Tuesday - January 6th, 2009 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Still trying to move to the new system. Expect downtime tomorrow. I anticipate crashing, freezing, and “All system down.”

    The first English card from the next TCG set, Platinum, has been revealed! It is Giratina in its Origin Forme. Click the thumbnail below for a larger image of the card. It will be holographic in real life.

    Remember, Platinum will consist of unreleased movie 11 cards from Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky (like Shaymin and Giratina) and probably all cards from Galactic’s Conquest.

    Giratina (Origin Forme) from Platinum - #10
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    Monday - January 5th, 2009 @ 3 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The back-end to PokeBeach is completely busted. I am probably going to delete the entire system tomorrow and replace it with a new system that I have been working on for the past few weeks. There may be some downtime. But at least we finally have some news!

    To The Conquering of Space Time - Movie 12 - Sticker Product

    All About Pokemon Figures has discovered a sticker product advertisement for To the Conquering of Space-Time, naming a new “Pokemon A.” This happened last year in which “New Pokemon A and B” labels were posted on various movie 11 products, later turning out to be Shaymin Sky Forme and Giratina Origin Forme. The new Pokemon may be Arceus, though that is merely speculation at this point.

    The sticker product, amid our heroes’ Pokemon and Pokemon we already know will be in the 12th movie, names Heatran as a sticker. Could Heatran be in the film as well? Sometimes Pokemon products feature Pokemon unrelated to what the products are promoting, so we cannot know with any certainty.

    Monferno and Staraptor are among the movie 12 stickers too. Is this a hint that Ash’s Chimchar and Staravia are going to evolve soon?

    As we reported early last month, a new Pokemon is going to be revealed at the Japanese World Hobby Fair on January 18th. Will it be this new Pokemon A? Arceus? Something else? We’ll find out soon!

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    Wednesday - December 31st, 2008 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    *tumbleweed*
    This has got to be the slowest news month in Pokemon history. Come back in 2009 for more news! Glad the year is almost over – good riddance 2008. Hope 2009 is much brighter.

    I knew I forgot to do something! Last week’s time’s quiz asked, “Which of the following real-world animals HAS BEEN made into a Pokemon?” The correct answer was a chicken (Torchic, Combusken, Blaziken), which 42% of the voters chose correctly. The moose came in second place, but there are no moose Pokemon (did you confuse a moose with Stantler?).

    Since this is the second time the correct answer has been in first place (though not answered by a majority of the people), the score is… WPM: 7, Voters: 2. Try this week’s quiz!

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    Monday - December 29th, 2008 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    In DP111, “The Ruins of Iron Island,” Team Galactic Mars and her Purugly are scheduled to appear. Following is DP112, “The Pikachu-Piplup Odyssey,” in which Pikachu and Piplup get lost and encounter Deoxys. This will mark Deoxys’ third appearance in the animé. DP111 will air in Japan on January 22nd while DP112 will air on the 29th.

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    Monday - December 29th, 2008 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Super Smash Brothers is going to be released in Japan on the Wii’s Virtual Console sometime this January. It is the very first game of the Super Smash Brothers series, the latest incarnation being Super Smash Brothers Brawl. The game will cost 1,200 Wii points ($12).

    There is no word yet on if or when it will be released in America. The Japanese re-release comes almost 10 years after its original Nintendo 64 release of January 21st, 1999, so perhaps America will get the game in April (since it was released here April 26th, 1999).

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    Sunday - December 28th, 2008 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Redshark has been updated to fix errors on a Magneton and Magnezone card that many people were reporting (guess they’re popular cards). You can download the new installer by right clicking and saving this link.

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    Sunday - December 28th, 2008 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Lack of updates on PokeBeach = lack of news in the Pokemon world.

    Toho has sent us real scans of Bonds to the End of Time cards, which have been added to the set’s page. Bangiras has also gone through all of the translations and fixed some errors. Enjoy!

