Saturday - February 27th, 2010 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    As expected, Gabite from Supreme Victors will be the 2010 State Championship promo following Gible’s usage as this year’s City Championship promo. Click the thumbnail below for a larger image. Don’t forget that America’s State Championships take place the second and third Saturdays of March (the first Saturday of which is the last day to download Jirachi from Gamestop).

    Gabite 2010 State Championship Promo
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    Saturday - February 27th, 2010 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The new league season has started and is named after Tower Tycoon Palmer, the head of Sinnoh’s Battle Frontier and the leader of the Battle Tower. For the next several weeks at Pokemon League, you can earn up to four copies of Dragonite FB from Supreme Victors and Roseanne’s Research from Secret Wonders if you play enough battles. Click the scans below for larger images; thanks go to Shakespeare for scanning the cards and Duane and Trevor from the Winamac and Plymouth Pokemon leagues for providing them!

    Dragonite FB from Supreme Victors (#56, League Promo) Roseanne's Research from Secret Wonders (#125, League Promo)
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    Saturday - February 27th, 2010 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Jirachi

    The Jirachi download began today at Gamestop, but if you haven’t already gone there yet, you still have until two Saturdays from now to do so (March 13th). The Jirachi knows Wish, Confusion, Rest, and a move it cannot normally learn – Draco Meteor. It is at level 5, has a random nature, holds a Leichi Berry, and is inside a Cherish Ball. When traded to HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Jirachi can unlock the Night Sky’s Edge PokeWalker course.

    If you ever need to check the date of an upcoming event, be sure to check out the calendar in our right menu! It has all of the dates for American and Japanese events that the general Pokemon fan would be interested in.

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    Friday - February 26th, 2010 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The Ruler of Illusions: Zoroark will be featured in the next issue of CoroCoro Special, which is a magazine released every other month as an extension of the regular CoroCoro. The first image below is of the magazine’s cover, while the second image shows new anime artwork of Zoroark and part of its movie 13 poster. The final image is cut and enlarged out of the second and shows two of the movie’s characters. Click the thumbnails for larger images.

    The movie poster for Arceus and the Jewel of Life was first spotted on February 27th last year, which would be tomorrow. March 5th and 6th were when the movie trailers and plot information were first released for the Arceus movie, so if history repeats itself, as it so often does, we should have the first substantial Zoroark trailer and details next week! The Japanese Pokemon movie website mentioned they were almost finished with the trailer too.

    CoroCoro Special's cover featuring Zorua and Zoroark CoroCoro Special - Zoroark art and part of The Ruler of Illusions movie poster CoroCoro Special - Zoroark movie characters
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    Wednesday - February 24th, 2010 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The Nintendo Summit was held in San Francisco today, and while the rumored DS successor was not addressed, Nintendo did announce the North American release date for the DSi XL. It will be released in the United States on March 28th for a price tag of $189.99.

    The fourth DS incarnation features a screen that is 93% larger than the current DSi as well as a jumbo stylus. On its launch date, the DSi XL will be available in either a burgundy or bronze color and will come pre-installed with two DSiWare Brain Age games, Photo Clock, Flipnote Studio, and the DSi Browser. The system was originally released in Japan on November 21st and was called the Nintendo DSi LL.

    Nintendo DSi XL
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    Tuesday - February 23rd, 2010 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Bangiras has translated the FAQ from the official Japanese Pokemon website for the Revived Legends set. It should help with understanding how a lot of the new cards work both on their own and when interacting with cards from previous sets. Check it out! The link to the FAQ has been added to the Revived Legends page, which you can access in the future under “Japanese Sets” in the left menu.

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    Saturday - February 20th, 2010 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    With the latest in Sony Blu-Ray 1080p Dolby surround sound Lucasfilm THX Real-D prettiness technology, Shakespeare has scanned in all of his HeartGold & SoulSilver cards with his high-quality scanner, replacing the scans everyone kindly sent in during the prereleases. Check ’em out! If you see any of the old scans, try clearing your cache. Sadly, I doubt we’ll ever see Shakespeare’s other scans (such as promos) because I have no programmer to help me make a Card-Dex (well, we have had a few programmers, but none of them could ever finish the projects they started, leaving me with half-completed Card-Dexes and tons and tons of wasted time). I think I’ll be done with this website before we ever get a good one.

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    Thursday - February 18th, 2010 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Promo week!

    The Spring 2010 tins are now available at some Target stores; each comes with a reprint of the Pokemon Prime Feraligatr, Meganium, or Typhlosion from HeartGold & SoulSilver. The card artwork is exclusive to the English TCG right now, though Japan may eventually get the cards like they did with our once-exclusive Shaymin, Mewtwo, and Regigigas LV.X card artwork. Click the thumbnails below for larger images, which are provided by Caprod.

    Feraligatr (Prime) HeartGold & SoulSilver Promo #7 Meganium (Prime) HeartGold & SoulSilver Promo #8 Typhlosion (Prime) HeartGold & SoulSilver Promo #9

    HGSS Promos

    1. Ho-Oh
    2. Lugia
    3. Pikachu
    4. Wobbuffet
    5. Hoothoot
    6. Noctowl
    7. Feraligatr (Prime)
    8. Meganium (Prime)
    9. Typhlosion (Prime)
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    Wednesday - February 17th, 2010 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Pokemon.com has finally announced the location and dates for Nationals 2010: it will be held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana from June 25th through June 27th. Last year, Nationals was held in St. Louis, Missouri, and previously, it was held in Columbus, Ohio. For the first time this year, the event will last three days rather than two; therefore, preregistration takes place Thursday rather than Friday and the tournament itself starts Friday rather than Saturday. The announcement is below, and if you are interested in learning more about the event, you can check out its FAQ.

