Next Pokemon Sun/Moon Global Mission Revealed

Although the first Pokemon Sun/Moon Global Event was less than successful, the next round offers bigger rewards for a more modest goal.

The first Pokemon Global Event from earlier this month tasked players with catching 100 million Pokemon in the period from November 29 to December 13. However, the final count fell far short of that goal with just 16.5 million creatures captured. The second event will only require players around the world to catch or defeat 1 million Pokemon, but they must be discovered using the Island Scan feature (via Serebii.net).

Island Scan is a new feature in Pokemon Sun/Moon that is only available after earning 100 points from scanning QR codes in the game. Using Island Scan allows players to find Pokemon that exist outside the Alola region Pokedex.

This second global event will start on December 27 4:00 UTC (8PM Monday December 26 PST | 11:00 PM EST) and it will run until January 9th 2017 23:59 UTC.

Free Gravity Rush 2 Demo Out Now, Grab It Here

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A demo for Gravity Rush 2 will be available tomorrow, December 22, Sony announced today.

In a PlayStation Blog post, SCEA associate project manager Nick Accordino explained that the demo, which is free, will have two paths. “One for those who are new to Gravity Rush, and another for those that are more familiar with Kat’s powers,” he explained.

The PlayStation 4 demo will be available on the PlayStation Store. We’ll report back with a link to grab it when it becomes available.

Accordino also announced today that the previously announced Gravity Rush Overture anime series, from Studio Khara, will be available on YouTube beginning December 26 at 8 AM PT.

The series will bridge the gap between the events of the first Gravity Rush and the sequel. A teaser for the show has been released and you can watch it in the video above.

Following a delay, Gravity Rush 2 will now release on January 18, 2017 in Australia and Europe, January 19 in Japan, and January 20 in North America and the UK.

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Nintendo Not Planning Super Mario Run DLC as Company’s Stock Price Continues to Drop

Nintendo’s stock price dropped again on Monday, and it apparently won’t be getting a boost from the announcement of post-launch content for Super Mario Run anytime soon, or perhaps ever.

Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, a Nintendo spokesperson said the company has no plans to launch additional content for Super Mario Run. That includes free and paid DLC, both of which seemed like possibilities given that Nintendo has, like the rest of the industry, begun supporting its console and portable games with such content.

Meanwhile, Nintendo’s stock has been in a nosedive since just prior to Super Mario Run’s release. Following a sizable increase in the month prior, its share price has now declined for five consecutive days on Tokyo’s stock market. As of market close on Monday, it stands at 24,540 yen (about $211), down from its recent high point of 29,400 yen (about $252) on December 12.

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That was the highest it had been since just after Pokemon Go’s launch in July. In that case there was also a subsequent sharp decline as investors seemingly discovered Nintendo would only enjoy a small part of the profits.

Research firm SuperData recently downgraded its expectations for Super Mario Run’s first month from $60 million in revenue to $12-$15 million. However, that doesn’t take into account any other benefits Nintendo might see in terms of people who are convinced to go out and pick up a Mario game on one of Nintendo’s platforms. The prospect of that happening is a big part of what motivated Nintendo to finally enter the mobile games business.

While Super Mario Run reached the top spot on the iOS App Store charts in many places around the world (including the US), it did not do so in Japan, which is the world’s third-biggest app market. It will have another chance at a big launch when it debuts on Android next year, although there is speculation that negativity surrounding the game’s iOS launch could dull excitement from Android owners.

On the App Store in the US, the game currently has a 2.5 out of 5 review average from users, with the bulk of the complaints seemingly taking issue with the game’s business model. (As our review notes, it’s also rather brief.) Super Mario Run is a free download that provides its first few levels but requires players to pay $10 to access the rest of the game.

Super Mario Run enjoyed an unprecedented level of marketing for an iOS game launch; for the first time ever, Apple allowed users to be notified in advance about its release, and the App Store remains plastered in advertisements for it. The $10 price was announced well in advance of launch, but it’s likely something most people went in unaware of, as the App Store listing only mentions this at the bottom of its description. Regardless, it’s a much higher price than that of the vast majority of games on the platform, and a much different business model than the one employed by Pokemon Go and other, more traditional free-to-play games.

