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Pokemon Announces EX Delta Species Prerelease Tournaments!

-09/30/05-

Press Release

 

POKEMON ANNOUNCES EX DELTA SPECIES PRERELEASE TOURNAMENTS

Players to Participate in Exclusive Card Preview Tournaments

 

Pokemon USA, Inc., a worldwide leader in the trading card game industry, today announced the upcoming Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG) EX Delta Species Prerelease tournaments. EX Delta Species Prerelease tournaments provide players the opportunity to preview and play with unreleased cards from the upcoming EX Delta Species expansion.

 

The Pokemon TCG Prerelease tournaments are held during the weekends of October 22nd and 23rd and October 29th and 30th. The official release date for the EX Delta Species expansion is October 31. Players are divided into three age categories: 10 and younger, 11 to 14, and 15 and older. An admission fee of $20 per player is charged for entry and includes six booster packs of the Pokemon TCG EX Delta Species, from which each player will build his or her deck. All participants will receive a Pokemon TCG EX Delta Species Prerelease Promo card and an EX Delta Species pin, while supplies last. As a participation prize for completing the tournament, players will also receive four Pokemon TCG EX Delta Species booster packs and two POP Series Two 2-card booster packs. Pokemon Organized Play (POP) provides players the opportunity to succeed at an intellectual sport and build their Pokemon TCG skills, strategy, and creativity.

 

For more information or to find a tournament near you, please visit http://op.pokemon-tcg.com/ .

 

Pokemon Organized Play Updates!

-09/30/05-

Official Pokemon Organized Play website updates:

 

Pokemon World Champion Curran Hill is at the presses to check the printing of his Worlds Championship deck! And we announce the release date for the new decks! [Here]

The prerelease tournaments for the new EX Delta Species are coming! Find out where they will be in your area! [Here]
Pokemon Rocks America is giving away Lugia cards! [Here]

Changes to Pokemon TCG Organized Play format are announced! [Here] (PDF File)
All this and a New Article – Fear the Feraligatr! [Here]  

 

All of these articles can be found at http://op.pokemon-tcg.com/ . Go check it out!

 

Pokemon XD Launch Celebration!

-09/28/05-

 

Pokemon XD Launch Celebration (Click to Enlarge)

 

 

To celebrate the launch of Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness, Nintendo of America is hosting the Pokemon XD Launch Celebration this Sunday on October 2nd, from 2PM-6PM, at the Nintendo World Store in New York.

 

What: Pokemon XD Launch Celebration

When: Sunday, October 2nd, 2PM-6PM

Where: Nintendo World Store, 10 Rockefeller Plaza at 48th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

 

- Purchase Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness and get a free Official Pokemon XD Player's Guide (while supplies last)

- Play Pokemon XD and experience the extra dimension

- Demo Pokemon TCG: EX Unseen Forces and earn a free booster pack

- Join in on Pokemon trivia, raffles, activities and contests

- Come meet Pikachu and check out the custom Pikachu cars - a great photo op

- Catch an episode from the new season - Pokemon: Advanced Battle - airing Saturdays on Kids' WB!

 

 

Can't get to the Nintendo World Store this Sunday?

Whether you can make it to the event this Sunday or not, you can check out the Holiday Adventure Sweepstakes from PokemonCenter.com . The sweepstakes ends on October 31st, 2005. So make sure to get your entries in! You can enter here: http://www.pokemoncentersweeps.com/

 

Grand Prize: Trip to NYC

This fun family trip includes:
- Airfare and accommodations for 4 days/3 nights in NYC
- VIP grandstand seats for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®
- $250 gift certificate for the Nintendo World Store at Rockefeller Center

 

Instant Win Prizes: Emerald Prize Pack

This cool prize pack includes:
- Game Boy® Advance SP
- Pokemon® Emerald Game Boy® Advance game
- Exclusive Pokemon USA Emerald Version Strategy Guide

 

Bonus Savings: 15% Off

Just for playing, get a coupon for 15% off purchases of $50 or more at PokemonCenter.com from September 16 through November 1, 2005 (excludes tax and shipping)!

 

Related Links

http://www.pokemonxd.com/ - Official Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkess Website

 

Game Boy Micro Released in the US!

-09/19/05-

 

The smallest console in the world, Game Boy Micro, makes it's debut today in the US for the retail price of $100. The main highlight of the new handheld is how small it is and the stylish look. At 4 inches wide, 2 inches long, and 0.7 inches thin, it weighs just 2.8 ounces. The Game Boy Micro is able to play all Game Boy Advance games.

 

The Game Boy Micro will feature a silver and black version, each comes with three removable faceplates.

 

The Europe release for Game Boy Micro is scheduled for November 4th, 2005.

 

Related Links

http://micro.gameboy.com/ - Official Game Boy Micro Website

 

Pokemon EX Delta Species Images!

-09/19/05-

Next in line for the Pokemon TCG is Pokemon EX Delta Species, here's the images of the booster box and theme decks:

 

Pokemon EX Delta Species (Click to Enlarge)

 

The two theme decks are Breakthrough and Steeplechase. Pokemon EX Delta Species is scheduled to be released in November 2005.

 

Product Description

Delta Species will be introducing an All-New Pokemon Species! In EX Delta Species, players share in the discovery of these rare and unique Dual Energy Pokemon, new Holon Energy, exciting new Trainers Cards, and a box topper in every booster box! With more than 100 new cards, EX Delta Species puts you in the Delta breakthrough!

