Marshadow Has Been Released for Pokémon Sun and Moon

It’s been a while coming, but now the final Pokémon Sun and Moon event Pokémon has been released outside of Japan! Yep, as the title suggests, you can now get Marshadow downloaded to your game courtesy of a special code available in various GameStop stores. Here’s the official trailer announcing the distribution:

It’s very well timed all things considered. Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon come out next month. The next movie (with Marshadow) does the same.

So releasing the Pokemon now makes sense.

But the way it’s been distributed doesn’t.

That’s because like quite a few legendaries in the past, Nintendo is making fans go to actual stores to get the code to add it into their games. What’s more, it’s not even an unlimited event here (like with Magearna).

Instead, you’ve only got until October 23rd to get the new Pokémon this way.

And this is an absolutely baffling decision on Nintendo’s part. Remember, this isn’t 1996 anymore, and we don’t need a fancy machine to download data to a cartridge.

In fact, we don’t need to do anything special at all. The games have a perfectly reasonable Mystery Gift system for situations exactly like this one. Just boot up the game, choose Mystery Gift, enter a download game and receive the Pokémon from the delivery man at the nearest Pokémon Centre. It’s super simple.

So simple in fact that other event legendaries (like Magearna) as well as other event Pokémon and items (like Hat Pikachu and Mega Stones) have all been distributed in this way. Even better, those gave you months to input the code and download the Pokémon. You’re not rushed around, you can just get them at your own leisurely pace.

Hence, it’s really baffling why Nintendo chose the old event distribution method here. It’s less convenient for players, rushes them far more and offers none of the convenience of the built in Mystery Gift option.

But hey, that’s how it works here. So, if you want a Marshadow for your game, you’d better head off to the nearest GameStop for the code. Or at least, find some nice person online who’ll trade you for one over the GTS.

Because this is one event Pokémon you don’t want to miss out on!

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Make Room for Marshadow in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon (official website)

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon: New Pokémon Announced!

It’s only been one day since the mysterious story trailer for the game, but now it seems even more details have been given about Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon! And well, if you thought the last video was interesting… well, this one’s going to be a hundred times more so.

Why? Well, take a look at the video for yourself:

Right off the bat, you’ve got the main character heading into Ultra Space as a part of a new mechanic. Yep, you heard me right there.

You now travel into a much-expanded version of Ultra Space, complete with a glistening new city and all new areas to encounter Ultra Beasts in! So instead of the creatures invading Alola, you’re taking the fight back to them in the very best way possible. Here’s a picture of the new Ultra Megalopolis:

Ultra Megalopolis

As well as some of the new Ultra Beasts in their natural habitats:

Xurkitree

Buzzwole

And that’s only the start of the insanity revealed here. Remember UB Burst and UB Assembly? You know, the all new Pokémon announced for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon?

Well it turns out they’re not the only additions here. Nope, another Ultra Beast is being added as a new catchable species too! Named UB Adhesive, it’s a Poison type Pokémon which sort of resembles Marshadow and other mythical legendaries in its design.

UB Adhesive

This is interesting, because it completely throws out any analysis we’ve done before the game came out. That’s because in the earlier days, various people worked out the Pokedex numbers for the species in the Alola dex via screenshots and videos. These numbers seemed to show only two new Ultra Beasts being listed between the cover legendaries and the mythicals, and implied that only UB Burst and Assembly could be new additions to the game on that front.

But no, that’s not the case. UB Adhesive officially exists too, which implies the mystery spots near the Ultra Beasts might not be for the new UBs at all, and that the new Ubs might be found somewhere else in the Pokedex instead.

So, there’s a good possibility that quite a few new UBs are being added here, along with other new Pokémon in general.

And that’s not the only new UB information we have here either. Nope, we also have the typing and basic details for the new creatures too. These are as follows:

UB Burst

UB Burst

  • Category: Fireworks Pokémon
  • Type: Fire/Ghost
  • Height: 5’11
  • Weight: 28.7lbs
  • Ability: Beast Boost

UB Burst tricks targets into letting their guard down as it draws near with its funny gait, swaying this way and that—then shocks them by blowing up its own head without warning. Before they can recover their senses, it steals their vitality, which it’s said to use as a source of energy. Its head is made up of collection of curious sparks, and it appears to have the wondrous ability to freely remove its own head and make it explode!

