Monday - August 11th, 2008 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    According to the Japanese Worlds 2009 website, next year’s format in Japan will be Diamond and Pearl-on. This is the exact same format as America and the rest of the world next year, meaning for the first time in TCG history, the entire world will be playing the same sets at all sanctioned tournaments (though Japan will be one set ahead of us).

    This was an extremely smart move by Pokemon USA, Pokemon Card Laboratory, or whoever decided it, so they should be given thanks for it. We are just one set behind Japan, and by only three months, so it makes sense everyone should be playing the same format. Now countries won’t be out of sync with each other.

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    Monday - August 11th, 2008 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    We have received additional reports that some people are getting three and four regular Cynthia’s Feelings per box, while others are getting just one. It seems the average varies widely from box to box, so we can’t really put a number on it now. The first nine boxes that were reported to us probably were just coincidentally unlucky in only getting one.

    New Legends Awakened blister packages will be released next week in stores, containing two Legends Awakened booster packs, one Secret Wonders booster pack, a Rayquaza coin, and a holo Latias POP 7 promo. Since there are usually two promos released in each set’s blister pack (like Mime Jr. and Glameow for Majestic Dawn‘s blister pack), the second promo is probably a holo version of POP 7 Latios. Click the image below for a larger picture.

    Legends Awakened Blister Pack featuring Latias
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    Sunday - August 10th, 2008 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Mewtwo LV.X and Rhyperior LV.X Fall 2008 Tins

    As we have known for a while, the fall 2008 Pokemon tins will feature Mewtwo LV.X and Rhyperior LV.X. Both LV.Xs will feature English-exclusive artwork, like Darkrai LV.X in the Darkrai tin, which has artwork Japan never used on a Pokemon card. Originally, the prerelease product image showed the two LV.Xs with their Legends Awakened artwork, but it is obvious now those images were just placeholders and were not actually what was going to be featured in the final product. Both tins will come with 4 booster packs (one Diamond and Pearl, one Mysterious Treasures, one Secret Wonders, and one EX Power Keepers), and will each cost around $12.00. They will be released in stores around September 17th. Click the thumbnail to the right for a larger image. The Mewtwo LV.X has awesome artwork!

    Regigigas and Heatran Holiday 2008 Tins

    For the holiday season, two more tins will become available – Heatran and Regigigas. Both cards are promos, but are merely holo versions of the Heatran and Regigigas rares that are in Legends Awakened, just like the two that come in the set’s theme decks. However, the cards featured in the tins are subject to change, since the picture to the right is a prerelease product image and may just be showing placeholders instead of the real cards (also, the product description labels the cards specifically as promos, so the tins may turn out to have new promos and not reprinted cards like pictured). Each tin will contain one Diamond and Pearl, one Mysterious Treasures, one Legends Awakened, and one EX Dragon Frontiers booster pack, and will retail for around $12.00. Both tins hit store shelves starting November 5th.

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    Sunday - August 10th, 2008 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Pokemon 151 Kakuna T-Shirt

    Heerosferret actually took photos of this new design a few weeks ago, but I neglected to post them. A new Kakuna t-shirt design is now available on the Pokemon 151 website. Like Hypno, Cubone, Articuno, and Mewtwo, the shirt comes in small, medium, large, and extra-large sizes for 4,530 yen. Click the thumbnail to the right for a larger picture of the t-shirt’s front. The back of the t-shirt has a green Pokemon 151 logo on the bottom right.

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    Sunday - August 10th, 2008 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    I was too busy yesterday to post the new Platinum CoroCoro scans that were released, so I decided to wait for higher quality scans to crop up as my excuse for holding off on the update. And now they have! All translations and information comes from Bangiras. The high-quality scans originate from from the Pokemon Platinum thread on 2ch, which we are constantly monitoring for updates. Click the thumbnails for larger images.

