Pokemon announces trio of relaxing Pokemon games

Including a new Pokemon Snap



Who doesn’t need more Pokémon in their lives? After a few relatively tepid months from the popular monster-catching series, Pokémon is back with a brigade of upcoming games for the dedicated trainer. Coinciding with the first Pokémon Sword and Shield DLC, the company has announced three new titles in the spinoff series: Pokémon Snap, Pokémon Café Mix, and Pokémon Smile.

Pokémon Snap

A classic title from the Nintendo 64 era, Pokémon Snap is coming to the Nintendo Switch as an all-new game — officially titled New Pokémon Snap. Much like the main battle-focused titles, New Pokémon Snap is a collecting game but, instead of throwing PokéBalls at cute creatures, you just take photos of them. The upcoming title is designed to be a much more relaxed experience as you try to fill up your Photodex. New Pokémon Snap does not have a release date yet, but it’s coming soon.

Pokémon Café Mix

Remember Diner Dash, the classic strategy game where you control and manage your own restaurant? Pokémon Café Mix follows the same plot. However, instead of beating the clock to satisfy customers, you solve puzzles to make the perfect cup of coffee. Like New Pokémon Snap, the café-building game offers a chillout experience away from the bustle of trainer battles. It will come free-to-start starting June 23.

Pokémon Smile

Sometimes, teaching a child to brush their teeth is as difficult as pulling your own teeth. Pokémon Smile aims to help with that particular childcare predicament. Using a front-facing AR camera, players can save Pokémon from bacteria and catch the newly saved Pokémon. The app can also set notifications for brushing and provide brushing advice. (Though the app is made for kids, us adults sure could use some help brushing our teeth, too. Especially for that cute Charmander.) Pokémon Smile is available now on Google Play and the App Store.

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PUBG Mobile is making a comeback as Battlegrounds Mobile India

Will be exclusive to India



Battlegrounds Mobile

After an excruciating wait, it’s official — PUBG Mobile is coming back to India. But this time, it’ll have a new name: Battlegrounds Mobile India with some added features, and an India-centric focus.

Krafton, the game’s developer, has announced it’ll be launching the Battlegrounds Mobile India soon. The game will bring an AAA-rated multiplayer experience alongside exclusive in-game events, tournaments, and leagues. While a launch date isn’t available, Krafton did confirm that pre-registration will be opened up soon.

The game will be free-to-play and incorporate the same battle royale concept that made it popular. Although, little detail is available about maps, guns, vehicles, and the plot (if there is any) of the game.

Furthermore, the game’s developer said that it would comply with all local laws and compliances. This includes data localization — storage of data within Indian borders. The announcement has cheered millions of players in the country who’ve been waiting for an alternative ever since the primary game was barred.

Why PUBG had to go

In mid-2020, India and China were involved in a fatal border skirmish that left many casualties on both sides. Following the conflict, India took a stringent anti-China stance and banned a host of apps that were developed or backed by Chinese companies. TikTok, owned by ByteDance, was among the first to come under the hammer.

PUBG Mobile was also included in the ban because Chinese giant Tencent was a distribution partner of the game. Following the ban, Krafton quickly removed Tencent from the agreement and announced plans to launch a new game independent of any Chinese influence.

Indian developers rode the hype wave, and many TikTok clones were touted as the next big thing. On the same lines, nCore Studios tried to bridge the gap by launching FAU-G, but it was a colossal failure. In fact, it still doesn’t have a battle royale mode, so it’s safe to assume Call of Duty: Mobile is the only practical alternative left for users right now.

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PG 5 sneakers gets the PlayStation 5 colorway

It just makes (dual) sense



pG 5

Nike and PlayStation are collaborating once again for the signature sneakers of NBA star Paul George. For its fifth iteration called the PG 5, these basketball kicks are going to get the PlayStation 5 treatment.

On the PlayStation blog, Paul George notes that Nike and the PlayStation designers including Yujin Morisawa took inspirations from his game to bring this collaboration to life.


What to expect:

  • The tongues of the shoe have the PG and PlayStation logos
  • The colors of the shoe are heavily inspired by the industrial design of the PS5 with references on the sock liner and outsoles.
  • Iconic PlayStation shapes are integrated and can be seen along each shoe in the same pattern as on the DualSense wireless controller.

The P5 G PlayStation 5 colorway also comes with a special hangtag to celebrate the partnership.

The PG 5 PlayStation 5 colorway drops in select regions starting May 14, 2021. Specific pricing and availability details have yet to be announced.

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League of Legends’ animated Netflix show is coming soon!

Out by this fall!




The new animated series is titled Arcane. And, it’s coming from the League of Legends (LoL) publishers themselves: Riot games. Despite releasing countless animated shorts, Arcane is a first for the League franchise. Riot Games partnered with Fortiche Productions to develop and produce this series; keeping character designs and art close to home.

Since the first hint of it in 2019, fans have been waiting patiently for this release. And if you want the series now, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer. It’ll be out on Netflix and on Tencent Video in China by fall this year.

We follow two iconic League champions, their origins, and the power that tears them apart. The backdrop to the story is the utopian region of Piltover and the oppressed underground of Zaun.

Riot Game’s Global President of Entertainment, Shauna Spenley said, “Arcane was created as a love letter to our players and fans, who have been asking us for more cinematic experiences that dive deeper into the worlds and champions in League of Legends.”

Netflix’s video game animated series

Arcane is just one of few new video game adaptation slates in Netflix’s lineup. Which, spells good news for fans and players of games. One recent release was Dota: Dragon’s Blood, an animated series inspired by Valve’s multiplayer online battle arena (moba) game DOTA 2. Other Netflix series based on the video game realm include Assassin’s Creed, Castlevania, Cuphead, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, and Assassin’s Creed.

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