Wednesday - May 13th, 2009 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    New magazine scans for HeartGold and SoulSilver have surfaced. The pages might be an insert from Famitsu magazine, since they call themselves “Famichudan,” but we are not sure about this yet. Credit goes to True Gaming for the scans and to Bangiras for translating the information below. Click the thumbnails for larger images, which will open in new windows.

    In regards to the shiny Pichu that you can download for preordering a 12th movie ticket, “Pikachu-Colored Pichu,” it is now confirmed that it will activate an event when transferred from Platinum to the games. The magazine says, “It looks like having Pikachu-Colored Pichu in your party triggers an event with Notched-Ear Pichu.” So the Pichu will definitely be a special one like the movie Regigigas last year, which unlocked the caverns of the other Regis in Platinum. This information also confirms that the Notched-Ear Pichu will be in the games and is not just a movie-exclusive character. Considering that the event takes place in Ilex Forest, and this is just speculation, one of the Pichu might have something to do with the GS Ball.

    The Arceus section in the scans is just showing its different PokeDex entries in Diamond and Pearl. It also says that in Platinum, you can hear the legend of Arceus from a hiker in the Oreburgh Mine and then later in the Canalave Library when you have the Arceus from the movie event in your party. The legend just summarizes what we already know about the legendaries of Sinnoh in that Arceus is the creator and Dialga, Palkia, and the lake trio were born from it.

    Other scenes from the magazine show Team Rocket confronting Gold, the 3D scene where you pick your starter, the Slowpoke Well, and the outside of Kurt’s house, most of which were in the CoroCoro scans.

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    Wednesday - May 13th, 2009 @ 4 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Be sure to check out the previous news story.

    Clearer scans of certain parts of the CoroCoro pages posted yesterday have been released on Japanese image boards. Click the thumbnails below for larger images. The only new information revealed pertains to the first scan (the other four scans are included for completeness and contain nothing new).

    The first close-up scan shows Gold in front of Elm’s Lab, but also shows the bottom screen of the DS. The bottom screen now displays the in-game menu: “Pokemon,” “Bag,” “[Your Name],” “Save,” and “Options.” Instead of having to hit the X-button to pull up the menu, you will now be able to interact with it using your stylus. The page also mentions that when you choose the male or female character, the one you do not choose will support you throughout the game. This is similar to Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum where you encounter your rival and Dawn or Lucas throughout the game. The storyline will probably be changed to accommodate this.

    The second close-up shows a clearer picture of Sprout Tower’s cut-scene. As mentioned yesterday, when entering a new area like in FireRed and LeafGreen, a graphic of that area will display. This feature will also be in HeartGold and SoulSilver.

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    Wednesday - May 13th, 2009 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    In all the excitement these past few days I forgot to post the HeartGold and SoulSilver footage that aired on Pokemon Sunday. A graphical improvement to the games will be the addition of wind, which explains what those tall objects are next to each house – weather vanes! After all, Newbark Town’s slogan is “The Town Where the Winds of a New Beginning Blow.” Click the play button below to watch the clip if you haven’t already seen it on YouTube. (Idea for a future Castform: Wind Forme!)

    Also, please be advised that the rumors going around right now about the inclusion of a skateboard in the games, a release date of September 11th, Kanto being confirmed, etc. have not been stated by any official source. While some of the rumors could and probably will turn out to be true in the long run, the only information known for sure right now is from CoroCoro, Pokemon Sunday, and both the Yahoo and official Japanese Pokemon websites. No other source has released information or hints concerning the games yet.

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    Tuesday - May 12th, 2009 @ 7 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update: Bangiras has looked over the scans thoroughly and has determined there is no other new information. It looks like this is all we’re getting for now.

    Scans of the June issue of CoroCoro have been released! Click the thumbnails below for larger images of each page and use your left and right arrow keys to scroll through them like a slideshow.

    The pages reveal that there will be updated Ken Sugimori artwork for most of the Gold and Silver Pokemon. Since most Pokemon artwork from that generation is almost ten years old, the new artwork will better match the more modern look of Pokemon from the other three generations. Additionally, it appears that instead of redesigning Kris, the female character from the second generation, a completely new female character was created instead. Her name is not known at this time.

    In regards to locations from the original games, on the second page under Gold’s elbow you can see Sprout Tower’s profile shot, which, as when entering new locations in FireRed and LeafGreen, will most likely display when going inside the tower. On the third page under Wobbuffet’s tail, Slowpoke Well is shown. Ilex Forest appears to be featured on the bottom of the fifth scan, since Celebi’s shrine is present. It also looks as if the Pikachu-Colored Pichu from the 12th movie downloads will play a role in HeartGold and SoulSilver, apparently activating an event within Ilex Forest once transferred over.

    No specific release date has been mentioned by any official source yet, though rumors are flying that the games will hit shelves sometime toward the second half of September.

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    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!

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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).

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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.

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