    Pokemon Platinum CoroCoro Scans Pokemon Platinum CoroCoro Scans Pokemon Platinum CoroCoro Scans Pokemon Platinum CoroCoro Scans Pokemon Platinum CoroCoro Scans

    The second and third pages (the first scan) contain no new information. Shaymin Sky Forme can learn Air Slash, Leaf Storm, and Quick Attack, and you receive the Glacidia Flower to transform Shaymin into Shaymin Sky Forme from Floraroma Town.

    The fourth and fifth pages (the second scan) show differences to the opening plot of the game. In Diamond and Pearl, you discover Professor Rowan has left his suitcase at Lake Verity, are attacked by Starly, and then return his suitcase. In Platinum, it seems this plot is removed or altered, since Professor Rowan is now shown as saying, “Open the briefcase and pick the Pokemon you like!” You battle your rival immediately after as well. Later, Cyrus appears in front of you and your rival at Lake Verity’s shore, simply saying, “Excuse me, please let me through.” Such a polite super villain! The screenshots featured on the pages also show that Twinleaf Town is affected by the colder climate, since snow is now on the ground.

    We already covered pages six and seven on August 7th. It shows the remodeling of Eterna City’s Gym and another Gym, and shows the detective code-named “Handsome” who is out hunting Team Galactic. His real name is unknown, and he specializes in disguises. He is even known to spy by pretending to be an enemy. He first officially introduces himself in front of Jubilife City’s Pokemon Center.

    On page eight, the first game screenshot shows the protagonist reading a sign on a building that displays, “Battle Tower – Don’t lose! Try your best to win continuously!” Thus, the Battle Tower returns in Platinum. It’s features appear to be the same as in Diamond and Pearl, where you earn Battle Points by competing in seven three-on-three Pokemon battles. Page nine features the return of Emerald‘s Battle Factory, where you use three random Pokemon to fight with, and then one of your opponent’s Pokemon if you win. Both facilities are within the Battle Frontier.

    Page 10 talks about Wi-Fi features. 1.) If you register your e-mail address in Platinum, you will receive an e-mail notification when a trade is completed through the Global Trade Station. 2.) The videos you make with the Battle Recorder over Wi-Fi can be ranked somehow, in a feature called “Battle Video Ranking.” The feature probably allows your friends and other players to rank your videos for the whole world to see. The magazine says you can check for popular videos and get your own videos ranked, so it is probably something like YouTube on your DS for Pokemon battles, with the most popular videos shown to players. 3.) A new feature in the game is called “Box Shot,” where you can take pictures of your PC boxes and send them to your friends. In the scan, a box of Jigglypuff in a heart-shape pattern is shown as an example. 4.) At least five mini-games can be played over Wi-Fi. There’s Swalot feeding, rolling Mime Jr. on a ball, and inflating a Wobbuffet balloon. Two more mini-games will be revealed soon.

    The last page featuring the silhouettes contains some very interesting hints. The red text says, “Do there exist Pokemon that are making their first appearance in Platinum? We’ve obtained 5 silhouettes! Where could they possibly be encountered?” As we posted in the “Visual Translation of Pokemon Ad; Item Distribution?” story the other day, perhaps these new Pokemon exclusively exist in the Torn World, and the “tools” distributed between September 28th and November 4th allow you to see them, like a Silph Scope with Ghost Pokemon. “Where could they possibly be encountered?” seems to be pointing in that direction, at least. But who knows for sure? We’ll find out September 13th, the game’s release date!

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    Saturday - August 9th, 2008 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Like with the Darkrai Premium Box from a few months ago, new Dialga and Palkia Premium Boxes are now available. Each comes with one Diamond and Pearl series theme deck, two Diamond and Pearl Series booster packs, a holographic Dialga or Palkia promo card, and a matching jumbo card. Both boxes retail for $19.99. Click the thumbnail below for a larger image of the boxes.

    Dialga is Diamond and Pearl promo #26, while Palkia is promo #27. Both promos are reprints of the Diamond and Pearl and Great Encounters Dialga and Palkia, but with, once again, different artwork. According to the product information sheet, a “box” of these contains seven Dialga and five Palkia Premium Boxes, meaning there were less Palkia printed than Dialga. If you can only buy one and do not care which, grab Palkia since it is rarer!

