This Week in Pokémon: April 26, 2021

Pokémon Go:

ONGOING: Season of Legends (Until June 1st)

ONGOING: Therian Forme Landorus in 5 Star Raids (until April 27th)

ONGOING: Shadow Zapdos in Go Rocket Research (until April 30th)

ONGOING: April Pokemon Go Events (Until April 30th)

ONGOING: April 2021 Raid Tier List (Updated as needed)

Incarnate Forms of Landorus, Thundurus and Tornadus will be appearing in 5 Star Raids Starting April 27 (End Date Unknown)

Spotlight Hour: Finneon and 2x Catch Exp Tuesday, April 27

5 Star Raid Hour: Therian “Force of Nature” Pokémon (Wednesday April 28th 6pm – 7pm)

Nest Rotation Wednesday April 28th, 8pm EST

A Snappy Event” will start Saturday April 29th

Pokémon Sword/Shield

The Eiscue special weekend has ended and Wild Area Raids have reverted back to normal, including Centiskorch, Corviknight and Orbeetle

New Releases

New Pokémon Snap (Nintendo Switch) April 30th

Nintendo and FujiFilm Announce new App and Printer for Nintendo Switch games

Remember the Game Boy Printer? The Game Boy Camera? I had a green Game Boy Pocket as well as a GameBoy Camera, and would spend tons of time shooting photos of myself and friends, using the terribly pixelated low resolution camera. Oh yeah, and it only took black and white photos.

Anyway, I bring up this stumble down memory lane to talk about the new partnership that was announced between Nintendo and FujiFilm, announcing that there will be a smartphone app and Digital Printer released that will be compatible with some Nintendo Switch games!

Set to release around the same time as Pokémon Snap, the smartphone app and printer will allow you to take in game photos taken on the Switch to be printed out on instant photo paper, as well as allowing the player to add special frames that have themes based off of Super Mario 3D Land, Animal Crossing, and Pokémon Snap (to name a few)!

The printer will also be available in a special Pokémon Themed pack that will come with a silicone cover shaped like Pikachu!

The Instax Mini Link Printer normally retails for $99

More information can be found at FujiFilm’s Website

A Snap-py event in Pokémon Go!

Tying in with the release of Pokémon Snap for the Nintendo Switch (release date April 30, 2021), there will be an in-game event in Pokémon Go!

The following will be happening in game from Thursday April 29th to Sunday May 2!

  • Pokémon inspired by the deserts, jungles, and underwater landscapes of the Lental region—such as Lotad, Cacnea, and Ducklett—will be appearing in the wild
  • Smeargle appearing more frequently in photobombs (and the debut of Shiny Smeargle!)
  • Pokémon inspired by the Lental region—like Vaporeon, Meganium, and Trapinch—appearing in raids
  • Themed Field and Timed Research
  • More information at https://pokemongolive.com/post/new-pokemon-snap-celebration/?hl=en

Pokemon Go boils down my favorite part of the Pokemon games

I’ve been playing Pokemon Go since the day after it launched. Why the day after? Because when I and everyone else on the planet tried to download the app on launch day, the servers couldn’t handle the load and many had problems getting the app to download, let alone let them sign in or register. I was one of the unfortunate few that had to wait to start “Collecting Them All,” but once I got in, I excitedly started experiencing what would become my favorite iteration of the Pokemon franchise.

Now, I am a “gen-wunner” as Pokemon Red/Blue came out when I was in middle school. I had a subscription to Nintendo Power and it had teased this new gameboy game that was all about collecting, leveling, evolving and fighting these weird animals known as Pokemon.

I was hooked as soon as I heard about it. I collected all six of the Pokemon Power magazine inserts that were a strategy guide inside the back of that month’s Nintendo Power, and served as my guide through the Kanto Region. I knew EXACTLY what I needed to do to finish the game and beat the Elite Four for the first time.

Once I became the new Crowned champion of the Kanto region, I along with all of my friends of the Pokemon series began working on completing the Pokedex, battling and trading. It was amazing and a bit of nostalgia that I fondly look back on.

I dabbled in the Pokemon trading card game, and played a bit of Pokemon Pinball, Pokemon Stadium for the Nintendo 64, and Pokemon Gold. But nothing else seemed to match the fun I had working on Pokemon Blue.

While I enjoyed Pokemon Blue, I got maybe halfway or 1/3rd of the way through the original Gold Storyline, and having 251 Pokemon to catch in the updated dex seemed like a large undertaking for young me.

My classmates and I would have lunchtime battles and trade Pokemon, but I never really cared about whether I won or lost. My team was good enough to finish the game and the Elite Four, but I was constantly losing to my friends that had figured out the best movesets, stats and levels for their six pokemon, where as I was just happy to have level 100’s and a nearly 100% complete pokedex.

Fast forward to 2016 and Pokemon Go is the new hotness. For a brief time (the summer of 2016) you could go anywhere and find groups of people of all ages hanging out on street corners staring at their phones, charging cables attached and a backup battery in their back pocket. Everyone was OBSESSSED with catching Pokemon and you could just camp a Pokestop or make a small circuit of stops to refresh your Pokeball count and items. Walking wasn’t actually necessary back then, so it wasn’t uncommon to see people hanging out downtown for hours, regardless of time.

Of course I was obsessed with playing the game. I worked in a retail job at the time so I was able to stay out late hanging out with my friends playing PoGo. Someone would often but in and say “THERE’S A LAPRAS THE NEXT STREET OVER” and we’d all run over to get it before it disappeared.

The longer I played the game the more I realized I liked just catching Pokemon, and completing the dex more than anything else.

The gym update had come out, Shiny Pokemon were added to the game, PVP battles had been released and most recently Team Rocket had taken over stops, but I still found myself only wanting to have a 100% complete dex. I didn’t care about owning all the gyms. I didn’t care about being at the level cap (I’m about 2/3rds of the way to level 40 which is the level cap currently, and I’ve heard rumors that may change too). I didn’t care about beating Giovanni or the Rocket Grunts as much as I wanted to get their shadow pokemon.

All I really cared about was catching pokemon, going to Community Days and catching shinies. Well, and completing the research which would unlock special pokemon or more shinies.

So it got me to realize I love the Pokemon series, but I would rather “Catch Em All” than “become the very best, like no one ever was.”

So if you see me out and about playing pokemon: I’ll be your friend if I have open spots on my list, but I’m not going to want to 1v1 you bro.