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Pokemon leak hints at upcoming remasters

Published: 11/Sep/2020 14:55

by Paul Cot

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If you like Pokemon game remasters then you could be in luck. Another leak has seemingly revealed that some form of remaster(s) are coming to the franchise soon.

The reliable nintendalerts Twitter account shared the following (translated): “And to think that people complain about the [Mario] remasters, when they see the Pokémon thing that’s coming, they’re going to complain [even more].”

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According to Centro Pokemon Leaks, a reliable source of information themselves, the nintendalerts account has a good track record when it comes to Nintendo.

What Pokemon remaster?!

The leak itself is frustratingly coy. They obviously infer some type of remaster is coming but don’t address it directly.

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It isn’t clear whether the vagueness is intentional or that they’re hinting at information they have been told to keep quiet. “It’s not specified whether this could be a game, expansion, collection or anything classic related,” Centro Pokemon Leaks added in a subsequent tweet.

With Crown Tundra still to come in 2020, it’s unlikely we’ll get an announcement about a new Pokemon game until after it is released. There had been many rumors of a return to the Sinnoh region in 2020 but as the year passes this becomes less and less likely.

That doesn’t mean a Pokemon Diamond/Pearl remake isn’t coming, though. Another rumor even claimed we’ll be getting another Sinnoh game but it won’t be a Diamond and Pearl remaster.

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2021 will almost certainly bring a brand new game and if it isn’t a Gen 4 remaster, then a sequel to the popular Pokemon Let’s Go game could be next. It is expected, if it does materialize, to be based on the Johto region and more specifically the original Gold and Silver games.

However, this leak could refer to something else entirely. It would certainly be out of character, but maybe some form of remastered collection could be on the horizon.

It’s looking like 2021 could be a big year for Pokemon fans. After all, it is the franchise’s 25th anniversary!

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Pokemon Go: Legendary Pokemon are getting even rarer

Published: 13/Oct/2020 15:36 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:37

by Paul Cot

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In recent times Legendary Pokemon have been made what they should have been all along in Pokemon Go – rare.

There was a time in Pokemon Go when getting those legendary ‘mons became all too common and easy. This resulted in it becoming a mundane task – something which getting one should never be.

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Research Breakthrough rewards were introduced to the mobile game in April 2018. You can obtain these rewards by earning seven Field Research stamps.

Only one can be earned per day and you get one for completing any Field Research task. As anyone who has completed these before can attest to, they are often very easy to do.

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From April 2018 until December 2019, the majority of these months had a Legendary Pokemon waiting for you when you earned those seven stamps. This meant you could earn an encounter with the likes of Moltres, Latios, Groudon – and any other of the litany of legends that featured – for completing seven simple tasks.

If you routinely played, this meant a new Legendary Pokemon every seven days. It was no wonder Legendary Pokemon lost their allure.

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Easy to obtain Legendary Pokemon are a thing of the past in Pokemon Go…

Make Legendary Pokemon rare again

From January 2020 though, legendary species no longer featured as the Research Breakthrough encounter reward. Niantic likely realized they were too easy to get and wanted to make getting them mean something again.

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Generally, this made them only obtainable in Raid Battles. This made sense because with rare ‘mons so easy to get hold of previously, fewer trainers would spend the time to get them in the more difficult route of Raid Battles. This is in addition to them costing real money/PokeCoins if you did more than one a day.

It hasn’t stopped there, however. It looks like Niantic want to make them even rarer. Many trainers will have noticed five-star Raids are appearing far less frequently.

This hasn’t been confirmed in any official capacity but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from the Pokemon Go community. “[I] was in an area with over 25 gyms but could only find 2 Giratina during 5 [a] hour period this afternoon,” MarinaBlu shared. They did note a lot more Mega Raids were appearing during that time.

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Encouraging Mega Raids?

There could be multiple reasons for this. Firstly, it will make trainers jump on Raid Battles that feature Legendary Pokemon, stopping the often empty lobbies which single trainers have to avoid.

Then there could be an element of wanting to make Legendary Pokemon even more desirable. This is understandable but certainly puts newer players at a disadvantage. After all, experienced trainers will have a lot stocked up. They would argue this is deserved, however, due to the time they have put into the game.

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Finally, it could be Niantic are trying to encourage trainers to play more Mega Raids. The concept of Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go hasn’t been received as well as the developers would have hoped, though.

We don’t know if the reduced five-star Raid Battles will carry on, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.