Wednesday - February 29th, 2012 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    A new trailer for Kyurem vs. the Sacred Swordman – Keldeo aired on the Oha Suta variety show this morning in Japan. The trailer shows Black Kyurem (using Freeze Shock?), White Kyurem (using Reshiram’s Flamethrower), the Musketeer Trio (defending a KO’d Iris from White Kyurem), and Keldeo (powering up Sacred Sword). Kyurem was revealed to speak through telepathy – it tells Ash and crew, “Let’s end this.” Perhaps we’ll have an actual Pokemon villain this time around? The movie poster that was leaked on Saturday was revealed on the show as well.

    The end of the trailer teased a preview for Meloetta’s Sparkling Recital, which marks the return of the first theatrical mini-movie since the Gotta Dance! short for Jirachi Wishmaker. It appears to feature popular Pokemon from the anime’s 15-year past, regardless if they evolved at some point in the show’s run (such as Jigglypuff, Misty’s Togepi, Ash’s Squirtle, Misty’s Psyduck, Brock’s Croagunk, May’s Torchic, Dawn’s Piplup, Jessie’s Wobbuffet, etc.). You can watch the trailer below courtesy of our friends at Filb.de.

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    Monday - February 27th, 2012 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Nintendo has confirmed that Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 will be released in America and Europe this fall! This will be one of the shortest localization periods for a main series Pokemon game, as the Japanese games will be released in June. Will this be a new trend?

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    Saturday - February 25th, 2012 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update #1 (5:00 PM) – Masuda has revealed the formes will be named “Black Kyurem” and “White Kyurem.”

    Junichi Masuda just appeared on Pokemon Smash and announced Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2, the sequels of Black and White. Both games will be released for the Nintendo DS in June 2012 but will apparently sport additional DSi and 3DS features. The game mascots will be the two new formes of Kyurem that were shown in the movie poster earlier: their names are “Black Kyurem” and “White Kyurem.” They seem to be some sort of combination of Kyurem and Reshiram (Ice / Fire?) and Kyurem and Zekrom (Ice / Electric?).

    Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 Featuring Kyurem Formes
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    Saturday - February 25th, 2012 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Pokemon Smash is currently airing in Japan, and at the start of the show, it promised that a new game would be revealed today. Right now, it’s currently showing an old episode of the TV show, and then for the second half hour, they’ll go into their main segments.

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    Saturday - February 25th, 2012 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    A new poster for Kyurem vs. the Sacred Swordsman – Keldeo has revealed two new formes for Kyurem. It appears the new formes are some sort of combination of Kyurem and Reshiram (Ice / Fire?) and Kyurem and Zekrom (Ice / Electric?). It appears that Meloetta will also be starring in a mini-movie called Meloetta’s Sparkling Recital. Since the only Pokemon left to be revealed is Genesect, is it possible this generation will be shorter than usual? Pokemon Smash will be making their announcement within the next hour, so we’ll find out soon what’s going on!

    Movie 15 Poster with Kyurem Formes and Meloetta
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    Saturday - February 25th, 2012 @ 7 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    As we posted on Monday, Junichi Masuda is going to make a big announcement on Pokemon Smash today pertaining to a Black and White sequel. Masuda reaffirmed a big announcement yesterday on his Twitter, stating, “Pokemon Smash on Sunday the 26th! Masuda will make an appearance. There will be a very important announcement, so do not miss it! Everyone please Tweet and blog this! Hope you watch it!”

    Pokemon Smash airs in Japan on Sundays from 7:30 am to 8:30 am, which is Saturday afternoon from 2:30 to 3:30 pm in California (California’s time is at the top left of this page, so compare it to your own time to see when to expect the announcement). It probably won’t be announced right away, but within the hour of the show’s run. We’ll of course have full coverage of the announcement the second it airs, so stay tuned!

