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More 'Pokemon Home' details given from Japanese FAQ, includes information on linking Nintendo accounts, premium box benefits, and more

Home sweet home

Ahead of the upcoming launch of the Pokémon HOME service for Switch and mobile devices, a Japanese FAQ has been released. A rundown of the new information provided can be found below.

- A Nintendo Account is not required to use the mobile app

- Without a connected Nintendo Account you cant; share Switch data, view Switch battle data, transfer HOME data between phones, or transfer data from Pokemon Bank using Nintendo Network ID

- A free box will be available for standard users, allowing transferring between Let's Go and Sword/Shield + the ability to earn Mystery Gifts

- Premium subscriptions will provide more boxes

- Pokemon located in Premium Boxes can't be moved to your free box unless your Premium subscription is currently active

Nintendo grabs new patents for the Poke Ball Plus

Nintendo has filed multiple new patents, all of them relating to the Poke Ball Plus. The patents seem to go over all the various control aspects and features that the Poke Ball Plus offer, so nothing really new here. It seems Nintendo just wants to protect the unique design of the Poke Ball Plus from other companies swooping in an copying.

'Pokémon Sword & Shield' has already outsold 'Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee' in Japan

Let's Go! sales data, Let's Go!

Pokémon Sword & Shield are selling astronomical numbers, and more recent sales data proves how insane the games are truly doing in Japan. Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee have been out for over a year now, and Sword and Shield has already outsold the spin-off titles in just 10 days!

The Let's Go! games have sold a lifetime number of 1,661,155 copies in Japan (as of last week). Sword and Shield have already sold a total of 1,740,084 units!

Best Buy offering Mewtwo distribution for Pokemon Let's GO

Mewtwo for you

Want to get yourself a Mewtwo for Pokemon: Let's GO? You can head to Best Buy starting today and grab yourself a distribution code for the Pokemon! You'll have until Nov. 14th, 2019 to snag one of these codes. You'll have to redeem the code through the Pokemon Pass mobile app.

Thanks to our anonymous friend for the heads up.

Get Mewtwo for Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee at Best Buy

An easy way to snag Mewtwo

There are few Pokémon more intimidating to go up against than the mighty Mewtwo. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! players can now add this Psychic-type powerhouse to their collection! To get Mewtwo, download the Pokémon Pass app for your iPhone or Android device and visit a Best Buy store November 4–14, 2019.

When you use Pokémon Pass at Best Buy, you will be given a code that can be redeemed in your Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! game. And while you're at Best Buy, don't forget that you can preorder the next big Pokémon games for Nintendo Switch, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Both titles launch November 15, 2019, and you'll definitely want to see what's in store for Pokémon Trainers in the Galar region!

Use these steps, along with your code, to get Mewtwo:

Launch your Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! game.

Select Communicate on the main menu.

Select Mystery Gifts.

Select Get with code/password, then select Yes to save your game and connect to the internet.

Enter your code.

Watch as the gift arrives in your game. (Pokémon will appear in your party or your Pokémon Box. Items will appear in your Bag.)

Game Freak says no direct Pokemon GO connectivity for Pokemon Sword and Shield, talks Pokedex backlash, and the future of the Let's GO franchise

Some tough questions for the devs

Pokemon Sword and Shield are less than a month away, which means the dev team is doing the rounds promoting the title's upcoming launch. Eurogamer had the chance to talk to producer Junichi Masuda and director Shigeru Ohmori about the games, and we've grabbed some of the more interesting tidbits to share below.

On Pokemon GO connectivity

In Pokémon Sword and Shield there's no direct communication with Pokémon Go, but you'll have seen the announcement for Pokémon Home, where there are plans to be able to send Pokémon from Pokémon Go, and take them around with you, so that's something we do have.

On the negative reaction to the Pokedex

Of course, you know, you see these sort of negative comments and it does, as a developer, make you feel a bit down about certain things. But at the same time, you have to take criticism. For example with Pokémon Let's Go, early on there were a lot of comments that it was too easy, or it was kind of a bit too "kid-focused" and that sort of thing. That sort of comment is something you see, and you take on board, and really try and base improvements in the next game on the feedback you received from the last one.

So, with regards to the Pokédex issue in particular that you've mentioned, that was something that was a really hard decision internally, there were a lot of discussions about which direction we should take that in, and ultimately we felt that, for the overall game, focusing on creating the richest experience we could within that game, leaving the Pokédex as we did was the best solution overall.

On more Let's GO titles

So, at the moment there's no particular plans, but if the fans really like it then definitely keep those voices coming out to the Pokémon Company and Nintendo, and make sure we hear them! [Laughs] We wanna hear those comments!

Pokemon Secret Club hits 100k members

A prize awaits

Pokemon Co. has announced that Pokemon Secret Club, a club for those who have pre-ordered a copy of Pokemon Sword and Shield in Japan, has hit 100k members. In honor of the milestone, a Shiny Krabby is being given away for Pokemon Let’s GO Pikachu/Eevee.

Pokemon: Let's GO Mewtwo distribution live in UK, France, and Germany

Don't miss your chance

A new distribution for Pokemon: Let's GO is now live in the UK, France, and Germany, and it ties in with the release of the Pokemon TCG Unified Minds expansion. From today to September 6th, 2019 head to Smyths Toy Stores in the UK & Germany, or PicWicToys in France to get a Level 70 Mewtwo with all its AVs and the moves Amnesia, Psychic, Teleport, and Recover. This Mewtwo is distributed via code.

Pokemon Let's GO updated to Version 1.2

Bug fixes

Pokemon Let's GO has been updated to Version 1.2. You can check out the full patch notes for this update below.

- Fixed the issue where you could not Link Trade after being disconnected during Link Trade (Local wireless connection or Internet) when the number of hours played is “999:59”.
- Fixed the issue where if you entered the wrong code/password 10 times for the Mystery Gift, you could not enter the code/password even after a set amount of time had passed.
- For customers who have already experienced the issues, the issues will be resolved after downloading Update data (Ver. 1.0.2).

French Switch commercials for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Pokemon Let's GO, Pokemon Sword & Shield, and Smash Bros. Ultimate



A new round of Switch commercials has hit France, which you can see above. The spots feature Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Pokemon Let's GO, Pokemon Sword & Shield, and Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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