outside
- Switch is a home console that you can take on the go, so its characteristics are a bit different to portable systems
- the screen is slightly larger and has higher specs
- if Pokemon is released for Switch, they would have to take a different approach
- spin-offs such as Pokken Tournament and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon also exist
- these kinds of games are being considered for release in turn based on how well they match up with the system
- he can’t say “This title will be released next” at this time

Nintendo UK - Switch stock available at launch, importance of innovation & letting people demo the Switch

Coming from an MCVUK interview with Nintendo UK general manager Nicolas Wegnez...

“We consistently feel the need to innovate and be different by offering ways to play only possible on our platforms. Nintendo Switch is a completely different proposition to other products out there in the market.

Nintendo Switch offers [gamers] the ability and freedom to ‘switch’ how they play their favourite games anytime, anywhere, and with anyone. We have a huge point of difference for a very broad audience. Out of the box, it includes a home console that you can also play on the go, and it comes packed with two high-tech motion-sensing controllers for multiplayer gaming that include innovative features, like the shape-sensing IR Motion Camera and impressive HD Rumble, that allow for new experiences.

We, of course, will initially try to convince the early adopters of new technologies, the Nintendo fans, the multiplatform gamers. [We] won’t forget the kids and family audience as we move forward.

As always, we have a strong line-up of exclusive Nintendo titles with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2 and Arms all releasing this year, but also the knowledge that you’ll be able to play other key third-party IPs like FIFA, Minecraft and Skyrim anywhere, anytime on one device – that is something that is only possible and which Nintendo Switch can ultimately deliver.

One of the key things we really want with Nintendo Switch is to have a great roster of games coming out consistently for the platform both from a first-party and third-party point of view, step-by-step throughout this year and beyond.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an example of a game that many think they know, but will show how Nintendo Switch offers many new ways to play. On top of adding a revamped battle mode, Nintendo Switch will allow people the freedom to experience this game in many new fun ways, and that will show how the Switch offers something completely new from what has come before with Wii and Wii U.

I think every new generation of hardware clearly gives more importance to digital versus the previous one, and Nintendo Switch will not be an exception to that. It has also been shared previously that the Switch makes it easy for developers of any size to create content on the platform. There are many independent developers working on games for Nintendo Switch already and we can’t wait to see what they will create using the unique features that [the] system offers

[Pre-orders are] very strong, which is obviously a very encouraging sign, but as we all know this is not a sprint but a marathon, which is why we are so busy preparing strong plans for the months following the launch. It’s true pre-orders are very strong but we still expect Nintendo Switch to be available at some retailers on Day One. We do expect shipments to steadily come

Firstly, point-of-sale and literature are still a very powerful communication tool for those retail partners who have stores, and where there has been appetite, we have produced a suite of vehicles to help them communicate the unique features of Nintendo Switch. We have seen that having hands on with Nintendo Switch really does help people to understand its appeal. This is even more true when you can experience how to switch between gameplay modes, use the Joy-Con in different ways or, yes, feel that surprising ‘HD Rumble’ feature.

For all the above, we are working on sampling plans to try and get Nintendo Switch into as many people’s hands as possible. However, living in this digital era we recognise the significance of online tools, therefore we have a comprehensive range of online assets for all our e-commerce partners to embrace. We will do our best to help the UK population understand and experience what makes Nintendo Switch different and unique, as we truly believe this product can help Nintendo continue on its mission to expand the video game population.

Having only been living and working in the UK since June, I am obviously still learning about the people in this country, but I am aware they are tech lovers who usually adopt new technology faster than their European counterparts. I also think people in the UK live fast-paced lives, moving around a lot, and I think Nintendo Switch’s mix of versatility with its three modes will be welcomed, offering various options for people to adapt the way they play.

The consumer reaction we are observing when people touch and experience Nintendo Switch in the UK is the biggest reason. We can’t wait for more people to experience it, especially in the comfort of their own home in console mode, or on the go in tabletop or handheld mode. We strongly believe that when people experience the console itself in conjunction with the games launching for the system that the proposition of what Nintendo Switch has to offer will resonate strongly.”

Pokemon GO - A look at the Pokemon Day Pikachu hat

This isn't meant as a knock against Pokemon fans/GO players at all. Just seeing the different Pikachu hats reminds me of this old Simpsons clip.

Check to see if your local GameStop is hosting a Switch midnight launch

Check stores here

This is just my own guess, but I'd imagine that GameStop will let you come in at midnight and grab Breath of the Wild on Wii U as well, if that's the version you're going with. I'd call and double-check just to make sure.

Let’s-a Go! Super Mario Bros. Characters Featured in New Trailer for STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns

XSEED Games, the independent-minded console publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today released a new STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns trailer featuring the fan-favorite characters Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad from the Super Mario Bros.™ franchise. The incredibly adorable capybara mascot Capy-san, who is also a pocket plushie that can only be attained by pre-ordering the game at participating retailers, returned to introduce the video for the game which is set to launch next week, February 28th on the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems.

Capy-san, the in-game capybara pet and pocket plushie, had this to say:

I’m so excited that STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns is launching next week! I must admit I’m also looking forward to getting my paws on the “plushie” version of me as well. I heard it’s just as adorable as I am. Speaking of adorable, today’s video features costumes borrowed from my friends Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad from Super Mario Bros. These outfits let you cosplay as your favorite character AND will give you awesome abilities in the game!

Capy-san also added:

Oh! Before I forget, be sure to join my friends at XSEED Games today at 2:30 PM PST on Twitch. They’ll be livestreaming STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns and answering questions live!

Super Mario Bros. Themed Costumes and Headgear

In a rush? Mario’s signature red and blue uniform gives your running speed a boost. Reeling in nothing but boots? Turn your fishing luck around with Luigi’s outfit and hat that’ll make others green with envy. Feel like your pal is more of a stranger than a friend? Princess Peach’s regal dress and shiny tiara will give you some of the heroine’s limitless charm, helping you make friends with residents of the trio of towns faster. Farming is exhausting, isn’t it? Like the tireless character himself, Toad’s outfit and hat will recharge your stamina automatically.

To see these character costumes and headgear in action, check out the new trailer at: https://youtu.be/WClUWiM2HHQ.

To find out more about the game’s bachelors and bachelorettes, as well as tons of other details, follow STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns on Facebook, where fans can also keep up with Capy-san in the “Capy and Bunny Adventures.” In the latest installment Capy-san and pal, Bunny, visit a location very much like Westown, one of the trio of towns that Capy-san calls home. More information can also be found on the product website at www.storyofseasons.com/tot/.

Developed in Japan by Marvelous Inc., STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns will be released in North America on February 28, 2017 by XSEED Games, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS. The game will be available in physical format at participating retailers and digitally in the Nintendo eShop for $39.99. This game has been rated "E10+" for Everyone ages 10 and up by the ESRB with the descriptors Comic Mischief, Suggestive Themes and Use of Alcohol.

For more information on XSEED Games products, please visit www.xseedgames.com. Fans can also follow XSEED Games on Facebook at www.facebook.com/XSEEDGames and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/XSEEDGames.