Friday - February 5th, 2010 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update: This is why I can’t take real math classes in college. If you have four Slowking in play, you can flip up to four coins to cause your opponent’s Trainer card to fail, which means there is only a 6.25% chance their Trainer will work. Yes, the mistranslated Slowking was that powerful, and yes, I’m dumb when it comes to evil math. :D

    Sneasel and Weavile from Revived Legends

    Sneasel from Neo Genesis is to be reprinted in Revived Legends with updated artwork and the same attacks. However, it will now have a new Fighting weakness and will only resist Psychic-type Pokemon by 20 damage instead of the original 30.

    Back in ye olden days of the TCG, Sneasel was banned from the game due to its ability to deal up to 140 damage on the player’s second turn. Realistically it would deal less than that due to the coin flips required, but since the HP of Pokemon was much lower back then, Sneasel could still deliver serious and swift damage. Sneasel was banned along with the powerful Slowking at one point, though the latter was due to a mistranslated Pokemon Power that, at its worst, would only allow the opponent to use their Trainer cards 25% 6.25% of the time. In the current format, however, Sneasel won’t be as much of a threat due to its low 60 HP. Isn’t it interesting to see how much the TCG has changed since 2001?

    There will also be a Weavile in the set, as you can see to the right. It has a Pokemon Power that allows you to view your opponent’s hand to discard a card, though the Power can only be used when you place Weavile from your hand on to Sneasel. Its attack allows you to snipe any of your opponent’s Pokemon for 30 damage.

    Update (8:30 PM): New cards from the Tyranitar deck have been revealed! Bangiras has translated them all below. Bill is almost completely and utterly useless with Team Rocket’s Handiwork in the format.

    Houndoom – Darkness – HP90
    Stage 1 Pokemon – Evolves from Houndour

    [D] Bonfire Strike: 20 damage. If your opponent has any Fighting-type Pokemon in play, this attack does an additional 60 damage.
    [D][D] Dark Roar: 50 damage. Your opponent discards 1 card from his or her hand.

    Weakness: Fighting x2
    Resistance: Psychic -20
    Retreat: 1


    Weavile – Darkness – HP80
    Stage 1 Pokemon – Evolves from Sneasel

    Poke-Power: Snatch Claw
    You can use this power once during your turn, when you play this card from your hand to Evolve a Pokemon. Look at your opponent’s hand and discard 1 card.

    [D][C] Feint Attack: Does 30 damage to 1 of your opponent’s Pokemon. This damage isn’t affected by Weakness, Resistance or effects on the targeted Pokemon.

    Weakness: Fighting x2
    Resistance: Psychic -20
    Retreat: 0


    Rattata – Colorless – HP40
    Basic Pokemon

    [C] Gnaw: 20 damage.

    Weakness: Fighting x2
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 1


    Raticate – Colorless – HP80
    Stage 1 Pokemon – Evolves from Rattata

    [C] Cutting Fang: Does 10 damage times the number of damage counters on the opponent’s Active Pokemon.
    [C] Chew Apart: 30 damage. Discard 1 Special Energy card attached to the opponent’s Active Pokemon.

    Weakness: Fighting x2
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 0


    Team Rocket’s Handiwork – Supporter

    Draw 2 cards from your deck. Then, your opponent discards 1 card from his or her hand.


    Flower Shop Lady – Supporter

    Show your opponent 3 Pokemon and 3 Basic Energy cards from your discard pile, return them to your deck, and shuffle your deck.


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    Friday - February 5th, 2010 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Steelix and Tyranitar Deck Cards from Revived Legends

    A new Revived Legends commercial is currently airing in Japan and has been posted on the official Pokemon Card website. Two adults at one of the Pokemon Center stores are trying to convince a kid to buy one of the set’s two theme decks (instead of both?), and in the first commercial, he picks the Steelix deck, while in the second, Tyranitar’s is his choice. The commercial shows a few cards from each deck, which you can see to the right (click the thumbnail for a larger image). Remember, Revived Legends will be released in Japan next Thursday, and we will of course have scans and translations before then.

