New pics of Pokemon GO's Microsoft HoloLens experience

The Pokemon Company recently showed off a special Pokemon GO AR Platform exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. This event let attendees check out a Pokemon GO AR experience that utilized Microsoft Hololens. While we don't have any footage of what this experience looks like, we at least have a couple new pics to check out. We have no idea if this experience will come to other regions, or if there's plans for some sort of greater roll-out to the public.

Pokemon GO datamining finds Meltan costumes and special badges

Like clockwork, Pokemon GO dataminers have poured through the most recent update. Of course, some new tidbits were discovered. Check out what was found below.

- wearable Meltan costumes for trainers
- three badges that will be awarded to trainers who use the GO Snapshot Mode

Niantic talks Pokemon GO's future, long-term plans, and 'interesting set of stuff' coming this year

Pokemon GO has come a very long way since it originally launched back in July 2016. Niantic has worked hard to add in requested features, as well as elements fans didn't even know were in the works. After all this time, what's next for the mobile hit? In an interview with Polygon, Niantic product manager Matt Slemon lays out some plans.

“In a lot of ways, we think we’ve hit the point where our original launch trailer promise has been delivered. It’s not entirely delivered — we’re expecting to have iterations, as we mentioned, with the PvP launch to the battle system feature, to allow people to have ways to compete more effectively, or find opponents easier. We expect small iterations to our existing features over time, as well.

But I think as we move forward, we’re going to start to see more features that are less traditional Pokémon features [that are] just sort of one-to-one moved over with the Pokémon Go spin. I think you’re going to see more features that are more about really showing what it means to be an AR real-world game, not just a Pokémon game. I think there will be an interesting set of stuff that we have for fans this year, and we’re excited to get that out there.

We try to stay as agile as we can. We generally have longer-term plans, but the further out something is, the more it is subject to change. The goal is that we want to stay responsive: We don’t want to get locked in a situation where we’re committed to delivering something that’s no longer the right thing to deliver. Or an opportunity has appeared, either a cool piece of tech or a good suggestion internally has surfaced, and we want to be able to do it, but the timeline is inflexible.

We do look out to around five years, and we sort of have a long-term vision for what we’d like the game to look like in five years, but we are very open still to finding better ideas along the way and pivoting the roadmap as necessary.”

Nintendo Network - maintenance schedule for Feb. 21st and 25th, 2019

Some Switch maintenance taking place in just a day, and some mobile app maintenance coming early next week. Make sure you plan accordingly!

Pokemon Duel - Team Match registration oepn

Pre-registration for a new Team Match in Pokémon Duel is now available. Check out details on this event below.

- Duel Match has you choose a team of either Lugia, Ho-Oh or Celebi
- play as normal online
- your wins count towards your team
- Pre-Registration runs until February 22nd
- the Team Match event runs from February 22nd through to February 25th
- reward redemption runs until February 27th

Dragalia Lost - content update for Feb. 20th, 2019

[Events] Two additional stories for the 1st Story Event, Valentine’s Confections, are now live. (available until February 22nd)

[Endeavours] A few more Timed-Limited Endeavours, related to the new Valentine’s Confections Story Event stories, are now available (available until February 22nd)

[Manga] Chapter 71 of the official Dragalia Lost 4-koma manga, Dragalia Life, is now available: Careless Ol’ Ryozen. Click here to check them out (also available from within the game itself) (no end date)

Fire Emblem Heroes - content update for Feb. 20th, 2019

[Sumoning Focus] A new Summoning Focus is now live: Kitsune and Wolfsin. It features the following new Heroes: Kaeton (Lupine Collector), Velouria (Wolf Cub), Kaden (Kitsune Braggart), and Selkie (Free Spirit). (available until March 8th)

[Log-in Bonus] A new set of Log-in Bonuses is now live: New Heroes Celebration. It allows you to get some Orbs every day, with the amount varying each day: 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 3 (13 Orbs in total) (available until March 6th)

[Story Maps] A new Story Chapter is now live: A King’s Worth. It features the usual 5 maps (no end date)

[Quests] A new set of Quests is now live: A King’s Worth (available until March 8th)

[Events] The 7th Forging Bonds event is called The Orb Case, and it’s now live. (available until March 6th)

[Events] Battle 3 of the 12th Grand Conquests event goes live on February 20th. (available until February 22nd)

[Quests] The final set of Quests related to the latest Grand Conquests event is now live (available until February 22nd)

Discover more with Pokemon GO Limited Research, featuring Clamperl!

It’s time to put your research skills to the test! Professor Willow is looking to conduct Limited Research on the Water-type Pokémon Clamperl. Spin the Photo Disc at nearby PokéStops to obtain Field Research tasks that lead to encounters with this tough-shelled Bivalve Pokémon. While you’re completing research, keep an eye out for other Water-type Pokémon, such as Krabby and Wailmer! See more details below:

Event Date + Time

Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: Feb. 23, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. UTC (GMT +0)
The Americas and Greenland: Feb. 23, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)
Asia-Pacific: Feb. 24, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. JST (GMT +9)

Receive 2× Catch Stardust for Water-type Pokémon during the three-hour window.
Water-type Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild during the event.
Limited Research tasks will be available when you spin Photo Discs at PokéStops.
Completing the Limited Research tasks will award you encounters with Clamperl.
Clamperl might clam up during Limited Research, so exploring is key! As long as you’ve collected the Limited Research during the event window, you can complete it at any time. Don’t forget—you’ll need to venture onward to many PokéStops in order to get new Field Research tasks and encounter as many Clamperl as possible!

Nintendo grabs more Dr. Mario trademarks

With Dr. Mario World on the way, Nintendo is out to secure a few more Dr. Mario-related trademarks. The Big N has filed for both DR. MARIO WORLD and DR. MARIO trademarks in Japan. The Dr. Mario World trademark pertains to a downloadable video game program including for smartphones, while Dr. Mario relates to providing entertainment (planning of game tournaments etc).