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By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Nov, 2017 At 09:43 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Otaku Music, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Materia Collective sent out the following

 

Materia Collective is thrilled to unveil the latest installment in their Piano Collections album series dedicated to the original Pokémon titles that started it all. Arranger and performer Trevor Alan Gomes returns to bring to life 38 tracks from Pokémon Red/Blue/Green/Yellow, and in the spirit of those classic Game Boy variants, is releasing Piano Collections Pokémon in four different album cover variants, each featuring a unique interpretation of fan-favorite Pokémon charmander, squirtle, bulbasaur, and pikachu. Piano Collections Pokémon is licensed and available today.

 

“There are piano albums like this for many games, but the vision that drove this one was unique: it’s comprehensive and narrative-driven, spanning the entire soundtrack of the game in chronological order to tell the entire story that millions have loved since 1996,” notes Trevor Alan Gomes. “Together with an amazing team, I’ve had the joy of taking the simple, charming 8-bit music of Pokémon Red and
Blue and turning it into lush, expansive piano arrangements.”

With 38 tracks covering almost all of the music from the game and spanning over 100 minutes of classic Pokémon music that is beautiful and lively, fans will relive all of their favorite moments from the original Pokémon games.
About Trevor Alan Gomes
Trevor Alan Gomes is an Los Angeles-based composer, pianist and performer. He has worked extensively as a pianist for The Walt Disney Company and has assisted with score preparation of such feature films as Finding Dory, Skyfall, and Passengers. He regularly performs a live show on Twitch based on improvisation, song writing and sight reading music under the alias 88bitmusic. He holds a Master’s Degree in Music Composition from University of Cincinnati.

Follow Trevor Alan Gomes on Twitter, YouTube, SoundCloud and Twitch
About Materia Collective
Materia Collective is a Seattle-based videogame music publisher and label, representing an international array of renowned video game musicians, composers, and songwriters. The collective supports its members with the financial, legal, logistical, and creative aspects of bringing videogame music into the forefront. The company has become known within the industry as a representation of highly innovative game music endeavors that move and inspire.

Learn more: https://www.materiacollective.com
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This is excellent news. Pokémon music done via piano is a real treat and thus this is a must have for fans of the games!

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 18 Sep, 2017 At 02:24 PM | Categorized As Featured, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThere are two things that are awesome in gaming., namely Pokémon and Fighting games from Bandai Namco. Thus a Pokémon Fighting from Bandai Namco is a dream come true to me. I didn’t get to play Pokken Tournament on Wii U, but with the Nintendo Switch getting an enhanced port, I finally got a chance to play it. But was it good in the end?

The first thing I noticed was that despite the name, Pokken isn’t exactly Pokémon with Tekken gameplay due to the dual phases of the battle. The Field Phase plays more akin to a Naruto or the older Dragon Ball Z fighting games. It takes a while to get used to if you are unfamiliar with it, but the game has a great tutorial that helps explain things well. Duel Phase though, does play more akin to Tekken and thus feels a lot more natural to players more used to traditional fighting games. Learning how to switch between the phases and when to do so, is a major part of the gameplay.

Pokken Tournament DX does offer some great additions to the experience, for those unsure about the Switch port. In addition to new Pokémon, there are new modes such as 3 vs 3, similar to the King of Fighters series, and new more refined online modes. I had a great time playing online and experienced no lag or connectivity issues. In addition, there is some great implementation of HD rumble in the game. It feels subtle but it really does help the experience feel more immersive.

In terms of single player, there is the Ferrum League which serves as the story mode, as well as single fights.  These are a great way to learn about how to play the game for when you go online, and to be honest, playing some single matches against a CPU is a great way to just have fun. There are also daily missions which offer some good variety to the gameplay. It isn’t as much as a game like Mortal Kombat X or Injustice 2, but it is still a good amount of single-player content. This is especially true for someone who just wants a few matches now and then and has no interest in playing online. There may not be a massive amount of single-player content, but what there is, is high quality.

The game actually feels like it takes a bit from Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U. Considering both games were made by Bandai Namco this makes sense, and it is perfectly reasonable that a Pokémon fighting game would take influence from another fighting game based on Nintendo characters. As such, this is a game that would also appeal very much to Smash Bros players, and those waiting for a Smash game on Switch might want to look at this one while they wait.

