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August 2004

 

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Nintendo to Spend Millions to Advertise Pokemon Releases!

-08/25/04-

Nintendo plans to spend $1 million for advertising the upcoming Pokemon TCG set, EX FireRed and LeafGreen, which will be released on August 30th, 2004. This includes television, print, and public relations marketing support. Also, Nintendo will dedicate $5 million for advertising for the upcoming video games, Pokemon FireRed and Pokemon LeafGreen, which will be released on September 7th, 2004.

 

This shows that Nintendo is still dedicated to keeping Pokemon successful. Despite the fact that Pokemon has been around quite some time now, Pokemon is still doing very well in term of sales of video games and TCG.

 

Future TCG Releases: Deck Tins, New EX Set, & EX Battle Stadium!

-08/25/04-

 

Pokemon Deck Tins

Pokemon Deck Tins

Release Date: October 25th, 2004

Each Deck Tin will contain one of four random promo cards and a sticker set that matches the tin art. Each Pokemon Deck Tin will retail for $9.99.

 

New EX Set

Release Date: November 8th, 2004

The new EX set is the seventh in the series. The official name for this set has not been released yet.

 

EX Battle Stadium

Release Date: November 15th, 2004

This box set will include two sixty-card decks and two 10-card sideboard decks. There's also a guide for rules and strategy tips for building a deck. Retail price for EX Battle Stadium is $21.99.

 

 

Who's That Pokemon Trainer Contest!

-08/25/04-

Just watch Who's That Pokemon Trainer Week, on Monday, August 23rd - Friday, August 27th during Pokemon and look for the top trainer of the day, then login into the Kids WB website to enter: Who's That Pokemon Trainer

 

Grand Prize - 200 Grand Prize winners will receive a copy of Pokemon FireRed or Pokemon LeafGreen video game (the games will be released on September 7th, 2004).

 

First Prize - 1000 First Prize winners will receive a Pokemon FireRed or Pokemon LeafGreen theme deck (the EX FireRed and LeafGreen set will be released on August 30th, 2004).

 

Pokemon TCG World Championships 2004 Results!

-08/25/04-

The Japanese swept all three age brackets to win it all at the Pokemon TCG World Championships held at Orlando Florida, at the Walt Disney World Resort. The second place for the three age brackets were all US players, while all third place finishers were Japanese players. Here are the results:

 

Bracket 10 & under

First: Hayato Sato (Japan)

Second: Reed Wichler (US: Los Altos, California)

Third: Akira Miyazaki (Japan)

 

Bracket 11 to 14

First: Takuya Yoneda (Japan)

Second: Kevin Nguyen (US: San Diego, California)

Third: Takayuki Nishide (Japan)

 

Bracket 15 & over

First: Tsuguyosi Yamato (Japan)

Second: Chris Fulop (US: North Olmsted, Ohio)

Third: Go Miyamoto (Japan)

 

Over 300 players from 28 different countries participated in the invite only event. For more information and bracket results of the Pokemon TCG World Championships, go here: World Championships Overview

 

For prizes information and tournament information, go here: World Championships FAQ

 

Pokemon Rocks America in Orlando, Florida!

-08/25/04-

Pokemon.com has posted some pictures and video of the Pokemon Rocks America that was held in Orlando, Florida. Check them out here: Pokemon Rocks America

 

 

 

 

 

Sevii Islands League and Game Information!

-08/25/04-

The new Pokemon TCG League will be starting soon. The eight seasons will focus on the Sevii Islands. The Sevii Islands is in the new Pokemon FireRed and Pokemon LeafGreen games. The Trainer Tower will represent the last season, which can be found in the last island in the games. Here's the schedule:

 

Knot Island: 9/19/04 - 10/30/04

Boon Island: 10/31/04 - 12/18/04

Kin Island: 12/19/04 - 2/12/05

Floe Island: 2/13/05 - 3/26/05

Chrono Island: 3/27/05 - 5/7/05

Fortune Island: 5/8/05 - 6/18/05

Quest Island: 6/19/05 - 7/30/05

Trainer Tower: 7/31/05 - 9/17/05

 

For more information about the Pokemon TCG League, go here: Pokemon Leagues

 

Game Information

As mentioned already, the Sevii Islands appear in the Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen games, that will be released on September 7th, 2004. There are seven islands: Knot Island, Boon Island, Kin Island, Floe Island, Chrono Island, Fortune Island, and Quest Island. There are various things to do on these islands, and you can find wild Pokemon from Johto. Also, there are two additional islands: Navel Island and Birth Island.

