Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Sinnoh Style with Insane in the Rain



Episode 190: the nifty hundred and ninetieth episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast! Tonight we have a special guest! The creator of Insane in the Rain Music, Carlos Eiene! Find him everywhere!





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We talk about everything Insane in the Rain, including how Carlos got into music, into video games, and how he combined the two to create his channel, which features incredible jazz covers of video game songs and some of his own originals! This year's big series on Insane in the Rain Music is the Year of Sinnoh!



We also talk news! Pokemon Go continues to have events! The Bug Out Event is wrapping up, but July features weekly challenges for the fourth anniversary of Pokemon Go leading up to GO FEST!

In Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield, over 1,000,000 people defeated Zeraora, which means it will be coming to Pokemon Home now through July 6th!



Miz Sylver is into Pokémon Cafe Mix! And speaking of new Pokemon games, last week's Pokemon news brought the announcement of Pokemon Unite!



New Pokémon My Nintendo Wallpapers.

New Pokemon Mystery Dungeon plushes!

Overwatch has new toys, too:



The newest Smite battle pass will be Avatar: The Last Airbender themed!



Petal Crash, from past guest Stephen Strife's Galaxy Trail Games, is available to Wishlist on Steam!

If you are in the Boston area... Balance Patch reopened last Thursday!



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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Kaitlin Coaches Coolness



Episode 189: the hopeful hundred and eighty-ninth episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast! Tonight we have a special guest, Kaitlin Teniente, the Head Coach of ESports at St. Mary's University of San Antonio, Texas! She is starting their ESports program, which is kicking off its first season this fall. Kaitlin tells us about how she got into ESports and her plans for the team! Check out the St. Mary's Rattlers online at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitch, as well as . You can find Kaitlin on Twitter here!

This week we also talk news! Did you watch the Pokemon Presents news announcements??? There's so much to unpack!



Pokémon Smile, the tooth-brushing app, Pokémon Cafe Mix puzzle game for mobile and Switch, and... POKEMON SNAP for Switch! And apparently that's not all, expect another announcement next week on June 24!

In Pokémon GO news, today is Weedle Community day! And there's so much else coming up. GO Fest Tickets are available for sale for $14.99, and include admission to both days of the event, July 25th and 26th from 10 am to 8 pm. Will it include Victini as teased in the tweet below??? Did you catch a Galarian Farfetch'd? The clothing items are still available in the store! Mega Evolution will be coming to Pokemon GO... Upcoming daily encounter and daily box tests, keep your eye on the shop icon and Professor Willow in case you are part of the test! Free Pokémon Sword & Shield Clothing themed to the Isle of Armor in the shop! Look for Zekrom in 5-star raid battles through July 7. You can now BUY stickers for coins - Piakchu being squeezed by Raichu, Fat Pikachu, Ditto Love! The Solstice event featuring Shiny Clefairy is happening through June 24, and the Bug Out! event featuring Shiny Dwebble will be happening June 26 to July 1. The Bug Out! event will also have a Pinsir Raid Day on Sunday, June 28, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time. There will also be a 1 PokéCoin bundle available featuring three Remote Raid Passes! And finally, you can nominate a local business to be featured in Pokemon Go!



Miz Sylver has started on the Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield - Isle of Armor expansion! New clothes! Apricorns! Plenty of other stuff is happening in game, like the appearance of Zeraora in Max Raids! This summer's International Friendly Online Competition is happening June 25-28 - it's a Double Battle Format! Sign up through June 25.

Pokémon Journeys launched on Netflix this week!

More Pokémon Toys! An Afternoon with Eevee Flareon figure is now here. And, have you seen this awesome life-size Psyduck plush?

New Sync Pairs and storylines have come to Pokemon Masters. Sharpedo!

Crocs has new cute kids' Super Mario Crocs!

Cthulhu is here in Smite!

In real life, Platinum City Gaming in Taunton reopening on June 28th.

And PAX is having a massive online event, PAX Online, September 12th - 20th. If you are interested in PAX Pokemon League for this event, take their survey to help they figure out how to best serve the fan community!