    Dialga and Palkia Premium Boxes
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    Saturday - August 9th, 2008 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Gliscor LV.X’s scan is now on the Legends Awakened scans page. Rhyperior LV.X’s computer image was also replaced with the real holo card scan. Thanks go to Carlos C., Joey G., Lunar Wing, and Laura P. for sending in scans of their cards. We still need the theme deck alternate cards, so if you have them, please scan them at 300 DPI (or about twice the size of the current scans) and send them to wpm at pokebeach dot com. Thank you!

    From reports of nine boxes opened, we know for sure now there is one Cynthia’s Feeling per box on average, excluding any reverse holos – you can get two regular Cynthia in a box if you are extremely lucky. Most boxes also contain two Level Xs, though some have only one. For the other Supporter cards, there is usually two of each, though sometimes three. You will probably need two boxes to get enough of the “good” supporters for a deck, though for Cynthia, it’s going to take more than that. Gracias, PUSA, for making it even more expensive to play this game. :)

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    Friday - August 8th, 2008 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Ahhhh! So much news! I don’t know any other website that covers Pokemon as extensively as us.

    A new Pokemon Platinum trailer was shown at Pokemon Festa 2008 in Japan, and someone uploaded it to YouTube. The video shows many new scenes from the game, including the Reverse / Torn World, Team Galactic, scenes from Platinum‘s intro, the Battle Frontier, the Wi-Fi Center, some of the mini-games you can play over Wi-Fi, Giratina emerging at Spear Pillar, battling Gardenia, other random battles, and the new Pokemon silhouettes. The game looks very exciting and full of many new activities! Thanks go to AAPF for finding the video on YouTube!

    The video mentions that the pamphlet to be included inside Platinum‘s box will be called “Pokemon Scoop Extra.” The pamphlet will give hints as to who the new Pokemon are.

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    Friday - August 8th, 2008 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Legends Awakened Prerelease Regigigas Sleeve

    Who do the Legends Awakened prerelease sleeves feature? Regigigigigigas! Click the thumbnail to the right for a larger image. For once, the set logo does not appear on the sleeves, which makes them look much nicer. The sleeves seem to feature a rougher material, and are not made by Ultra Pro, since the company’s trademark sticker is absent from the front. Perhaps Pokemon USA finally realized their past prerelease sleeves fall apart too easily, and set out to fix them by working through another company?

    The theme deck lists are also now up. I’ll make the page look better later with images of the decks and information. Note that Regigigas and Heatran are holos when they were originally non-holo in the set, whereas Metagross, Yanmega, Mamoswine, and Gliscor are non-holo when they were originally holo. If anyone plays in the theme deck side-events tomorrow, please scan these cards for us and send them to wpm at pokebeach dot com. We are also missing Gliscor LV.X, have a computer image of Rhyperior LV.X that needs to be replaced, and need a scan of the prerelease Buck’s Training promo. If anyone can help out, we would appreciate it!

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    Friday - August 8th, 2008 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    This is a clarification / followup to our “New ‘Platinum’ Forms or 5th Generation Pokemon?” news story from two days ago.

    Translated Silhouette Pokemon Platinum Advertisement

    There seems to be confusion among some Pokemon websites and forums about the silhouetted Pokemon ad from the other day, so let’s straighten everything out word-by-word. Filb.de‘s webmaster, who is in Japan, went to a Toys R Us store, picked up the ad personally, and scanned it on to his website. Bangiras has translated the ad, and I have placed her translations over the original Japanese text so everyone can see exactly what the Japanese see. Click the thumbnail to the right for a larger view. This helps us to better understand the ad now that we can visually see it.

