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December 2004

 

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Expect a Big Year for Pokemon in 2005!

-12/30/04-

 

Get ready for plenty of Pokemon in 2005.

 

Tsunekazu Ishihara, President of the Pokemon Company, said Pokemon games are coming for GameCube, GBA, and the DS. Two of those games has already been revealed. The Pokemon GameCube game will be a RPG like game (as revealed in the news: First Screenshots of the New Pokemon Game on GameCube (12/13/04). And the Nintendo DS games, Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl, however, we don't have specific details on the game yet, or any screenshots of the game. It's a mystery right now what that Pokemon GBA game will be.

 

Junichi Mazuda, a head developer, says that Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl will offer a lot of new ideas: "It will become a new type of game that offers a number of new forms of play."

 

Also, the 8th Pokemon movie will be released in Japan on July 16, 2005.

 

Back In the US

Pokemon Dash on the Nintendo DS will be released in March 14, 2005. Pokemon Emerald on GBA will be released in April 2005. Once Pokemon Diamond/Pearl is released in Japan (sometime in 2005), expect it to be released in the US a few months after the Japan release.

 

Pokemon The Movie: Destiny Deoxys on KidsWB!

-12/30/04-

 

On Saturday, January 22, 2005, Destiny Deoxys will make it's premiere in the US on KidsWB. The movie will begin at 10:00AM-12:00PM EST (9:00AM-11:00AM PST). The countdown to the movie will begin at 8:00AM EST (7:00AM PST).

 

This release on KidsWB will be ahead of the release of the movie on DVD/VHS, which will be released on February 15, 2005.

 

Recap

What: Destiny Deoxys on KidsWB

Date: January 22, 2005

Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM EST (9:00AM-11:00AM PST)

 

Related Links

Pokemon: Destiny Deoxys

 

Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen Named Best RPG Game on GBA!

-12/29/04-

GameCube Advanced named Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen as the best RPG game on GBA for 2004. FireRed/LeafGreen also won the award for best multiplayer game on GBA.

 

 

Best RPG Game

"Why we chose it: 2004 was not necessarily the biggest year in RPG's for the GBA. Nevertheless, Nintendo's Pokémon series continues to shine through. Pokémon: Fire Red and Leaf Green are remakes of the original Red and Blue that were released here in the states. With only revamped graphics and music, Nintendo could have still made this a hit. However, they took the time to add new features, as well as add a new wireless multiplayer capability which was included as a pack-in with the game. Nintendo offered maximum bang for the buck with this package, as well as offer a 100+ hour game. Unless of course I am the only one that can play Pokémon for over 100 hours... "

 

Best Multiplayer Game

"Why we chose it: It might seem weird that a remake of a couple of games originally released back in 1996 could be 2004’s multiplayer game of the year, but if you have had a chance to play either version with friends you would understand why they’re deserving of this honor. Pokemon FireRed/Leaf Green offer a great mixture of depth, charm, and strategy while keeping things simple. The included wireless adapters (at no extra cost) allow you to connect with up to 40 other people to trade or battle in quick scuffles or lengthy monster battles. Besting your buddy’s collection of pocket monsters comes down to using the right Pokemon at the right time; it’s a pretty clever and addictive concept. This is one pair of titles where if you can find other players, the multiplayer will keep you as occupied as the single player, something rarely found in an RPG."

 

Check out the winners here: GameCube Advanced Awards 2004

 

Related Links

Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen

 

Pokemon TCG: EX Giveaway Winners!

-12/21/04-

EX Giveaway Prizes

 

Congratulations to the winners of the Pokemon TCG: EX Giveaway:

 

Grand Prize (1): 1 EX Battle Stadium, 1 EX Deck Tins, 1 each of the EX Team Rocket Returns Theme Decks (total of two), 1 Box of Team Rocket Returns Booster Packs.

Winner: Matt Dunford (CA)

 

First Prize (20): 1 each of the EX Team Rocket Returns Theme Decks (total of two), 2 each of the EX Team Rocket Returns Booster Packs.

Winners:

James DeLuna (FL)

Emily Burns (CA)

Andrew Salvia (VA)

Brandon Farmer (KT)

Matty DeSimune (NJ)

Trevor Holland (OR)

Daniel Jurado (TX)

Tony Tran (AZ)

Allie Parkin (CO)

William Brummett (OH)

Kenneth Wong (NY)

Nicholas Caporelli (MA)

Francis Mitchell (CA)

Keith Haas (TN)

Jacob Fisher (AL)

Armando Morales (NY)

Joe Fourhman (PA)

Blake Ruff (IL)

Katie Tice (GA)

Samuel McCullough (FL)

 

Note to winners: Several of you should have received your prizes yesterday (on Monday), if not, the package is still on its way and should arrive by this Wednesday.