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    Friday - December 26th, 2008 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    I hope everyone had an awesome Christmas yesterday and that you all spent quality time with your families! Family is the most important thing you can ever have… no matter what.

    We have received word on two Platinum tid-bits: there are six Pokemon LV.X in the set, including Giratina and Shaymin, as well as three Shiny Pokemon, which are again (ugly, scratchable, not-as-good-as-the-Japanese-special-holos) reverse holo cards.

    The three Shiny Pokemon are undoubtedly Vulpix, Swablu, and Lotad from Galactic’s Conquest. The six Level X’s will probably be the Shaymin from Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky and the Shaymin (Sky Forme), Giratina (Origin Forme), Dialga G, Palkia G, and Drapion LV.X’s from Galactic’s Conquest.

    As with previous sets, two binders featuring artwork from the set will be released. The first pictured below is a 4-pocket, 14-page binder and the second picture is a 9-pocket, 10-page binder. One of the Shaymin shown on the binders will probably be the artwork for the fourth booster pack of the set.

    Platinum 4-Pocket Binder featuring Shaymin and Giratina Platinum 4-Pocket Binder featuring Shaymin and Giratina
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    Wednesday - December 24th, 2008 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Platinum‘s two theme decks will be named Rebellion and Flourish. Rebellion will feature Giratina while Flourish will focus on Shaymin. To read more about Platinum, read this news story. You can also check out our spoilers and scans for Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky (11th movie-related cards in the set, like Shaymin LV.X and Giratina) and Galactic’s Conquest (the entire set) to see what Platinum will contain when it comes to America.

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    Wednesday - December 24th, 2008 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Pokemon.com has revealed the names of Giratina’s two Formes for the U.S. release of Pokemon Platinum. The Giratina we know from Diamond and Pearl will be called Giratina “Altered Forme” (known as “Another Forme” in Japanese), while the newly designed Giratina is named Giratina Origin Forme (as in the Japanese version of Platinum). The Giratina we have known for a few years is called “Another Forme” because the new Giratina is considered Giratina’s true Forme.

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    Friday - December 19th, 2008 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Mai_Kingdra, the creator of Redshark, is now looking for people who wish to test the prototype Mac OS X version of Redshark! If you would like to test it, please send an e-mail to redsharksupport at gmail.com and briefly state why you would be a good candidate.

    A screenshot of the prototype version can be seen below. Click the thumbnail for a larger image. If all works well, the Mac version should roll out to PokeBeach in early 2009. When that happens, Mac users will be able to practice the Pokemon TCG for the first time on the computer, plus against fellow Windows players through the internet!

    Mac OS X Version of Redshark, Pokemon TCG simulator
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    Friday - December 19th, 2008 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The Speed Gamers are an organization that raises money for various noble causes. This year, they are attempting to capture all Pokemon except for Shaymin and Arceus in order to raise money for ACT Today (Autism Care and Treatment). The gamers will be playing Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed, LeafGreen, Diamond, Pearl, XD: Gale of Darkness, Colosseum, Ranger: Shadows of Almia, and Pokemon Ranch to obtain all the Pokemon. If you would like to donate to ACT Today, you can do so through the Speed Gamers’ main website.

    You can watch a live feed of the “Pokemon-catchathon” below!

    [Video No Longer Available]

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    Friday - December 19th, 2008 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The official Pokemon Card website updated early this morning with all Bonds to the End of Time card images, which was rather surprising considering no official Pokemon TCG website has ever purposefully revealed entire sets before their release dates (maybe they’re learning from PokeBeach?!).

    We now have a complete page for Bonds to the End of Time, which contains all of the set’s translations, card images, and set information. A huge, huge thanks go to Bangiras for translating all of the cards so quickly and Jason for helping to HTMLize the translations while I was suffering from tooth and headache pain. :p

    Here are quick links for different sections on the set page: General Info | Key Cards | Set Themes | Main Set Translations | Gallade Theme Deck Translations | Infernape Theme Deck Translations | Set Blister Pack Promos | Set Card Images | Gallade Deck Images | Infernape Deck Images

    The Level X’s of the set and theme decks are previewed below, as are the reprinted Pikachu cards. To see the card images for the rest of the set and its theme decks, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the set page.