    The 2010 U.S. National Championships happen this June!

    Pokémon Organized Play is pleased to announce that the 2010 U.S. National Championships will take place June 25th through June 27th at the Indiana Convention Center, located at 100 South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46225.

    The Indiana Convention Center, located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, offers competitors and spectators a variety of accommodations and meal options with nearly a dozen hotels within walking distance and even more restaurants nearby to fit any budget. All of these are just minutes from the front door of what is sure to be the biggest Pokémon tournament of the year.

    We look forward to seeing all of you in Indianapolis this summer!

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    Wednesday - February 17th, 2010 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Ho-Oh HeartGold and SoulSilver Promo #1

    Thanks to Edderz, we now have Ho-Oh’s promo scan. The Ho-Oh and Lugia promos are available individually in HeartGold & SoulSilver poster packs at stores like Target. Each poster pack comes with two booster packs of the set, two POP 9 packs, and a poster featuring the set’s cards. Click the thumbnail to the right for a larger image.

    HGSS Promos

    1. Ho-Oh
    2. Lugia
    3. Pikachu
    4. Wobbuffet
    5. Hoothoot
    6. Noctowl
    7. Feraligatr (Prime)?
    8. Meganium (Prime)?
    9. Typhlosion (Prime)?
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    Tuesday - February 16th, 2010 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Development kits containing a beta version of the DS’s successor have apparently been sent out to several video game companies so that they can begin learning about the system. According to CVG, the Pokemon Company was one of the first to receive it, which isn’t surprising considering the company is directly a part of Nintendo. The “DS2” is rumored to have a motion-sensing function, similar to the iPhone and iPod Touch. Rumor also has it that Nintendo plans to release the system by the end of this year or early 2011, which could mean we will see the remake of the next generation games on it. Nothing is confirmed for sure right now, but we might find out more information next week when Nintendo holds their media conference in San Francisco!

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    Sunday - February 14th, 2010 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Entei, Suicune, Raikou on a future set's prerelease sleeves

    It seems that when the promotional sleeves were sent out to HeartGold & SoulSilver prereleases, a few packages from an upcoming set were mixed-in with the shipments by accident. Brybry from our forums managed to take a picture of the sleeves, which feature Entei, Suicune, and Raikou; click the thumbnail to the right for a larger image.

    TPCi probably mass-produces sleeves for several of their sets at a time to save money, which might explain how a few were mixed-in with the current set’s batch. The sleeves will probably be used for our English equivalent of Revived Legends, which we predict will be America’s August set.

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    Sunday - February 14th, 2010 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Zorua and Zoroark on Oha Suta

    The new fifth generation Pokemon Zorua and Zoroark were shown this morning on the Japanese television program Oha Suta. No new information was revealed, though the show confirmed that the 13th movie’s title has been renamed to The Ruler of Illusion: Zoroark as expected. We might learn more about the two Pokemon and the 13th movie this Saturday (American time) when Pokemon Sunday airs in Japan.

    In the CoroCoro news story we posted the other day, we pointed out that there was a discrepancy in the color of Zorua and Zoroark’s eyes, but it appears that the color mismatch was simply due to the way the pages were scanned. The undistorted colors of the Pokemon can be seen to the right, confirming a color scheme that consists of black and reddish-orange fur as well as blue eyes. Click the thumbnail for a larger image, which is courtesy of Filb.de.

    Update (9:00 PM) – The official Japanese Pokemon website and 13th movie website have just updated, revealing new and cleaner artwork of the “Ruler of Illusion” and its pre-evolution. It appears the official Ken Sugimori artwork uses a teal color for both Pokemon’s eyes and a blood-red for the colored parts of their fur, whereas the anime artwork uses solid blue for their eyes and a reddish-orange for their fur. Zoroark’s black fur also has a lighter, greenish hue in the anime. Click the thumbnails below for larger images. In terms of information, like CoroCoro, the movie website emphasizes that Zoroark has a special ability; of course, it will probably have something to do with illusions. However, the websites did not reveal any other new information.

    Zorua - Ken Sugimori Artwork Zoroark - Ken Sugimori Artwork Zorua - Anime Artwork Zorua - Anime Artwork Zoroark - Anime Artwork
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    Saturday - February 13th, 2010 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The HeartGold & SoulSilver set Redshark release is now available for download! If you are using Windows, you can download the latest installer by clicking here; if you are using Macintosh, download this link instead. Redshark allows you to practice the Pokemon TCG on your computer and against friends online. It is the only fan-made program created specifically for the Pokemon TCG.

    If you are a Windows Vista or Windows 7 user, you must input “c:\redshark” when it asks you what folder you want to install the program to. For all Windows users, be sure to uninstall any previous versions before attempting to launch the installation program. For Macintosh users, drag the redshark_350.app application to your Applications folder to replace the previous one.

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    Friday - February 12th, 2010 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Lugia HeartGold and SoulSilver Promo #2

    The HeartGold & SoulSilver poster packs are now available at stores like Target and come with either a Ho-Oh or Lugia promo, which are numbers one and two respectively. Each poster pack comes with two booster packs of the set, two POP 9 packs, and a poster featuring the set’s cards. We don’t have a scan of Ho-Oh yet, but thanks to Edderz, we have one for Lugia; click the thumbnail to the right for a larger image.

    HGSS Promos

    1. Ho-Oh
    2. Lugia
    3. Pikachu
    4. Wobbuffet
    5. Hoothoot
    6. Noctowl
    7. Feraligatr (Prime)?
    8. Meganium (Prime)?
    9. Typhlosion (Prime)?
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