    In other news, there is a 70% chance I’m going back to Japan again this summer through the same program! I want to go again so I can grab fifth generation news, report on the thirteenth movie (maybe early again? :p), and go to the Ghibli Museum. The only thing that might prevent me from going is if my academic adviser tells me I should do my film internship this summer rather than next, but I’ll find out what my options are next week. I actually have a choice between going to Japan for a second time and going to Hawaii for the first time (around the time of Worlds). But since TPCi hates my guts and I don’t feel like promoting something of theirs due to all the trouble some people in their TCG department give me, I don’t think I’ll get much out of going there (other than threats from their lawyers or tomfoolery concerning why I can’t have a press pass :/).

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    Wednesday - February 3rd, 2010 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Two new Hoothoot and Noctowl promos are available early at Target stores in a blister pack containing a HeartGold & SoulSilver pack, a POP 9 pack, and both of the aforementioned promos. Hoothoot is HGSS #5 while Noctowl is #6, obviously meaning that all of the black star promos have been reset and are using the “HGSS” prefix now instead of “DP.” Promos one through three are probably going to be the Pokemon Prime reprints of Feraligatr, Meganium, and Typhlosion, while the fourth promo will most likely be the Pikachu available in the set’s three-pack blister. Click the thumbnails below for larger scans, which were sent in by menoknow3.

    Hoothoot HeartGold and SoulSilver Promo #5 Noctowl HeartGold and SoulSilver Promo #6
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    Tuesday - February 2nd, 2010 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Famitsu Magazine Pokemon Page

    Famitsu magazine’s Pokemon page for this month’s issue has been leaked on to the Internet. It doesn’t contain any information we don’t already know, but nonetheless reaffirms that the new games are most likely for the fifth generation. There appears to be some sort of interview on the bottom of the page, but it is too blurry to make out. Hopefully a larger scan will come out soon. Click the thumbnail to the right for a larger image.

    We’ve waited 4 years since Diamond and Pearl… the development of a completely new Pokemon series has been confirmed! What’s more, it will be released this year!? New Pokemon will appear!

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    Saturday - January 30th, 2010 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Junichi Masuda on Pokemon Sunday Next Week

    At the end of today’s Pokemon Sunday episode, Lucario presented a special video tape to the members of Pokemon Sunday, which they fought over to play. On the tape, Gamefreak director Junichi Masuda revealed a poster to the audience, but its contents were covered up by a question mark (you can see the top-right of the poster, but only the Pokemon Sunday logo is visible). During next week’s show, Masuda’s video message will be revealed in full. The Robert group is also going to play a game during the next episode where they try to guess who “Z” is (from the 13th movie’s title The Ruler of Illusion: Z).

    Could we be seeing new Pokemon or games revealed next week? We’ll find out soon! Thanks go to Filb for the screenshots to the right, which you can click for a larger image.

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    Saturday - January 30th, 2010 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Alph Lithograph from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#1)

    We now have all of the HeartGold & SoulSilver scans thanks to Torterra Chips, jade89, Legandaryhon, sonicyellow, burnpsy, Matt, Edward, Brandon, drksatir, and Alex. In a few weeks, our master card scanner, Shakespeare, will be scanning in his own collection with his high-quality scanner.

    Some notes! Pokemon Prime and basic Energy are not available as reverse holos. In the Japanese set, there were reverse holo Pokemon Prime cards, but that’s not the case for the English release. The secret rare Gyarados card is available in both holo and reverse holo versions, but Alph Lithograph, the other secret rare, is only available as a glossy card. As for box ratios, you can get 5-6 Pokemon Prime and 2-4 LEGEND cards per box. Basic Energy are in one out of every 3-4 booster packs. Pokemon Prime replace the reverse holo in a booster pack, so it’s presumably possible to get both a regular holo and Pokemon Prime in one pack. Alph Lithograph only seems to be available in one out of every three booster boxes while the Gyarados is in almost every box as either a holo or reverse holo. The silver Alph Lithograph card from the original Japanese set will most likely be thrown into our next English HGSS set.

