Sunday - September 28th, 2008 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Epic, epic fail! The quiz question for this past week was, “Which of the following Pokemon originates from a fossil (in light of all franchises)?” A whopping 51% of the voters answered Relicanth… since when in the games do you take a Relicanth fossil to get revived? Relicanth, like its real-life counterpart the Coelacanth, is a living fossil; a fish that has not changed much in the millions of years it has swum the Earth’s oceans. The Coelacanth was thought to be long extinct until 1938 when one was found off the coast of South Africa.

    The answer to the question was Mewtwo. In Mewtwo Strikes Back, the New Island scientists took a fossilized remnant of a Mew’s eyebrow to create a genetically stronger Pokemon. In the video games, the story of Mewtwo’s origin is quite different, as explained in last week’s poll. It’s a shame Pokemon can never get anything straight across all of its franchises.

    This quiz should be the absolute easiest out of the past five. If the majority of you fail, I will blow up planet Earth… I am completely serious. 4-0 WPM. Get yo’ game on, voters! You have an F in Pokemon trivia!

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    Sunday - September 28th, 2008 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    According to Nikkei.net, the website of Japan’s leading business newspaper, a new Nintendo DS model is in the works. The new model will sport a built-in digital camera, music playback capabilities, and improved wireless functionality (these are not its only new features; these are all that are known right now).

    In regard to the improved wireless functionality, the article reports that the new model will be used as an information terminal. This probably means the DS will feature internet access and a built-in web browser (like with the iPhone and new iPods), though this would definitely require larger screens on the new model’s part. Nintendo released a web browser cartridge a while ago that allowed the DS to act as a web browser when in Wi-Fi range. Could that have been a precursor to having internet on the new DS model? After all, FireRed and LeafGreen were packaged with wireless adapters that allowed for wireless communication on the GameBoy Advance, and now we have wireless communication for the DS.

    From what the article reports on music playback, it indirectly appears like the new model will support some sort of memory storage. It could feature a built-in hard drive, since the article does briefly mention that the new DS can somehow record music from CDs. Another possibility is that it will support memory card usage, such as SD cards you store music on.

    It is not known if any future games will make use of the new built-in camera. It is probably unlikely, since such games would not be able to use a camera on the previous two DS models.

    Nikkei Newspaper also speculates Nintendo has added the aforementioned multimedia features to compete against other consumer electronics, such as cell phones (and probably the iPod, PSP, and digital cameras). If Nintendo can package a gaming system with the internet, an iPod, and a digital camera (which has not been done yet), then they are definitely creating a competitive product. The new DS is set to be released in Japan later this year, but a United States release is not planned at this time.

    Thanks go to Bangiras for translating the online newspaper article! We’ll bring you more news in the upcoming week about this new model as it becomes available.

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    Friday - September 26th, 2008 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Have to memorize 15 Japanese letters, read for Psychology, and go to bed two hours ago…

    The official Japanese Pokemon Card website has released the set list and theme deck lists for Galactic’s Conquest. Check out our full-blown page with all of the translated information by clicking here.

    There is a lot of new information today, and all of it is posted in the “Info” section on the top of the page (such as the reprinted classic Pokemon in the set, shiny Pokemon, etc.). There is one new card translation, which is at the top of the translation section. We have also posted the Battle Road promos and store promos Japanese players will receive, since the cards are themed after this set. (By the way, the Garchomp line promos we posted the other day and the shiny Milotic are not going to be given out at Japan’s Battle Roads, but their equivalent of our States; sorry for the error). Be sure to read the entire page if you want to know everything about the set!

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    Thursday - September 25th, 2008 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Giratina and the Sky Bouquet, Shaymin

    Mediafactory announced today that Giratina and the Sky, Bouquet Shaymin will be released on DVD in Japan on December 19th. It will cost 4179 yen (about $40). The DVD will contain several special features, including a creditless opening and ending, location concept art, idea sketches, and previews. The main movie runs for 100 minutes.

    Buying the first edition release of the DVD will grant you a special Shaymin key chain and a 20%-off coupon to Domino’s Pizza (for Japanese restaurants only, obviously). Guess you Japanese players can buy your Shaymin DVDs, then take the coupon to Dominos to get your Snorlax and Munchlax promos for cheaper!