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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Ultra Dolphin Revolution is Here



Episode 188: The happy hundred and eighty-eighth episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast! Tonight we have not one, not two, but three special guests. Amber, Jeremii, and Vincent, the dynamic trio at the core of Ultra Dolphin Revolution and Nintendium! Nintendium is a cosplay collective, including even more awesome groups within the Nintendium family like Dark Link Val, Reploid Angel, and Four Swords Cosplay! Follow their awesome streams and pages including Dr. Console on Twitch, moomoo.bear on Instagram, Gabriel Lamas Art on Facebook, and RadicalLindsay on Instagram.

And don't forget about Ultra Dolphin Revolution, their amazing game company. Keep your eyes open for their new releases coming to Switch. Check out their existing games for Wii U and follow them on Twitter! After our awesome conversation, Miz Sylver and The Wolf Doctor talk news:

Pokemon GO is having a Special Raid Weekend Friday June 12th - Monday June 15th. Stickers are coming soon! And you will be able to invite friends to raids!

The Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield Gigantamax Festival is on until June 29th! And don't forget about the hidden ability Mystery Gift Pokemon! If you have Pokémon Home, get free starters with hidden abilities... Check out the new Regi-Pokemon in the Isle of Armor Expansion, Regidrago and Regieleki! They will be here June 17th!



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Sunday, May 31, 2020

June Poke-Preview



Episode 187: The hip hundred and eighty-seven episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast!

Pokémon GO - June and July Community Day Results!

Weedle & Gastly!

Don't forget! Downtime on June 1st... And then it's time for the Throwback Challenge. Pokémon GO Fest is Going Online July 25 and 26. This month's research reward is Trapinch. Reshiram is here, and Zekrom will make its Pokémon GO debut June 16. The solstice-themed event will run June 19 to June 24, and the Bug Out event will run June 26 to July 1. June will also have Tuesday Pokémon Spotlights!
  • Tuesday, June 9, 2020: Patrat will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for evolving Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020: Numel will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Stardust for catching Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020: Clefairy will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for catching Pokémon. If you’re lucky, you might encounter Shiny Clefairy!
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2020: Kricketot will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for catching Pokémon.


In Pokémon Sword and Shield Galarian Ponyta is here as a Mystery Gift pokemon! Last chance on Gigantamax Meowth!

You can be the guy with the Lapras! Beach float. Plus, incredibly cute Lapras and Pikachu summertime clothing.

In Splatoon 2, Team Ketchup was victorious! And, you can play in the Splatoon 2 North American Open June 2020 tournament, running June 14 and June 21. Register through June 14!

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In SMITE, Cthulhu has risen!

The Overwatch Anniversary continues! The first Overwatch Novel is coming June 2! "The Hero of Numbani" tells the story of Efi and Orisa’s heroic origins!

Are you looking for more awesome YouTube video game music? Carlos Eiene makes some awesome tracks! Check out some great covers below:





Last week's poll showed that the people love Magikarp a shocking amount. This week's poll is another Pokemon pair-up:



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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Throwback Throwdown



Episode 186: the hysterical hundred and eighty-sixth episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast! This week's news:

In Pokemon GO, today is Seedot Community Day. Sunday, May 24, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in your local time! The Pokémon GO Throwback Challenge is in its final week! Sinnoh! Get Lucario Hat Pikachu and Shiny Glameow! Don't forget, if you complete all four regional special research, you can join in the Throwback Challenge Champion event for free, happening Wednesday, June 3 to Monday, June 8. If not, you can buy a ticket to the Throwback Challenge Celebration. (You can apparently do both... ?) There are some amazing pokemon appearing as part of this event, including Galarian Meowth and Galarian Stunfisk. The game will be down for many hours June 1st! Uniqlo shirts are now available for you avatar for free! Reshiram is the first of the Unova legendaries coming to Pokemon Go, starting May 26. And voting for the next two community days is happening RIGHT NOW!



In Pokémon Sword & Shield, Gigantamax Eevee is here until May 25, when it will be followed by Gigantamax Meowth! Also, get Mystery Gift Pokemon with special hidden abilities, starting this week, starting with Galarian Mr. Mime. May 29 brings Galarian Ponyta, June 5 brings Galarian Corsola, and June 12 brings Galarian Meowth. Don’t forget the 2020 International Challenge May Online Competition Tournament! Today is the last day... but even one battle will get you the sweet Ball Guy avatar shirt!

