This is a long one but it’s definitely worth reading!

It has been brought to our attention that there was a major translation error in the sticker advertisement story we posted the other day. Instead of the advertisement reading “plus a Pokemon that’s introduced in the movie,” it should be read “plus a Pokemon that appears in the movie.” This error invalidates the entire story, obviously, since any Pokemon can appear in the movie. There was actually a lot of debate among our translators regarding the translation’s meaning after the story was posted, but it was ultimately decided that the translation was accurate because the specific word is often used in Japanese to mean “introduce” (in terms of a character that has not appeared before) and because the Japanese wording was odd in the way it was stating that other Pokemon would be in the product. We have now determined that the advertisement was simply using ambiguous wording to generate hype, and therefore, I deeply apologize for the mistake.

Despite the above, thanks to Yaminokame, we have recently learned that CoroCoro is going to have a “world-exclusive” announcement in their next issue. In the current December 15th issue’s preview section of the upcoming January 15th issue, there is a little blurb that states: “Pocket Monsters Master of Illusion: Z Quick Report!! Because it’s CoroCoro there is a possibility for a world-first announcement!!” CoroCoro has revealed major news dozens of times before, including new Pokemon to be featured in upcoming movies, so the same may occur this time as well since the announcement is concerning the 13th movie; what better “world-exclusive” news to show than new Pokemon, especially since they are referring to their reputation in the blurb? The issue will likely be leaked on the Internet between the 10th and 15th, and when it is, we will find out what they are talking about! (A silhouette of a Pokemon is usually what they show first.)

But that’s not all! Pokemon Sunday, which will air two days after the magazine is officially released, has announced through their upcoming episode’s synopsis that they will be revealing a “secret” on the show. What could this secret be? It could be something, it could be nothing, but we’ll find out soon! It could be nothing though. Though maybe it will be something. We’ll see. Or maybe we won’t. But I’m sure we will!

And that’s still not all! In a recent interview with a Japanese newspaper, the president of Nintendo commented that the DS’s successor “[will have] highly detailed graphics” and “a sensor with the ability to read the movements of people playing.” Recently, Gamefreak, the creators of the main games, solicited to hire 3D artists. This was only two months before the 3D PokePark Wii was released, so perhaps they were seeking to employ more artists for the next game they would be working on – perhaps the 5th generation games. These are just theories of course, but perhaps Gamefreak, which had never released a 3D Pokemon game before, used the PokePark game to practice their 3D skills so that they would be better-equipped to make more “important” ones in the future (such as the 5th generation games, which will be on a system with powerful 3D graphics, though that doesn’t necessarily mean the games will use the 3D extensively). This would also explain why such a random game was released by Gamefreak – for practice! Again, these are just unsupported theories… what you would call “speculation.” In the past, though, connecting the dots has often lead the Pokemon fandom to discovering patterns and predicting what will happen in the future.

In the article, Nintendo’s president also refused to state an estimated release date for the DS’s successor, instead citing that the DS is selling extremely well now. This implies that the successor will not be released anytime soon, though it is definitely within sight. We can probably guess it will be released in 2011, since 2010 is too early and 2012 is much too far away for them to even be dropping hints about their next handheld. If this theory is true, this is definitely the perfect time to begin showcasing 5th generation Pokemon (if our other news stories haven’t convinced you already). Kecleon, Wailmer, and Azurill were the first 3rd generation Pokemon to be seen, revealed in March 2001 for 2002’s Ruby and Sapphire, and Munchlax was the first 4th generation Pokemon, revealed in May 2004 for 2006’s Diamond and Pearl. So this seems like the perfect time.

Remember, all of this is just theory based on some facts and some speculation. However, CoroCoro will probably reveal something major no matter what, and there will probably be 5th generation Pokemon coming soon no matter what. We’ll see what happens!