Wednesday - August 28th, 2013 @ 8 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Nintendo has announced a new 2DS handheld console that features all of the functionality of the regular 3DS, but without the 3D. It will launch on October 12th in America for $129.99, which is $40 lower than a regular 3DS. Launching on the same day as X and Y, in red and blue… they are definitely targeting younger children and families on a budget with the release of this unit. You can read a full review of the Nintendo 2DS on Kotaku.com.

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Monday - August 26th, 2013 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The Legendary Treasures booster packs have been revealed! The booster packs will feature Reshiram, Zekrom, Mewtwo, and Genesect. The blister packs will come with either a new Mew promo, whose translation you can see below, or a reprinted Dragons Exalted Aggron on alternate holofoil paper. The set will be released in America on November 8th, which is a month after X and Y will be released.

As stated before, this set is our equivalent of Japan’s EX Battle Boost and is supposed to hold us over until the first X and Y set comes out in February. With the announcement that tournaments will also feature the Black and White-on format starting sometime next year, this set will undoubtedly help newer players get cards that were first released as early as the Black & White set in April 2011.

We still do not know if America and Japan will sync their TCG releases, but we should find out right after this set’s prereleases in November. The existence of this set theoretically allows America to catch up with Japan’s releases, especially since there currently are no major X/Y TCG releases planned for Japan – it’s like they’re stalling for us! But we’ll see. This could all be wishful thinking.

Since Mewtwo and Genesect are featured on two of the set’s booster packs, we can definitely expect the English dub of Extremespeed Genesect: Mewtwo’s Awakening to premiere sometime around the release of this set.

Legendary Treasures Booster Packs Legendary Treasures Booster Box

Mew Promo

Mew – Psychic – HP60
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Clairvoyance
Once during your turn, if this Pokemon is your Active Pokemon, you may have your opponent reveal his or her hand.

[P] Psychic Exchange: Shuffle your hand into your deck, then draw 6 cards.

Weakness: Psychic (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

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Thursday - August 22nd, 2013 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

YouTube user NTowerTV has recorded their experience playing the X and Y demo at Germany’s Gamescom convention. Not only is the video good quality, but they were able to directly record the audio! You can see the demo from start to finish below; there’s a lot of small touches we haven’t seen yet.

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Thursday - August 22nd, 2013 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

A new “Kalos Starter Set” will be released on November 8th, the same day as Legendary Treasures. Each deck will feature either Chespin, Fennekin, or Froakie, will come with 60 cards, and will include a Black and White series booster pack. These will replace the usual theme decks that would have been released under normal circumstances with Legendary Treasures in an effort to hold fans over until the first X and Y set comes out in February.

Kalos Starter Set

First appearances from long-awaited Pokémon and a brand-new battle strategy! Which Pokémon will you choose to begin this exciting journey: Chespin, Fennekin, or Froakie? Pick your Pokémon and get ready to battle!

Chespin Deck— Show Your Strength!

Start your adventure in the Kalos region with the Grass-type Pokémon Chespin and this 60-card ready-to-play deck! With spikes, toughness, and resilient Grass-type moves, this new deck is perfect for the small but fierce competitor who never gives up! With quiet strength, it grows and grows to outperform and outlast the competition! Plant the seeds of your future victory start with the Chespin deck!

Fennekin Deck— Burn Up the Opposition!

Start your adventure in the Kalos region with the Fire-type Pokémon Fennekin and this 60-card ready-to-play deck! This new deck unlocks a world of exciting Pokémon battles and gives you the head start you need to battle and win in the Pokémon Trading Card Game! As a Fire-type deck, the Fennekin deck is full of powerful moves—grab it and blaze your path to victory!

Froakie Deck— One Easy Hop to Victory!

Start your adventure in the Kalos region with the Water-type Pokémon Froakie and this 60-card ready-to-play deck! This new deck leaps over the competition with Froakie’s unexpected powers, including all the shifting speed and thrilling moves that Water-type Pokémon are famous for! Move like a roaring river and carve your channel to victory— grab the Froakie deck and get ready to play!

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Thursday - August 22nd, 2013 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Pokemon has announced some very exciting changes coming to Play! Pokemon this upcoming season, as you can read below!

Battle Roads will now be named “League Challenge” tournaments and will be played at Pokemon Leagues at the end of each League season, allowing for more opportunities to play in the tournaments (and giving Pokemon League more of a function). Best-of-three will be implemented at tournaments above the City Championship level. Championship events will now have a max top cut of 8 and some of the larger events will be split into two days. The Professor Program will be reinvented to include all non-player positions under Play! Pokemon and will also feature a new ranking system based on tenure.

In addition to the Player Rewards program being discontinued, tournaments will now have entry fees for Masters Division players. This is because the Masters Division will now have increased prize support (just like the first 2003-2004 tournament season under PUSA, where you had to pay maybe $5 to play but got a lot more in prizes). If the entry fees are nominal, this should be exciting, especially since the prizes will reach further down the chain now!

