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Fans have known for a long time now that you can take out a high level Pokémon with a lowly level 1 Rattata through the use of the "FEAR" strategy - hanging on with 1 HP thanks to a Focus Sash, then retaliating with Endeavor (which makes the opponent's health match yours) and Quick Attack to finish them off. One dedicated trainer decided to take this strategy to the next level, mixing it with the use of Double Team (which raises your evasiveness), Swagger, and some well-calculated predicting in order to defeat Hoenn Elite Four Champion Steven with a single Rattata. Hit the jump to check it out!

Earlier this year, Nintendo celebrated the release of Hyrule Warriors Legends' first DLC pack by gifting players free rupees and fairy food. Now, Nintendo and Koei Tecmo are giving out some more Hyrule Warriors Legends content through the 3DS' SpotPass feature. Players will receive one million rupees, 5 Delicious Pumpkin Soups, 5 Delicious Sacred Waters, 5 Delicious Mushroom Spores, and 5 Delicious Pumpkins. All you have to do to receive these gifts is enable SpotPass on your 3DS and connect it to the internet.

During the latest episode of Japan's Cat Mario Show (yes, that's a thing), Nintendo shared a very brief glimpse at more Pokémon Sun & Moon details. The show featured a short segment that focused on Exeggutor's Alolan Form, introducing a new attack. When Alolan Exeggutor was first revealed, we saw it attack Dragonite with an unkonwn move that involved smashing its head into the opponent like a hammer. 

This latest clip reveals that the mystery move is called "Dragon Hammer," and shows it being used to knock out a level 30 Exeggcute in one hit. Granted, the Alolan Exeggutor using the move was level 50, so it's hard to say just how powerful it really is. You can check out the new footage by clicking below!

Shantae fans are eagerly awaiting the launch of the Kickstarter-funded Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, but it was recently delayed, and a new release date has not yet been announced. However, we do have a release date for another Shantae title. Developer WayForward Technologies recently announced that Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is getting a physical release on 3DS, and today Creative Director Matt Bozon revealed that it's launching on October 18th. Additionally, they also clarified that the recently-announced Shantae 3DS Beach Theme releasing later this week will cost $1.99.

Lots of Dragon Ball fans are eagerly awaiting the launch of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, but that's not the only game to look forward to. Dragon Ball: Fusions has been out in Japan since August, and we recently learned that it's coming to North America on December 13th. The 3DS exclusive lets you play as tons of new characters created from fusions of fighters like Cell and Freeza or Goku and Broly.

If you're interested but you want to see more, now's the perfect time. Team Four Star, the talented team behind the immensely popular Dragon Ball Z Abridged series, is currently livestreaming Dragon Ball: Fusions. The stream kicked off at 7:00 PM Eastern and will last until 9:00 PM Eastern. You can check out the stream by clicking below!

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice launched in the US yesterday (you can check out our review of it here), and the 3DS exclusive is headed to Europe in two days. Ahead of the European release, Nintendo UK has uploaded an early launch trailer, showing off a variety of levels, the new fire and ice mechanics, a host of playable characters (each with their own unique abilities), mini-games, and more. You can check out all of the action by clicking below!

The weekly software and hardware sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and it was another solid week for PlayStation 4. Sony's console dropped in sales from 96,000 to just under 50,000 (following a huge spiked caused by the new model), but it still easily took the top hardware spot. In fact, Media Create's life-to-date sales breakdown shows that PlayStation 4 has now passed Wii U for total sales in Japan. PlayStation 4 has now sold 3,267,243 units in Japan to Wii U's 3,265,329, despite the fact that Wii U had a head start of over 14 months. You can check out the full sales breakdown by clicking below.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero was originally planned to launch today, but developer WayForward recently delayed it by about six weeks. While you wait for the full game, you can show off your love for the series with a new 3DS theme. WayForward announced today that they'll be releasing the "Shantae Beach Theme" sometime this week in both North America and Europe. The new theme is panorama style and features Shantae and Risky on the beach along with music and voice clips. WayForward has not yet revealed how much it will cost.

The Sonic series took on a new look in 2014, releasing two games and a TV show under the "Sonic Boom" brand. The show was moderately successful, but the games were almost universally panned by critics, prompting SEGA to promise an improved sequel. Following a nearly year-long delay, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice is finally out on Nintendo 3DS today. Gamnesia's Jeffrey McDonell received an early review copy and had a pretty good time with it, but if you're not convinced, IGN has released the first 15 minutes of footage from the game. You can check it out and judge for yourself by clicking below!

The immensely popular Pokémon franchise turned twenty years old earlier this year, and as part of the celebration, The Pokémon Company is distributing almost every event-only Pokémon this year, making some of the rarest Pokémon around readily available to fans. Darkrai was distributed back in May, but if you missed out the first time around, you have another chance. Hit the jump for more details!

Pokémon Sun and Moon are set to launch on Nintendo 3DS on November 18th, and The Pokémon Company has been regularly releasing new trailers to keep fans informed and hyped. If you've still got unanswered questions, Nintendo Australia/New Zealand will be holding a special Q&A with Pokémon Sun and Moon Producer Junichi Masuda and Director Shigeru Ohmori. You can submit your questions right now via Twitter, and if you're lucky, Masuda and Ohmori will answer them sometime before the games launch.

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice by Sanzaru Games has been carrying a heavy weight of sour expectations by its name alone since its unveiling last year. I wasn't surprised by the reception it already received, as it follows the ill-fated releases of Big Red Button's Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric on Wii U and Sanzaru's own Shattered Crystal for the Nintendo 3DS. Heck, I admittedly wasn't above writing this one off as well before its Fall 2015 launch.

Suddenly, SEGA vowed to win back fans' trust by maintaining quality over scheduling and the launch of Fire & Ice was subsequently delayed by a whole year, with promises made about incorporating fan feedback into what would become a better and faster-paced game than its predecessor. SEGA and Sanzaru have now proven that their claims were more than hot air, as Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice manages to deliver the fun experience it was set out to be, although it does take a few missteps along the way. Read on after the jump for the full review!

In 2012, Square Enix released an MMO based on the Dragon Quest series called Dragon Quest X. Unfortunately, the MMO had never made it to the West, and fans have been very vocal about its localization. During a developer discussion at PAX West for Dragon Quest VII, one fan asked Square Enix's Noriyoshi Fujimoto about the possibility of Dragon Quest X coming to the west. According to Fujimoto, translating an MMO like Dragon Quest X is a difficult task and would not make much sense from a business standpoint. If enough fans demand Dragon Quest X to come west, however, then Square Enix could look into it.

Would you like to see the Dragon Quest MMO come to the west? Head inside to discuss it in the comments!

Every so often, Nintendo holds National StreetPass weekends, where 3DS owners go to Nintendo Zones and gather up many Miis at once. The company is holding another event next weekend, but this time it will be Yo-kai Watch themed in celebration of Yo-kai Watch 2's launch in North America on the 30th. During the event, participants can connect with other 3DS owners and discover new Yo-kai at set Nintendo Zones.

Head inside to find out more!

During the most recent Nintendo Direct we learned that a new Pikmin game is coming to Nintendo 3DS. Unlike previous entries in the franchise, Pikmin for Nintendo 3DS is an action-based 2D sidescroller. The good folks at GameXplain have put together another in-depth analysis video, breaking down every detail from the reveal trailer. They also speculate on the game's features, including switching between Pikmin, using Olimar's jetpack, the new Pikmin counter, and more. You can check out the video by clicking below!