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This Slowpoke sofa is perfect for lazing like a Slaking or sleeping like a Snorlax

Slowpoke, a Pokémon famously known for being goofy and laid-back, has joined the roster of Japanese furniture maker Cellutane’s comfortable Pokémon sofas.

The newest Pokémon product by Cellutane, which is based in Japan’s Kanagawa prefecture, is called the Slowpoke Bead Sofa. In Japan, the word “sofa” can also reportedly be used when describing furniture that is soft and designed for one person.

Ash Ketchum finally becomes the greatest Pokémon trainer in the world

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  • Character Ash Ketchum has made “Pokémon” history in the “Pokémon Journeys” anime by defeating the undefeated Galar champion Leon in a full six-on-six battle, making Ash the No. 1 ranked trainer in the world.
  • Both trainers were in the Masters 8 tournament, which consisted of the eight strongest trainers: No. 1 ranked Galar champion Leon, Kalos champion Diantha, Hoenn champion Steven, Sinnoh champion Cynthia, Unova champion Iris, Johto champion Lance and Ash’s rival from Kalos, Alain.
  • Ash’s team consisted of Pikachu, Gengar, Dracovish, Sirfetch’d, Dragonite and Lucario, while Leon used Rillaboom, Cinderace, Inteleon, Dragapult, Mr. Rime and Charizard.
  • The Pallet Town protagonist’s win even got shout- outs from Taito Okiura, vice president of marketing for The Pokémon Company International, and Ash’s very own English voice actor Sarah Natochenny on social media.

Ash Ketchum is now the No. 1 ranked Pokémon trainer in the world. 

In the current season of the anime, “Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series,” the iconic character and Alola champion from Pallet Town squared off against Galar champion and No. 1- ranked trainer Leon in the Masters Eight Tournament of the Pokémon World Coronation Series. 

Oklahoma man busted for selling fake Pokémon cards nationwide

  • Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, arrested local resident Michael McCoy on Tuesday for allegedly selling fake Pokémon cards across the country.
  • Victims from five different states reported being conned out of thousands of dollars in the scam, which had been under investigation for months.
  • The Tulsa Police Department and the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office notably collaborated with Nintendo, which had a representative confirm that the cards were fake.
  • A victim from Hawaii who paid $3,000 for the fake cards worked with Tulsa police and pretended to make a second purchase, leading to McCoy’s arrest.
  • McCoy has been charged with obtaining merchandise by false pretense over $1,000 x 5 and violation of the Trademark Anti-Counterfeiting Act.

A man from Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been arrested and charged for allegedly selling counterfeit Pokémon cards for thousands of dollars nationwide.

The scheme, which had been under investigation for months, came to an end after a victim from Hawaii tipped Tulsa police about the questionable cards he had bought for $3,000.

Robber gives motive for stealing Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh! cards on his way out of Seattle Chinatown store

  • Pink Gorilla Games, a 17-year-old video game store in Seattle’s Chinatown International District, fell victim to an armed robbery on Monday afternoon.
  • Staff member Jordan Carson, who was behind the register, said he believed the suspect, whose “hands [were] in his pocket the whole time,” had a gun.
  • The perp, who has been spotted in the store at least once in the past, managed to flee with a PlayStation 3 console, Pokémon cards, Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and all the store’s cash.
  • While stealing the items, the suspect reportedly told Carson that he had someone in the hospital.
  • Store owner Cody Spencer, who goes by @DSKoopa on Twitch, recalled livestreaming after closing time and witnessing the man demand to be let inside the store.

A landmark video game store in Seattle’s Chinatown International District fell victim to an armed robbery this week, with the suspect reportedly telling a staff member his motive before fleeing with trading cards and a gaming console.

Pink Gorilla Games, which has been running at the corner of South King and 6th Ave. for 17 years, has suffered multiple break-ins in the past, but this is the first time it fell victim to an armed robbery.

