The collection mentality is a dangerous thing, especially amongst the geek world. Nowhere else do you see the level of completionist mentality as you do amongst gamers. Trophy Whores and Achievement Hunters are both signs of this obsession to get them all. On Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th, both the Pokemon and Skylanders franchises intend to bankrupt me in both time and financially.
I bought my first copy of Pokemon Blue back when it first released fifteen years ago in 1998. With that, I set out on my mission to get all 151 of the original Pokemon. Though I never finished the list, I still spent way more time than I should have on that mission. Two years ago, I got my hands on Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure and a few hundred dollars later, an entire shelf in my room is filled with the damn things.
Next weekend, I get to deal with a double whammy as both Pokemon X/Y and Skylanders SWAP Force are released.
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Like all good things done by Nintendo, it’s time for special edition hardware. With the Pokemon franchise being possibly the most recognizable mobile game in the world with its original GameBoy roots, Nintendo is bringing the pocket monster flair to their behemoth (only in terms of importance, not size) pocket based console.
Retailing for a cool $199.99, the Pikachu themed 3DS XL will come with a 4 GB SD memory card and be available in limited qualities. From the look of the above image though, it may only be the top of the 3DS XL that features the Pikachu treatment as the hinge appears white, meaning the actual body of the system may be white as well.
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Welcome to this week’s On the Radar where we delve into all corners of the entertainment, tech and geek Internets for news, views and whatnot that may have escaped our regular coverage this week. Let is know if we missed something interesting. Otherwise, on to the links!
• Zombies meet Trekkies in this awesome new trailer for Night of the Living Trekkies.
• Some guy proposed to his girlfriend via a custom Super Mario Bros. World. Good thing he locked that down now…
• We may enjoy Glee, but here are 5 examples of how those musical teens have ruined urban music for the rest of us.
• Anyone who’s been to a comic book convention knows that there’s nothing worse than a fat Spider-Man…except for 30 fat Spider-Men.
• Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails is giving you a taste of 5 tracks from his potentially bad ass score for the upcoming biopic The Social Network.
• This leaked footage of a live action Pokemon film raises two questions: Is it fake? and Is this movie 10 years late?
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It started with Red and Blue over ten years ago. Now with millions of games sold, a seemingly neverending supply of cards and cartoons, Pokémon will be releasing two new versions for the Nintendo DS family of consoles in Spring 2011.
As always, the games will feature new Pokémon for players to collect including certain ones specific to their respective cartridge. Pokémon Black players will have exclusive access to the legendary Reshiram while Pokémon White players will be able to get their hands on the Zekrom. Ever the marketing machine, this formula has proven successful for Nintendo as ways to encourage repeat purchases from the hardcore customerbase who wants to catch ’em all.
Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing was quoted that “Pokémon is a true worldwide franchise with legions of fans in every corner of the globe. We know these fans will be thrilled to discover this new generation of Pokémon next year.”
This announcement comes fast on the heels of the successful launch of Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver which combined have sold 8.4 million units to date. This combination added to previous Pokémon titles has boosted the franchise well past the 200 million mark in sales.