Tuesday - May 27th, 2008 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update: Added Target sale information.

    The Rise of Darkrai DVD Cover

    Both Target and Best Buy have The Rise of Darkrai at discounted prices of $13.99 and $12.99, respectively (Target.com has it for $12.99, but the in-store price is a dollar more; Best Buy’s price is only that low this week). The regular price, notwithstanding that the DVD has no special features at all, is $19.98. If you want to buy the DVD for a cheaper and fairer price, be sure to head to one of the two stores! The DVD was officially released today, though many stores had it earlier this month.

    Here is the summary of the movie from Best Buy’s website. I spy three errors:

    This 10th movie in the Pokemon franchise finds Ash and his friends traveling through a Spanish village called Alamos Town, where they come across a scene of unexpected and mysterious devastation. The dark and unknown Pokemon named Darkai rules time, while Palkia rules space, and now that the two of them are staged for battle, the balance of space-time stands on the brink. Now, Alamos Town has been sucked into the Pokemons’ universe, and if the town is destroyed, so is the world.

    … And from Target’s website. I spy no errors:

    The 10th Pokémon movie introduces Dialga and Palkia, two Legendary Pokémon from the “Diamond” and “Pearl” versions of the game. Ash, Brock, Dawn, and Pikachu visit the town of Alamos, which is dominated by two lofty towers that represent space and time. Alamos has been plagued by nightmares and supernatural events that the arrogant Baron Alberto blames on Darkrai, a powerful and elusive Pokémon. Alice, a gentle musician whose grandmother discovered Darkrai, disagrees. Her professor friend Tonio proves the escalating problems are caused by a clash between Dialga and Palkia. Unless the humans find a way to end this battle, the space-time fabric will tear and Alamos will be thrown into another dimension. Ash and Pikachu save the day, with some help from Dawn and Alice. The Rise of Darkrai (2007) is most the elaborate Pokémon feature to date: the CG effects range from the graceful towers to fireworks and energy storms. The drawn characters and computer-generated special effects are better integrated than in the previous features. The results are sure to delight Pokémon fans.

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    Monday - May 26th, 2008 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Heerosferret has written the second article to her “Pokemon Life in Japan” series, titled “Pokemon Life in Japan: Around the Corner.” Her article shows the variety of Pokemon products one can find in only a five minute bike ride in Japan, and will make any fan jealous.

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    Saturday - May 24th, 2008 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update: Tor-Chic has sent us photos of an in-store Darkrai poster, the coupon, and the type chart (which has a hologram on the front of Dialga and Palkia; it seems quite handy). Click the thumbnails below for larger images. It should be noted that the $5.00-off-a-DS-game coupon can only be used the two days of the Darkrai event.

    Tor-Chic, a Toys R Us employee, has sent us information about the Darkrai event, which will occur next Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4:00 PM. There is almost no difference between the Toys R Us Darkrai and the Japanese one given away last year at the theatrical release of Dialga vs. Palkia vs. Darkrai, except that the Japanese one says it was obtained from “Pokemon Movie 07,” while the Toys R Us one says it came from a “Pokemon Event.”

    Darkrai DP Promo #24Darkrai (Lv. 50 in Cherish Ball) @ Enigma Berry
    OT: Alamos
    ~ Roar of Time
    ~ Spacial Rend
    ~ Nightmare
    ~ Hypnosis

    It’s just like the Darkrai promo (pictured right), which was also given out at the 10th movie in Japan. I am sure the Darkrai Premium Box, the 10th movie DVD, and other Darkrai / Pokemon merchandise will be set out for fans to beg their parents to buy. :D

    Darkrai is given away through Mystery Gift (named “The Rise of Darkrai”), like with Manaphy last September. Once you receive Darkrai, you can’t get another through the Toys R Us Mystery Gift. You will have to claim it at the Mart, so you can soft-reset your game until you get a Darkrai that is to your satisfaction. The instructions given out at Toys R Us for downloading it also state that Darkrai cannot be traded over the Global Trade Station.

    In addition to the Darkrai download, you will receive a coupon for $5.00 off any DS game. An elemental type chart will also be distributed, which shows how each Pokemon type performs against other types.