UB Assembly

UB Assembly

  • Category: Rampart Pokémon
  • Type: Rock/Steel
  • Height: 18’01”
  • Weight: 1807.8lbs
  • Ability: Beast Boost

While UB Assembly may appear to be made up of stones stacked atop one another, apparently each “stone” is in fact a separate life-form, and this UB is made up of an assemblage of these life-forms. When confronting another, or when feeling particularly enraged, the eyes on each of these stones begin to glow red.

UB Adhesive

UB Adhesive

  • Category: Poison Pin Pokémon
  • Type: Poison
  • Height: 2’00”
  • Weight: 4.0lbs
  • Ability: Beast Boost

UB Adhesive displays many emotions, and it’s said to be able to understand human speech if it spends enough time together with them. Their large heads are filled with venom, and they fire this venom from the poisonous needles on top of them.

They’re rather interesting typings all things considered, with UB Burst’s ‘Fire/Ghost’ setup being especially unique among species.

However, the UBs aren’t the only addition here, nor is the whole dimensional travel aspect of the game.

Nope, a certain new organisation plays a role too. These guys (who you may remember from the poster) are the Ultra Recon Squad, a team of mysterious figures from another dimension. They fight the player at various points in story, and seem to train Ultra Beasts as part of their Pokémon teams for whatever reason.

Ultra Recon Squad

UB with Recon Grunt

And well, the game couldn’t be more obvious about their questionable intentions if they tried. After all, you know how the Aether Foundation looked too suspicious to be good guys?

Yeah, I’m sure you do. Everyone does, it was the number theory people had about the game before it came out, and ended up surprising absolutely no one as a result.

Either way, these guys get the exact same intro scene as the Aether Foundation. No, really. Compare:

Aether vs Recon Squad

They’re even in Aether Paradise, the HQ of the foundation from the original game! So, their role as antagonists is basically all but confirmed at this point, especially given how a certain team of unique grunts follows the player around the region causing trouble. With a different set of individuals for each version of the game:

Recon Grunts 1

Recon Grunts 2

So, the new Pokémon keep coming, the story has been greatly reworked and a whole new evil force seems to be attacking Alola. That’s pretty damn good for a third version everyone called ‘boring’ or ‘uninnovative’ the first time it was announced.

Either way, you can find more information on the new Pokémon and changes on the official site, as well as in the videos in other languages.

But what about it? Are you happy with the new developments in the plot for this game?

Post your thoughts on the matter on social media or on the Gaming Latest forums today!

A Professor Layton Television Series is Coming in 2018!

Well, it seems the video game adaptation train just keeps on going! Indeed, not long after Castlevania and hot on the tails on everything from Sonic to Klonoa, it seems Professor Layton is getting a TV series based on it too.

This series will be a 26-episode anime, and will air sometime in 2018.

And you know what?

I honestly feel like this may turn out to be one of the better video game adaptations, right up there with Castlevania and Pokemon. Why?

Well, there are a few reasons. Firstly, Professor Layton has already gotten an animated movie in (what we expect) is the same style under the name Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva. This film in turn got decent reviews from critics, with IGN UK actually saying it was one of the better game movies overall.

Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva Poster

So, unlike many franchises, there’s a precedent here. Level-5 and their partners have already proven the series adapts well to other media forms.

Secondly, the structure of the series works a lot better for an adaptation as well. Why?

Well, think about it. The Professor Layton series is heavily story driven. It’s basically an interactive novel with puzzle gameplay, in the vein of franchises like Ace Attorney.

This works well in other media, since the characters and stories are already fleshed and easy to adapt to a non- interactive experience. You can already take away the gameplay in a YouTube playthrough and have an engaging storyline to follow.