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    Saturday - January 30th, 2010 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Be sure to check out all of those news stories from yesterday – it is rare that there is such a huge explosion of news!

    As some of you may remember, Bangiras previously translated the FAQ from the official Japanese Pokemon website for the LEGEND: HeartGold and SoulSilver Collection set. She has now edited the FAQ to use the English names of attacks, Powers, Bodies, etc. and has removed cards that did not make it into our set. The FAQ should help with understanding how a lot of the new cards work both on their own and when interacting with cards from previous sets. If you are a professor, you might want to read over the questions and their answers to be more prepared for judging prereleases this weekend.

    Remember, if you pull any of the HeartGold & SoulSilver cards we are missing at a prerelease tomorrow, we would greatly appreciate it if you can scan them it at about double the size of our current scans (300 DPI) and e-mail them as attachments to [email protected] Thank you so much for your help – all who donate will be credited!

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    Friday - January 29th, 2010 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Now that everyone has had a chance to look through the four stories posted today, I can post this now!

    Darkrai & Cresselia LEGEND from Lost Link

    A special 40-card mini-set called Lost Link will be released in Japan on April 16th and will be themed after the Lost Zone. It is not Japan’s third LEGEND set – rather, it is a standalone, intermediary set. Each booster pack will contain one holo, seven cards (instead of the usual eleven), and will cost 200 yen (instead of the usual 315 yen). There will be no Energy cards in the set, meaning the 40 cards are completely comprised of Pokemon and Trainers.

    Mew, Absol, Gengar, and Magnezone will be the four Pokemon Prime of the set and will each have attacks involving the Lost Zone. As pictured to the right, Darkrai & Cresselia LEGEND is also in the mini-set – the first of its two attacks is called “Lost Crisis” and does 100 damage to the Defending Pokemon, sending it to the Lost Zone if it is Knocked Out. As with the Legendary Pokemon of Revived Legends that are made from two different Pokemon, Darkrai & Cresselia LEGEND have the EX rule: if they are Knocked Out, your opponent takes two prizes.

    We’re not sure why they created a set like this, but we’ll find out soon. When will America see these cards? TPCi could probably stuff some of them into our next HGSS set, but we can’t really speculate anything at this time. The information above has been posted on our new Lost Link page, including translations of the set’s advertisement courtesy of Bangiras. You can find the link in the future under “Japanese Set Translations” in the left menu. As a side note, the images are not “dummy” images – the online store that posted them seems to have stamped them incorrectly.

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    Friday - January 29th, 2010 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update (5:00 AM – I really need to go to bed!!): Gamefreak director Junichi Masuda has also announced the new game(s) on his blog, linking to the official announcement below. He says that the game(s) are in development right now and that the work is secret. Obviously, whatever they’re working on will be the next main titles in the Pokemon franchise.

    The moment we’ve all been waiting for! The official Japanese Pokemon website has announced that a new Pokemon RPG will be released for the DS by the end of the year and that it will for sure feature brand new Pokemon. It’s the “first new work” since Diamond and Pearl as the announcement states, meaning it will more than likely be a main game like Red, Gold, Pearl, etc. This will be the first time two generations of Pokemon have been released on the same handheld system, though technically, the first and second generations were both featured on Gameboy (despite one being in color). Bangiras has translated the announcement below:

    An entirely new “Pocket Monsters” series is under development for release in 2010.

    The Pokemon Company (headed by Tsunekazu Ishihara) has announced that the newest work in the Pocket Monsters RPG series (Game Freak, Nintendo) is being developed for the Nintendo DS for release by the end of 2010.

