The Worlds Activity Zone currently has demos for the “Pokemon Trading Card Game Classic!” I was able to take photos of the cards and accessories.
As posted last year, this premium boxed product will contain three 60-card decks headlined by Base Set Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise. Each of the decks will contain new and reprinted cards, although all of them are illegal for tournament play. The Japanese product will release in October and cost 35,000 yen (about $275). No English pricing or release date has been revealed yet, but it’ll release in “late fall.”
Every card in these decks is holo. The cards feature a “glittery” holofoil paper. Whereas all the Japanese cards feature holofoil borders, only English cards from the Scarlet & Violet era have them — matching how the cards were originally printed in English.
Lugia ex, Ho-Oh ex, and Suicune ex are the only cards in the decks printed on their normal holofoil. As I’ve speculated before, this is probably because any other holofoil makes it difficult to see their backgrounds.
For English fans, the decks feature a classic Mr. Mime card that was never released overseas! In Japan, this card was originally released in the Vending Machine sets in November 1998; the artwork on the card was part of the TCG’s first illustration contest in 1997. TPCi would have needed to pretend it’s 1999 to localize the card today, although they already practiced that for cards like Greninja LV.X in Celebrations.
Except for the Basic Energy cards, absolutely none of the cards in these decks are legal for tournament play. Even the new Pokemon ex are not legal. All of the cards, except the Basic Energy, say “This card cannot be used in official tournaments” on the bottom. This product is meant to be a standalone gaming experience for challenging your friends and family.
Here are the full lists for the three decks, with the Japanese cards on the left and the English cards on the right:
In terms of accessories, we already posted the product includes a foldable game board, three deck boxes, three sets of card sleeves, metal orbs that take the place of coins, and 3D damage counters that can be stacked.
For the two metal balls, you throw them down a plastic ramp in the middle of the accessories container. They’ll land in a heads or tails slot. Pretty nifty!
Here’s more photos of the cards I snapped: