Is Meltan Getting a New Evolution or Form Change in the Coming Pokemon Games?

A couple of weeks ago, a new Pokemon was revealed for the series. Named Meltan, this Ditto esque mythical Pokemon was originally leaked by dataminers before being revealed by Nintendo themselves:


However, it seems that Ditto like form may not be the only one it has. Oh no, if a recent ‘live action’ trailer is any indication, it appears it may have another form or evolution lined up as well! Have a look here:

As you can see, the video ends on a strange silhouette. It’s clearly meant to be like Meltan, since it’s got the nut shaped head and a similar design.

Mystery Silhouette

But it’s not the same size as Meltan, and appears to be connected to a humongous mecha esque body instead of a Ditto one. This implies Meltan has another form, one that’s just that bit more menacing than the cute critter we know and (might) love.

So what is it? Is it a new form, or is it an evolution?

Well to be honest, we’re gonna say a new form. A mythical Pokémon evolving has (in our experience) never happened in the series, but one getting a new form has.

Namely, Hoopa. Yep, remember that genie like Pokémon in generation 6?

That was in the exact same situation as Meltan is now, and ended up getting a menacing looking ‘Unbound’ form in later versions. So it only makes sense something similar could be the case for Meltan, especially given the prevalence of extra, more powerful forms with standard legendaries as well (see Girantina, Kyurem and Zygarde for example).

But what do you think? What is the new ‘form’ Meltan has at the end of the trailer?

And how do you think it’ll work in the game anyway? Is it a form like we think, or an all new evolution altogether?

Tell us your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!

Meltan Has Been Announced as a New Mythical Pokémon

A couple of days ago, reports came in of a mysterious ditto like Pokémon that was appearing in Pokémon Go. This Pokémon was first spotted by dataminers in network traffic for the game, but soon appeared all over the place in game too, with players reporting it’d be replaced by a Ditto after being caught.

Meltan in Pokemon GO

It was an interesting enigma. Was it a real Pokémon? Some sort of placeholder that’d made its way into the game? The somewhat plain design and random appearance made it hard to guess either way, and led to random speculation among the fanbase in regards to what its purpose was overall.

But now it’s finally been revealed as a new Pokémon. Yep, that Ditto like creature is actually a new species called Meltan, with said Pokémon turning out to be a Steel type with electric type attacks. Here’s a trailer from the Pokémon YouTube channel with more information on it:

Plus some official artwork:


As well as a description provided by the company:

Most of Meltan’s body is made from liquid metal, and its shape is very fluid. It can use its liquid arms and legs to corrode metal and absorb it into its own body. Meltan generates electricity using the metal it absorbs from outside sources. It uses this electricity as an energy source and also as an attack that can be fired from its eye. Clearly a curious Pokémon, Meltan is very expressive and shows an interest in all kinds of things.

Either way, Meltan is described as the Hex Nut Pokémon, with its height and weight given as 0’08 tall and 17.6lbs respectively. It’s a Mythical Pokémon (like Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, etc) and while the method of obtaining is unknown at the moment, it’s clear that it’ll involve connecting Pokémon GO to Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee in some way.

Meltan in Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee

So what do you think about this new Pokémon? Are you happy with what could be the first reveal of generation 8?

Hell, what generation do you think this thing is anyway?

Tell us your thoughts on the matter over in the comments below!


Introducing Meltan (Official Pokémon Website)

Fortnite is Not Being Released on Google Play

Given its huge level of popularity at the moment, it’s no surprise Fortnite is getting released on Android later this year. After all, the game’s done hugely well in the last year or so, with 125 million players having experienced on across the various platforms it’s been released on, and the title became a household name virtually overnight as a result.

Having it available for the world’s most popular smartphone OS only seems like the next logical move here.

Above: Presumably it’ll look like the iOS version shown here

Except here’s the thing:

Fortnite is not being released on Google Play. Nope.

Instead, anyone who wants to play it from Android has to download the installer from Epic Games’ website, then add it to their phone from here. It’s nothing too complicated here (just a generic APK file that you run like any other ‘unofficial’ Android app), but it’s an interesting set up none the less.

This is because (according to Epic Games), Google’s 30% cut of the Play Store profits is too high for what they actually do, meaning it makes more business sense to distribute it independently and cut out the middle man.

It’s an interesting decision by the company, and one we’ve generally not seen app developers make before. But is it a good one?

Well to be honest, we’re not that sure. Firstly, how many people actually download apps from websites rather than stores nowadays?

We’d hazard a guess and say ‘very few’. Indeed, as a rule of thumb, most people tend to stick the app stores where apps for smartphones are concerned, with only a small percentage using unofficial app stores or sideloaded apps on their phones.

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Niantic Hints that Generation 4 Pokémon Are Coming to Pokémon GO!

A couple of days ago, Niantic Labs released a new piece of artwork for Pokémon GO. Designed to promote upcoming events from the game and featuring various characters and Pokémon from throughout the title, the artwork initially seemed like nothing more than a random piece of marketing material.

Pokemon GO Art

However, it seems like it actually holds a few more secrets than that! Why? Because if you look at the art a bit more closely, you’ll notice a few things that are a tad out of place. Namely, the starter Pokémon from generation 4!

Highlighted Gen 4 Starters

Above: The species highlighted in red are from the fourth generation

Yep, hidden among the various Pokémon featured, you can spot Turtwig, Chimchar and Piplup, the three starters from gen 4! And well, given that generation 4 isn’t represented in Pokémon GO at all, that seems like a pretty good hint that it’s coming to the title very soon.

So, if you’re a fan of the Sinnoh region (or just wondering when future generations will make it to Go), you’re in luck. Niantic’s already including Pokémon from Sinnoh in the marketing materials, and it’s very likely they’ll be coming in the near future!


Memorable Pokémon GO Experiences (Tweet from Niantic’s Twitter Account)

Miitomo Has Now Shut Down

Well, it’s finally happened. Exactly when Nintendo said it’d happen, Miitomo has closed its doors for good, marking the end for Nintendo’s first foray into mobile app development.

Here’s the message Nintendo shared about the app’s closure:

We want to thank you for enjoying Miitomo so much. Miitomo’s service has come to an end as of Wednesday 9th May 2018, 16:00 (JST). We’ve come a long way since the app was launched, and once again we want to thank everyone who’s been involved. We hope to go on to even bigger and better things in the future with Nintendo, and we hope you’re there to share the fun. We hope to see you again soon!

Yeah, it’s pretty standard corporate speak, but at the end of the day, it’s something we all knew was going to come long before Nintendo’s official announcement. Miitomo may have done decently first, but really…

It died out pretty quickly for most people. There just wasn’t enough in the app to return to day after day, and the level of depth was low enough that it provided no purpose for most ‘players’. The whole thing was just a first attempt by a company unfamiliar with the market, and one whose profitability was quickly exceeded by the likes of Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing Pocket Camp and even Super Mario Run.

Fire Emblem Heroes Artwork

So, the writing was on the wall for the whole deal for months really. Still, Nintendo could have at least done one thing to make the shutdown better here.

Namely, keep the special Mii customisations introduced in the app. After all, Miis are still a thing for Nintendo, and they’re even planning on releasing a new Mii Maker sometime in the near future. So why not keep the extra clothing options and stuff? There’s no harm in having them around, and they let players make far more unique avatars than they could on the Wii, 3DS or Wii U.

They should have been kept around for future platforms too.

Ah well, it’s too late now, and Miitomo has now joined the Nintendo Wifi Connection and other canned Nintendo services of years past.

So, what do you think about it? Are you disappointed with the shut down? Do you wish the new Mii clothing options should have been kept around?

Tell us what you think in the comments below or on the Gaming Latest forums today!


Miitomo Has Officially Ended (Japanese Nintendo)