Tuesday - May 12th, 2009 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    A scan of CoroCoro‘s front page has been leaked on to the Internet. This month’s issue will obviously be discussing HeartGold and SoulSilver, as Ho-Oh and Lugia are shown on the cover. Scans of the issue’s contents should be coming in later today, which may reveal some new information on the games. We will have full coverage if and when that happens!

    CoroCoro HeartGold and SoulSilver
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    Monday - May 11th, 2009 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The next issue of CoroCoro magazine comes out this week. As usual, we will provide speedy translations and information of all new Pokemon information, which this time will most likely concern HeartGold and SoulSilver.

    Last week’s quiz asked, “Which of the following is not true about the English versions of Gold, Silver, and Crystal?” The correct answer was “The Unown are disturbed by radio waves generated by Team Rocket.” It’s not the Unown that Team Rocket disturbs, but the Water Pokemon of the Lake of Rage.

    • The Unown are disturbed by radio waves generated by Team Rocket. (33.0%, 1,703 Votes)
    • Slowpoke ended a drought 400 years prior and its tails are chopped off. (13.0%, 673 Votes)
    • Three legendary Pokemon died in a fire and were revived. (12.0%, 605 Votes)
    • Red’s Pikachu is over Level 80. (11.0%, 548 Votes)
    • Your rival is evil and steals his starter. (8.0%, 431 Votes)
    • The Tin and Brass Towers are 700 years old. (8.0%, 412 Votes)
    • You get Surf from the director of the Kimono Girls with the 5 Eeveelutions. (7.0%, 342 Votes)
    • Team Rocket is revived and then disbanded. (5.0%, 275 Votes)
    • Olivine City has a lighthouse that Jasmine makes reference to in DPPt. (4.0%, 208 Votes)
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    Monday - May 11th, 2009 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The first of the Pokemon Video Game Showdown tournaments took place this past Saturday in Seattle, Washington (the headquarters of PUSA / TPCi). A general report of the event has been posted on the official Go-Pokemon website. As usual, the final Senior and Junior matches have been posted on YouTube, which you can watch below.

    When you register at the tournament, you will receive a Pokemon wrist band based on your position in line. For example, if you are the first person in line, you get Bulbasaur, and if you are the 152nd person in line, you get Chikorita. Random drawings then take place, and if your Pokemon’s PokeDex number is selected, you’re in! Apparently the tournament in Seattle didn’t even get all the way through the Gold and Silver Pokemon, which means, at most, 250 people showed up to play. So you’re chances of getting in are definitely NOT impossible, as 128 / 250 spots is about a 50% chance. Of course, the number of people attending could jump drastically at the next few tournaments, so you never know. The next tournament takes place this Saturday in San Francisco.

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    Saturday - May 9th, 2009 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Sorry for the downtime today. Apparently, something blew-up at the place where the server is hosted, which prevented it from connecting to the Internet.

    The Rising Rivals card list is now up. If anyone has Mismagius GL and Gallade 4 LV.X, we could use new scans of them! If you have the cards, please scan them at 300 DPI and e-mail them to wpm at pokebeach dot com. Thanks go to Valerie, mzele71, Picklelicker129, Dylan, David V., Matt, Ice Espeon, Amt, Leafy101, Medaforcer, GL Mo, Secretsof2113, blackraven1425, AceBlade258, Andrew, AceBlade258, and Torterra Chips for contributing scans!

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    Saturday - May 9th, 2009 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Pokemon Sunday has just finished airing and our live coverage is now over. As expected, the show revealed HeartGold and SoulSilver, displaying their logos on a large poster board. When the gold and silver party balls broke open, a banner rolled down announcing the games would be released this upcoming fall, which we already knew. Next, the hostess revealed Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile, followed by a small clip of the game. The clip showed Gold walking around Newbark Town with his new Chikorita, which follows him like Pikachu in Pokemon Yellow and Pokemon in Amity Square. His rival is also seen looking through Professor Elm’s lab window, just like in the original Gold and Silver. You can see screenshots of the starters with their new Ken Sugimori artwork below, as well as screenshots of the updated Newbark Town (click them for larger pictures).