    Since its first entry, “Pocket Monsters Red and Green” from 1996, the “Pocket Monsters” series has received high acclaim from customers around the world for its distinctive universe and gameplay that involves communicating between different versions to trade and battle. Sales for the entire series have climbed to over 130,000,000 copies worldwide.

    The “Pocket Monsters” series for the Nintendo DS made use of the dual screen, touch screen, and Wi-Fi connection for play. The latest project under development is a completely new work, coming four years after “Pocket Monsters Diamond and Pearl” which boasts worldwide sales of over 17,150,000 copies (over 5,800,000 in Japan). It should make an innovative, fresh start by adding even more new game play elements and new Pokemon.

    Please anticipate a later article with news about the game’s content.

    As posted earlier, the February 15th issue of CoroCoro is supposed to have a “surprising” announcement related to the 13th Pokemon movie, The Ruler of Illusion: Z. Could it be the revealing of a new 5th generation Pokemon? We’ll find out soon!

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    Friday - January 29th, 2010 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Reposting some of the information from yesterday’s article so you don’t have to read the old one…

    We now have 110 pre-prelease scans of HeartGold & SoulSilver! Click the thumbnails below for larger images and use your left and right arrow keys to scroll through the opened scans like a slideshow. Be sure to also check out the HeartGold & SoulSilver set list for a complete listing of its contents!

    If you pull any of the cards we are missing at a prerelease tomorrow, we would greatly appreciate it if you can scan them it at about double the size of the scans below (300 DPI) and e-mail them as attachments to [email protected] Thank you so much for your help – all who donate will be credited!

    Pokemon cut from the English release include the Beedrill, Crobat, Fearow, Octillery, Poliwrath / Politoed, Primeape, Ursaring, and Xatu evolutionary lines, while removed Basic Pokemon unrelated to any of the set’s evolutionary lines include Aipom, Stantler, and Tauros. No Trainers or Energy were cut, all remaining from the original Japanese LEGEND: HeartGold & SoulSilver Collection set.

    As stated before, the cut cards, random HGSS promos, and the recently released Battle Starter Decks and Expert Deck Leafeon vs. Metagross package will likely compose our second HGSS set, which will be released in May. Then, Revived Legends, the next Japanese set, will be our third HGSS set in August.

    Gyarados (the Red Gyarados, specifically) is a secret rare in the set and was originally a Japanese promo. It is card #123. Alph Lithograph from the original Japanese set is also a secret rare and is card #124. We don’t have scans for either yet.

    In the original Japanese HGSS set, basic “Trainer” cards were renamed to “Goods,” which is the Japanese Pokemon term for “Items.” This was probably to clear up past confusion caused by calling all non-Pokemon and Energy cards “Trainer Cards” while also having basic “Trainer” cards in existence. However, TPCi has decided to keep them called “Trainers” instead of renaming them as “Items.”