    As for what is happening between September 28th and November 4th, let’s examine the yellow rectangle on the ad. The first and second lines in the yellow rectangle say, “Tools relating to these Pokemon will be distributed September 28th to November 4th,” while the small box to the left of the second line says “Distribution Dates.” Doesn’t that sound like actual “tools” or “items” will be distributed to people’s Pokemon Platinum games during those dates to help them unlock the Pokemon, especially since it specifically says “distribution dates?” Originally we thought Pokemon Centers would be distributing paper products giving clues about the Pokemon and how to unlock them during that time period, but it seems they are giving out actual items to people’s games. What helps to prove this even further is the blue oval within the section, stating “Can’t be seen during normal play!” “Normal play” implies whatever they are giving out is for the game itself, meaning this is an item distribution. It could also refer to the silhouetted Pokemon, but this is doubtful since it is obvious they cannot be seen in the game normally, and plus that blurb is within the section discussing the “tool” distribution. Also, how would you be able to see the new Pokemon in the game if there was no item to unlock them? So, an apparent item distribution is going to take place starting September 28th, revealing these silhouetted Pokemon within Platinum. But just who are these Pokemon?

    While there will be fliers in Platinum‘s box with information about these Pokemon, we have to wait until then to learn about them. Here are three scenarios about the new Pokemon, which are all speculation, of course. Shaymin needs to be exposed to Glacidia’s Flower to change into Shaymin Sky Forme, so perhaps other Pokemon within the game will need special items to change into new forms as well. The items they need could be given out through this distribution, morphing some Pokemon, like Rotom, into new forms. The second scenario deals with the Reverse World. The silhouetted Pokemon look rather mechanical and odd, right? Perhaps they are Pokemon that reside in the Reverse World, and you need a sort of “Silph Scope” to see them. The “Silph Scope” is a tool to see ghost Pokemon, so maybe this distribution is giving out a “tool” to see the Reverse World Pokemon (if there are, in fact, such Pokemon). Of course, this scenario is less likely, since when capturing the Pokemon and using them in battle against players with Diamond and Pearl, the games would not be able to recognize the new Pokemon (unless they are forms of existing Pokemon, in which case the original forms of the Pokemon would be shown to the Diamond and Pearl players). The third scenario could be that these Pokemon are 5th generation Pokemon appearing in the game, but you can’t actually capture them or take them anywhere. This is similar to Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness, where Bonsly appears in the game, but you can’t do anything with it since XD is a 3rd generation game and Bonsly is a 4th generation Pokemon.

    Only time will give us more answers!

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    Friday - August 8th, 2008 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Didn’t have time to post this yesterday…

    Special Edition Dialga and Palkia DS Lite

    GoNintendo has posted pictures of a Gamestop advertisement revealing a special Dialga and Palkia-themed DS lite. The DS will come in a bundle package that costs $129.99, which includes a matching Nintendo DS carrying case, a Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Time and Darkness DVD (this is a special that has not aired in America yet), a poster featuring Grovyle, and a special Gamestop Pokemon t-shirt. That’s a lot for $129.99.

    We’ve found out from a Gamestop employee that this is part of next week’s Gamestop advertising, so expect the package to become available “soon.” Since this is a limited edition bundle, they will probably sell out quickly.

    The Dialga and Palkia DS was released simultaneously with Diamond and Pearl in Japan, so it has been about two years since they have had it. The next Pokemon-themed DS lite features Giratina Origin Forme in celebration of Platinum‘s release, so there is a possibility we could receive that in the future as well.

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    Thursday - August 7th, 2008 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Yes! My mom is letting me go to Worlds! I’ll be there Wednesday morning until Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday to Thursday playtesting, Friday in the Grinders, Saturday to Sunday covering the event (since we all know I won’t make it past the Grinders because I never get to play), and Monday going to Epcot or Disney World. I can’t waittt!

    Here are the last 40 Legends Awakened scans. Click each thumbnail for a larger image. I decided to post all the remaining scans now because I’ll have the theme deck lists and prerelease sleeve image tomorrow, and those deserve their own update. The only scan we are missing is Gliscor LV.X. If you obtain the card, please scan it for us at 300 DPI (or twice the size of the current scans) and e-mail it to wpm at pokebeach dot com. Thank you!