    Chikorita's New Ken Sugimori Artwork Cyndaquil's New Ken Sugimori Artwork Totodile's New Ken Sugimori Artwork Newbark Town in Heart Gold and Soul Silver Newbark Town in Heart Gold and Soul Silver Newbark Town in Heart Gold and Soul Silver Newbark Town in Heart Gold and Soul Silver
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    Friday - May 8th, 2009 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    EDIT #1: Added Infernape 4 LV.X and replaced the Roserade GL image with a real scan thanks to MegaTank.

    We now have about 105 Rising Rivals scans (and images). Click the thumbnails below to view larger scans, and use your left and right arrow keys to scroll through them like a slideshow.

    Rotom’s cards use the same holofoil paper as the legendary birds in EX FireRed and LeafGreen. Each are reverse holos and are numbered “RTX.” The “RT” stands for Rotom and the X is the number. Charon’s Choice, which is a Supporter that changes Rotom’s Formes, will probably be RT6 or a secret rare.

    The Electrode and Mismagius LV.X promos that were sold with Bonds to the End of Time‘s blister packs are in this set. The Domino’s Pizza Munchlax, Snorlax, and Snorlax LV.X are also included, as is Darkrai G, which was given out to people who bought two booster packs of Galactic’s Conquest.

    We are currently missing real scans for a few of the holos, a few of the LV.X’s (Floatzel, Flygon, Hippowdon, Infernape, Mismagius), two of the Pikachu reprints, and three of the Rotom Formes. If you get these cards at your prerelease, please scan them at 300 DPI and e-mail them to wpm at pokebeach dot com. Thank you!

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    Friday - May 8th, 2009 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    BE SURE TO READ THE PREVIOUS NEWS STORY ON ‘HEART GOLD’ AND ‘SOUL SILVER,’ THE GOLD AND SILVER REMAKES. LATER TONIGHT (9:01 PM PST, 12:01 AM EST) WE WILL HAVE SEVERAL ‘RISING RIVALS’ CARD SCANS. ON SATURDAY WE WILL ALSO BE COVERING THE POKEMON SUNDAY SHOW LIVE TO REPORT ON ANY NEW HGSS INFORMATION. WHY AM I YELLING?! IT’S SO I GET YOUR ATTENTION! HELLO! HOW ARE YOU TODAY?!

    Advent of Arceus Wallpaper

    The official Pokemon Card website has updated with some information on the next Japanese set, The Advent of Arceus, which will be released in Japan on July 8th. Oddly, the website never mentions the set’s name, which means only fan sites know it! Three Arceus cards have been revealed, which you can see below along with translations thanks to Bangiras. Click the thumbnails for larger images.

    As stated in the last Advent of Arceus news story, there will be a total of twelve Arceus cards between this set and its two theme decks, nine of which are one of each elemental type and three of which are Colorless LV.X’s. All Arceus cards will receive a special holographic texture and treatment, as you can see on the card images below. The backgrounds are similar to the English EX FireRed and LeafGreen reverse holos in which a holographic shape is created out of a lack of ink on the card, revealing the holographic paper underneath. The background appears to be in the shape of a wave. Once you have collected all Arceus cards and lay them next to each other, the waves on each card will complete a larger, connected wave image (place the Fire and Lightning Arceus cards together in your head and you will see part of the wave). Perhaps the connecting waves symbolize that these Arceus will work very well together?

    You can run as many Arceus cards as you like in your deck, which is known as the “Arceus Rule.” It is similar to the Unown rule in the Neo sets, except instead of restricting the amount of Pokemon you can have, you can have as many you want. Obviously, Pokemon Card Laboratory wants Arceus to be a new deck archetype. We still do not know what the “Ultimate Zone” promo card does that was mentioned in the previous news story, but it will apparently make it much easier to run an Arceus deck.