 

Navel Island
 

How to get there: By using the Mystery Ticket
What's there: Capture Lugia and Ho-oh

 

Birth Island

How to get there: By using the Aurora Ticket
What's there: Capture Deoxys 

 

The Mystery Ticket and the Aurora Ticket can not be found in the game. You can only receive these special items from a Nintendo promotion. This is similar to the Eon Ticket for Ruby/Sapphire, which was given out at certain Nintendo events (for example, an issue of Nintendo Power Magazine had the Eon Ticket, you had to use the e-Reader device to transfer it to your game. It was also given out at the Pokemon Center NY store).

 

New Pokemon Emerald Screenshots - Battle Frontier!

-08/14/04-

 

The Battle Frontier, the new feature in Pokemon emerald, offers seven different battling types. So far, four have been revealed, while three more have yet to be revealed.

 

 

Battle Fronter

 

Battle Tube

 

Battle Arena

 

Pokemon Factory

 

New Deoxys Form and Screenshots!

-08/14/04-

 

Here's some new screenshots of Deoxys in Pokemon Emerald. As many of you may know already, each version in the past has a different form of Deoxys (as well as different stats and movesets):

 

Ruby/Sapphire Game Image:

FireRed Game Image:

LeafGreen Game Image:

Emerald Game Image:

Emerald Form of Deoxys

Leer

Wrap

Night Shade

Double Team

Knock Off

Pursuit

Psychic

Swift

Agility

Recover

Psycho Boost

Extremespeed

Lv. -
Lv. -

Lv. 5

Lv. 10

Lv. 15

Lv. 20

Lv. 25

Lv. 30

Lv. 35

Lv. 40

Lv. 45

Lv. 50

 

The Emerald form of Deoxys has higher speed compared to the Ruby/Sapphire form of Deoxys. While the FireRed form has higher attack and special attack, and the LeafGreen form has higher defense and special defense.

 

For more information about Deoxys, go here: Jirachi and Deoxys

 

Screenshots - Deoxys in Pokemon Emerald

 

 

 

 

 

Pokemon Events: Pokemon Rocks America & Pokemon Fun Day!

-08/14/04-

Pokemon Rocks America

WHAT: Pokemon Rocks America in the Orlando, Florida area
WHEN: Saturday, August 21 (10AM – 4PM)
WHERE: Wyndham Palace Resort & Spa (Outside) at Walt Disney World Resort
ADDRESS: 1900 Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

PHONE: 407-827-2727

 

What to do there:

-Pokemon Gamer's Den (showcase of new and old games, including FireRed/LeafGreen)

-Pokemon Center NY (brining exclusive products from the store in New York)

-Pokemon 101 Clinics

-Pokemon Theme Song competition

-Trivia Challenge

-Freeze Dance

-Pokemon characters live

-Pikachu Volkswagen cars

-Water Pokemon Misting Tent

 

Also, the Pokemon World Championships 2004 will be held at the Walt Disney World Resort during August 20 through August 22, 2004. For more information on this event, go here: Pokemon World Championships 2004

 

Pokemon-TCG.com has also announced that Pokemon illustrators will be at the event:

"Pokemon is pleased to announce Mr. Ken Sugimori, Mr. Mitsuhiro Arita, Ms. Midori Harada and Mr. Takumi Akabane will be signing on Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22 at the Pokémon TCG World Championships. Schedule and details will be posted at the event."

 

Pokemon Fun Day

WHEN: August 28th 2004
WHERE: All Toys "R" Us stores

 

Giveaways at the event include Pokemon posters, Pokemon Trading Card Game Battle mat, Pokemon stickers, and Pokemon fan magazine. Trading Card game demos will also be held at this event.

 

EX FireRed & LeafGreen Prerelease Starting Soon!