Update: The season’s schedule is now up too!

Battle Road Tournaments

New for the 2014 season, Pokémon TCG Battle Road tournaments will now be associated with Pokémon League locations worldwide. Active Pokémon Leagues with a Tournament Organizer on staff will have the opportunity to run a League Challenge tournament at the end of each League season. League Challenge Championship Points awards and Best Finish Limits will not be affected.

This change will give more players an opportunity to test their mettle in a Premier Event, as well as give players more opportunities and flexibility to participate in League Challenge tournaments year-round.

League Challenge tournaments will continue to feature Swiss-only play with no top cut. Organizers of League Challenge tournaments will have the option to run best-of-three or single-game Swiss rounds.

Swiss Match Play and Single-Elimination Changes

Beginning in 2014, Play! Pokémon TCG Championship Events above the City Championships level will begin using best-of-three match play in Swiss rounds. Best-of-three Swiss rounds will have a time limit of 50 minutes plus three turns. As we make this move to match play, this also means that ties will be reintroduced into Pokémon TCG tournaments. Be sure to check the updated Tournament Rules documents for details.

Championship events will now also have a maximum top cut of eight players (Top 8). Some larger Premier Events will feature two-day splits, in which players with the top records from the first day’s Swiss rounds move on to play a second day of Swiss rounds prior to the Top 8 playoffs.

Pokémon Video Game Championship Series

Stay tuned for announcements following the release of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y on October 12th, 2013, for additional rules, format, and information regarding Pokémon video game tournaments. The Pokémon Autumn Regional Championships will be the final tournaments featuring Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 before transitioning to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.

Tournament Entry Fees

Beginning in the 2014 tournament season, Pokémon TCG Masters Division players will pay for entry into Premier Events. Fees charged for entry will be determined by the event organizer and will be included in each tournament listing well in advance of the event. Junior and Senior Division players will still pay no entry fees for Premier Events (aside from Prerelease tournaments).

Players in Pokémon video game tournaments will continue to pay no entry fees.

Changes to Tournament Prize Structure

Play! Pokémon will be increasing prize support in the TCG Masters Division to coincide with the change to entry fees. Masters Division booster pack prizes will be increased at City Championships level and above, and prizes will be given to more players lower in the finish order. Four additional World Championships Travel Awards will also be added to the U.S. National Championships Masters Division. On top of that, Tournament Organizers may choose to award additional prizes to one or more age divisions. Be sure to check the tournament listings for details!

Also new for 2014, U.S. National Championships Travel Awards and Travel Stipends will now be awarded to the top TCG performers in the season’s Championship Point rankings. Travel Awards and Travel Stipends will be awarded as follows, based on Championship Point rankings at the end of Spring Regionals:

  • 1st–16th: Travel Award and a $300 Travel Stipend
  • 17th–30th: $750 Travel Stipend
  • 31st–60th: $500 Travel Stipend
  • 61st–100th: $300 Travel Stipend

Pokémon video game players will also earn U.S. National Championships Travel Awards and Travel Stipends based on their season’s Championship Point rankings at the end of the Spring Regional Championships. Pokémon video game Travel Awards and Travel Stipends are as follows:

  • 1st–16th: Travel Award and $300 Travel Stipend
  • 17th–32nd: $700 Travel Stipend
  • 33rd–64th: $350 Travel Stipend

In addition, the 1st-place finisher in each video game division at each Regional Championships will win a Nintendo 3DS handheld system. Championship Points will also determine which players earn video game Travel Awards to the 2014 Pokémon World Championships. View the Video Game Championship Points page for more details.

Championship Points earned at the 2013 World Championships will not be factored into the rankings until after the U.S. National Championships.

Player Rewards Program

The Player Rewards Program will be discontinued in the 2014 season. We will be reallocating the funds from the Rewards Program into other Play! Pokémon programs throughout the year. Player Rewards for the 2013 season will be shipped out in the 4th quarter of 2013 to all eligible players.

Professor Program

All Tournament Organizer, League Organizer, and Judge roles will now be part of our new Professor Program. Professors will be ranked based on their tenure, activity throughout the year, and the exams they choose to take. Professor ranks will determine the rewards that can be earned and the opportunity provided to staff larger events, and will eventually dictate the prize support available for the events that they help organize and run.

The changes to the Professor Program will be introduced as the season progresses. Keep an eye on Pokemon.com for additional information as it becomes available.

Look forward to the 2014 Play! Pokémon season, with more opportunities to play, more prizes, and more fun for everyone! Keep checking Pokemon.com for updates as the season gets under way.

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Tuesday - August 20th, 2013 @ 8 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

That mysterious screenshot featuring Lucario against Blaziken may have a name now!