    Each Arceus is at Level 100, accounting for its status as the “Alpha” Pokemon (translation: god Pokemon). According to the information stated about the Arceus cards, the cards below are not Arceus’ true power however. “With the power to shake the foundation of the card universe, introducing the illusionary Pokemon, Arceus! Next time… Arceus’ true power will be revealed… These secrets only scratch the surface of Arceus’ power!” It looks like we are actually going to get strong Arceus cards! Considering that most legendary Pokemon are terrible in the TCG, this is quite refreshing!

    To download the set’s first wallpaper (as pictured above), right click and save either this 1024 x 768 wallpaper link or this 1280 x 768 link (depending on your screen resolution).

    Arceus from The Advent of Arceus

    Arceus LV.100 – Colorless – HP80
    Basic Pokemon

    Arceus Rule: Your deck may contain as many copies of this card as you’d like.

    [.] Rippling Wave: If you have 6 Arceus in play and they are all different Types, search your deck for up to 6 Basic Energy cards and attach 1 to each of your Pokemon. Shuffle your deck afterward.
    [C][C][C] Heavenly Spear: Does 80 damage to 1 of your opponent’s Pokemon. Move all Energy attached to Arceus to the Lost Zone.

    Weakness: Fighting (x2)
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 1


    Arceus from The Advent of Arceus

    Arceus LV.100 – Fire – HP80
    Basic Pokemon

    Arceus Rule: Your deck may contain as many copies of this card as you’d like.

    [R][C][C] Bright Flame: 80 damage. Flip a coin, if tails discard 2 Energy attached to Arceus.

    Weakness: Water (x2)
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 1


    Arceus from The Advent of Arceus

    Arceus LV.100 – Lightning – HP70
    Basic Pokemon

    Arceus Rule: Your deck may contain as many copies of this card as you’d like.

    [L][C] Lightning Turn: 30 damage. Switch Arceus with one of your Benched Pokemon.

    Weakness: Fighting (x2)
    Resistance: Metal (-20)
    Retreat: 1

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    Thursday - May 7th, 2009 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    What a surprise! Gold and Silver remakes! No one predicted this! Who wants to bet Ruby and Sapphire remakes are coming in several years?

    The Japanese Yahoo website has officially confirmed the existence of Gold and Silver remakes. The games are to be titled HeartGold and SoulSilver and will be released this fall in Japan. According to Bangiras, the Yahoo article states that the games are remakes in the same vein as FireRed and LeafGreen were remakes of Red and Blue. The only other fact the article states is that the games will contain new features as well as sound and graphic improvements. The translation of the article and the game logos can be seen below. The logo for HeartGold features Ho-Oh’s wings in a heart formation while Lugia looks like a spirit in SoulSilver’s logo.

    Following Yahoo’s announcement, the official Japanese website posted a page announcing the game. You can read the translation of their page below the Yahoo article translation.

    News on the games is bound to appear on Pokemon Sunday this weekend, as posted previously. Heerosferret is going to try to record the announcement for us when it airs, and when she does it will be posted here immediately. While the show is playing, however, we will be posting live information. Details on the games are also bound to appear in the next issue of CoroCoro as well, which will probably be leaked on to the internet by next week. Be sure to check back here for the latest news and translations!

    We learned on the 7th that “Pocket Monsters Gold and Silver,” the second entry in the popular RPG series, originally released on the Gameboy system in November of 1999, will be remade for the Nintendo DS this autumn under the titles “HeartGold” and “SoulSilver.” New elements will be added in this tenth anniversary return to the Johto Region.

    A continuation of the original series (Pocket Monsters Red, Green, Blue, and Pikachu), Gold and Silver recorded remarkable sales of 23,000,000 copies worldwide. It introduced monsters that hadn’t appeared in the gameboy games, along with various new features.