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    Thursday - September 25th, 2008 @ 6 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    With every new Japanese set as of late, Pokemon Card Laboratory releases a visual book containing images of all the cards in the set. Each book always comes with a special promo card, such as Lucario LV.X, Heatran LV.X, Drapion LV.X, etc. The promo is always brand new and is usually released in the following set with different artwork.

    For Galactic’s Conquest, the visual book promo is Toxicroak G. It a reprint of the Toxicroak G we know to already be in the set, but with new artwork. Therefore this time around, the promo is not brand new. The Galactic’s Conquest visual book will be released on October 20th (ten days after the set is released) for 700 yen, and we should have a scan of the card by then.

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    Wednesday - September 24th, 2008 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    My second year of college starts tomorrow! I could take Spanish for only one year (since I took it in high school), but I opted to take Japanese instead for two years. Why take a brand new language, and for a much longer time period? For all of you, of course! Plus by the time Worlds comes around, I can harass the Japanese Pokemon officials in their own language. XD

    The Stormfront blister package, booster box, and theme deck box images have been revealed! The blister package contains one Secret Wonders, Majestic Dawn, and Stormfront booster pack, as well as a holo Dusknoir promo and starters coin (all of which is subject to change, since prerelease product images often use placeholders instead of what the actual product will contain). Dusknoir was given out at the Japanese Battle Roads earlier this year, and later through a Player Club promotion, since the Battle Roads were threatened by someone and canceled. Its translation is below. Stormfront and these products will be released in stores on November 5th, while prereleases take place the two weekends prior (the weekends before and after Halloween).

    Stormfront blister pack featuring a Dusknoir Promo Stormfront Booster Box Stormfront Theme Deck Box

    Dusknoir LV.49 – Psychic – HP130
    Stage 2 – Evolves from Dusclops

    PokePower: Dark Hide
    Once during your turn (before your attack), you may flip a coin. If heads, choose a Pokemon in your opponent’s hand and place it on the bottom of his or her deck. This power can’t be used if Dusknoir is affected by a Special Condition.

    [P][P][C] Spirit Wave – 70 damage. Move 2 damage counters on Dusknoir to 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon (ignore this effect if your opponent doesn’t have any Benched Pokemon).

    Weakness: Darkness +30
    Resistance: Colorless -20
    Retreat: 2

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    Wednesday - September 24th, 2008 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    If you are interested in auditioning for the PokeBeach podcast, check out this forum thread. We will be recording a new podcast this weekend hopefully.

    The official Norwegian Pokemon website has revealed a small image of Machamp from Stormfront. It appears to be card #20. Like with all Stormfront cards, Machamp originates from Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky.

    Machamp from Stormfront (#3)
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    Tuesday - September 23rd, 2008 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    When you attend a Stormfront prerelease, you will receive a pack of sixty card sleeves featuring Dusknoir as well as a Piloswine promo card with a special “Prerelease” stamp. Both images can be seen below.

    Guess all this leaves to be revealed are the scans…

    Stormfront Prerelease Sleeve featuring Dusknoir Stormfront Prerelease Promo Piloswine
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    Monday - September 22nd, 2008 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Dusknoir from Stormfront (#1)

    Dusknoir from Stormfront has been revealed! Click the thumbnail to the right for a larger image. This card will be holo when you pull it from a booster pack; the image to the right is not a scan of an actual card, but the image that is sent to the printers and printed on to holo paper. Dusknoir, like most cards from Stormfront, will come from Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky (IFDS). Check out the set’s spoilers if you want to know exactly what the English cards will do.

    Dusknoir’s card number reveals that Stormfront will only consist of 100 cards. Since IFDS and its Giratina vs. Dialga half-decks combined have 108 cards, it would seem as if eight cards will be removed from the English set (or maybe five will be removed, and three, being Charmander, Charmeleon, and Charizard, will be secret rares). What cards will be axed from the English set? Probably Shaymin, Shaymin LV.X, Giratina, and other 11th movie-related Pokemon. Then again, since the set description from the other day did not even reference the Charizard line or the Shiny Pokemon from the Japanese set, Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Shaymin, Shaymin LV.X, Duskull, Voltorb, and Drifloon could all be removed for a perfect absence of eight cards. Let’s hope this isn’t what happens!