There have been numerous estimates of how many downloads Super Mario Run has achieved so far. Research firm Sensor Tower today said it believes the game hit 5 million downloads in its first day, far outpacing Pokemon Go–an unfair comparison to some degree because that launched in only three countries to Super Mario Run’s 150. Sensor Tower also indicates Super Mario Run generated $5 million in its first 24 hours, which would also top Pokemon Go’s first day.

For its part, Nintendo has still yet to share any official figures regarding the game’s performance. What will be telling is how long the game manages to stick around on the App Store’s Top Grossing charts, something that will likely prove to be a challenge given its one-time-only fee.

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Heroes of the Storm Video Shows Off Ragnaros in His Awesome Giant Form

Both of the new Heroes of the Storm characters revealed at BlizzCon were exciting ones. Varian is the game’s first multi-class character, able to serve as either as an Assassin or Warrior. But to me, Ragnaros is the far more exciting one, thanks to his ability to turn into an immobile giant–one who even towers over things like the Dragon Knight.

Blizzard today released a new video (solitaire yukon) showcasing Ragnaros in-depth, and he continues to look incredibly intriguing. A lot of this stems from the aforementioned ability, which comes from his trait, Molten Core. Activating this allows him to take over any friendly or destroyed fort, turning him into a larger version of himself with modified abilities. Any damage done to him while Molten Core is activated prevents it from being done to the fort–allowing it to be used for offensive or defensive purposes. He’s not able to do this indefinitely: His health drains while in this form, and when he runs out, he returns to his previous state.

Empower Sulfuras is his first ability, causing his next attack to be instant, do area damage, and heal him for 20 percent of the damage dealt. While in Molten Core, this becomes Molten Swing, which does a wide swing that damages and stuns everyone hit.

Living Meteor summons a meteor that moves in a selected direction, dealing damage. Molten Core turns this into Meteor Shower, which summons multiple meteors that land in a specified direction, doing damage and slowing enemies.

Blast Wave is a buff that can be placed on either Ragnaros or one of his teammates. This increases the target’s movement speed for a brief time and then, after wearing off, explodes for damage in an area. Molten Core turns this into Explosive Rune, which causes damage in a designated area after a brief delay.

Finally, there are his two Heroic abilities. Sulfuras Smash launches Sulfuras into the air and then comes down at a selected area, dealing damage; targets in the middle take three times as much and are stunned. While in Molten Core, its range increases greatly.

What’s much cooler-looking is Lava Wave. This takes some time to take effect, presumably due to the sheer amount of damage it does. Activating it causes a huge wave of lava to move through an entire lane, starting at your core, killing all enemy minions and doing heavy damage to players. Molten Core apparently doesn’t buff this any further.

While still without an official release date, Ragnaros launches on the game’s public test realm later today. That indicates a full launch is not far away.

For more, check out our interview with Blizzard about seeing how far it can go with character design.

Empoleon Slides Into Pokken Tournament in Japan

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Step aside, Croagunk. There’s a new fighter in town. The latest character to hit Pokken Tournament is none other than Empoleon, the Water/Steel-type penguin Pokemon. A fan favorite, it is the final evolution of Piplup, one of the fourth-generation starter Pokemon from Pokemon Diamond & Pearl.

Empoleon is yet another DLC character for Pokken who is currently limited to the Japanese Arcade version of the game. It’s slated to be added on December 15. Previous additions to the roster include Scizor, Darkrai, and Croagunk. Unfortunately, none of these Pokemon have been added to the Wii U version of the game, either in Japan or North America.

We haven’t heard word if the English version of Pokken Tournament will receive any DLC characters. In the event that Pokken is ported to the Nintendo Switch, we imagine that it would include all post-launch content from the Japanese arcade version. Ooh, an assist pack with the starters from Sun & Moon would be a great addition too.

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