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    Saturday - February 25th, 2012 @ 7 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    In collaboration with Celebi23, Futachimaru, Riskbreakers, and HenryP, I’ve also decided to join in on this article “crusade” in an attempt to try and help educate players on the site. Many new and/or inexperienced players have unfortunate misconceptions about the game. I’m not sure if you’d call it defiance or stubbornness, but some people truly believe certain things about this game or about internal components of this game, of decks, or of cards themselves that just isn’t true, and for lack of better phrasing, is plain wrong.

    In any case, we’ve all divvied up some articles (dates and the topic can be seen here). As it’s apparent, this article of mine will be about Deckbuilding. In it, I’ll cover some tips, tricks, and general rules you should follow, with some of my own advice and experiments mixed in.

    Personally, I view deckbuilding as consisting mainly of two tiers: Consistency and Playability. There are other smaller things I’ll touch on, but these are the two that I want to cover the most, as most people (including myself at times) encounter problems with these two “pillars” of deckbuilding. Let’s start with Consistency.

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    Friday - February 24th, 2012 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update (11:45 PM) – Added a larger image of the set ad below, which reveals there will be six full art cards. This more than likely means that the other two Pokemon-EX in the set are Entei-EX and Kyogre-EX.

    May’s English set will be named Dark Explorers and will hit store shelves May 9th. The set will feature Darkrai on one of its booster packs, as you can see below, and will be our equivalent of Japan’s Dark Rush. So far, Darkrai-EX, Tornadus-EX, Raikou-EX, and Groudon-EX are confirmed in the set while the two theme decks will feature Zoroark and Cofagrigus. Entei-EX and Kyogre-EX will probably be in the set as well.

    Dark Explorers

    What’s out there in the darkness, waiting to be discovered Play the Pokemon Trading Card Game: Black and White – Dark Explorers expansion and find them all! In addition to more Pokemon-EX like Tornadus-EX, Raikou-EX, and Groudon-EX, the shadows are filled with other exceptional surprises, like Darkrai-EX and a host of Trainer cards that will knock your opponent’s lights out! When you play Black & White – Dark Explorers, you’ll not only explore the darkness, you’ll rule it!

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    Wednesday - February 22nd, 2012 @ 8 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Hello PokéBeach members, this is Glaceon, Riskbreakers, and Vulpix Yolk here with a review of cards from the recent TCG Expansion, Next Destinies. This does not, however, cover the EX cards because Zorua already made an article analyzing them – The EX Factor. Be sure to check that article out if you haven’t already. Now, let’s jump into reviewing!

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    Tuesday - February 21st, 2012 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The 2011-12 City Championships began in November and concluded last month, and if you won one, your trophy should be arriving in the mail soon. Thanks goes to JVBum14 from our forums for the photo of his trophy below. Nice new design, TPCi! The trophies are acrylic and fit in your hand.

    Cities Trophies 2012
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    Tuesday - February 21st, 2012 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update (4:30 AM, Wednesday) – No Pokemon game was announced (though we did learn Pokemon + Nobunaga’s Ambition will feature over 200 hours of gameplay). We will see Saturday afternoon if Pokemon Smash reveals anything big, and if not, something should definitely be coming soon regardless.

    Tomorrow at 8:00 PM in Japan (3:00 AM in America), Nintendo is going to announce a new game through Nintendo Direct, their online broadcasting service that is like a TV channel. Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, will announce it. Nintendo rarely announces new games through this medium, so this can definitely be considered a special occasion.

    While there is absolutely nothing that states this announcement will pertain to a new Pokemon title, based on all the evidence that has been building up over this past month regarding a Black and White sequel and Kyurem forme, it’s certainly possible that this is where it will first be introduced. After all, Junichi Masuda said to watch Pokemon Smash this Sunday, implying there would be information on a Black and White sequel, so if a new Pokemon game is going to be announced this week, this would definitely be Nintendo’s golden opportunity to introduce it to the world.