-08/14/04-

 

The Prerelease Tournaments for the next Pokemon TCG set, EX FireRed &LeafGreen, will be starting soon. For dates and locations of the Prerelease Tournament, go here: EX FireRed & LeafGreen Prereleases Dates/Locations . And for more information about this event, go here: EX FireRed & LeafGreen Information

 

EX FireRed & LeafGreen will have two theme decks: FireRed and LeafGreen

 

This set will be released at the end of August.

 

 

EX FireRed & LeafGreen - Images of Booster Pack and Theme Decks

 

 

FireRed/LeafGreen Bundle Pak!

-08/08/04-

 

Nintendo Power has offered a new Pokemon FireRed and Pokemon LeafGreen Bundle Pak, and another special deal that includes Nintendo Power subscription and a FireRed/LeafGreen Player's Guide:

 

Pokemon FireRed and Pokemon LeafGreen Bundle Pak

-One FireRed or LeafGreen game (a choice of which version, Wireless Adapter included)

-Pokemon FireRed & LeafGreen Player's Guide

-Game Boy Advance SP Stereo Headphones

-1 year (12 issues) of Nintendo Power magazine

*Price: $54.95 US ($68.95 Canadian)

 

Nintendo Power and Pokemon FireRed & Pokemon LeafGreen Player's Guide

-1 year (12 issues) of Nintendo Power magazine

-Pokemon FireRed & LeafGreen Player's Guide

*Price: $19.95 US (27.95 Canadian)

 

You can order these deals at the Nintendo Power website: http://www.nintendopower.com/frlgbundle/

 

Related Links

Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen Page - Information and Screenshots

 

Nintendo DS Final Design and DS Games in Development!

-08/08/04-

Nintendo has stuck with the "Nintendo DS" name (there was a possibility that the system might have a different final name), and the final design of Nintendo DS has been revealed:

 

 

The final version of the Nintendo DS looks more stylish and has a more clean look to it. So everyone can take a deep breath now, it won't look like that rather ugly looking device device (it was grayish and more square) shown at E3 (Electronic Enternment Expo).

 

Nintendo DS is the newest handheld console by Nintendo. The main features includes the two screens, touch screen, microphone, and wireless connection. The device can produce 3D graphics and has a 16-channel sound. Nintendo DS is compatible with all current GBA games.

 

DS Games in Development

Many games have already been announced for Nintendo DS. Although a Pokemon game has not been officially announced for DS yet, you can be sure that a Pokemon game will make it's way to the DS system.

 

Nintendo DS is scheduled to be released in Japan and the US this fall, just in time for the holiday season.

 

For more information about the Nintendo, visit the official Nintendo page about DS: http://www.nintendo.com/ds/index.jsp

 

Microsoft Interested In Buying Nintendo?

-08/08/04-

 

No, Microsoft won't be taking over Nintendo today or tomorrow, but Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, showed some interest of acquiring Nintendo. Showing interest doesn't mean he'll get it (in fact, Nintendo has said it's not in merger talks and that's it's not interested), but it's interesting to see what Bill Gates feels about this.

 

As reported by Steve Lohr of the New York Times:

The article on the German magazine's Web site carried the headline, "Bill Gates: Interest in Nintendo Takeover." The article said that when asked about the possibility of acquiring Nintendo, Gates said how much he liked the company and that Microsoft would bid, if it were for sale.

 

"If Hiroshi Yamauchi calls, he'll get me on the line right away," Gates was quoted as saying, in a reference to Nintendo's former president and largest shareholder.

 

Microsoft does not dispute the accuracy of the quotation. But a company official who was standing nearby said that all the context and nuance were lost in translation. The comment by Gates, he said, was meant as an "admiring joke."

 

Nintendo's Response

For its part, Nintendo was not amused. Known for its Mario, Donkey Kong and Pokemon games and its GameCube and Game Boy machines, Nintendo is not engaged in merger talks with Microsoft nor is it interested, a company spokesman said.

 

(Read the entire article here: Microsoft In Play For Nintendo?)

 

There you have it folks. Gates seems to be interested or may have just been an "admiring joke." Nintendo isn't in any talks with Microsoft and shows no interest in merger talks. For those dreaming for a Pokemon game on XBox, keep dreaming, because Nintendo shows no interest to merge with Microsoft, even if Mr. Gates is seriously interested.

 

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