Gaming website Siliconera has uncovered two Pokemon trademarks for “Pokkén Fighters” and “Pokkén Tournament” filed by TPCi. AAPF has also uncovered the Japanese name, “Pokkén,” which was filed under the video games category in the Japanese trademark database on October 10th, 2012.

The Japanese name is a combination of “Pokemon” and “ken,” which means fist / boxing / fighting. Could the screenshot below be from Pokkén Fighters, and could it be an upcoming Wii U game?

Pokemon XY Demo
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Monday - August 19th, 2013 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The first Pokemon TCG X and Y English products have been revealed! First up are the Chespin Box, Fennekin Box, and Froakie Box. Each box comes with a figurine of said Starter Pokemon, a holo promo card, and three Black and White series packs.

Second up is a blister pack that comes with three Black and White series booster packs and either a Chespin, Fennekin, or Froakie pin. All of the aforementioned products will be released on October 12th, the same day X and Y will be released in the United States and worldwide.

XY Starter Boxes XY Blister Pack XY Blister Pack Pins
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Monday - August 19th, 2013 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

As we posted the other day, November’s English set will be the last Black and White set. We have now learned that its name is Legendary Treasures and that it will be released on November 8th. It will be comprised of the cards from Japan’s EX Battle Boost.

Three X and Y starter Pokemon theme decks will also be released at the same time as the set. Could they be comprised of the cards from the X/Y Beginning Sets? If so, that will give even more credence to the possibility of TPCi syncing up the release of the Japanese and English TCG later on.

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Monday - August 19th, 2013 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Some Japanese fans who attended the Pokemon Game Show event this past weekend were crafty enough to plug in an audio cable to the 3DS units demoing X and Y. Because of their efforts, we can now hear X and Y‘s battle music in perfect quality!

Their recordings reveal that Pokemon from older generations have updated cries. In the first video below you can hear Crobat’s new cry at 0:12 and Mewtwo’s at 0:15. Pikachu’s cry is actually its anime voice as we saw in the Pokemon Amie clips from a while ago (0:04 in the third video).

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Friday - August 16th, 2013 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

A Pokemon X and Y demo is currently being showcased at the Pokemon Game Show event in Japan. Although the demo shows off new content, nothing too groundbreaking was revealed. Much of the demo content, as always, is just for promotional purposes and will not be in the final game (such as Professor Sycamore giving you a Mewtwo – it’s just part of the demo to teach you about Mega Evolution).

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  • To Mega Evolve, you hit a “Mega Evolution” button on the battle screen. You can still attack in the same turn.
  • Fennekin can learn Psybeam.
  • Friendliness, Hunger, and Play are three of Pokemon Amie’s stats. The food used in Pokemon Amie is called Pofule.
  • You now run by default.

What appears to be a screenshot of a new Pokemon game is also on display at the event. Could it be for the Wii U?

Pokemon XY Demo
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Friday - August 16th, 2013 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

A new Pokemon anime special based on Pokemon Red and Green will air in Japan on October 2nd. It is called Pokemon: The Origin and will star Red, who picks Charmander as his Starter Pokemon. He faces off against his rival, Green, and also battles Gym Leader Brock. Professor Oak, Lance, and Team Rocket will also appear in the special. Although the special is a one-time deal, it may actually span a couple of episodes, though right now we don’t know.

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Friday - August 16th, 2013 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The Pokemon Game Show event in Japan has revealed that the Fairy-type will debut in the TCG later this year, as predicted. This is following the introduction of the Dragon-type last year and Darkness and Metal back in 1999. No new X/Y set has been announced as of yet.

A new “Team Flare Grunt” promo card is also being given out at the Pokemon Game Show. It is a Supporter card that allows you to pick an Energy on the Defending Pokemon and discard it.

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Thursday - August 15th, 2013 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

We have learned that America’s next TCG set will be the last Black and White set, though we do not know its name yet. It will probably be our equivalent of Japan’s EX Battle Boost.

Considering Japan is not releasing an X/Y set when the games are released in October, it makes sense that America won’t either. So it may be a while until we learn if Pokemon will use the worldwide release of X and Y as an opportunity to sync the American and Japanese TCG. Stay tuned!

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Sunday - August 11th, 2013 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

It was announced during the closing ceremonies of Worlds that next year’s tournament will take place in Washington, D.C. This is the first time Worlds will be held at this location. The specific event venue and dates are currently unknown.

Also, congratulations goes to Jason Klaczynski for winning Worlds for a third time! I mean really?! And of course congratulations also goes to all Worlds competitors and top finishers!

  • Video Game Junior Division: Brendan Zheng
  • Video Game Senior Division: Hayden McTavish
  • Video Game Masters Division: Arash Ommati
  • TCG Junior Division: Ondrej Kujal
  • TCG Senior Division: Kaiwen Cabbabe
  • TCG Masters Division: Jason Klaczynski
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