    Red and Green, the first games of the Pokemon series, were remade for the Gameboy Advance in 2004 as “Fire Red and Leaf Green,” making this the second set of remakes. While Red and Green had fantastic upgrades in their transition from Gameboy to Gameboy Advance, this time the games are skipping the Gameboy Advance and going directly from Gameboy to DS. So they will almost certainly have drastically upgraded graphics and sound. Details will be released on the official site shortly.

    Currently in development for the Nintendo DS are the newest entries in the Pokemon series: “Pocket Monsters HeartGold and SoulSilver.” Taking place in the Johto region, the games will be upgraded with all of the series’ current features and will also be packed with brand new features. This year marks the tenth anniversary of “Pocket Monsters Gold and Silver’s” release on the original Gameboy, so its revival is only fitting. Since its release in 1999, the game has sold over 23,000,000 copies worldwide.

    Gold and Silver Remakes Heart Gold and Soul Silver
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    Wednesday - May 6th, 2009 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Japan held its video game World Championship Qualifier tournament (a sort of equivalent to our Nationals) at the Tokyo Prince Hotel on Monday. The tournament used the Video Game Showdown rules, with Level 50, two-on-two battles and four Pokemon per battle. The top sixteen competitors were invited to play in the World Championship tournament, which will take place in San Diego this August. Someone has uploaded the final Senior and Junior matches to YouTube, which you can watch below.

    Some bystanders chose to wear mouth masks for fear a Trainer would use a Pokemon from the Swinub family.

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    Monday - May 4th, 2009 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master


    Mamoswine GL from Rising Rivals

    Mamoswine from Rising Rivals has been revealed! Click the image to the right for a larger picture. It is card #27 in the set and is non-holo. Prereleases for the set take place this weekend and next.

    Normally I would say we will post scans of the set within the next few days, but I have to rethink that now. Lately, I’ve been wanting to become a judge since I find helping out at events more enjoyable than playing. But if I want to become a good judge one day, POP isn’t going to like it if I keep posting scans early (which they have made clear through e-mail), even if they are obtained legally. So what do I do? Do I put the website’s visitors first, or do I put my own personal goals first? I’m really not sure! If this were a few sets ago, the scans would be going up within the next few days, but I don’t know now. I already have a couple Rising Rivals scans and will be getting more tomorrow, but posting them could mean I’m not going to have any chance of getting anywhere with judging. What do you think? Would posting scans on Saturday morning (as in, 12:01 AM EST, as in, 9:01 PM Friday night California time) be okay with everyone? Or should I sacrifice what I want and post them earlier, since the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few? You decide!

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    Sunday - May 3rd, 2009 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Swinub Flu

    Last time’s quiz asked, “Which of the following can spread the flu?” The options were Pokerus, Swinub, Brock, Poison Barb, Deoxys, Deoxys, and Ludicolo, with “Pokerus” coming in first place.

    The correct answer was: it was a joke quiz! All of the above are fictional and cannot spread the flu, which means you shouldn’t have voted!! Therefore, those of you that did not vote won, while those of you that did vote lost! Fufufufufufufu.

    Actually, the quiz was originally started to relate to the swine flu, since last week was when it was the top story on the news. Hence SWINUB. Everything else was just random. There were even two Deoxys choices to alert people that it was a joke quiz.

    The whole swine flu “epidemic” is one of the most blown-out-of-proportion news stories of the year. There’s nothing else major going on in the world this week, so the media has to find something to shove down our throats. More people die from drunk driving, smoking, the “regular” flu, and probably the most random ways to die than the swine flu (yet you don’t see people emptying out their alcohol or trashing their cigarettes, you see them needlessly slaughtering pigs instead). Want to be safer from the swine flu, and pretty much any other sickness? Wash your hands several times a day with soap and don’t shake your opponent’s hand before a TCG battle like the rules mandate. Use your shirt to open doors. Stay away from sick people. Wipe the public toilet before you sit on it to unload. Don’t kiss that strange boy, girl, or animal you have the hots for. Just use the common-sense advice yo momma taught you!

