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Is Smash Ultimate’s 7th DLC a Pokemon? Pokken trial sparks speculation

Published: 24/Jul/2020 18:07

by Michael Gwilliam


With the fighting game Pokken Tournament having a free trial on Nintendo Switch, some new theories have popped up suggesting that this could be a sign that the next Smash Ultimate DLC is Pokemon-related.

On July 22, Nintendo revealed that the Tekken-inspired Pokemon fighter Pokken Tournament DX would be free to play from July 29 to August 4. In the past, the company has made certain games free when they would have a Smash character introduced.

For instance, prior to Fire Emblem’s Byleth being available, they made Fire Emblem Warriors free-to-play for a limited time.

Then, when they announced that an ARMS fighter would be joining the Smash roster as DLC 6, they made ARMS free to play for anyone with a Nintendo Switch Online membership.

With this knowledge in mind, fans on Twitter have begun to theorize what this could mean for Smash.

“Remember how we got ARMS full game trial? Wouldn’t it be funny if we got another Pokemon in Smash after this Pokken trial?” Phantom_Akizen remarked.

Others appeared to draw the same conclusions, writing about how this Pokken free trial could lead to a future Pokemon DLC reveal.

The speculation also spread to GameFaqs forums where user OfficialPotato explained how the recent first-party DLC fighters have had free trials of their franchises before they were added to Smash.

It should be noted that while this doesn’t confirm that a Pokemon will be the seventh DLC fighter, it has been long speculated that one will be coming in Fighters Pass Volume 2.

This also doesn’t mean that the Pokemon has to necessarily be from Pokken. As it stands, Charizard, Lucario, Pikachu, and Mewtwo are all featured in both titles. Even Pikachu Libre makes an appearance as an alternate costume in Smash.

Regardless, there are still five more DLC spots to come as part of Fighters Pass Volume 2. The final, eleventh spot is set to be released by December 31, 2021, so there’s still a lot of time left for Nintendo to crank out the content.

Only time will tell if this theory with Pokken and Smash ends up panning out or falling flat.


Pokemon troll goes viral after baiting fans with most expensive card

Published: 26/Nov/2020 23:38

by Brent Koepp


Popular YouTuber SomeThingElseYT went viral online after trolling Pokemon fans. The animator jokingly claimed to have discovered the world’s most expensive Trading Card Game collectible, Pikachu Illustrator, in his garage.

The Pokemon TCG was a major part of many 90s kids’ childhoods. No one could have ever guessed that cards once stuffed in cheap binders could one day sell for as much as a sports car. In 2020 though, the pieces of cardboard have now exploded in value.

At the very top of the list of the most expensive is the incredibly rare Pikachu Illustrator which fetched over $233k at auction in July. On November 24, a YouTuber went viral after joking that he found the collectible in his garage. Only, some thought it was actually real.

Screenshot of rare Pokemon Trading Card Game item Pikachu Illustrator.
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The incredibly rare card worth $233k was used to troll fans in a viral tweet.

Pokemon card joke goes viral on Twitter

In 1998, popular Japanese magazine CoroCoro held an art contest and those who won were given a special promo Pokemon card featuring Pikachu holding a pen. While there was over 39 winners, only 10 are known to have survived today.

Due to its rarity, the item very rarely goes up for sale. In July however, a PSA graded 9 surfaced and fetched a whopping $233k auction – which is currently the world record for most expensive individual TCG collectible sold.

On November 24, YouTuber SomeThingElseYT hilariously joked that he found the “useless” card in his garage. “Found this funny Pikachu card in my garage don’t know what to do with it,” he said. After the tweet went viral, he followed up the post and trolled fans who thought it was real. “Why is everyone so obsessed if I got this in 10th grade.”

Despite the tweet clearly being made in jest, many Trading Card Game fans actually thought the post was serious and freaked out. “Adam…That is the most rare card in the world!’ one user replied. Another fan exclaimed, “THAT IS THE MOST RARE POKEMON CARD EVER. DO NOT GET RID OF IT NO MATTER WHAT.” Another follower echoed a similar sentiment and wrote, “BECAUSE IT COULD BE WORTH A FRKIN CRAP TON OF MONEY!!!”

Screenshot of Twitter replies.

While some fell for the joke, others caught on quickly and were shocked at how many believed the fake story. “On this day millions of wooshes were heard everywhere in the known universe,” one comment read. Another user simply stated, “I love that people don’t understand this was a joke. Makes this post much better.”

Screenshot of Pokemon fan comments on Twitter.

Besides clearly being sarcasm, it also only took a few seconds using Google to figure out that the image has been posted on Reddit and numerous other websites many times previously.

With Pokemon card fever reaching a fever pitch in 2020, fans around the world have been digging through their old collections. Just don’t expect to have an item where only 10 of them exist.