    Tor-Chic was also told that because the Manaphy event was extremely successful across Toys R Us stores (despite the fact that players had access to one in Pokemon Ranger), Toys R Us decided to hold another Pokemon event (this event). Pokemon’s popularity is still going, obviously!

    Darkrai poster at Toys R Us explaining Mystery Gift $5.00-off-DS-game coupon The type chart players will receive The front of the type chart: a hologram of Dialga and Palkia
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    Friday - May 23rd, 2008 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    PurpleKecleon, a popular fan artist in the Pokemon community (and the fan artist for Meowth346’s old Pokemon Forever website), has admitted to creating the Shaymin image; she drew it using the description from the printing company’s blog the other day.

    Apparently, she posted it on a public Japanese image board, and then it made its way around the internet and eventually here. That was her finger in the photo, pointing to Shaymin. Her talent has lead many to believe her creations were of real Pokemon in the past, and her Ken Sugimori artwork is the best I have ever seen. I was so fooled by the quality of the image that I at first posted it was real, but then I made my post more cautionary after considering I did not know where it was from. I suppose I should be more cautious in the future from the get-go, especially with such talented fan artists in the Pokemon community. Props to her, though, for creating excitement among fans – most fakes aren’t very good, and it is not often one of such quality makes its way around the community and is the point of discussion among everyone. No offense to her design, but I personally was dreading that this would be a new Pokemon – it looked too much like one of those “My Little Pony” dolls. She still did an awesome job in emulating Sugimori’s style, though! Very impressive.

    Shaymin’s sky form will probably be revealed in the June or July issue of CoroCoro, and when it is, we will hopefully have a *real* scan here! Giratina and the Bouquet from the Icy Sky: Shaymin will be out in July after all, so Shaymin’s form should be revealed soon.

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    Thursday - May 22nd, 2008 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    EDIT: Made the story a little more cautious since we still do not know what this is a photo of (CoroCoro? A poster? Fan art?).

    And all of those news stories may have finally proven themselves…

    Heerosferret, our Japanese contact, has found a photo of Shaymin’s sky form – the Japanese text next to it specifically labels it as “sky form,” and it appears to have wings comprised of leaves.

    We cannot confirm what this photo is of, such as the next issue of CoroCoro or a poster (since there is a finger in the bottom left pointing to Shaymin, making it seem like a poster), but what we do know is that Shaymin fits with the printing company worker’s description from the other day, possibly meaning it is from the same printed material the employee saw. Shaymin is also drawn in Ken Sugimori’s artwork style, and since his style is extremely hard to emulate to the degree of the below picture (in terms of shading, shadows, the colors of Shaymin, its overall style, and in making it in the first place without any references), it is probably safe to say that this is Shaymin’s real sky form. Still, fan artists have been getting more talented lately, so you never know – it could be an elaborate hoax. We’ll just have to wait and see.

    Shaymin's Sky Form Revealed

    My little pony, my little pony…

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    Thursday - May 22nd, 2008 @ 3 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Jessie's Yanmega

    Thanks to Heerosferret, our Japanese contact, we have spoilers for DP80, Yanma! The Capture Operation! Her opinion on the episode is that it is very original. She is sending me notes as the episode airs, and I am formalizing them below.

    At the beginning of the episode, a young boy knocks out a Yanma and begins to attempt a capture. Jessie, who is right above it, purposefully drops her Poke Ball and captures it, but then quickly sends it to Giovanni. Team Rocket begins to cry because they finally sent him a Pokemon (after… almost 550 episodes?). Giovanni has forgotten who Jessie and James are, remembers within a minute, and then sends the Poke Ball back to them. They think he is sending them a super rare Pokemon as a prize for making a capture, like a Lucario or a Cranidos, but it is just Yanma.

    Yanma sits on James’ head, and Jessie announces she will train it as her own Pokemon since the Boss rejected it. She sends it into battle against the boy who originally knocked it out, and it immediately begins to evolve into Yanmega (it knows AncientPower, a requirement for Yanma to evolve into Yanmega). Everyone is confused as to how it learned the move, but it turns out Giovanni taught it to Yanma before sending it back to Jessie. They begin to battle, and Team Rocket eventually blasts off. They hug their new Yanmega as they fly into the air, meaning Jessie now has a brand new Pokemon.

    The Trainer of the Day decides to capture a different Yanma, and the episode concludes.

