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May 2005

 

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Mew Themed Nintendo DS!

-05/28/05-

 

A new Mew themed Nintendo DS will be sold in Japan. The pinkish Nintendo DS with a Mew silhouette on the cover of the system and inside the system on the left of the top screen, will go on sale on July 8th, 2005, and will be sold for 15,000 yen (the standard retail price of a normal Nintendo DS). The Mew themed Nintendo DS will be sold exclusively at the Pokemon Center in Japan. The pre-ordering period will begin on June 23rd through July 7th.

 

There's no word yet whether the Mew themed Nintendo DS will be released in the US. Check back here in the news for any new updates.

 

Pokemon XD in Europe Before Christmas!

-05/28/05-

 

Jim Merrick, Senior Director of European Marketing, was interviewed by GamesIndustry.biz on the topic of Nintendo's plans in Europe. In the interview, Jim Merrick revealed that Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness, will be released in Europe in time for Christmas:

 

Interview

Jim Merrick: You know, we've got two really strong titles. Right now we're enjoying the success still of Resident Evil, which has been very good for us on GameCube, and we've got good strong support from licensees continuing throughout the year.

 

Then coming in the holiday season, both Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness, which will be huge on GameCube, and of course, Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. That's going to be a huge game for us.

 

GI Interview: And we're definitely going to see both of those this side of Christmas in Europe?

 

Jim Merrick: You've got it. One of the strategies that Nintendo is really aggressively employing is the more global strategy - it's not to always assume that Europe is last, that Europe is months or years late on getting product. It's a difficult thing to accomplish. We think that people don't understand that adding seven languages to Animal Crossing does delay the game a bit... But that said, we are not going to be two years late, as we were with Animal Crossing on GameCube, on any other products.

 

Even last year, Zelda: Minish Cap launched first in Europe - before Japan, before the USA. We're doing that increasingly, looking at where the best opportunities in the market are globally, not the assumption that it'll be Japan, then US, then Europe.

 

And you know, from a practical standpoint, Europe is the only market that's growing. Year on year we have phenomenal growth in Europe, and there's tremendous potential here. Er, there. We're here. You know what I mean! [laughs]

 

Read the full interview here: E3: Jim Merrick on Nintendo's European assault

 

Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness, will be released in the US on August 4, 2005.

 

Related Links

Pokemon XD Page

 

Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness!

-05/17/05-

 

Nintendo at E3 announced the official English name of the next Pokemon RPG for the Nintendo GameCube, Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness.

 

Nintendo's page on Pokemon XD has also been updated with more a quick description of the game:

"Return to Orre for a new role-playing game in an expansive setting with a sinister plot and characters the likes of which have never been met before. With Eevee as their companion, players seek to unravel the mystery of Shadow Lugia. The fate and welfare of Pokemon lies in their ability to Snag and Purify them before itís too late."

 

A US Release date has been set for October 2005. The game will be released in Japan on August 4, 2005.

 

Game Trailer

Also updated on Nintendo's page is a new game trailer of the game, you can view the video here: http://www.nintendo.com/gameminiav?gameid=d5ee1100-0385-4455-b6ad-df678c8da714

 

Game Images

 

 

Related Links

Pokemon XD Page

Nintendo.com's Pokemon XD Page - Pokemon XD

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) - http://www.e3expo.com/

 

Nintendo's New Systems: Game Boy Micro and Revolution!

-05/17/05-

Nintendo has revealed their next systems: the next Nintendo handheld is the Game Boy Micro, and Nintendo's new console is code-named Revolution

 

Game Boy Micro

Description: The original Game Boy Advance fits comfortably into the pocket of a backpack. The retooled Game Boy Advance SP fits into a coat pocket. Now Nintendo takes aim at the pocket of your tightest jeans with the tiny Game Boy Micro system, quite simply the smallest and sleekest Game Boy product that Nintendo has ever created. Itís thinner than a cell phone, as chic as an MP3 player and as fun as a Game Boy. In an instant it attracts attention and positions the image-conscious player as someone on the cutting edge of cool.

