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Pokemon Go leaker claims Niantic deliberately changing events to spite his leaks

Published: 9/Apr/2019 12:31 Updated: 9/Apr/2019 13:02

by Paul Cot

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A renowned and often successful Pokemon Go leaker has claimed Niantic have been changing their events to make sure his leaks are wrong.

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PokemonGoNewz has been reliably providing Pokemon Go news ahead of time since December 2018. The leaks range from events, special raid battle bosses and even the December Community Day.

However, his last leak, which was for a special Alakazam Day event, proved untrue. The plot thickens though, as PokemonGoNewz claims that the information was good and that the change to the event was Niantic spiting him. He stated: “They deliberately changed whatever was leaked.”

Equally, it could have been a genuine change of plans. PokemonGoNewz believes otherwise, though.

His accusation is perhaps warranted as the leak previous to that, a special shiny Rayquaza raid, was also changed.

Niantic did confirm the Rayquaza raid, but it didn’t include the shiny variant. What’s more interesting is that Niantic actually went out their way to state the shiny wouldn’t be included, which seemed out of character.

Furthermore, Rayquaza has been available before so an event for its shiny version would have made more sense.

Shiny Rayquaza was leaked to feature in the recent Rayquaza raid event…

Inside sources

How Niantic decide on upcoming Pokemon Go events and what they entail is unknown.

It appears that PokemonGoNewz had an inside source feeding him the leaks though. This would explain why he had such a good track record.

For those who like to know Pokemon Go news ahead of time, this particular source of leaks may not be providing them anymore. “I would stop leaking from now on. They might have identified inside person,” PokemonGoNewz confirmed in a recent tweet.

Alakazam Day was supposed to start on April 7…

Niantic protective

Publishers and developers are understandably protective of news, events and updates surrounding their product.

Niantic haven’t offered any direct public notification of these leaks, but it is likely they will have been aware of them.

Whether Niantic did change the events in order to make these leaks incorrect will remain unknown. It will also be interesting if they indeed identify the source and whether any future events or news will leak.

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Pokemon Red & Yellow sell at auction for record-breaking $162,000

Published: 21/Nov/2020 0:45

by Brent Koepp

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Two sealed copies of Pokemon Red & Yellow sold at auction on November 20 for mind-blowing amounts of money. The 90s Game Boy RPGs broke records and brought in over $160k combined.

Pokemon made its North American debut in 1998, and quickly became a cultural phenomena. The series is just months away from its 25th anniversary, and has never been more popular. In 2019, reports listed the Nintendo property as the highest-grossing media franchise of all time, in fact.

In 2020, the 1999 Trading Card Game has had a major revival in popularity, with items selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, now it looks like it’s not just the TCG that is seeing an explosion in value, as two Game Boy RPGs sold for as much as a house during a November 20 auction.

Screenshot of Pokemon Red & Yellow's Game Boy boxes.
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The two 90s RPGs sold at auction for $162k.

Pokemon Red & Yellow sell for insane amount of money

For many children of the 90s, their introduction to Pokemon was through the Game Boy titles, Red & Blue. The Game Freak RPGs hooked players with their addictive “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” mechanics. Decades later, adults are spending absurds amount of cash to rekindle their nostalgia.

On November 20, a 1998 sealed copy of Red sold for a whopping $84k, and a 1999 Yellow $78k. Both items were sold off at Heritage Auctions where bidders spent an absurd amount on the rare collectibles. In total, the two classic releases brought in $162k – a new record for both games.

It should be pointed out that both copies were sealed and had a 9.8 rating in condition by professional grading company Wata. Finding these 21-year-old collectibles in such pristine quality is nearly impossible in 2020.

Pokemon has had a massive year so far in terms of collectibles. A sealed 1st Edition booster box from the 1999 Trading Card Game sold at the same auction company a day earlier for over $360,000.

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The 1999 Pokemon trading cards sold at Heritage Auction for $360k.

As Pokemon inches closer to its 25th anniversary in 2021, the Nintendo franchise has never been hotter. Kids around the world that fell in love with the Nintendo RPGs are now grown up and wanting to recapture their childhood.

With the game set to have a major presence at the Tokyo Summer Olympics next year as well, the sky is the limit as to how much items from the series are going to continue to rise in value – but it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.