    The next episode preview for The Scorching Chimchar! shows Chimchar going ballistic. Ash and crew are battling Paul, and suddenly Chimchar attacks everything and is screaming. It looks like a “demon,” according to Heerosferret – she comments, “This is a kid’s show? Its going crazy!” Chimchar is obviously upset with its previous trainer, to put it mildly.

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    Wednesday - May 21st, 2008 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Shaymin’s sky form has been confirmed to exist via a printing company employee in Japan, who (we assume) saw it on a poster in his office. On his blog, he describes what he saw (only the parts relevant to Shaymin are translated below):

    I was absent-minded at the office and carelessly glanced upon the sky form of Shaymin. / When I saw it, it was as shocking to me as when I first saw that Darkrai had legs. Its eyes are like Girafarig’s / it almost looks like a failed Eevee evolution, though it still looks good / it sort of looks like Delcatty too.

    He also says that the land form of Shaymin is the regular Shaymin, meaning the trademarks last month for a “land form” and “sky form” Pokemon applied to Shaymin.

    Thanks go to Unripe Ume Fruits (the employees’ blog) via AAPF (who found the blog) via Vincent (for translating some of the original blog post) for this news story’s information.

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    Monday - May 19th, 2008 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The logo for Legends Awakened has been revealed, in addition to some new information. The set will feature two theme decks named Metal Surge and Bombardment, one of which will feature Heatran (the other deck’s featured Pokemon is unknown, though it will probably be Regigigas). The product description for the set can be read below:

    Diamond and Pearl - Legends Awakened TCG Set

    Deep in the far reaches, legends awaken. Become a legend in your own time when you play the Pokemon TCG: Diamond & Pearl — Legends Awakened expansion! Powerful Legendary Pokémon like Regigigas and Heatran, more amazing Pokemon LV.X than ever before, and a host of other game-changing Pokemon will make your battles even more epic. And with new Trainer and Supporter cards, you will awaken the legend within yourself. The legends are rising to the challenge — will you rise with them?”

    ZOMGGGG, I am gonna becum a legund by playing this set!!1!! Seriously, these set descriptions need more creativity.

    Legends Awakened will primarily contain cards from Japan’s DP5: Cry of the Mysterious, Temple of Anger, and will be released on August 20th in America.

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    Monday - May 19th, 2008 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    New Pokemon form evidence on a Pokemon gum product?

    The Pokemon blog All About Pokemon Figures has uncovered a gum toy’s product image that shows a covered-up Pokemon (pictured right; click for a larger version). Last month, a Pokemon puzzle product did the same thing.

    What exactly are these products hiding, since Shaymin, Giratina, and Giratina’s Origin Form are on both? The only current speculation of a new Pokemon form is centered around Shaymin having a sky form, yet the product images of today and last month do not support this, since the “new Pokemon” is either running or on the ground with Pikachu and crew. Could it be a new Pokemon altogether? Perhaps Shaymin has landed?

    There are too many unanswered questions at this point in time regarding a new Pokemon or a new form, so nothing is completely known for sure yet. Hopefully, if there is something new, it will be revealed within the next month or so since the 11th movie will be in theaters in July.

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    Sunday - May 18th, 2008 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Redshark has now been updated with Majestic Dawn cards, in addition to new and enhanced features. Click here to download the latest version.

    In order to install the latest version of Redshark, you will have to uninstall any previous versions. To do this, go to Start -> Settings -> Control Panel and click “Add or Remove” programs. Find any Redshark versions you have and uninstall them (your decks will still be saved). Then, launch the installer you downloaded.

    New and enhanced features include:

    General

    • Save/Load current game (solitaire modes only)
    • More complete card info on balloon text for Fossil Trainers
    • Improved prize layout and handling
    • Playmat card highlighting for Action-Box
    • Card List Window – when viewing your full deck, it now has a default destination of Playmat & Shuffle on Exit is checked by default
    • Added chat box to ‘big’ message window
    • Show Unown attachments as ‘Tool-Unown…’ (added the ‘Tool-‘prefix)

    Deck Builder

    • Added ‘DP-On’ series filter

    Network Play

    • Easier to connect to network opponent
    • Sound effect for phase change with on/off toggle playmat image
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    Sunday - May 18th, 2008 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Shakespeare, our master card scanner, has scanned Diamond and Pearl Darkrai promo #24 (and its jumbo-sized version, which is also a holo, but more of a “shiny” holo than a “sparkling” holo with circles). Click the thumbnails below for larger images. Both promos are available in the Darkrai Premium Box, which costs around $20.00.