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    Monday - September 22nd, 2008 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    As we reported last month, new holo POP 7 Latios y Latias promos would be available in Legends Awakened blister packs. You can now find them at stores like Target for $10.99. Each blister pack comes with two Legends Awakened booster packs, one Secret Wonders booster pack, a Rayquaza coin, and either Latios or Latias. Click the thumbnails below for larger scans of the Eon Pokemon. Thanks go to Omahanime for the scans!

    Latias from POP 7 (#3 - Holo) Latios from POP 7 (#4 - Holo)
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    Monday - September 22nd, 2008 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    At Japanese Battle Road tournaments, players will be given a Gible, Gabite, and Garchomp promo, in addition to a shiny Milotic for their Pokemon Platinum games. Battle Roads are part of the process of getting to Worlds for Japanese players, and since Worlds will now feature a video game tournament, it seems Pokemon is now “promoting” the video games at Japanese tournaments like never before.

    Bangiras has translated the cards and Milotic’s stats below. Note that Gible is exactly the same as its Mysterious Treasures counterpart, spare that it now has a promo stamp instead of a “DP2” stamp.

    Gabite and Garchomp Battle Roads Promos

    Gabite LV.33 – Colorless – HP80
    Stage 1 Pokemon – Evolves from Gible

    [C] Sand Veil: Flip a coin, if heads prevent all damage done to Gabite by attacks during your opponent’s next turn.
    [C][C][C] Mysterious Pulse: 60 damage. Before doing damage, remove 2 damage counters from the Defending Pokemon.

    Weakness: Colorless (+20)
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 1


    Garchomp LV.64 – Colorless – HP130
    Stage 1 Pokemon – Evolves from Gabite

    [C] Dragon Rage: 80 damage. Flip 2 coins, if even one is tails this attack fails.
    [C][C][C] Jet Sword: 100 damage. Discard 2 Energy attached to Garchomp and do 10 damage to each of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon.

    Weakness: Colorless (+30)
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 0


    Milotic (Shiny) LV.50 @ Toxic Orb
    ~ Rain Dance
    ~ Recover
    ~ Hydro Pump
    ~ Icy Wind

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    Wednesday - September 17th, 2008 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    HAHA SUCKAS! The question for the quiz this week was, “In light of all Pokemon franchises, which of the following is NOT true?” It looks like people were evenly divided between the first and last statement (as being wrong), but in actuality, both were completely correct. Only 10% of the people who voted chose the correct answer.

    • “Little boys sometimes wake up as Kadabra.” This is completely true. According to the FireRed and LeafGreen PokeDex entries, “It is rumored that a boy with psychic abilities suddenly transformed into Kadabra while he was assisting research into extrasensory powers.” “It happened one morning – a boy with extrasensory powers awoke in bed transformed into Kadabra.” The original Pokemon Green PokeDex said something similar as well.
    • “Spiritomb and Drifloon are made from spirits.” How could anyone even say this is wrong? Spiritomb is made of 108 malevolent spirits (108 also happens to be its number in the Sinnoh PokeDex, its weight in kilograms, and its Defense and Special Defense stats). “A Pokémon that was formed by 108 spirits. It is bound to a fissure in an Odd Keystone.” Drifloon is “A Pokémon formed by the spirits of people and Pokémon. It loves damp, humid seasons.”
    • “Cresselia and Deoxys originate from space.” This is the false statement. While Deoxys originates from space, no where does it ever say Cresselia does. The only fact we know about Cresselia’s origin is that it lives on Fullmoon Island.
    • “Porygon and Castform were artificially created by humans.” Porygon was created by the Pokemon Lab of Cinnabar Island, while Castform was created by Hoenn’s Weather Institute.
    • “Mewtwo is comprised of the DNA of Mew and Blaine.” – Again, this is true. In Pokemon Special (the most popular Pokemon manga), Blaine extracted DNA from his arm and spliced it with Mew’s embryo to create Mewtwo. The video games also state that Blaine was one of the scientists (along with Mr. Fuji) who were involved in the Mewtwo project… while the story is the same as the manga, the games never state whose DNA Mewtwo’s was spliced with. Essentially, the manga takes the story one step further. Maybe this is one of the reasons why Mewtwo from EX Delta Species is a Fire-type Pokemon? :p Of course, this origin story only applies to the manga and games.