Pokken Tournament DX is a fun game, and while I never played the Wii U version myself, I did follow its competitive scene and what people said about it. From everything I’ve experienced, this feels not like an enhanced version but like a truly fleshed out version that feels like what the Wii U version should have been. It isn’t a perfect game though, as parts of the combat just feel off. I can’t explain it, but even in Duel Mode, the game just feels different. And in a way that is good, as it fits the nature of Pokémon. I wouldn’t say that this is an ideal game for fighting game fanatics, but it is definitely one worth checking out. For Pokémon fans, Nintendo fans and also Smash Bros fans, this is a must buy. I highly recommend it!

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Disclaimer: A review key was provided by Nintendo.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Jun, 2017 At 12:38 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here is some great news for fans of Pokken Tournament who are planning to get the deluxe port for Switch. The game is in fact compatible with the fight pad that was released for the game on the Wii U.

 

This information comes directly from the official site, so if you want the game and a fightpad, you better get one now.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Jun, 2017 At 08:18 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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In the last bit of news from today’s Pokémon Direct, it was announced that Pokémon Gold and Silver will be coming to Nintendo 3DS via the virtual console.

This will be similar to when Red, Blue and Yellow came to the 3DS virtual console.

The games will come on September 22nd.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Jun, 2017 At 08:40 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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During today’s Pokémon Direct, it was also announced that Pokémon UltraSun and UltraMoon will be coming to Nintendo 3DS.

The game will feature an alternate story to the one seen in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon and will have Pokémon that were not in the original games. There are also additional features and content coming in these versions.

The games will release on Nov 17.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 6 Jun, 2017 At 08:59 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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During today’s Pokémon Direct, the Pokémon Company announced Pokken Tournament DX, an enhanced port of their Pokémon fighting game, which will come to Nintendo Switch.

This version will have an additional five Pokémon, improved online modes and more. the game will be shown off more at E3 and will have an invitational event during E3 as well.

You can see a trailer below.

 

 

The game releases 09/22/2017

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Jun, 2017 At 09:09 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nintendo has announced a new Pokémon Direct for tomorrow at 10 am. No news was given for what this is about and the direct will last around 6 minutes. Could this be the rumored Pokémon Stars?

 

 

Will you be watching?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 25 May, 2017 At 09:26 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Pokemon developer Game Freak is recruiting for a new game. The company has put out an official job listing for a programmer who will be involved with some sort of RPG on 3DS.

We have no  further details, and nothing more is included in the listing. Could this be a new Pokémon game? We know a new entry in the series is supposed to come to Switch, so could this be something new instead?

We will have to wait and see.

 

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 4 May, 2017 At 07:10 PM | Categorized As Animation, News, News, NINTENDO, ROG News, Television | With 0 Comments

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Russia is a country that does not seem to like Pokémon Go. They previously arrested a man and charged him with inciting religious hatred for playing Pokémon Go in a church. He faces 3 years imprisonment if found guilty.

It seems the Simpsons have also run afoul of the country for this same reason. A recent Simpsons episode say the show spoof Pokémon Go and had Homer play a similar game inside a church. This angered Russian clerics and the episode has been held back in the country as a result.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Mar, 2017 At 03:03 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Pokémon Company has announced The 2017 Pokken Tournament Championship Series

Take a shot at becoming the Pokkén Tournament World Champion when the Pokkén Tournament Championship Series returns in 2017! In addition to the title, a combined $25,000 in prizes are on the line at the qualifying competitions in June and the World Championships event in Anaheim, California, this August.

This year, 16 players will qualify for the World Championships, and there will be only one age division for all competitors. Four players will receive invitations from each of the two qualifying events, plus four more players will be chosen from Japan, and the four top players from a Last Chance Qualifier occurring right before the main Worlds event will be the final contenders.

Good luck battling to become the next Pokkén Tournament World Champion!

The Pokémon Company continuing to support the game’s competitive scene is a great sign for the game’s future. Not only does it help the competitive scene grow but it also means it is likely we will see a Switch version of the game, as that is the system Nintendo is focusing on now. Perhaps we will even see the content that didn’t come tot he Wii U version, in a Switch version

 

 

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