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If You Upgrade Your Pokemon Pass Device, You Will Lose Your Completed Activities Forever February 22, 2021

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I’ve talked a bit about Pokémon Pass here in the past, but for those of you who may not be familiar with it I’ll talk about it briefly here. Pokémon Pass is a smart device app which awards digital goods for completing tasks assigned by The Pokémon Company. Pokémon games have a long standing tradition of offering free digital in-game goods during limited-time promotions (in fact I think they’re the first company I can think of to do that). However, over the first half of the past decade, this has been a hassle. Typically, major retailers hold these promotions, and while my local GameStop has always been reliable for sharing digital codes and goodies during promotion periods, larger retailers like Target and Walmart have been utter failures at it.

When Pokémon Pass launched, it let users skip the middleman so to speak and would automatically generate Mystery Box codes just for being in the GPS range of the participating retailer. That meant you could go to a store during the event period, shop a little, and get your goodies without bothering a single employee.

Unfortunately, I’ve learned about a flaw with the app that I wanted to tell people about here. And that is that despite the fact that you must have a digital account and online access to use Pokémon Pass, completed missions don’t actually save to your profile, they save to your device. That means if you ever upgrade your device (like I did recently) you will lose access to all the content you unlocked during the app’s lifespan. If you had participated in limited time events that are no longer available (such as the Pokémon Detective Pikachu movie event) you will not be able to reobtain them. I have even confirmed this with The Pokémon Company, as this is how they designed Pokémon Pass to work.

I know what you’re thinking, would keeping a backup of your app’s old data and loading it into your new device fix the problem? No, sadly. Because the information is device locked, it’s impossible to complete new challenges running your old device’s data on your new device.

Perhaps it’s time we move all events to Pokémon Home?

Pokémon Pass is out now for iOS and Android smart devices.

Project Triangle Strategy Special Demo Released on Switch February 18, 2021

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We’ve been drowning in Nintendo Switch news since yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, and one of the big announcements we didn’t get the chance to talk about was the reveal of a new game from Square Enix. Fans of Octopath Traveller and Final Fantasy Tactics may want to get close to the screen. Here’s the trailer:

Project Triangle Strategy is coming in 2022. You can download a special demo of the game right now for free on the Nintendo eShop.

Pokemon Top Gear Academy Episode 3 February 18, 2021

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It’s Thursday and that means the third episode for Pokémon Top Gear Academy has been released. In it, you get some exclusive strategy for the Pokémon Trading Card Game straight from the pros. We got a new host and a new way of strategy revolving around Lucario & Melmetal. A new expansion for the Pokémon TCG is scheduled for release this weekend so it might be a good idea to brush up on some strategies before it comes out.

Famicom Detective Club Being Remastered for Switch February 18, 2021

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One of the biggest surprises from today’s Nintendo Direct was the reveal of an English localized and HD remastered version of two classic adventure games from the beloved Famicom Detective Club series. Take a look:

I have a soft spot for classic PC point and click adventure games and these look like a return to that form that’s designed specifically with the Nintendo Switch in mind.

Both Famicom Detective Club games will be released May 14th, 2021.

No More Heroes 3 Release Date February 17, 2021

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It’s been a long time coming but we finally have a release date for my most anticipated Nintendo Switch game of this year, No More Heroes 3. The sequel to my favorite games from the Wii, we got a new look at the game’s missions in today’s Nintendo Direct. Take a look:

No More Heroes 3 is coming August 27th, 2021 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

Splatoon 3 Announced February 17, 2021

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I don’t know if I’ve made it a secret but my favorite competitive multiplayer game currently out in the market is and has been Splatoon 2 for quite some time. I don’t know if it’s the game’s unique art style or fun ink based gameplay but I could play Splatoon multiplayer rounds for hours.

Tonight, during the first Nintendo Direct in what felt like forever, the next game in the Splatoon franchise was just revealed. I give you Splatoon 3.

Splatoon 3 is coming in 2022 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Direct 2-17-2021 February 17, 2021

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For behold. The first Nintendo Direct in what feels like forever has arrived. If you’re like me and missed it, you can watch it below.

All titles shown are coming to the Nintendo Switch.

Avengers Deep Dive – Clint Barton February 16, 2021

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In the months since the release of Marvel’s Avengers, the guys at Crystal Dynamics have been working hard to add new characters and new storylines. We have been waiting patiently for one of the most iconic Avengers, Clint Barton, better known as the original Hawkeye, to come to the game as a playable character. Well, that’s coming soon and here’s our first look at it. Ready to reassemble?

Marvel’s Avengers is out now for PC, Xbox One, Stadia and PS4. It’s coming to Xbox Series X/S and PS5 March 18th, 2021.

Gaming History You Should Know – History of Medieval Times February 14, 2021

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It’s Valentine’s Day, and I’m sure many of you (under normal circumstances) would be interested in seeking fun experiences to share with the special people in your life. May I suggest a chicken dinner and joust? Welcome back to Gaming History You Should Know, where we highlight some of the best independently produced gaming related documentaries. Today, we’re going to talk about an experience that made you feel like you were INSIDE the game, Medieval Times.

Medieval Times is a dinner theater event, heavily inspired by the classic stories of battling knights. For a fixed price (reduced for children), you could watch a live joust and armored combat show while having a full dinner. YouTube Channel Midway to Main Street, which details great theme park history videos, produced this great video on the history of the venue. You can check it out below:

I live in a state that is the absolute last to get any kind of business, so the first time I ever heard of Medieval Times was in the Jim Carey film The Cable Guy (Ed Note: Pretty underrated film if you ask me). I have to admit, when the world returns to some semblance of normalcy, this is a place I’d like to check out. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury Unboxing February 12, 2021

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Today, is the release day for Super Mario 3D World and its included expansion, Bower’s Fury. We have been looking forward to this game since it was first announced, as 3D World was a great Wii U game and the new expansion looks incredible. Take a look at our unboxing with one of the game’s new Amiibo, all in glorious 4K HDR.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.