    Arcanine from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#1)Azumarill from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#2)Gyarados from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#4)Hitmontop from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#5)Ninetales from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#7)Noctowl from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#8)Shuckle from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#11)Wobbuffet from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#13)Ampharos from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#14)Ariados from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#15) Butterfree from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#16)Cleffa from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#17)Exeggutor from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#18)Farfetch'd from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#19)Feraligatr from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#20)Furret from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#21)Granbull from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#22)Hypno from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#23)Lapras from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#24)Ledian from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#25)Meganium from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#26)Persian from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#27)Pichu from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#28)Sandslash from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#29)Smoochum from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#30)Sunflora from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#31)Typhlosion from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#32)Tyrogue from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#33)Weezing from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#34)Bayleef from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#35)Blissey from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#36)Corsola from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#37)Croconaw from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#38)Delibird from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#39)Donphan from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#40)Dunsparce from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#41)Flaaffy from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#42)Heracross from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#43)Igglybuff from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#44)Mantine from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#45)Metapod from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#46)Miltank from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#47)Parasect from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#48)Quilava from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#49)Qwilfish from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#50)Skiploom from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#51)Slowbro from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#52)Starmie from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#53)Unown from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#54)Unown from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#55)Wigglytuff from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#56)Caterpie from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#57)Chansey from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#58)Chikorita from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#59)Clefairy from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#60)Cyndaquil from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#61)Drowzee from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#62)Exeggcute from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#63)Girafarig from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#64)Growlithe from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#65)Hoothoot from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#66)Hoppip from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#67)Jigglypuff from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#68)Jynx from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#69)Koffing from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#70)Ledyba from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#71)Magikarp from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#72)Mareep from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#73)Marill from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#74)Meowth from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#75)Paras from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#76)Phanpy from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#77)Pikachu from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#78)Sandshrew from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#79)Sentret from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#80)Slowpoke from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#81)Snubbull from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#82)Spinarak from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#83)Staryu from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#84)Sunkern from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#85)Totodile from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#86)Vulpix from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#87)Wooper from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#88)Bill from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#89)Copycat from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#90)Energy Switch from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#91)Fisherman from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#92)Full Heal from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#93)Moomoo Milk from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#94)Poke Ball from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#95)Pokegear 3.0 from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#96)Pokemon Collector from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#97)Pokemon Communication from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#98)Pokemon Reversal from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#99)Professor Elm's Training Method from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#100Professor Oak's New Theory from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#101Switch from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#102)Double Colorless Energy from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#103)Rainbow Energy from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#104)Ampharos (Prime) from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#105)Blissey (Prime) from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#106)Donphan (Prime) from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#107)Feraligatr (Prime) from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#108)Meganium (Prime) from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#109)Typhlosion (Prime) from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#110)Ho-Oh LEGEND (Top) from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#111)Grass Energy from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#115)Fire Energy from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#116)Water Energy from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#117)Lightning Energy from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#118)
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    Friday - January 29th, 2010 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    A special Jirachi will be distributed at Gamestop stores from February 27th to March 13th. It will know Wish, Confusion, Rest, and a move it cannot normally learn – Draco Meteor. It is at level 5, has a random nature, holds a Leichi Berry, and is inside of a Cherish Ball. When traded to HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Jirachi can unlock the Edge of the Night Sky PokeWalker course.

    Remember, the shiny Pichu distribution begins tomorrow at Gamestop as well! If you take the Pichu to Ilex Forest, Spiky-Eared Pichu will join your party.

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    Friday - January 29th, 2010 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The official Pokemon Card website has updated with theme deck lists for the Tyranitar and Steelix decks from Revived Legends. The cards included in each deck have been listed under our general information section. The website also updated with five new promos, two of them reprints of existing (or soon-to-exist) cards. Translations of them have been added to our promo section thanks to Bangiras! Additionally, the website released a new wallpaper to commemorate the Tyranitar and Steelix theme decks, which is in our set images section.

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    Thursday - January 28th, 2010 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update (9:30 PM): I have to go out to eat with my club since I’m an officer, but here’s what I’ve done so far. I’ll finish the rest over dinner then upload them when I come back in 3-4 hours (yes, we eat out late every Thursday night, which is why I’m always in such a rush to get back for the Japanese TCG set news!).

    I will be posting our HeartGold & SoulSilver scans later tonight, so be sure to check back! Right now I have put up the set list, which you should check out if you want to see a listing of the set’s contents! Right now I’m actually in a club meeting which will last for a couple of hours, but when I’m done I’ll be able to edit the scans. Check out this forum thread for my progress later tonight and register while you’re at it!

    Now for some information. Pokemon cut from the English release include the Beedrill, Crobat, Fearow, Octillery, Poliwrath / Politoed, Primeape, Ursaring, and Xatu evolutionary lines, while removed Basic Pokemon unrelated to any of the set’s evolutionary lines include Aipom, Stantler, and Tauros. No Trainers or Energy were cut, all remaining from the original Japanese LEGEND: HeartGold & SoulSilver Collection set. Gyarados (the Red Gyarados, specifically) is the set’s secret rare and was originally a Japanese promo.