    Floatzel GL LV.X from Bonds to the End of Time Luxray GL LV.X from Bonds to the End of Time Alakazam 4 LV.X from Bonds to the End of Time Hippowdon LV.X from Bonds to the End of Time Flygon LV.X from Bonds to the End of Time Gallade 4 LV.X from Bonds to the End of Time Infernape 4 LV.X from Bonds to the End of Time Pikachu from Bonds to the End of Time Surfing Pikachu from Bonds to the End of Time Flying Pikachu from Bonds to the End of Time
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    Thursday - December 18th, 2008 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Pokemon TCG: Platinum logo

    As we reported earlier this month, the next English TCG set will be named Platinum. The booster pack images and set symbol of the set have been released, which you can view below (click the thumbnails for larger images). The set description is further down as well.

    I’m willing to bet the fourth Platinum booster pack will feature Shaymin. Also, all subsequent sets released will probably use “Platinum” as a prefix to the set name, similar to “Diamond and Pearl: Mysterious Treasures” but with “Platinum: INVALID SET SHORTCODE” instead.

    This set will most likely comprise of cards from Galactic’s Conquest and the movie-related cards we did not receive from Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky. The set description mentions this set will have 130 cards, which is quite large, in addition to the SP-Pokemon of Galactic’s Conquest.

    Platinum TCG Palkia Booster Pack Platinum TCG Dialga Booster Pack Platinum TCG Giratina Booster Pack

    Platinum TCG Set Symbol

    NEW WORLDS… NEW POKEMON… NEW POKEMON TRADING CARD GAME: PLATINUM! The Pokémon TCG: Platinum expansion puts you in the middle of the action when you face challenges no Trainer has ever encountered before! From incredible Pokémon LV.X like Giratina to the mysterious new Lost Zone, from the newly discovered Pokémon Shaymin to the villainous Team Galactic, you’ll discover worlds you never knew existed and fight battles you never knew were possible. The Pokémon TCG: Platinum is your first step into the next great Pokémon TCG adventure!

    Features of the new Pokémon Trading Card Game: Platinum:

    • All-new Pokémon Trading Card Game: Platinum release!
    • Never-before-seen Pokémon: Shaymin
    • New Forme of the Renegade Pokémon Giratina: Origin Forme
    • More LV.X cards, including Giratina and Shaymin
    • Includes all-new Trainer-specific Pokémon SP!
    • New game play area, the Lost Zone, adds lots of new strategies!
    • Features two theme decks built around the new Pokémon Shaymin and the Renegade Pokémon Giratina!
    • 130 cards in all!
    • Coming February 11th, 2009
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    Thursday - December 18th, 2008 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    In the episode of Pokemon that just aired in Japan, DP107: Rampardos vs. Bastiodon, two new commercials for Bonds to the End of Time aired revealing new cards in the set! New Pokemon shown were Mismagius GL, Bastiodon GL, Lucario GL, Rampardos GL, Mamoswine GL, Gengar GL, Machamp GL, and Floatzel GL LV.X. Since all of the cards are GL-Pokemon, all of them are also SP-Pokemon, making them Basic Pokemon.

    Low-quality screenshots of the commercials can be seen below. Expect the official Pokemon Card website to update with the new cards later today or tomorrow. When it does, we will have translations!

    Mismagius GL from Bonds to the End of Time Bastiodon GL from Bonds to the End of Time Lucario GL from Bonds to the End of Time Rampardos GL from Bonds to the End of Time Floatzel GL LV.X from Bonds to the End of Time Bonds to the End of Time Cards
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