    Darkrai DP Promo #24 Darkrai DP Promo #24 (Jumbo)
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    Friday - May 16th, 2008 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Our brand new Japanese correspondent, Heerosferret (I have no idea what that means), is going to start writing articles about Pokemon life in Japan. She moved from America to Japan a few years ago and attends a Japanese university. She has been a Pokemon fan since it first came out and has remained one to this day.

    Her first article is named “Pokemon Life in Japan,” and is a general introduction to both herself and how popular Pokemon actually is in Japan. It’s an interesting read for anyone!

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    Thursday - May 15th, 2008 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Pokemon Video Game Showdown

    Pokemon Organized Play is holding a “Pokemon Showdown” video game tournament for the DS games, with the winners going to the TCG World Championships to nuke it out! Read the details below.

    Register now to put your battle skills to the test!

    The Pokémon Video Game Showdown is a BATTLE of the best Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl players from Japan and the United States. Two Qualifier Tournaments will be held in the United States this summer, and the top eight finishers in each age division will win a trip to compete at the final Pokémon Video Game Showdown in Orlando, Florida.

    All Pokémon Trainers must complete the following steps at Showdown.Pokemon.com to participate in a Pokémon Video Game Showdown Qualifier Tournament:

    1. Get a My Pokémon account.
    2. Pass the Pokémon Video Game Showdown Quiz.
    3. If the number of players eligible for participation in a Qualifier Tournament exceeds the number of spaces available, players will be selected at random, and invitations will be distributed to selected players.

    Do you think you have what it takes?

    Learn more about the Pokémon Video Game Showdown and register today at the official Pokémon Video Game Showdown website!

    Bellevue, WA – May 15, 2008 – Pokémon USA, Inc., has announced the first-ever Video Game Showdown, pitting the most skilled Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl players from the United States and Japan in a battle to determine the ultimate champion. The Pokémon Video Game Showdown will take place August 16 in Orlando, Florida and will feature 32 of the most talented players from each nation.

    To win a seat in the Pokémon Video Game Showdown, players must compete and win at one of two Qualifier Tournaments taking place in Los Angeles and New York on July 12 and July 19, respectively. A total of 256 players in each city will battle for sixteen paid trips for two to Orlando to compete in the Pokémon Video Game Showdown. To enter for a chance to play in the Qualifier Tournaments, players must register and complete a Pokémon online quiz at http://showdown.pokemon.com.

    “Pokémon strives to create fun products and events for players of all skill levels and interests,” said J.C. Smith, director of marketing for Pokémon USA, Inc. “The Pokémon Video Game Showdown provides the most skilled Pokémon players an opportunity to determine who is truly the best.”

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    Thursday - May 15th, 2008 @ 3 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Our new Japanese correspondent, “heerosferret,” will be providing us with news from Japan now and forever. She is an avid Pokemon fan, watches the show each week, goes to the Pokemon Centers in Japan, and is a huge Raichu fan. She will be writing articles for us in the future about Pokemon life in Japan (in fact, she has already written one, and I’ll probably post it tomorrow).

    DP79, Decisive Match! Dawn VS May!!? ended 5 minutes ago in Japan as of this story being written. The preview for next week’s episode (Yanma! Get Strategy!!) showed Jessie throwing a Poke Ball and it hitting a Yanma, which had already fainted. It goes into the Poke Ball, and Ash and friends gasp. Quite obviously, Jessie will catch a Yanma, which will replace her released Dustox.

    Dawn, who was participating in the contest of this episode against May, won it with Piplup and earned her second ribbon. She barely defeated May and her Glaceon. At the end of the episode, May leaves.

    The episode also featured a remixed intro, though with the same animation sequence as before (and the same intro since the very first Diamond and Pearl episode).

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    Thursday - May 15th, 2008 @ 3 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    An official Pokemon Platinum website is now up and running, though it is in “teaser” mode. While the website contains no new information regarding the game, it does show clearer images than that of the CoroCoro and Famitsu magazine pages (including Giratina’s Ken Sugimori Origin Form artwork in full).

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