The sporty, silver metal Game Boy Micro measures a mere 4 inches wide, 2 inches tall and 0.7 inches deep, allowing it to sit comfortably alongside todayís hippest technological gadgets. It weighs an astonishing 2.8 ounces, or about the weight of 80 paper clips. Yet Game Boy Micro has the same processing power and plays the same games as Game Boy Advance SP models, complete with standard face controls and gleaming shoulder and Start/Select buttons that literally shine.

 

For more information: http://www.nintendo.com/newsarticle?articleid=bd1fe151-e91e-4226-a7ec-d64c321d9479

 

Revolution

Description: Each generation of video game consoles builds on the past to set new standards for the future. As the company with the strongest heritage of innovation, Nintendo redefines expectations for all next-gen systems by employing a wide-ranging strategy to attract more kinds of gamers to more kinds of games. When Nintendoís new console, code-named Revolution, arrives in 2006, everyone will discover the meaning of All-Access Gaming.

 

For more information: http://www.nintendo.com/newsarticle?articleid=02ea1a40-ac09-4cdf-9548-91e5a4e78746

 

It's fairly safe to say that you'll be seeing some Pokemon games for the Game Boy Micro and Revolution, considering Pokemon is Nintendo's best selling title.

 

Nintendo World Store Recap!

-05/17/05-

 

The opening event over the weekend of the Nintendo World store attracted many fans to the huge block party. Some fans waited hours to get the Mystic Ticket given out to players. A special Munchlax course was also given out for those that had the Nintendo DS and Pokemon Dash.

 

The Nintendo World store and the Pokemon Center store will undoubtedly hold more events in the future!

 

Related Links

Nintendo World Store - www.nintendoworldstore.com

Pokemon Center Store - www.pokemoncenter.com

 

PokePark Fishing Rally DS!

-05/16/05-

 

 

Visitors of the PokePark in Japan are now able to receive the PokePark Fishing Rally DS game on their Nintendo DS handhelds through the Download Play feature.

 

The object of the game is to fish for Pokemon. Points will be assigned to each Pokemon based on their weight, level, and rarity. Players can then check the top 50 Pokemon caught with other players connected to the game. You can store up to five of your Pokemon catches.

 

As with all games played through the Download Play feature on the Nintendo DS, the game is not stored on the Nintendo DS permanently. It's meant for temporary play at the location only and the game will be gone once the handheld is turned off.

 

The PokePark Fishing Rally DS game will be offered until the end of PokePark, on September 25th, 2005.

 

You can view more screenshots of the PokePark Fishing Rally DS game here: PokePark Fishing Rally DS

 

Related Links

Official PokePark Website (English Version) - http://www.pokepark.jp/en/

Official PokePark Fishing Rally DS Page - http://www.poke-park.jp/news/050309_01_4_a.html

 

NASA and Pokemon Trading Card Game Team Up Again!

-05/16/05-

Press Release

 

 

NASA-Pokemon Trading Card Game Partnership Brings Fun and Energy to Education
NASA is collaborating again with the Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG). The partners are helping increase students' understanding of how the Earth functions as a system and how NASA research is protecting the planet's air, land and water resources.

Students can learn the real science behind the recently released Pokemon TCG called EX Emerald. In EX Emerald, Pokemon representing Earth, air and water engage in epic battles and redistribute the balance of power in their universe.

Posted on NASA's Kids Science News Network (KSNN) Web site, interactive activities are accessible to students and teachers. The fun activities teach them about Earth, environmental issues and events, including climate change, the ozone layer, remote sensing, rains, floods and tides.

NASA's education programs inspire and motivate students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by supporting activities in the nation's schools and distributing information through instructional and outreach products.

The NASA, Pokemon TCG collaboration incorporates science, technology, engineering and math into fun activity units for kindergarten through grade 6 students. The first collaboration involved learning activities about deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).

 

For more information about the NASA and Pokemon TCG collaboration, visit NASA's Kids Science News Network at:

http://ksnn.larc.nasa.gov/pokemon

 

For more information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/home/index.html

 

For more information on NASA's Center for Distance Learning programs, visit:

http://dlcenter.larc.nasa.gov

 

UPDATE: Pokemon XD: Dark Winds Dark Lugia!

