Bits & Bytes: Mondays

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Bits & Bytes: Mondays

Bits & Bytes is a weekly column where Editor-in-Chief Robert shares his thoughts about video games and the industry on a lazy Sunday Monday ( a day late this week). Light reading for a day of rest, Bits & Bytes is short, to the point, and something to read with a nice drink.

I am a day late with my column this week. I’ve been late one other time since I’ve started writing Bits & Bytes (and have had multiple near-misses), but I’m shocked I’ve been able to be as consistent as I have for so many months now. Yesterday I just wasn’t able to get it done. I was mentally and physically exhausted. Plus, although it’s not really a legitimate excuse, yesterday was also an endless torrent of rainfall here in the Bay Area. After I got home and was intending to write, I made the mistake of lying down on my bed with the sound of the rain hitting the ground outside. That’s a recipe for instant sleep, for me.

Now, it’s Monday and I’m writing like I should have been yesterday and..  I’m stumped. I’m struggling to think of something to write. And now it’s got me thinking about all the other projects and pieces of art and writing that I need to be working on, too. I feel overwhelmed.

GameStop Distribution of Shiny Zacian Underway

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GameStop Distribution of Shiny Zacian Underway

Good news, Trainers: if you’ve been wanting to add a couple of shiny Legendary Pokémon to your collection, GameStop has a distribution event you’ll want to take part in. Beginning today, anyone with a copy of Pokémon Shield can come into any GameStop location in the US and Canada and receive a code to download a rare shiny Zacian. This promotion will last until November 18.

Shiny Zamazenta, meanwhile, will become available for download beginning November 18 and remain so until November 26. As is typically the case, to download either Pokémon, simply enter the code in-game from the promo card you receive. North America Trainers in the US and Canada will be heading to GameStop, while European Trainers will be off to a mix of GAME, GameStop, and other retailers.

Here’s a bit more about the special Legendaries from The Pokémon Company:

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp Delayed Into 2022

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Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp Delayed Into 2022

Bummer. Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, the pending relaunch of the popular Advance Wars series, has been delayed. Nintendo revealed today that the original December 3 release has been scrapped and pushed into the spring of 2022. Here’s the announcement:

Hello, troops! #AdvanceWars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, which was set to launch on 12/3, will now release for #NintendoSwitch in spring 2022. The game just needs a little more time for fine tuning. You’ll be battling with Andy & friends soon! Thanks for your patience. pic.twitter.com/dSi8VSsxTH

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 22, 2021

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition Launches Digitally in November, Physically in December

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Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition Launches Digitally in November, Physically in December

Earlier this month we reported that Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy — Definitive Edition would be coming to Nintendo Switch sometime this year. We now know the exact dates—yes, “dates” in plural because there will be two different way to get a hold of the compilation. Whether you buy your games physically or digitally, Rockstar has you covered.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is coming to #NintendoSwitch #eShop on Nov. 11, and a physical version will be in stores on Dec. 7!

Pre-order today: https://t.co/gNtAaVM6we pic.twitter.com/Ty88zTbh0E

Pikachu and Eevee Headline New Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon

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Pikachu and Eevee Headline New Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon

Macy’s will be hosting its 95th Thanksgiving Day Parade this year. Helping to mark the milestone is the return of a Pikachu balloon to the parade, but he’s not coming alone. This time, he’s joined by regular pal Eevee. The pair share a sled in their new parade balloon.

Eevee joins Pikachu for the 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

You can’t miss this new balloon! @Macys #MacysParade pic.twitter.com/dChVJN1nli

Senna Forever Expansion is Available now in Horizon Chase Turbo

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Senna Forever Expansion is Available now in Horizon Chase Turbo

Ayrton Senna de Silva was a Brazilian race car driver who tragically died as a result of a crash during the the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Brazilian development studio AQUIRIS, creator racing game Horizon Chase Turbo, has released its ambitious Senna Forever expansion. It contains a smattering of new vehicles and tracks all meant to honor Senna’s accomplishments as a racer. First, take a glimpse at this trailer for content:

Now, let’s get into what the DLC entails:

Single Player Career Mode: Follow the steps of the legendary Brazilian driver through five nostalgic chapters.

Mysterious New Pokémon Legends: Arceus Trailer Might Spook You

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Mysterious New Pokémon Legends: Arceus Trailer Might Spook You

Well, this was unexpected: a spooky Pokémon Legends: Arceus trailer! Dubbed as “mysterious” but also rather chilling for a franchise known to be cherry and bright, this 2-minute teaser is filmed from a first-person perspective by an unknown person making his way through the Hisui Region. Hisui is where Pokémon Legends takes place and is later known as Sinnoh. The footage is purported to have come from Canalave Library and was found by a researcher. You can watch the whole thing right here:

At the very end, it seems quite evident that the person filming is attacked—but by whom? Or what? Brrrrrrrrrrrr! Yes, a mystery is afoot and The Pokémon Company encourages fans to contribute their own theories about what happened after carefully observing the footage. What do you think this all means? Tell us down below and don’t forget that Pokémon Legends: Arceus launches on 01.28.22.

Source: The Pokémon Company Twitter Page

The Pokémon Super Pet Contest is Underway

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The Pokémon Super Pet Contest is Underway

Gotta walk ’em all! And groom, give snacks, pats and rubs, and generally take care of all sorts of other essential needs. We’re talking pets, of course, but not just any pets: the beloved animal companions of Pokémon fans the world over. From now until November 9, fans from the US, UK, France, and Germany can enter the Pokémon Super Pet Contest. Submit photos in one of three categories in order to be entered to win. The categories are Cute, Clever, and Cool.

The contest is intended to be a riff on the Super Contest Shows featured in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl. To enter, all you need to do is snap a photo of your pet using a Pokémon motif and one of the three categories listed above as the theme. Photos are displayed on the official contest page and fans can go vote up to ten times per day. Celebrity judge Michelle Visagewill use the votes to help her choose the winners.

Take to the stage with the Pokémon Presents #SuperPetContest!

Come Get a Refresher on Everything Coming in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Version 2.0

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Come Get a Refresher on Everything Coming in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Version 2.0

Animal Crossing: New Horizons shocked many with the recent reveal of both the Version 2.0 update and the upcoming Happy Home Paradise paid DLC. Both bring a bunch of new content to the game, but Version 2.0 will be impacting every user since it’s free. Thus, Nintendo has opted to deliver a refresher trailer that covers all of the pertinent details. Give it a watch:

In brief, Version 2.0 closes off the nearly year of free content that has been coming to the game with farming, new furniture, new shops, new neighbors, and a whole lot more. It’s set to transform New Horizons and, coupled with the Happy Home Paradise DLC, keep players coming back to the game for a very long time to come. Are you excited for Version 2.0? Tell us down in the comments!

Source: Nintendo of America Twitter Page

Play! Pokémon Premier Events to Resume in 2022

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Play! Pokémon Premier Events to Resume in 2022

Good news for those who play Pokémon TCG competitively: Play! Pokémon Premier events will be resuming in 2022. This comes after a year in which the events were halted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The events will pick up once more beginning in March of 2022. Here’s a look at the schedule:

2022 Pokémon North America International Championships

2022 Pokémon Europe International Championships