 

A special thanks to Nintendo and the Pokemon Trading Card Game for making this giveaway possible.

 

Related Links

www.nintendo.com - Official Nintendo Website

www.pokemon-tcg.com - Official Pokemon Trading Card Game Website

Pokemon TCG: EX Giveaway - Learn more about the prizes given out

 

First Screenshots of the New Pokemon Game on GameCube!

-12/13/04-

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Coro Coro Magazine revealed the first screenshots of the newest Pokemon game for GameCube. Based on the screenshots, it looks like a RPG game. The graphics itself look similar to those of Pokemon Colosseum in Story Mode. Currently, it's not known what kind of game this will turn out to be. The game will be released in Japan sometime in 2005, a US release date is not available.

 

Be sure to check back here in the news for any new updates on this new Pokemon game for GameCube.

 

Images from Coro Coro Magazine

 

 

 

Destiny Deoxys DVD Art!

-12/12/04-

Destiny Deoxys DVD Art

 

Here's the DVD art for Destiny Deoxys, it will be released on February 15, 2005.

 

The art is slightly changed from the Japanese version. The new Pokemon Munchlax is added on, to shift some focus on that (Brock, May, and Max are excluded to make room for Munchlax's addition in the art). The background behind Deoxys has been changed from the two other forms of Deoxys, to Rayquaza.

 

Related Links

Pokemon: Destiny Deoxys - Information and pictures from the movie.

 

Dash: Munchlax Course Available Through Event in Japan!

-12/12/04-

 

It's already been known that you can unlock extra courses on Pokemon Dash by using the Pokemon from your GBA game, but now it's been revealed that you can also unlock a Munchlax course.

 

Of course, Munchlax is not in the Pokemon GBA games, so to receive the special course, Nintendo is holding an event in Japan in January that will unlock the Munchlax course for all those attending.

 

It's not known whether or not such an even will be held in the US, since the game isn't even out yet, but it's likely that we'll get a chance like this here in the US too (similar to how the Aurora Ticket was given out at the Pokemon Rocks America events here in the US for capturing Deoxys).

 

Ishihara: Two More Pokemon Games Before Diamond/Pearl!

-12/12/04-

Tsunekazu Ishihara, President of the Pokemon Company

 

Tsunekazu Ishihara, President of the Pokemon Company, revealed in a interview that two new Pokemon games will be released before Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl (no release dates for these games yet). Don't expect them to be RPG games like Diamond/Pearl, but more like other Pokemon games like Pokemon Dash.

 

It wasn't clear if the two new titles Ishihara mentioned included the already announced Pokemon game for GameCube. Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario and Zelda, first broke that news when he said that a new Pokemon game for GameCube is under development.

 

Either way, expect at least two more Pokemon games before Diamond and Pearl are released. The next Pokemon game that will be released in the US, Pokemon Dash, will be coming out March 14, 2005.

 

8th Pokemon Movie Details, Poster, and Trailer Revealed!

-12/03/04-

 

The 8th Pokemon movie will be starring Mew, who starred in the first Pokemon movie along with Mewtwo in Pokemon: The First Movie. The title of the movie translates into as: Mew and the Wave Guiding Hero. Information about the plot of the movie is still sketchy, but it's along the lines of the story of Mew and it's relation with the rest of the Pokemon world.

 

The trailer doesn't show much, just Mew and a glimpse of a castle. As the mini-movie poster suggests, Munchlax (or Gonbe, the Japanese movie) will be in the mini-movie.

 

The movie will be released in Japan on July 16, 2005. There's currently no official release date for a US release.

 

8th Pokemon Movie Trailer - Images

 

 

 

To view the trailer, go here: 8th Pokemon Movie Trailer

 

Related Links

Future Movies - Information and Pictures of the 8th Pokemon Movie

 

Nintendo Enters The Movie Industry! Also, Nintendo Online!

-12/03/04-

 

 

Nintendo has announced that it will begin to make their own animated motion pictures. The first of such films is scheduled to be around 2006. Currently, movies based on Nintendo titles, like Pokemon, are made by other companies. It's anyone's guess what movie Nintendo will make for their first one.

 

We'll just have to wait and see what Nintendo comes up with.

 

Nintendo Online Games

Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario and Zelda, revealed that Nintendo plans to bring the feature of online games within 3 to 4 years.

 

New Pokemon Game For GameCube in Development!

-12/03/04-

 

 

Shigeru Miyamoto, who created titles like Mario and Zelda (as well as playing a major role in Pokemon), spoke about a Pokemon title for GameCube in a recent interview with Famitsu magazine. He didn't say what the game will be exactly, but he did say that they are working with "strong allies" to create the game.

 

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