Author Archives: MachopFan

Hailing from the outer suburbs of Melbourne, MachopFan became a Pokémon fan in 1999. He joined the competitive scene during the 2007 DS Connection Tour, a week after Pokémon Diamond and Pearl were released in Australia. After learning that Australia was not in the Video Game World Championship, he played a major role in the campaign to include Australia. MachopFan competed in Australia's first National Championship, placing in the Top 8.

More Dates Revealed for the 2015 Australian Pokémon VGC Regionals

Australia’s official Nintendo website has revealed dates and locations for the rest of Australia and New Zealand’s Regional Championships! They are as follows: Melbourne: Collingwood Town Hall, Collingwood; Sunday May 3 Adelaide: The Ellington, Hackney; Saturday May 16 Perth: Perth Arena, Perth; Sunday April 26 Auckland: Aotea Centre, Auckland; Saturday May 9 Registration and tournament times have yet to be ...

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Schedule for the 2014 Pokémon World Championships

The Pokémon World Championships are being held this weekend from August 15-17 in Washington DC. The Pokémon Company has set up an official website to keep those watching from home up to date with what’s happening, including a live-stream of the whole event from start to finish too! For your convenience, here is the timeline in Australian timezones, so we ...

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Pokémon XY: Think Fast Competition Registration Live

The official Pokémon website has announced a new type of online tournament called the ‘Think Fast Competition’. With registration opening today, and the competition starting tomorrow June 6, running until June 9. The competition emphasises speed, where trainers will have to make quick decisions on which Pokémon to use, as well as their moves. Trainers will only have a 30-second ...

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2014 June International Challenge Announced

The Pokémon website has announced there will be a 2014 June International Challenge. This will serve as a great training tool for all getting ready to compete in the National Championships happening sometime in July in Australia. June’s International Challenge will begin on Friday June 20 at 10am AEST, and will run for 72 hours. Registrations will open a week ...

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PokéBank is released in Australia and Europe

NEWS FLASH! Pokémon Bank has just been released in Europe, and that means we of Australia and New Zealand also have access to it! It comes after it was pulled from release on December 25 2013 in Japan after experiencing server issues. Pokémon Bank allows you to store up to 3,000 Pokémon on Nintendo’s cloud. These Pokémon will be able ...

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Kalos Dex Debut: Flabébé, Floette and Florges

Hello again! Robert “Machop Fan” is back with another analysis of some of the newest Pokémon of Generation 6: Flabébé and family! Flabébé has taken over from Joltik as the smallest Pokémon. It has the same height as Joltik (4 inches), and the same weight as the two lightest Pokémon, Gastly and haunter (~100 grams). Flabébé was one of the ...

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Kalos Dex Debut: Klefki

G’day all! Robert “Machop Fan” here! Over the next two weeks, we will be making articles for some of our favourite new Pokémon of the latest Pokémon games to hit the shelves. Today, we will be looking at the bizarre new keychain Pokémon, Klefki. Each generation, Game Freak is criticised for ‘running out of ideas’ for drawing inspiration from unusual ...

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Australian Pokémon VGC Nationals: Robert’s Report

G’day my fellow Australians. My name is Robert (you may know me as ‘Stache Man and/or No. 1 Machop Fan), and I’m here to give my 2¢ on the experience that was Australia’s very first Pokémon Video Game National Championships. This is something I’ve been dreaming about ever since the series started in 2009! I had been working until late ...

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Pokémon X and Y Presentation Announcements

The Pokémon revelations from E3 continue! In some areas, you may be jumped by hoards of 5 Pokémon, and you have to battle them 1-on-5! Rhyhorn is another Pokémon that can be ridden on in some areas, just like Gogoat. These Pokémon are borrowed from other NPCs. EVs and IVs are to be made more visible, though it is unknown ...

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