    We should also note that Sunday is the one-year anniversary of the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. If we do get a “Pokemon Gray,” it could very well be on the 3DS – after all, Game Freak was one of the first to receive the 3DS developer’s kit (during the development of Black and White). However, don’t hold your breath just yet – none of this is for sure and we may be looking too deeply into things. We will let you know what happens tomorrow at 3:00 AM, though, so be sure to check back! Thanks goes to Kat of AAPF for the heads up on this news story. If we don’t get an announcement tomorrow, there’s still Sunday’s Pokemon Smash, and if nothing is revealed there, we’ll still have the next CoroCoro. It’s only a matter of time now!

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    Monday - February 20th, 2012 @ 8 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Attendees of the European National Championships will be able to download a shiny Larvitar, which will come with Superpower, a move it can only learn from the HeartGold and SoulSilver move tutor, and a Chople Berry, a rare berry that weakens super effective Fighting-type hits. The special download is not confirmed for the U.S. Nationals tournament yet, but there’s no reason to doubt it won’t be. You can view the Euro press release below.

    Shiny Larvitar

    GO SHINY LARVITAR!

    A rare Shiny Pokémon confirmed as character distribution at the 2012 Pokémon Video Game National Championships: www.pokemon.co.uk/vgc

    London, UK —February 20th, 2012— The Pokémon Company International today announced that there will be a unique character distribution at the 2012 Pokémon™ Video Game National Championships taking place across Europe during March and April. Attendees will be able to walk away with a rare Shiny Larvitar, a Rock- and Ground-type Pokémon with unusual colouring. Players will need to bring along their copy of the Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version game and their Nintendo DS™, Nintendo DSi™, Nintendo DSi XL™, or Nintendo 3DS™ system to receive this unique distribution.

    This Shiny Larvitar knows the powerful Fighting-type move Superpower, which can only be learned in Pokémon HeartGold or Pokémon SoulSilver from a special tutor. It also comes holding a useful Chople Berry, which is difficult to obtain in the games. Larvitar can eventually evolve into Tyranitar, which, thanks to its strong stats and its Ability to kick up an unending Sandstorm, has been a very popular character since its introduction in Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silver Version in 2000.

    For more information about the 2012 Pokémon Video Game National Championships, including full conditions of entry, tournament locations, dates and times, prizes, and more, please visit: www.pokemon.co.uk/vgc

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    Monday - February 20th, 2012 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Game Freak director Junichi Masuda held a Q&A session at Tokyo’s Pokemon Center this past Saturday. One fan asked him, “Please tell us some information about Black and White‘s sequel,” to which he replied, “I can’t answer that yet. Well, I can say to watch the next Pokemon Smash” (4:30 in the video below). A few hours later, he posted to his Twitter, “Please watch next week’s Pokemon Smash live or check my Twitter!”

    Are we going to get our “Pokemon Gray” announcement this week? The episode in question will air in Japan on Sunday, February 26th (this coming Saturday afternoon in America). Masuda’s comments don’t necessarily confirm that Pokemon Smash is going to reveal anything (he just says to watch the show in response to the fan), though no one can doubt his comment seems to be implying something will happen. Thanks goes to AAPF for researching this news story. Guess we’ll find out soon if there will be an announcement! If it’s not coming this week, it may be within the next month, as CoroCoro implied.

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    Saturday - February 18th, 2012 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Today’s episode of Pokemon Smash showed a short new teaser trailer for Kyurem vs. the Sacred Swordsman – Keldeo. The trailer shows Kyurem chasing Ash and Pikachu, who appear to be in some sort of train or mining vehicle within a cave. An extended trailer will probably be released soon. Thanks goes to Playerking95 from our forums for the heads up on this story!

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    Thursday - February 16th, 2012 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    “Battle Strength Deck Keldeo” will be released on April 20th in Japan and will come with 30 cards, damage counters, a coin, and a play guide. A deck box and sleeves featuring Keldeo will also be released at the same time. In March 2011, the Musketeer Trio each were in their own Battle Strength Deck, so now Keldeo joins them too. We’ll post images and translations as soon as they are released!

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