    Giratina from Legends Awakened (#4)Gliscor from Legends Awakened (#5)Mewtwo from Legends Awakened (#11)Politoed from Legends Awakened (#12)Crawdaunt from Legends Awakened (#22)Forretress from Legends Awakened (#28)Lopunny from Legends Awakened (#33)Poliwrath from Legends Awakened (#35)Victreebel from Legends Awakened (#44)Exeggutor from Legends Awakened (#54)Gliscor from Legends Awakened (#55)Ledian from Legends Awakened (#60)Metang from Legends Awakened (#65)Mightyena from Legends Awakened (#66)Persian from Legends Awakened (#68)Piloswine from Legends Awakened (#69)Swalot from Legends Awakened (#72)Swellow from Legends Awakened (#73)Tauros from Legends Awakened (#74)Unown r from Legends Awakened (#77)Unown u from Legends Awakened (#78)Unown w from Legends Awakened (#80)Unown y from Legends Awakened (#81)Bellsprout from Legends Awakened (#85)Buneary from Legends Awakened (#86)Corphish from Legends Awakened (#89)Exeggcute from Legends Awakened (#93)Gligar from Legends Awakened (#94)Gligar from Legends Awakened (#95)Gulpin from Legends Awakened (#98)Houndour from Legends Awakened (#103)Ledyba from Legends Awakened (#104)Lileep from Legends Awakened (#105)Meowth from Legends Awakened (#106)Misdreavus from Legends Awakened (#107)Pineco from Legends Awakened (#113)Poliwag from Legends Awakened (#114)Poliwhirl from Legends Awakened (#115)Poochyena from Legends Awakened (#116)Sneasel from Legends Awakened (#120)Swinub from Legends Awakened (#123)Taillow from Legends Awakened (#124)Weepinbell from Legends Awakened (#127)Mewtwo LV.X from Legends Awakened (#144)
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    Thursday - August 7th, 2008 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    A full-blown Worlds 2008 website is now open. Before there was a “mini site” up, but they have now expanded it into a larger website. The website will update with pairings and photos of both the Video Game Showdown and Worlds TCG Championship on each day of the events.

    According to the event schedule, a special Lucario distribution will take place at Worlds on Sunday. Lucario will probably be marked with the event’s name, just as Pikachu was last year for Worlds 2007 in Hawaii. Legends Awakened prereleases will also occur on Sunday, just as with every Worlds in the past and the latest set.

    Special guest signings at Worlds include Junichi Masuda (Games, D/P Director), Shigeki Morimoto (D/P Battle Director), Tsunekaz Ishihara (TCG, Games, Anime, Creatures Inc., Pokemon Company), and Takumi Akabane (Creative Director of the TCG).Check the website’s event schedule for when the signings take place.

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    Thursday - August 7th, 2008 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    POP 8 will be shipping with the next Pokemon League season, which starts September 15th. The season will feature Grass Pokemon. As usual, the set will have 17 cards. Will it be as bad as the previous two POP sets? We’ll find out in a while!

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    Thursday - August 7th, 2008 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Two of ten CoroCoro magazine Platinum pages from this month’s issue have been revealed, though one of them is a bit small. Click the thumbnails below for larger images. Since these two pages were revealed early this morning, expect the other eight pages to come soon after.

    CoroCoro Platinum Page Scan CoroCoro Platinum Page Scan

    Nothing of major importance is revealed in the scans, though we do see redesigned Gyms, Shaymin using Leaf Storm, and learn that the detective hunting Team Galactic is code-named “Handsome.” Again, more information should be revealed soon when someone from Japan scans the remaining eight pages.

    In terms of other Platinum-related news, demo stations are set up throughout Japan that allow players to play small portions of the game. Filb.de, who is on-site in Japan, reports that Porygon will be obtainable early in the game at Veilstone City. Blue Sky, a Japanese Pokemon blog, says that the player’s rival has a Gible on their team early. What other changes will occur?

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