Leaked internal video reveals for the first time ever how Pokémon cards are made from start to finish

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  • The Pokémon Company International and Millennium Print Group revealed how Pokémon cards are made from start to finish in an internal video released by fan site PokéBeach.
  • It features the Western creation process, from text translations to printed drafts being delivered to warehouses.
  • Production facilities in Durham, North Carolina, produce 26.62 million cards per day using 120-foot-long printing presses that cost $8.5 million.

In an internal video acquired and released by Pokémon fan site PokéBeach, The Pokémon Company International and Millennium Print Group reveal how Pokémon cards are made.  

The video, titled “How Pokemon Cards are Made: from Start to Finish,” features the previously unpublicized Western creation process, from text translations to printed drafts being delivered to warehouses. 

Ed Sheeran lives out every Pokémon fan’s dream in music video for ‘Celestial’

  • Ed Sheeran and The Pokémon Company have teamed up for the singer’s latest single, “Celestial.”
  • Sheeran, who is a longtime Pokémon fan, stars in the song’s music video, which blends real life and animated scenes of Pokémon helping him throughout his day. 
  • The video even recreates full animated scenes reminiscent of “Pokémon: The First Movie,” with Sheeran in place of anime protagonist Ash Ketchum.
  • This is the musician’s third time collaborating with The Pokémon Company following his special “Pokémon GO” in-game event last year and his greetings to players at the Pokémon World Championships in London last month. 
  • According to Sheeran and The Pokémon Company, “Celestial” will be in the “Pokémon: Scarlet and Violet” games due out on Nov. 18.         

Ed Sheeran goes on his own Pokémon adventure in the music video for his latest single “Celestial.”

The collaboration was teased earlier this month when the musician played a snippet of the song on his guitar while lying in an assortment of his own Pokémon plushies. He even got a tattoo of his favorite Pokémon, Squirtle, to celebrate the release.  

Ash Ketchum makes history after defeating Sinnoh champion Cynthia in ‘Pokémon Journeys’

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  • Ash Ketchum made history in the “Pokémon Journeys” anime by besting the undefeated Sinnoh champion Cynthia in a full six-on-six match up.
  • Both trainers were in the Masters 8 tournament, which consisted of the eight strongest trainers: No. 1 ranked Galar champion Leon, Kalos champion Diantha, Hoenn champion Steven, Unova champion Iris, Johto champion Lance and Ash’s rival from Kalos, Alain.
  • Ash’s team consisted of Pikachu, Gengar, Dracovish, Sirfetch’d, Dragonite and Mega Lucario, while Cynthia used Spiritomb, Roserade, Milotic, Gastrodon, dynamax Togekiss and her ace, Garchomp.
  • Ash’s Lucario won the final bout, beating the previously undefeated Garchomp and launching Ash into the finals against Leon, placing the protagonist at No. 2.

Ash Ketchum has achieved a new milestone in the anime “Pokémon Journeys” by defeating the legendary Sinnoh champion, Cynthia.

Ash and Cynthia were participants in the Masters 8 tournament, a world championship of the strongest trainers Pokémon trainerse, including No. 1 ranked Galar champion Leon, Kalos champion Diantha, Hoenn champion Steven, Unova champion Iris, Johto champion Lance and Ash’s rival from Kalos, Alain. 

Fans mourn betta fish known for discovering ‘Pokémon Sapphire’ glitch 20 years after its release

  • Fans are mourning the passing of Lala, a betta fish that discovered a game-breaking glitch in “Pokémon Sapphire” that had gone undiscovered for almost two decades.
  • Lala was owned by Japanese YouTuber Mutekimaru Channel, who constructed an apparatus that translated the fish’s movements into in-game movements.
  • Lala successfully completed “Pokémon Sapphire” alongside a team of three other bettas.
  • During the playthrough, Lala displayed a specific set of movements that replicated the rocks in the Seafoam Caverns area instead of moving them.
  • The announcement of Lala’s passing received an outpouring of support from fans, who offered their condolences and honored the legacy of the aquatic gamer with written and artistic tributes.

Fans are mourning the death of Lala, a betta fish that discovered a game-breaking glitch in “Pokémon Sapphire” that had gone undiscovered for almost two decades.

