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August 2003


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Pokemon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire Released!



Pokemon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire has been released today. The game is for GBA. This is the second Pokemon Pinball game. This new version includes the new Pokemon form Ruby/Sapphire. Many improvements have been made, such as the graphics and a lot of new features can be found in the game. There are many different bonus boards and a lot of Pokemon for you to capture, including the new Pokemon from Ruby/Sapphire. So get your copy of the Pokemon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire today!




More Pokemon Battle-e Cards!


Nintendo will be releasing a whole batch of Pokemon Battle-e cards, on October 20, 2003. These cards are used for the e-Reader device, then scan the card and you’ll be able to battle a trainer. There were a Pokemon Battle-e card included with Ruby and Sapphire, which were Lady Astrid and Gentleman Nils. You’ll be seeing more of these cards on October 20th!


In other e-Reader related news, Nintendo announced a new bundle deal that packs together e-Reader with a GBA. The package contains an Indigo or Glacier GBA, and an e-Reader and two packs of e-Reader cards, for $80. The e-Reader goes for about $40.  And if you buy a GBA alone, that’s already $70. So you’re saving $30 if you buy the GBA and e-Reader, not to mention the two packs of e-Reader cards. The offer starts on October 13th, 2003. Offer is available for a limited time.


Pokemon US Release Dates!


Here are the release dates for the upcoming Pokemon games in the US to keep you updated:


Pokemon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire for GBA (August 25, 2003)

This game will be released in less than ten days from now. Pokemon Pinball, with a Ruby/Sapphire twist!

[Pokemon Pinball: R/S]

Pokemon Channel for GameCube (December 1, 2003)

Think, “Hey You, Pikachu.” This interesting 3D game adventure involves Pikachu, in which you have to find lost TV segments and bring them back to the TV station.

[Pokemon Channel]

Pokemon Colosseum for GameCube (March 8, 2004)

Originally thought to be a December release, this game has been pushed back a few months into March 2004. Of course, this the most anticipated Pokemon game, following the success of Pokemon Stadium. With it’s intense 3D battles and the new RPG mode that allows you to capture Pokemon, definitely makes a good game.

[Pokemon Colosseum]



Pokemon Six Season This Fall on WB!


Announced in late 2002 when WB signed on for the sixth Pokemon season, the new season of Pokemon was scheduled to start this fall. It's right on schedule. We have now learned the date, which is set for Saturday, September 13, 2003. The sixth season will be set in new region of Hoenn, and of course, you’ll be seeing the new Pokemon of Ruby/Sapphire. Be sure to catch the start of the new season on September 13!


Pokemon Heroes DVD/VHS in December!



Pokemon Heroes had a limited and short stay in the theaters, but soon you can catch Pokemon Heroes on DVD/VHS. Pokemon Heroes for DVD/VHS will be released on December 16, 2003. It might be a good idea for a holiday gift, to give or receive. The items, both DVD and VHS, can be preordered at Amazon.com currently.


The Pokemon Heroes movie features the legendary sibling Pokemon: Latias and Latios. Though film critics aren’t exactly fond with Pokemon, since it’s really hard to catch on with the movies if they don’t watch the TV series. Nevertheless, Pokemon Heroes has received surprisingly better reviews than before. Many say the improved animation and a better plot is the reason they think this is the best Pokemon movie of the bunch.


If you weren’t able to catch Pokemon Heroes in theaters because of the limited release, you’ll be able to catch it on DVD/VHS soon! Once again, the release date is set for December 16th.


Next TCG Set: Pokemon EX Sandstorm!


After releasing EX Ruby and Sapphire, now comes the next set in the EX series: EX Sandstorm. This new TCG set will be released on September 17, 2003. The set will contain 108 cards, and will continue to feature new Pokemon from Ruby/Sapphire like Wailord and Typhlosion. EX Sandstorm two pre-constructed theme decks: Caravan and Oasis. Caravan features Cradily, and Oasis will be packed with Armaldo. EX Sandstorm will yet again feature e-Reader compatible cards for the e-Reader device for GBA.


Booster packs contains 1 foil, 1 rare, 2 uncommon, and 5 common cards, which makes a total of 9 cards per booster pack. Booster packs retail for $3.29 per pack. Theme decks contains 60 cards total, plus one holo card, card list, game coin, damage counters, and a rule book. Theme decks retail for $10.99 per deck.


EX Sandstorm marks the second set Nintendo will release under their own name. Before EX Ruby and Sapphire and EX Sandstorm, past sets were released by Wizards of the Coast. Nintendo has decided to release the TCG on their own after the contract with WotC expired.


"Pokemon Plush Toy Day" at Yankees Game!


It will be “Pokemon Plush Toy Day” at Yankee Stadium, for the game on August 9th at 1:05 PM (a Saturday). The first 14,000 fans under the age of 14, will receive a free Pokemon plush toy, there will be several different Pokemon plush toys you can get. Not surprisingly, this is sponsored by the Pokemon Center NY store.


The August 9th game will be against the Seattle Mariners. The official Pokemon website made a good point saying popular Japanese player Yankee’s Hideki Matsui will be at the game, just like the another popular sensation in Japan, Pokemon. But let’s not forget about the Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki, who was also a popular baseball player in Japan, and doing very well in MLB. Two great Japanese players facing off, with Pokemon Plush Toy Day at the game. A perfect fit.


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