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.”

The Art of the Team Up

The latest Pokémon TCG expansion, Sun & Moon—Team Up, is here, and with it comes a chance to admire the amazing artwork to be found on each card in the set. These beautiful pieces inject the game with loads of personality, giving fans a new perspective on the world of Pokémon. Whether you're a collector or a hard-core competitive player, you're bound to appreciate these wonderful pieces.

Check out the feature here

Fun Pokémon Day 2019 Activities Abound

This Pokémon Day is sure to be huge, with exciting news and events celebrating more than 20 years of Pokémon fun. Pokémon Day itself is February 27, the anniversary of the release of the very first Pokémon games in Japan. But the events planned are too big to fit into just one day—look forward to exciting Pokémon Day festivities throughout the week and beyond.

Pokémon TCG fans, be sure to check out the Trade & Play events happening at GameStop and Best Buy in the United States, as well as at EB Games in Canada. Meet up with fellow players and collectors to battle and trade, and pick up a free oversize booster pack—containing a three-card mini pack and other fun goodies—while supplies last. The fun starts February 23. Click here for complete details on the Trade & Play events.

Settle in to watch all the Pokémon episodes you want when Twitch.tv offers another Pokémon the Series marathon from February 27 through May 5. Fans can head to Twitch.tv/twitchpresents to watch episodes from Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon the Series: Black & White, and Pokémon the Series: XY, as well as select movies. Twitch will also showcase some of their favorite episodes and movies all day on February 27, highlighting Pokémon such as Pikachu, Zekrom, Eevee, Snorlax, and others that appear as part of a TAG TEAM in the recently released Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Team Up expansion.

Disney XD in the US will join the fun by airing blocks of fan-favorite episodes on February 27 starting at 3:30 p.m. Plus, YTV in Canada will air a marathon of the final four episodes of Sun & Moon—Ultra Adventures starting at 1 p.m. PST. Check your local listings to confirm time and channel.

To mark this year's Pokémon Day, the Pokémon Center is debuting a new line of premium apparel called Poké Ball Classics. The collection includes clothes and accessories featuring a clean Poké Ball pattern that's perfect for when you want to dress your best but also show off your Pokémon pride. The Poké Ball Classics collection launches February 27 at PokemonCenter.com.

Following last year's big Pikachu Funko Pop! reveal, Bulbasaur is the next Pokémon to get the Funko Pop! treatment. Look for this beloved first partner Pokémon to arrive in Pop! form on February 27.

Have fun celebrating Pokémon Day 2019!

RUMOR - Could Pokemon Switch news be on the way?

We just got wrapped up with a Nintendo Direct, and now the rumor mill is churning once again. This time the focus is on the world of Pokemon, and a few sources are claiming that some in on Pokemon Switch is incoming.

With a new Pokemon mainline game coming to Switch this year, it's not crazy to think that information on that game will be released soon. Promotion will have to start at some point, but when? With Pokemon Day kicking off next week, it could very well be the perfect time to drop the first official details on Pokemon Switch. We'll just have to keep our fingers crossed!

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

A look inside the Pokemon Shirts pop-up shop in Japan

The Pokemon Shirts pop-up shop is now open for business in Japan! This store in Harajuku is only going to be open from February 21st to February 24th, 2019. While most of us won't get to check out the store in person, at least we can have a peek inside! Hit up the link below for a photo gallery of the shop and its offerings.

Check out the gallery here

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

Recap of the 2019 Oceania Pokémon TCG International Championships

After kicking off the season with an exciting event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the 2019 International Championships made its way to Melbourne, Australia for the Oceania International Championships. More than 330 players competed to be crowned the third ever Pokémon TCG Masters Division Oceania International Champion, a title which included a $10,000 grand prize and 500 Championship Points—enough to automatically qualify for the 2019 Pokémon World Championships.

With the previous two Oceania International Championships having been won by European players, this year the Oceania community was particularly keen to crown a local champion. However, competition for the title was fierce. The event attracted skilled players from across the globe, including those from the North America, Europe, Latin America and Oceania rating zones who received a Travel Award to Melbourne because of their success at tournaments earlier in the season. With great talent came great strategies and a variety of interesting decks. Here is how the event unfolded.

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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!