    As stated multiple times before, the cut cards, random HGSS promos, and the recently released Battle Starter Decks and Expert Deck Leafeon vs. Metagross package will likely compose our second HGSS set, which will be released in May. Then, Revived Legends, the next Japanese set, will be our third HGSS set in August.

    In the original Japanese HGSS set, basic “Trainer” cards were renamed to “Goods,” which is the Japanese Pokemon term for “Items.” This was probably to clear up past confusion caused by calling all non-Pokemon and Energy cards “Trainer Cards” while also having basic “Trainer” cards in existence. However, TPCi has decided to keep them called “Trainers” instead of renaming them as “Items.”

    Again, scans will be posted later tonight!

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    Wednesday - January 27th, 2010 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Sorry for the lack of updates, but there’s no news this week and I’ve had lots of homework and two exams. The week before prereleases always fall on my school’s midterm week. :(

    Noctowl from HeartGold & SoulSilver (#8)

    Noctowl from HeartGold & SoulSilver has been revealed; click the thumbnail to the right for a larger image. The card will be holographic in real life. I will post our HeartGold & SoulSilver scans either tomorrow or Friday depending on how much time I have, so be sure to check back! Ideally I’ll have them up tomorrow night, but I have another exam to study for.

    To find a prerelease near you, you will have to do a search on Pokemon.com. Uncheck “Leagues,” enter your zip code and country, then select how far you are willing to travel. It took me quite some time to find that page, and I’d imagine little kids will have trouble finding it too, so spread the link and instructions around! TPCi isn’t doing a very good job of advertising it on their site – you would think they would make it easier to find considering prereleases start this weekend, this set is the start of a new block, and it is advertising the upcoming HeartGold and SoulSilver remakes. But it still seems they are having issues with their new site.

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    Saturday - January 23rd, 2010 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Photo of Movie 13 Merchandise - New Pokemon?

    Thanks to Salmon Nap from our forums and Heerosferret, we have discovered that the advertisement posted yesterday does not confirm a new Pokemon in the way we thought. The “New Pokemon Plush” title used for the Pokemon A question mark is actually the name of a new TOMY plush line. The reason for the confusion was that for the past four years all TOMY plushes have been released under the “Pokemon Plush DP” product line, so we assumed “New Pokemon” meant that it was a new Pokemon, not part of a new product line that is conveniently named “New Pokemon Plush.” Without knowing that there is a plush series called “New Pokemon Plush,” the wording does in fact mean what we originally thought. But TOMY recently created the product line, which includes Pokemon such as the pictured Jirachi, Manaphy, and Togekiss. Pokemon B is from the “Pokemon Plush DP” line, which is still seeing new releases and is not, despite the name, restricted to Diamond and Pearl Pokemon.

    As stated yesterday, Pokemon A and Pokemon B are confirmed to be Pokemon that will be in the movie. In the past, the hidden product Pokemon have always either been Pokemon we know are in the movie (Notched-Ear Pichu) or “new” Pokemon (Shaymin Sky Forme, Arceus). Pokemon A is usually the “new” Pokemon while B is something we already knew was in the movie. As Tangrowth has been featured on Pokemon movie 13 posters, we can probably assume it’s Pokemon B, though that’s obviously debatable since this is only speculation. Ho-Oh, Lugia, Entei, Suicune, and Raikou have already been released as plushes while Celebi’s will be coming out soon. If history repeats itself, Pokemon A could be a new or unexpected Pokemon. Why else hide it, especially when all known Pokemon in the movie have been revealed as plushes (with Tangrowth possibly being Pokemon B)? Remember, the February 15th issue of CoroCoro is set to reveal a “surprising” Pokemon that will be in The Ruler of Illusion: Z. Could it be Pokemon A?

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