Pokemon TV is currently running a "best of" selection!

Pokemon MASTERS features the steel-type sync pair Jasmine & Steelix until June 4.

Build-a-Bear just released Jolteon! (Vaporeon is next!!!)

LeSportSac has released a Pokemon collection, and it's awesome. Several items are already sold out, including my favorite, the Monster Ball Wristlet, but they expect to get new stock, so keep your eyes open!

Don’t forget the Ketchup (vs Mayo Splatfest), happening right now. (Ends today, March 24.)

Smite's new Final Boss Battle Pass is here, featuring some exciting skins!

Gen Con is officially cancelled, but they will be having online activities!

Not sure what to do at home?



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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Seeing Seedot



Episode 185: The heroic hundred and eighty-fifth episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast! This week's news!

Pokémon GO has a lot GOing on! Your guide to playing Pokémon GO at home is coming soon. It's Hoenn Week in the Throwback Challenge - Time for Piquaza! SHINY Virizion is here until Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Terrakion will be following on May 19 to May 26. Terrakion Raid Hour will be May 20, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time. Community Day: Play at Home Edition featuring Seedot is happening Sunday, May 24, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time. The day will have a US$1 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency) Community Day–exclusive Special Research story—Seeing Double!

Wally and Gallade are here in Pokemon Masters... and fellow Fighting-type duo Korrina & Lucario are receiving an expanded sync grid!

Awesome Gigantamax Pokemon are appearing in Pokémon Sword & Shield.
  • Gigantamax Pikachu: May 11, 2020 – May 18, 2020
  • Gigantamax Eevee: May 18, 2020 – May 25, 2020
  • Gigantamax Meowth: May 25, 2020 – June 2, 2020
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield players can challenge Trainers from around the world in the 2020 International Challenge May, Thursday, May 21 until Sunday, May 24. The sign-up period will last from May 13 to May 21. BY DOING WELL IN THAT COMPETITION, YOU CAN EARN ENTRY INTO THE PLAY POKEMON PLAYERS CUP! (The Pokemon TCG and Pokken Tournament DX Championships are being held online too!)

Yoshinoya in Japan has special Pokémon bowls until June 15th.

The Afternoon with Eevee Glaceon is here! So cute!



Evangelion x Tamogotchi



Tetris 99 13th Maximus Cup Animal Crossing: New Horizons this weekend!

The Mortal Kombat Expansion launches May 26th.





The Overwatch Anniversary starts soon!



Free Comic Book Day WAS May 2nd... it's been postponed.

Origins has been rescheduled to October 7th-11th, but will be happening online June 19-21 too!



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Saturday, May 9, 2020

John Hardie of the National Videogame Museum



Episode 184: The hilarious hundred and eighty-fourth episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast! Tonight we have a special guest! John Hardie is one of the founders of the National Videogame Museum! NVM is an interactive museum dedicated to video games! We talk about John's love of earl Atari, running the Classic Gaming Expo and the Videogame History Museum exhibits, and evolving these passions into the National Videogame Museum with his two co-founders! Check them out on Twitter See footage from the museum on many popular YouTube Channels!



Friend of the show Kelsey of Pink Gorilla Games took a special tour!





Thanks to John for being an awesome guest! We also talk news, and put forth two twitter polls!

In Pokemon Go, it's Johto week in the Throwback Challenge! Season 2 of Battle League will begin Monday, May 11. Today, May 9, is Snubbull Limited Research, and Sunday, May 17, will be a special Incense Day featuring Water and Dark type Pokemon. Niantic is testing new PokeCoin earning strategies in Australia...

Uniqlo's current collaborations include a new Pokemon collab with Daniel Arsham. The Super Mario 35th collection is here too!



Join the Mario Kart North American Open May 2020 tournament (now through tomorrow May 10!) and you could win My Nintendo Gold Points!

Smite's Mother's Day event is happening now! Miz Sylver explains Loki...





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