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Over the weekend something strange has been going on in Pokémon GO. It all started when data miners discovered an image for what appeared to be a new Pokémon with a small, gelatinous body, a metallic nut for a head, and a single eye. No one was quite sure what to make of this discovery... and then things got weird when it suddenly began spawning in the game.

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Over the past year, there has been a massive controversy surrounding the existence of randomized loot boxes in video games. Whether or not loot boxes should be classified as gambling has been a hotly disputed topic, and in recent months certain types of loot boxes were made illegal in the Netherlands and Belgium. EA has decided this law doesn't apply to them.

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This is it, everyone. This is the big one! After millions of Pokémon GO players around the world combined to meet the goals of Professor Willow's Global Research Challenge, Niantic has just announced several big events on the way to the sensational mobile game. Starting in just a few days, the original Legendary trio from Kanto will be available in raids, but that's just the appetizer before the main course.

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Back in April Nintendo announced that they've teamed up with Japanese developer Cygames to create an action-RPG called Dragalia Lost. We've seen relatively little of the game so far, but that's all changing tonight. Nintendo will be airing a special Nintendo Direct presentation focused entirely on the upcoming mobile game, and we're streaming it live right here! It all kicks off at 8:30 PM Pacific / 11:30 PM Eastern.

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Nintendo has no chill right now! After holding a Nintendo Direct presentation for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate earlier in the month and separate indie presentations for both North America and Europe over the past week and a half, Nintendo has just announced its fourth video presentation for the month. That's right, we're getting yet another Nintendo Direct, and it's happening tonight!

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Niantic has done a good job at steadily adding new features and monsters to Pokémon GO over the months, and over two years after launch, it's right back at number one. They'll soon be updating the game once again, this time to add a Mythical Pokémon from the Johto Region. So when and how can you get your hands on the marvelous Celebi?

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"Pokémon GO died like two years ago. No one plays that crap anymore." Any time we post news about Niantic's hit mobile game, several variations of that phrase pop up on our Facebook. It's never been true, but ooh boy is wrong this time around. Back in June, we reported that Pokémon GO had reached its highest active player count since 2016, and it's only gotten more popular since then.

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At E3 2018, Bethesda announced that The Elder Scrolls: Legends would be coming to home consoles in an effort to expand its audience. When speaking to Game Informer on this topic, Pete Hines of Bethesda confirmed the game would be cross-platform for all systems. However, the interviewer cut him off to make sure this applied to all consoles, as it had been assumed the PS4 would skip out on this feature. Hines made it a point to express how important this feature is to the game, and that Bethesda would not release it on any platform that will not support cross-play.

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Back in May, The Pokémon Company and Game Freak surprised us by launching a previously unheard of game. Pokémon Quest started as a free-to-play Nintendo Switch exclusive, and a little over a month later it branched out to mobile devices as well. Now that it's been out for over a month, Sensor Tower has compiled some revenue data for analysis.

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Yo-kai Watch burst onto the scene as a competitor to Pokémon back in 2013 and quickly sold millions. These days the series has lost some of its popularity, but it's still alive and kicking in Japan. Along with the game series, Japan continues to air a Yo-kai Watch anime, and a recently introduced character is making waves for its...questionable design.

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Pokémon GO was a monstrous success when it made its debut in 2016. Over two years later, the game is still attracting millions of players every month, and the experience has continued to evolve as developer Niantic releases new features. They recently added in a Friends feature (complete with trading), but their next venture is an even more important Pokémon element that fans have been craving since launch.

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Over the past two years, over 800 million people have joined in on the cultural phenomenon that is Pokémon GO. People of all ages and backgrounds have been happily capturing Pokémon in real-world locations thanks to the combination of GPS and augmented reality. Unfortunately, not everyone plays by the rules, and cheaters have been able to give themselves a huge advantage by manipulating the GPS or utilizing third-party software. Niantic is well aware of these problems, and they're fighting back.

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When Niantic first launched Pokémon GO, it was populated exclusively by first generation Pokémon, but a lot has changed in the two years since then. Pokémon from Johto and Hoenn have been rolled out, as well as Alolan Forms of Kanto Pokémon. Fans of the fourth generation (like myself) have been eagerly anticipating the addition of Sinnoh Pokémon, and it looks like the wait is almost over.

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One of the hottest games in the world is getting ready for its next step. Fortnite has taken the video game industry by storm in recent months, and Epic is preparing to launch the game into its fifth season. The developer has been dropping hints about Season 5 all week with cryptic tweets, and the final teaser before the next big update just went out.

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Summer is here, and Niantic is celebrating in style! They recently announced that Squirtle with sunglasses is coming to Pokémon GO on July 8th, but it's not the only Pokémon rocking a pair of shades. In celebration of the season, Niantic has announced that a special "Summer Style Pikachu" wearing a hat and sunglasses is available starting today. They also teased the eventual addition of Celebi to the game.

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