-05/13/05-

 

 

The official Japanese Pokemon website has released images of Pokemon XD, they are the same images that were revealed in the Coro Coro magazine, but better quality

 

You can view the images at the Pokemon XD page: Pokemon XD, or you can view them at the official Japanese Pokemon site: http://www.pokemon.co.jp/game/gamecube/xd.html

 

Related Links

Nintendo.com's Pokemon XD Page - Pokemon XD

 

Pokemon XD: Dark Winds Dark Lugia!

-05/12/05-

 

 

Coro Coro Magazine has revealed images of Pokemon XD: Dark Winds Dark Lugia, for the Nintendo GameCube. You can view the entire magazine pages below.

 

Release Date

Japan: August 4, 2005

US: 2005

 

Coro Coro Magazine (Click to Enlarge)

 

Interview with Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales and marketing - Reggie Fils-Aime

Back in March 2005, IGN interviewed Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales and marketing. This is what he had to say about Pokemon XD when asked about it:

 

IGNcube: Finally, what is Pokemon XD?

Reggie: Pokemon XD is a brand new Pokemon game for GameCube. It's a true RPG Pokemon. It's isn't a sequel to Collosseum. It's a brand new build. A brand new game that really plays off the RPG aspects. So think of it this way. If you loved Ruby and Sapphire, you're going to love Pokemon XD for GameCube.

 

Pokemon XD at E3

Nintendo of America announced at the Game Developers Conference on Wednesday that Pokemon XD will be released in the US this year. Although a specific date is not yet available.

 

Pokemon XD is expected to be featured in this years E3, which will be held on May 17th - May 20th at Los Angeles.

 

Related Links

Pokemon XD Page

Nintendo.com's Pokemon XD Page - Pokemon XD

IGN Intereview with Reggie Fils-Aime - http://cube.ign.com/articles/594/594834p1.html

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) - http://www.e3expo.com/

 

Nintendo World Store Opening This Weekend!

-05/10/05-

 

The Nintendo World store will be opening this Saturday, May 14th. The Nintendo World store is also the new home of the Pokemon Center store. The first of its kind Nintendo World store will be offering a variety of products from Nintendo.

 

To celebrate the opening, a block party is scheduled for the opening day, May 14th. The block party will feature "interactive game kiosks, giveaways and gaming competitions, and even the chance to play against a celebrity. Nintendo prizes will be given out throughout the day."

 

Mystic Ticket

At the opening event, they will be offering gamers the Mystic Ticket, which allows you to travel to Navel Rock in Pokemon Emerald, Pokemon FireRed, or Pokemon LeafGreen. At Navel Rock, you can capture Ho-oh in Pokemon Emerald or capture Lugia in Pokemon FireRed or Pokemon LeafGreen. Just bring your game, GBA, and wireless adapter to the event and you will get a Mystic Ticket.

For more information: http://www.pokemon.com/catchem/

 

Munchlax Gift Course

If you cleared the regular Grand Prix by finishing first in all cups, you can get the Munchlax Gift Course at the event.

For more information: http://www.pokemon.com/munchlax/

 

Related Links

Nintendo World Store - www.nintendoworldstore.com

Pokemon Center Store - www.pokemoncenter.com

 

EX Emerald Released!

-05/10/05-

 

Pokemon EX Emerald is in stores now! EX Emerald was released yesterday, May 9.

 

Game Summary

The new Pokemon Trading Card Game: EX Emerald expansion bursts with powerful Legendary Pokemon to create some of the strongest forces ever! Feature Pokemon-ex from each basic Energy type, a color Pokemon-ex, powerful new Trainer cards and Legendary Pokemon as Pokemon-ex, this expansion speeds up game play and stimulates new challenges in deck building. Add in the new forme of Deoxys, along with the unveiling of a new basic Energy card design, and EX Emerald promises to provide the most intense battles to date. EX Emerald features over 90 new cards, including new Trainer cards and new holographic basic Energy cards, available only in booster packs. A special Box Topper Bonus is included in each booster display. The expansion remains compatible with previous releases.

 

Features

- Over 90 new cards, including Pokemon-ex and powerful new Trainer cards.

- Introducing for the first time - 6 new holographic basic Energy cards.

- New forme of the popular Deoxys.

- Special Box Topper Bonus card included in each booster display box.

 

Theme Decks

Also check out the two theme decks for EX Emerald: Wildfire and Hydrobloom.

 

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

 

JTB USA Pokemon Park 2005 Tour (Update)!