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    Saturday - May 2nd, 2009 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Gold and Silver Party Balls on Pokemon Sunday show

    As reported a few hours ago, Pokemon Sunday’s website says that on next Sunday’s episode, there will be a major, world-first announcement. This announcement is going to take place during the show’s “Pokemon Game Arena” portion, meaning it is related to the Pokemon video games. Obviously, the announcement is pertaining to a new game, since there is nothing “major” left to reveal about Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.

    At the end of the Pokemon Sunday episode that aired today (it’s Sunday in Japan), next week’s episode preview showed the cast pointing to two decorations hanging from the ceiling. What were the decorations shown? Gold and silver party balls, which subsequently broke open to release confetti. Obviously, the announcement next week is going to be very special!

    Putting together all of the hints we’ve received over the past year or so, this upcoming Pokemon Sunday announcement, and the gold and silver party balls, it’s fairly obvious that a Gold and Silver remake announcement is coming next weekend on the show. There’s a small, small chance this announcement has nothing to do with a remake, but that is so unlikely with all of the hints and evidence that it’s almost not even worth mentioning. November of this year marks the 10th anniversary of Gold and Silver, so it will be exciting if the games are remade!

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    Saturday - May 2nd, 2009 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Pokemon Sunday, an official Japanese television show that discusses the latest in the Pokemon world, has announced on their website’s episode synopsis that during the video game portion of May 10th’s episode there will be a major, world-first announcement.

    While this announcement could literally be about anything, it is likely to be an official announcement of the next Pokemon game. If a Gold and Silver remake were to come out this year (which is likely based on the Johto starters being in the 12th movie and other hints), they would probably hit store shelves in November, the 10th anniversary of the original Gold and Silver. Thus, an announcement of the remakes’ existence would need to be made earlier in the year to let people know when they are coming out and to start fan hype. Historically, this time of the year is when new games have been announced, so we’ll know the truth soon!

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    Saturday - May 2nd, 2009 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    A movie 12 calendar has revealed some important plot information concerning Arceus: Toward a Conquered Time and Space. It appears that Ash and crew will time-travel to the past (probably with the help of Dialga), which explains why Damos and Sheena were shown together in the trailers. Click the calendar image below for a larger picture. Thanks go to Bangiras for translating the synopsis.

    Oddly, Heatran was originally shown in the poster featured on the calendar but has now been replaced with Arceus. Perhaps Heatran was just a stand-in for the original poster until Arceus would be revealed.

    Movie 12 Arceus Calendar Poster

    There is a legend in the beautiful town of Michiina… Long ago, Arceus, the Pokemon said to have created everything, created the “Life Jewel” by drawing on the powers of Water, Grass, Ground, Lightning, and Dragon from the 16 wells of life in its own body, and loaned it to a human. Because of that power, the ruined Michiina became fertile. However, the human broke his promise to return the “Life Jewel” to Arceus and started to attack it. Still harboring a terrible anger, Arceus went into a deep sleep. “I’ll pass down judgment on humanity when next I wake.”

    At long last, the time has come for Arceus to awaken again. The protectors of Michiina’s temple, Kevin and Sheena, along with Ash’s group, journey across time and space to ancient Michiina in order to calm Arceus’ rage. What is the truth behind the legends told in Michiina? Who is this Pokemon Arceus, who’s said to have created everything? What is the point of the battle between the Pokemon known as gods? All will be made clear now, in the first ever Pokemon movie time slip adventure!

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    Friday - May 1st, 2009 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Volkner’s Philosophy from the next English set, Rising Rivals, has been revealed! Click the thumbnail below for a larger image. The card originates from the Japanese set Bonds to the End of Time, which is where most Rising Rivals cards will come from.

    Volkner's Philosophy from Rising Rivals (#98)
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