Sudden failures being reported with some Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire cartridges

Over the past week, there have been increasing numbers of reports on social media and around the internet of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire cartridges games spontaneously ceasing to work, with trainers receiving errors along the lines of "There is nothing inserted into the Game Card slot", "Game card cannot be used" or just "An error has occurred" when attempting to play their physical copies of the game. So far, the majority of these problems have been reported with European region copies of the game, in particular German copies, however there are scattered reports of these issues hitting players with cartridges from other regions.
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Review: New Pokémon Snap - Beautiful, gentle and fun

Pokémon fans love seeing Pokémon. What’s more, seeing Pokémon go about their own business in their natural ecosystem is a special kind of pleasure. One of the franchise’s under-appreciated strengths is world-building; that is, the sense that the places and characters of the games don’t just disappear the moment we close our eyes, and have lives outside of the player’s interactions with them. Few things enhance the sense that this is a world with a life of its own than seeing the inhabitants walk, stomp, crawl, fly and swim through the environment without heed for the protagonist. It’s why the Wild Area was so central to the premise of Sword and Shield and the Expansion Pass content; it’s why the original Pokémon Snap is so beloved despite merely being an on-rails photograph-’em-up; and it’s why New Pokemon Snap is such a great non-core Pokémon title.
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Swablu is the star of May 2021's Community Day in Pokémon GO

Niantic has revealed that Swablu will be the featured Pokémon for May 2021's Community Day. The Shiny variant of Swablu will also be able to encountered. When you evolve Swablu into Altaria during, or within two hours after the event, it will learn Moonblast. The event will also include several bonuses, with eggs having 1/4 hatch distance when placed in an Incubator, and Incense lasting for three hours. A Community Day-exclusive Special Research story, Cotton-Winged Bird, will also be available for purchase, rewarding the players with items.
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Weakness Policy and Boss's Orders distribution announced during Pokémon Players Cup III livestream

Players of Sword and Shield can redeem a Weakness Policy if they use the code「WPF1NALSPC3」before April 26, 2021, while players of the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online can receive a Full Art print of Boss's Orders[/URL] if they use the code 「PC3GIOVANNI」before May 8, 2021 (Boss's Orders limited to the first 25,000 players).
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Print your Pokémon Snaps with new Fujifilm instax mini Link app - Special Edition instax mini link with Pikachu Case also releasing soon

A new instax mini Link app for Nintendo Switch from Fujifilm will allow gamers to export photos from the Switch to their smart device for editing and printing on any Fujifilm instax mini link smartphone printer. In addition to this app, Fujifilm will also be releasing a special edition bundle including an instax mini Link Special Edition - Ash White (Red & Blue), together with a special Pikachu Case.
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Technical issues mar start of Pokémon GO's Rivals Week

Niantic has sent out a warning to Pokémon GO players, alerting them to an issue with older versions of the game that might be preventing Skrelp and Clauncher from appearing. Both Pokémon had been set to make their debut with the Rivals Week event running from April 13th until April 18th. An ongoing issue also continues to impact Team GO Rocket encounters, and they have not been available in-game for the past few days.
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Pokémon GO introduces new Friendship Day event

Niantic has announced a new event for Pokémon GO, Friendship Day, an event that’s all about having fun with your friends and enjoying various bonuses while playing Pokémon GO.

In this first Friendship Day, Grass-type Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild. There will be a Collection Challenge to receive XP, and an increased chance of receiving Lucky Pokémon when trading with a friend. The event will take place on April 24, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time.

  • Various Grass-type Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild.
  • Complete the Friendship Day Collection Challenge before the event concludes to earn 100,000 XP!
  • Take part in the Friendship Day Global Challenge! For each hourly challenge you complete, you’ll earn 20,000 XP!
  • Green confetti will be appearing on the map in celebration of Grass-type Pokémon!
  • You'll have an increased chance of receiving a Lucky Pokémon when you complete a...
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Pokémon GO HoloLens version demoed at Ignite 2021

Tech demos don't always make it to the open market, but they're often a good indicator of where we're heading. Pokémon GO developer Niantic recently partnered with Microsoft to build a proof-of-concept version of Pokémon GO, showing us one possible future for their mobile game. This version runs on Microsoft's HoloLens 2 headset and coincides with the release of their new Mesh platform, giving us a glimpse of the technology outside the office environment it was initially designed for.
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Bonus event announced for Pokémon GO Kanto ticket-holders

Pokémon GO recently suffered from a technical glitch resulting in some Trainers gaining to access ticket-gated content for free during the Kanto event. While this was obviously great for those who were able to take advantage of it, this understandably devalued the tickets others bought and paid for. To make up for this, Pokémon GO is adding a bonus event to the Kanto tour for all ticket holders.
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Niantic drops the ban hammer on over 1 million users in 2020

Cheating, in one form or another, has been been endemic in Pokémon GO ever since the global phenomenon first hit the streets in 2016. Many players may have seen initial efforts at things like location spoofing as simple time saves and effectively non-issues, or even outright required for play for some players with disibilities or living in remote locations with few PokéStops. From these relatively innocent beginning however, we've seen growing examples of more flagrant, outright cheating spurred by desires for an unfair advantage over other players, such as save game editing and bots, spurred several waves of bans from Niantic.
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