-05/06/05-

 

UPDATE (05/24/05): JTB USA has announced they're working on a new set of dates for the Pokemon Park 2005 Tour. Please check the news here at Pokemon Elite 2000 or JTB USA's website for any new information.

 

As mentioned in the news already, JTB USA is offering the Pokemon Park 2005 Tour to Japan, in which visitors will visit the PokePark, Pokemon Center Tokyo, and other tourist attractions in Japan.

 

JTB USA has provided us a flyer for the Pokemon Park 2005 Tour:

PDF Version (Adobe Reader needed): Pokemon Park 2005 Tour Flyer

JPG Version: Pokemon Park 2005 Tour Flyer

For more information on the Pokemon Park 2005 Tour: http://www.jtbusa.com/enhome/tour/pokemon_tour_2005.asp

 

Anime Tour

JTB USA is also offering the Anime Tour. Which will visit the PokePark, as well as the Gundam Museum, Fuji Television Building, Ghibli Museum, and Aichi Expo.

For more information: http://www.jtbusa.com/enhome/tour/anime_tour.asp

 

Related Links

JTB Website: http://www.jtbusa.com/

Pokemon Park (English Version Website) - http://www.pokepark.jp/en/

 

 

Pokemon Emerald Released!

-05/01/05-

 

Pokemon Emerald is now available in stores!

 

Pokemon Emerald Description

"Pokemon Emerald is storming onto Game Boy Advance with a vengeance. The third adventure to take place in the Hoenn region, Pokemon Emerald features all-new areas and exciting new plot twists.

The story begins when your character, a young aspiring Pokemon Trainer, moves to Littleroot Town. Crammed amid a truckload of boxes, our hero enters the foreign neighborhood eager to explore. Shortly into your journey a challenge arises and you must choose from three Pokemon -- Torchic, Mudkip or Treecko -- and begin a quest to become the world's best Pokemon Trainer.

Veterans of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire will recognize a lot of the locations in Pokemon Emerald, but many elements within the game have changed, the most exciting of which is the addition of the Battle Frontier. The locations and frequency of Pokemon are different, and you may even encounter a new Gym Leader in your journeys."

 

Related Links

Pokemon Emerald Page: Pokemon Emerald

Nintendo Pokemon Emerald Page: Nintendo - Pokemon Emerald

Official Pokemon Emerald Microsite: http://www.pokemon-games.com/emerald/

 

Winner Crowned in Pokemon Emerald Frontier Battle Brain!

-05/01/05-

Mike Papagianis (Second Place) and Chris Darrling (First Place)

 

From emerald.pokemon-games.com:

 

Chris Darrling has Been Crowned the Pokemon Emerald Frontier Battle Brain!

 

The dust has just settled at the Battle in Seattle, and Chris Darrling has won a trip for two to the new Pokemon Park in Nagoya, Japan!

 

Over a dozen finalist Pokemon masters met on April 30 at Seattle's famous Space Needle to duke it out in the Pokemon Emerald Frontier Battle, and Chris Darrling came out on top, defeating Mike Papagianis who also had a great day and finished in second place.

 

The United States and Canada were divided into seven competitive Battle Frontiers for a month-long series of knowledge tests of Pokemon characters and their abilities. Two finalists from each Battle Frontier bested more than 36,000 contest registrants during the Pokemon Emerald Frontier Battle competition online. These finalists put their skills to the test at the Battle in Seattle, high atop Seattle's Space Needle: the Emerald City Battle Tower.

 

"I was losing very badly until I pulled out Rayquaza. It had Hyper Beam, and I don't think anyone expected it to use that," said Chris, who hails from Florida and represented the Brave Battle Frontier in the competition. Chris defeated Saskatchewan's Mike Papagianis, who represented the Ability Battle Frontier.

 

In each battle, Trainers were allowed to choose three Pokemon to duke it out.

 

Read the full story here: http://emerald.pokemon-games.com/battle/index.jsp

 

Related Links

Pokemon Emerald Page: Pokemon Emerald

Nintendo Pokemon Emerald Page: Nintendo - Pokemon Emerald

Official Pokemon Emerald Microsite: http://www.pokemon-games.com/emerald/

Pokemon Park (English Version Website) - http://www.pokepark.jp/en/

 

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