Contrast that to say Mario or Sonic (or even worse, Tetris) and the difference is incredibly obvious. Layton works in other media, because the format of his games are very similar to said media.

It’s also animated too, which is always a good sign. Live action and CGI just doesn’t work that well with game franchises, since it can’t pull off the characters and happenings in a believable, interesting way. Either the looks are too stylised or the budget just isn’t there to make it work.

Animation avoids this, and tends to lead itself to better adaptations here.

So as a result, I feel it’s likely the Professor Layton series will do well. It’s the right type of game to adapt to a TV series, it’s in the right format and there’s already a precedent in the form of a well received animated film released years earlier.

But what do you think about it? Could a Professor Layton anime work well? What do you think the chances are of this becoming the next big thing?

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Licensing Magazine: Professor Layton TV Series in Development (Anime News Network)

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon: Japanese Story Trailer!

Well, it’s trailer time again for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon! However, this one is a tad different from the norm…

Why? Cause it’s story focused and gives glimpses at the new storyline in these games! Here’s the video if you haven’t seen it already:

As you can tell… it’s certainly looking different to the original games. There’s a new evil team involved. What appears to be a city based in Ultra Space.

And even new roles for the previous villains. So it seems Guzma and Lusamine aren’t irrelevant here at all. They’re just not working alone this around.

So go and watch the trailer yourself. Because it really makes the games look tons different from the earlier ones!

Six More Changes in Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions

A couple of days ago, we wrote about some interesting changes made in the Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga remake for the 3DS. These changes included everything from a new theme tune for E Gadd to tweaks in character switching mechanics and NPC designs, and showed some of the things that differ between the original game and remake.

However, as you may expect, those weren’t all the changes the game had made to it. Oh no, quite a few others existed in the game too, some of which were found after our article was published.

So, here’s round 2. Here are six more changes in Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions!

6. Hammer Bros Now Look Boring as Hell

Starting with another design change people might not like. Remember those wacky looking Hammer Bros in Bowser’s Castle?

The ones that genuinely looked like they wanted to murder Mario and Luigi?

Yeah, I’m sure you do. They were some of the more notable enemies there, alongside the Sniper Bills and Chomp Bros debuting in the game.

Either way, there’s bad news. Why? Because thanks to Nintendo and AlphaDream pushing the ‘standardised’ Mario designs, these unique Hammer Bros are now simply your bog standard, generic grunts from Dream Team and Paper Jam. Here’s a comparison if you don’t believe me:

Hammer Bro Comparison

Still, look on the bright side here. Every other enemy in Bowser’s Castle keeps its design as similar as possible to their ones in the original Superstar Saga. So, the Chomp Bros, Gunner Guys and Sniper Bills remain intact.

Chomp Bro

It’s just a shame the Hammer Bros take such a big hit in the design department.

5. E Gadd Foreshadows his Role in Partners in Time

Either way, let’s move onto something a bit more positive now. Namely, an interesting detail added to the Minion Quest mode.

Basically, E Gadd now shows up in it. And as GameXplain’s fantastic video shows, he now references the idea of building a time machine, which as you can tell leads into Mario & Luigi Partners in Time. It’s a pretty neat reference, and a nice thing to throw into a remake like this.

4. Boomerang Bros Get a Name Change

Which is also true of the next item on our list as well. Remember those Boomerang Bros from the lagoon area of the game? The ones that looked completely different from every other Boomerang Bros in the series?

Well, there are quite a few bits of good news regarding them. Firstly, their unique designs stay intact here.

So unlike the Hammer Bros and a few other enemies in the game, they’ve not been ‘NSMBified’ at all.

And that’s not all that’s interesting here. Nope, they’ve now realised how different they look and act from the defaults, and have gave them a new species name to match. Yup, the Boomerang Bros from Superstar Saga are now named ‘Beanerang Bros’, as shown in the picture below:

Beanerang Bros

It’s very fitting considering the bean theming the other monsters from the kingdom got in this title, and really distinguishes them from their generic counterparts.

However, what about the gameplay itself? Surely there are interesting changes that don’t relate to character designs, right?

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