Wednesday - May 7th, 2008 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Thanks to “Shaun,” we now have Leafon LV.X’s scan, meaning all of the Majestic Dawn card scans are now available here two weeks before the set is released! I will try to get the theme deck lists up today – it’s hard to adapt the theme deck template to Internet Explorer 6 since it is so incredibly outdated (if you are using it or an even lower version, you should upgrade A.S.A.P., since IE6 hasn’t been updated in years and has many security vulnerabilities).

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    Tuesday - May 6th, 2008 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Pokemon.com will be revealing codes for secret missions in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon 2: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness over the next few days.

    Each day, from Monday, May 5th, through Thursday, May 8th, we will be releasing a new password that grants you a secret mission! And these aren’t your ordinary, run-of-the mill missions – rewards include version-exclusive Pokemon, items, and other surprises.

    The first code is for a Butterfree mission: N04K +HCW &TF& 7M16 KHMH FR@%

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    Tuesday - May 6th, 2008 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The Rise of Darkrai DVD Packaging (Inside)

    Thanks to SkittyoW, who found The Rise of Darkrai at his local animé shop early, we now know the songs that play at the end of the movie:

    • “We Will Be Heroes – Pokemon / Rise of Darkrai” By John Loeffler
    • “I’ll Always Remember You” By Kirsten Price
    • “Living In The Shadow” By Chris “Breeze” Barczynski

    The first song is, of course, the theme song of the 11th season and the song heard at the beginning of the movie when Ash and crew battle the D/P trio evolution trainers. The other two songs seem to be original for the movie’s ending. All three replace Sarah Brightman’s “I Will Be With You,” which was an English song in the original Japanese credits. The rights to use the music in the American release must have been too expensive, so Pokemon USA (PUSA) decided to make their own.

    The DVD packaging for the movie is rather basic (containing only one insert), and the DVD itself comes with no special features of any kind. Admire your Lucario and the Mystery of Mew DVDs everyone – it is probably the last one PUSA will ever put effort into. It must be against their principles to include a commentary, or to invest in higher-grade DVD packaging that doesn’t look like it came from Target’s electronics section with HP printouts slipped in to the plastic for the cover and back art.

    The Rise of Darkrai will be released on May 27th, several days prior to the Darkrai giveaway at Toys R Us (check the 2008 calendar in the right menu for the dates; I am trying to get people to use it).

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    Monday - May 5th, 2008 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update (12 AM): Thanks to Torterra Chips, we now have the scan of Glaceon LV.X! Leafeon LV.X is the only card scan missing now.

    Garchomp LV.X (#97)

    We are now missing only two card scans from Majestic Dawn – Leafeon LV.X and Glaceon LV.X (sorry Eevee fans). Other than those two, all scans are now posted. If you cannot see new links on the set list page, clear our your browser’s cache / history. Thanks go to Jason, Jared, and Sam for helping to fill in some of the gaps. You can discuss the set and these scans in this forum thread on our forums.

    I am still working on the template for theme deck pages, so Forest Guardian and Polar Frost‘s theme deck lists will not be posted until tomorrow. The special holos you get in both decks are the rare Leafeon and Glaceon from the set, and both of those are included on the scan page (even though when you get them out of your booster packs, they will be non-holo).

    Majestic Dawn prereleases take place this weekend and next. Be sure to find one one near you if you want to attend (look for the link to the prerelease tournament locater in the 2008 calendar – it’s in the right menu). The set will be available in stores two weeks from this Wednesday (May 21st).

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    Monday - May 5th, 2008 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Mom's Kindness

    There are now 65 scans posted on the Majestic Dawn set list page. If you do not see any new links, try clearing out your browser’s cache. The “Majestic Dawn” link has also been added to the left menu under “Card Scans” so you can access the page in the future.

    You can discuss the set and these scans in this forum thread on our forums. More scans will be uploaded either tonight, early in the morning, or tomorrow. We are still missing 35 scans, but considering the set won’t be out in stores for another two weeks or so, I’d say that’s a pretty good number. ;)

    Notes: (1) Leafeon [#24] is holo because it is from the Forest Guardian theme deck; the one you get out of booster packs will actually be non-holo. [2] You will notice in the set that there are a lot of random commons and other cards that don’t seem to fit. This is because the recent Japanese Meiji promo set, which we posted translations for a while ago, was included in this set. Shellos East Sea is from that promo set, which is why it seems out of place (because it has no evolution). [3] Darkrai, Manaphy, and the D/P starters with the berries were originally Japanese Player Club promos, but were also included in the set (though the starters are non-holo when they originally were not).