Lala was owned by Japanese YouTuber Mutekimaru Channel, who constructed an apparatus that translated the fish’s movements into in-game movements. Alongside a team of three other bettas named Maurice, Moo and Ponyo, Lala successfully completed “Pokémon Sapphire” after a modest 3,195 hours. 

Oklahoma man dubbed the ‘Pokémon Prowler’ charged for stealing $12,000 in Pokémon cards in Missouri

  • Nicholas Garrison, 24, has been charged with three felonies in Missouri in connection with a burglary at Yeti Gaming in Crestwood on Oct. 10, 2021.
  • Garrison, who is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, allegedly broke into the gaming store and stole up to 270 Pokémon cards amounting to $12,250.
  • A DNA analysis of blood found in the store led authorities to Garrison, who they found in a McPherson, Kansas, jail.
  • The “Pokémon Prowler” is facing second-degree burglary, stealing $750 or more and first-degree property damage. He is being held on a $50,000 bond.

An Oklahoma man has been charged with three felonies after allegedly breaking into a local gaming store and stealing thousands of dollars in Pokémon cards from a Missouri gaming store last year.

Nicholas Garrison, 24, is accused of forcing his way into Yeti Gaming in the 8900 block of Watson Road, Crestwood, on the night of Oct. 10, 2021. Police reportedly found evidence in his phone showing searches for “Missouri directions,” “card stores near me” and “Yeti Gaming.”

AI creates images depicting Pikachu in 1920s Tokyo

  • An image-generating AI program created black and white photographs of what Pikachu might look like if it existed in Tokyo during the 1920s.
  • The black and white photos were produced by image-generating apps Stable Diffusion and Dream Studio.
  • The Pokémon franchise was created in 1996 by Satoshi Tajiri.

Pikachu, the adorable face of the Pokémon franchise, traveled back in time to 1920s Japan with the help of an image-generating AI program.

Using the image-generating AI apps Stable Diffusion and Dream Studios, Twitter user @_ai_drawing managed to produce realistic black and white photos which imagined Pikachu in Tokyo during the Taishō period. 

Nintendo unveils new ‘Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’ special edition OLED Switch

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  • Nintendo dropped a trailer on Wednesday revealing new “Pokémon Scarlet and Violet” themed OLED Switch consoles.
  • The OLED Switches feature the legendaries Koraidon and Miraidon on the console dock and the starters Sprigatito, Fuecoco and Quaxly all over the Switch itself, with purple and orange detachable Joy-Con controllers.
  • The new console will be released on Nov. 4 and cost $359.99.
  • The “Pokémon Scarlet and Violet” video games come out on Nov. 18.

Nintendo released a trailer on Wednesday for a new “Pokémon Scarlet and Violet”-themed OLED Switch console. 

The “Pokémon Scarlet and Violet” Edition consoles are slated to come out on Nov. 4 with a price tag of $359.99.

Who’s that Pokémon? It’s… a Mini Cooper?

  • Pokémon and Mini Cooper unveiled a Pokémon-inspired car during the Opening Night Live event at the Gamescon video game trade fair on Tuesday.
  • The Mini Concept Aceman car has a digital dashboard with Pikachu on it, electric bolt animations that light up when the car starts and a “Mini x Pokémon” display that illuminates when the doors open.
  • Head of Mini design Oliver Heilmer said consoles could be connected to the car to play games as well.

Mini Cooper’s new concept car, an electric Pokémon-model hatchback, was unveiled during the Gamescom video game trade fair on Tuesday. 

The special Pikachu-inspired Mini Concept Aceman car comes with a digital dashboard that features the beloved yellow mouse. When the car starts, animated electric bolts light up the dashboard. The visuals spill off of the main display and onto the textile surface of the dashboard and doors via the concept cabin’s “moving image projections.” Animated pixelated lights are also on the front lights on the bumper. Meanwhile, puddle light projectors shine Mini x Pokemon iconography onto the ground around the car.