The UK version of ´Pokemon Battle Revolution´ apparently "will not have the restrictions of the friend code system", an IGN board thread claimed, citing the country´s NGamer magazine (originally attributing it to the now defunct NGC mag).
I just got off the phone with the newsroom concerned. The magazine´s staff writer has categorically ruled out that such news is in the current issue - or, in fact, in any of them.
EDIT This story may very well not be fake, after all. The good people over at GoNintendo have published a scan of the article in question. Here it is.
I have just spoken to the editor again and mailed him the image. He will get back to me as soon as possible. So I am forced to withdraw my earlier statement that this rumour is definitely fake. Please bear with me while I get the official word in writing.
I must stress here that in the earlier conversation the editor left me in no doubt regarding the authenticity of the quote.
EDIT The scans are real, but the story is not. Here is the magazine´s reply:
Unfortunately, the curse of the magazine lead time has struck again. Since we wrote this piece -- with the understanding that our information was correct -- Nintendo has seemingly confirmed that Pokemon Battle Revolution *will* use game-specific Friend Codes.
Sorry for any confusion. The original IGN poster put quote marks around words we never actually used, which is why we weren't too sure what he was referring to at first.
Source: foxrmf, foxrmf
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