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    Sunday - May 4th, 2008 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    EDIT: Okay, this is all I am posting for tonight. I have a headache and some homework still. I’ll post more tomorrow morning and have them all posted by tomorrow night or the day after.

    Articuno from Majestic Dawn (#1)Darkrai from Majestic Dawn (#3)Moltres from Majestic Dawn (#10)Phione from Majestic Dawn (#12)Empoleon from Majestic Dawn (#17)Espeon from Majestic Dawn (#18)Flareon from Majestic Dawn (#19)Jolteon from Majestic Dawn (#23)Leafeon from Majestic Dawn (#24) - Special holo from theme deckMinun from Majestic Dawn (#25)Omastar from Majestic Dawn (#26)Phione from Majestic Dawn (#27)Torterra from Majestic Dawn (#30)Umbreon from Majestic Dawn (#32)Mothim from Majestic Dawn (#42)Majestic Dawn Prerelease Sleeve

    More scans of Majestic Dawn will be added as they are edited, so keep refreshing every once in a while. The links on the set list page will automatically be updated once a new scan is uploaded, so you can check out that page to see the scans as well. To discuss these scans, check out this forum thread.

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    Sunday - May 4th, 2008 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    EDIT: Fixed some errors in the set list that were caused by me pasting cards into the database incorrectly – everything should be correct now.

    The set list for Majestic Dawn is now up! Card scans should be available here tonight starting at around 8:00 PM, though it could be much earlier or much later depending on several factors. Be sure to check back!

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    Saturday - May 3rd, 2008 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The Majestic Dawn card sleeves given out at next week’s prereleases will feature Leafeon and Glaceon on a teal background. Leafeon is a solid yellowish-green, while Glaceon is cyan-colored. Both Pokemon are on the same sleeve – not one set of sleeves for each.

    Majestic Dawn scans, its set list, and the theme deck lists should be posted here sometime this weekend, possibly tonight (though more likely tomorrow). Keep checking back here, and be sure to subscribe to our new RSS feed so you are notified when a news update is posted!

    To find a Majestic Dawn prerelease near you, or for more information on attending one, check out the prereleases links in the 2008 calendar (in the right menu).

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    Saturday - May 3rd, 2008 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Pokemon Puzzle League, originally for Nintendo 64, will be available for download on Monday (at 9:00 AM PST) for 1000 Wii Points ($10.00). This is the second Pokemon title available for the Virtual Console on the Wii, the first being Pokemon Snap.

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    Friday - May 2nd, 2008 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    (1) Three midterms + big Humanities essay + no Pokemon news + general craziness =less updates. (2) All of the news stories from April have been removed from the main page; I will put them into a news archive once I figure out how. (3) In case you did not understand the previous news story about a “majestic dawn,” we will have Majestic Dawn scans sometime this weekend (possibly Saturday night). Stay tuned!

    The Pokemon blog AAPF has discovered names of new Pokemon forms in a Japanese trademark database – “sky form” and “land form,” both of which were registered on February 20th after Giratina’s “origin form” and “another form” six days earlier. Since Pokemon names and “terms” have to be trademarked to prevent other companies from using them, they must be registered in advance, and thus finding these trademarks usually indicates their use in future Pokemon mediums (though sometimes, trademarks are registered “in case” Nintendo decides to use them, meaning nothing may come out of them).

    Seeing as how Shaymin is referred to in movie 11 as the “bouquet from the sky,” is shown glowing in several of the movie trailers as if transforming, and in one shot is in the air (while its flowers glow), it may not be farfetched to conclude it has a new sky form. If this is the case, “land form” probably refers to the Shaymin we already know. Of course, this is pure speculation, and cannot be confirmed until the movie is released and all of this crazy “New Pokemon / forms” news ends.

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    Monday - April 28th, 2008 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The 10-day meteorological forecast seems to be predicting that sometime this weekend, a rare majestic dawn will occur. The last time one took place was three months ago. We will most likely have photos of this event late on Sunday or early on Monday, and continuing throughout the week as they are developed.

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    Sunday - April 27th, 2008 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    All of this “New Pokemon / form” stuff is starting to get tiring… I’m starting to feel like we are one of those celebrity magazines who cover gossip and rumors.

    Remember this pen news story about Shaymin potentially having an alternate form, like Giratina? There is now new evidence to suggest that it could be true.

