Pokemon News and Events
Sword & Shield ‘Extreme Speed! Single Battles!’ online competition begins
Pokémon Sword & Shield’s next big online competition is now underway! The focus is on time-limited Single Battles where you need to think quickly and make split-second decisions to win.
Dynamax and Pokémon Preview are banned, but any regular Pokémon available in Sword & Shield are eligible, including those transferred from the Pokémon Home service.
Extreme Speed! Single Battles! rules:
- Match time: 10 minutes
- Player time: 5 minutes
- Turn time: 10 seconds
- Pokémon Select Time: 30 seconds
- Battles per day: 15
- Last from March 20th until March 22nd
- Participants receive 50BP when rankings go live
Wild Area update: There is also new information about the current Max Raid Battle event. Every non-Gigantamax Pokémon in 3-Star raids and above will be guaranteed to have a Hidden Ability, according Serebii.net.
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
Which Splinter Cell game introduced co-op multiplayer to the series?
- Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
- Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
- Splinter Cell: Double Cell
- Splinter Cell: Conviction
We could all have been Super Sonic
Sega’s Team Sonic tried to reboot Sonic the Hedgehog for seventh-generation consoles back in 2006, and one of the big ideas was to let the player go Super Sonic whenever our spiky little hedgehog hearts desired. Unfortunately the idea didn’t survive until release, but exploiting some bugs can earn you the Rainbow Gem.
This was the gem that would allow you to go Super Sonic, and the animation is still in there – unfortunately you just drop to the ground after it has finished playing. Other bugs allows you to exploit more gems that were meant to be time-limited and deplete a meter through use. Since they don’t, you can get incredible advantages and practically skip entire stages of the game. Gotta go fast!
Animal Crossing Escapism
Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers escape from these disheartening times
Like all entertainment, video games are a potent source of escapism and these are definitely escapist times.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ developers hope their game can help people enjoy themselves during the on-going crisis, and some of them even pleaded with Nintendo to release the game earlier.
“I am very disheartened and saddened by the events happening across the world,” New Horizons producer Hisashi Nogami told The Verge. “Considering the timing, we hope that a lot of the Animal Crossing fans will use this as an escape, so they can enjoy themselves during this difficult time.”
Something positive:”It’s the kind of game you want to enjoy with other people, and talk about it, and share the experience with your friends and family,” said game director Aya Kyogoku. “So I think that a global, simultaneous release is a really good approach for the franchise.”
Global launch today: Animal Crossing: New Horizons is launching worldwide today, March 20th. The last major instalment in the series was Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which launched in 2012 and took months to reach all territories.