    The point of this quiz was to obviously show you some of the more oddball Pokemon facts. “The More You Know!” Now try this week’s poll. It is much easier than previous quizzes, and the answer is blatantly obvious.

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    Wednesday - September 17th, 2008 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    According to Famitsu, Pokemon Platinum sold 967,675 copies in its first two days in stores (September 13th through 14th), shattering all previous Nintendo DS records to become the fastest selling DS game in history. On its third day, it surpassed the one million mark by leaps and bounds.

    For comparison, Diamond and Pearl combined sold 1.58 million units during their first week. At the rate Platinum is selling, it may break that record too. To this day, Diamond and Pearl has sold an impressive 5,571,456 copies, and Platinum is already about a fifth there in only its first two days. (Though of course, sales slow down each passing day, so it may even-out in the end. Still, the game is selling much stronger than D/P did during its first few days, so it will probably surpass them and to a quicker degree.)

    But remember everyone! Pokemon is dead, and you should be ashamed for liking it! Pfft, at the rate this game is selling, your friends will probably secretly own it in the future too. To read our extensive coverage of Platinum, you can check out these two, very long news stories: Pokemon Platinum Coverage [Sept. 10-12], Continuing Pokemon Platinum Coverage [Sept. 12-16].

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    Tuesday - September 16th, 2008 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    We are working on many Platinum pages and will have them all up within the next week or so. If we discover anything else groundbreaking in the game, we will post a new update. As of now, it seems like we picked it clean.

    The other night I decided to IM a few friends to ask if they wanted to do a podcast on Pokemon Platinum and Pokemon in general. They agreed, and we met and began recording less than 10 minutes after I asked. We are going to start doing podcasts every other week, so I figured we had to start somewhere. This is only a “trial” podcast. Our microphone volumes were all over the place, I had to keep adjusting my own microphone every 10 seconds (which is why the quality jumps all over the place when I talk), we did not prepare for the topics we discussed or even create an outline, DukeFireBird did not get much speaking time, and it was 3 AM in the morning after very long days. It’s not a bad podcast AT ALL, but next time, the technical issues will be worked out; hence it being a “trial.”

    People talking on the podcast: Water Pokemon Master (Jon), Bangiras (Ryah), Heerosferret (Gin), and DukeFireBird (Chris). We discuss Platinum, Pokemon in general, Japan, Pokemon in the future, the anime, the next two card sets, etc. We pretty much jump all over the place. Next time, we will have an outline and will clearly separate and discuss each topic. So don’t worry! We are aware of the issues and what needs to be fixed for the next one. ;)

    If you have a high-speed internet connection that works well, you can listen to the podcast by clicking the “Play” button below. If your internet connection is slower, hitting “Play” will cause the podcast to play and stop, play and stop, play and stop, so you can download the MP3 (right click the link and click “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”) and then listen to it once it has finished downloading.

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    Tuesday - September 16th, 2008 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Gracias a Mr. E, Kemony, Shaymin492, y Torterra Chips (and the friends at their Leagues), we now have all POP 8 scans! Click the thumbnails below for larger images. The POP 8 booster pack scan is also included.

    You have a 13% chance of getting a rare in a pack, a 27% of pulling an uncommon, and a 60% chance of burning a common over a bonfire. Trainers in general have the same chance of being pulled as any other uncommon card; of the 27% uncommon cards you pull, 30% of those will be Trainers. Rare Candy is the most common Trainer, followed by Night Maintenance, and then Roseanne’s Research. Luxray seems to be the hardest card to get out of the entire set, just as Gallade was in POP 7. The additional basic Energy card you get in every pack has an equal chance of being any basic Energy card.

    Heatran (#1) from POP 8Lucario (#2) from POP 8Luxray (#3) from POP 8Probopass (#4) from POP 8Yanmega (#5) from POP 8Cherrim (#6) from POP 8Carnivine (#7) from POP 8Luxio (#8) from POP 8Night Maintenance (#9) from POP 8Rare Candy (#10) from POP 8Roseanne's Research (#11) from POP 8Chimchar (#12) from POP 8Croagunk (#13) from POP 8Happiny (#14) from POP 8Piplup (#15) from POP 8Riolu (#16) from POP 8Turwig (#17) from POP 8POP 8 Booster Pack
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