    Bangiras has translated the contents of a new “Pokemon Diorama World” product (pictured below; click for a larger image) from a press release. A diorama is a sort of toy set where you put certain pieces together to make a scene. The contents of the diorma press release have a rather interesting thing listed.

    A Pokemon diorama with Shaymin origin form?

    1. Giratina (Origin Form) + Reverse World parts x2 + gray plate x4
    2. Dialga + Reverse World parts + gray Battle Stage
    3. Regigigas + Flower field parts + green plate x4
    4. Pokemon A + Flower Field parts + green Battle Stage
    5. Shaymin (Origin Form) + Reverse World parts x2 + gray plate x4
    6. Pikachu + Flower Field parts x2 + green plate x4
    7. Piplup + Ice Mountain parts x2 + blue plate x4
    8. Dawn + Ice Mountain parts + Pokemon Center
    9. Pokemon A + tall mountain parts

    Notice how the product lists Shaymin (Figure #5) as having an origin form? That Shaymin is shown in the picture above, but is the exact same Shaymin we all know from Diamond and Pearl. Could the product be suggesting that the Shaymin we have known for the past two years is already in its origin (alternate) form, and that its real form will be revealed in the movie?

    A Pokemon diorama with Shaymin origin form?

    Here is another interesting fact which may disprove this entire news story (it’s like you read this all for nothing if what is about to be said turns out to be true). Although Shaymin is listed in the product press release as having an origin form, the Shaymin shown in the actual product image (pictured right) just says “Shaymin.” Furthermore, Bangiras checked Google for this product and discovered press release descriptions that just stated “Shaymin,” without the “Origin Form” part (although some of those websites also just stated “Giratina”). Is it possible that the toy company official who wrote the press release that Bangiras translated copy and pasted the “Giratina (Origin Form)” line for Shaymin’s slot (since they have the same parts), replaced Giratina’s name with Shaymin’s, but forgot to remove the “Origin Form” part? The other websites, which do not have a time stamp on any of their pages, may have the corrected press release where “Origin Form” is not present next to Shaymin because it’s an error that was fixed. Whether or not the “Origin Form” part for Shaymin is intentional or unintentional is unknown at this point, but because Shaymin is labeled as simply “Shaymin” in the image to the right may have already disproved this entire news story before you could even begin to speculate!

    When are we ever going to get a 100% confirmation that a new Pokemon or form exists?!

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    Sunday - April 27th, 2008 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    An RSS Feed has now been added to the site. If you use Firefox or an RSS syndication program, you can get instant notifications of when a news story is posted here (at least, that’s what I have been told in learning about what RSS is and in adding it to this site during the past two hours :p).

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    Sunday - April 27th, 2008 @ 3 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    EDIT (5:00 PM): I mistook the poster in the upper right hand of the puzzle packaging as this page from CoroCoro (guess that’s what happens when you write a story at 2-3 in the morning). It is now very likely that there is a new Pokemon behind those white boxes, at least if the evidence turns out to be true to what it says.

    New Pokemon Covered on Puzzle Packaging

    A set of new Pokemon jigsaw puzzles has possibly provided more evidence to suggest that at least one new Pokemon will premiere in Giratina and the Bouquet from the Icy Sky, Shaymin. The manufacturer product image of the puzzle packaging was released on the internet just last night. Each puzzle package comes with one random puzzle out of a possible six. On the product packaging, each of the potential puzzles you can receive is shown.

    As you can on the product image to the right (click it for a larger image), two of the puzzle image previews have white boxes covering part of their images. What do the white boxes say? “A New Pokemon Makes Its Appearance!” Since Giratina (both forms), Shaymin, Dialga, and many other Pokemon associated with the movie are shown on the product packaging, the Pokemon being covered up is probably new, although the next paragraph could disprove that.

    Although this evidence seems solid, it should be noted that the top right image that is covered up is actually a puzzle of one of the movie posters that has already been revealed. Behind the white box covering the image is Shaymin, meaning that for that puzzle, the “New Pokemon” is not new. Covering the top right image may just be a mistake, with the bottom puzzle (showing Pikachu running) actually containing the new Pokemon. However, if the manufacturer thought Shaymin was new and covered up both boxes because they contained it (without seeing the other Shaymin in the bottom right puzzle image, which is not covered up), this “New Pokemon” speculation could be a mistake for this particular product. Come June, we should know if these puzzles actually have a new Pokemon, but until then, we can’t know for sure!

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    Thursday - April 24th, 2008 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The title for DP80, which will air in Japan on May 22nd, is Yanma! The Capture Operation! DP81, which airs May 29th, is named The Scorching Chimchar.

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