 

Pokemon Advanced Battle!

-09/19/05-

 

The eighth Pokemon season, Pokemon Advanced Battle, premiered on KidsWB over the weekend on Saturday. The episode was "Clamperl of Wisdom."

 

Coming This Weekend - September 24th

 

Following "Clamperl of Wisdom" is the second episode of Pokemon Advanced Battle: "Really, Really Relicanth." The new episode airs this Saturday on KidsWB at 10AM.

 

Pokemon Rocks America 2005: San Jose Recap!

-09/19/05-

Pokemon Rocks America 2005 rocked San Jose over the weekend, with four more locations to go.

 

Official Pokemon Website Recap:

 


You can't say we didn't warn you - we told you Pokemon Rocks America 2005 was going to be filled with fun, prizes, and plenty of interaction with Pokemon fans! And we didn't disappoint -the atmosphere here is party, party, party! From the Blaziken's Goal Shot to our awesome stage show, kids of all ages have been having a blast here.

 

You could be next in the fun if you can get yourself to any of the next four locations that Pokemon Rocks America 2005 will be visiting:

 

Phoenix, Arizona (October 1, 2005)

-Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center

-http://www.ci.phoenix.az.us/CIVPLAZA/plazaidx.html

 

Dallas, Texas (October 8, 2005)

-Dallas Market Center

-http://www.dallasmarketcenter.com

 

Chicago, Illinois (October 15, 2005)

-Navy Pier

-http://www.navypier.com/

 

Boston, Massachusetts (October 22, 2005)

-Bayside Expo and Executive Conference Center

-http://www.baysideexpo.com/

 

Pokemon Torouze Video and Mysterious Dungeon Screenshots!

-09/19/05-

 

 

The official Japanese Pokemon website released a new video on their site showing off the next Pokemon game, Pokemon Torouze, a Pokemon puzzle game. You can view the video here: http://www.pokemon.co.jp/game/ds/trose.html

 

Pokemon Torouze will be released in Japan on October 20th, 2005, there's no US date yet.

 

Pokemon Torouze Video Screenshots

 

Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon

Also updated at the official Japanese Pokemon website, some new images of the Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon games. You can view the page for Mysterious Dungeon here: http://www.pokemon.co.jp/game/ds/dungeon.html

 

Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon Blue Rescue Force for Nintendo DS and Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon Red Rescue Force for the GBA will be released in Japan on November 17th, 2005, there's no US date yet.

 

Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon Screenshots

 

Last Week For PokePark!

-09/19/05-

 

The PokePark, the temporary Pokemon theme park in Japan, enter it's final week of operation. The final three days of the PokePark, 23rd, 24th, and 25th, will feature free events. On the final day, Pokemon singer Rika Matsumoto will finish off the festivities.

 

The PokePark at Nagoya, Japan, was opened on March 18th, 2005. It featured over 12 attractions, game arcade, event stage, shops and cafés.

 

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

 

The Revolution Controller and Pokemon Demo!

-09/19/05-

 

Nintendo has brought us two screens from the Nintendo DS. The world's smallest console with the Game Boy Micro. So how creative can Nintendo get? How about a completely redesign of the most recognizable items today, the game controller.

 

At the Tokyo Game Show event, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata revealed a brand new look for the their controller for their next system, the code-named Revolution. This won't be any game controller you've ever seen before, instead, it looks and feels just like your a TV remote controller. As Satoru Iwate explains:

 

"The feeling is so natural and real, as soon as players use the controller, their minds will spin with the possibilities of how this will change gaming as we know it today,” explains Satoru Iwata, Nintendo president. "This is an extremely exciting innovation – one that will thrill current players and entice new ones."

 

You can read the full story on the Revolution Controller here: Nintendo Reveals 'Revolution'-ary Controller in Keynote Speech

 

Pokemon Demo

IGN, a gaming website, was able to test drive the new controller. Here's some of the main features pointed out:

 

Main Controller Features

-3D Pointing. Sensors understand up, down, left, right, forward and backward.

-Tilt Sensitive. Controller can be rotated or rolled from side-to-side.

-Buttons Included. Has a trigger on its backside, face buttons, and a D-Pad.

-Multifunctional. Has an expansion port which can be used with different types of controller peripherals. Analog stick with two trigger buttons planned for left hand.

-Wireless. Totally wire-free. Currently there are no details on the max distance, source or power, or otherwise.

-Rumble Built-in. Included as a standard in all the controllers.

 

Some demo games were available, although quickly put together, showed the unique potential for the new controller. A Pokemon demo game was one of demo games put together, IGN described the demo as a "Where's Pikachu" game:

 

Demo #7: Where's Pikachu?

One of the crudest demos, the screen displayed a flat map with many Pokemon characters crowded together on it. It was a spoof on Where's Waldo, the famous find-the-needle-in-the-haystack illustrated book. The controller lent the ability to look left and right by just pointing the cursor across the map, but also zooming in by moving towards the screen (or zooming back out by moving away). One can imagine how a sniper rifle in a first-person shooter might take advantage of those kinds of controls.

 

Note that this is just a demo game to show case the Revolution Controller, there's no indication that it will actually be turned into a game.

 

You can read the full story on the hands on review of the Revolution Controller here: TGS 2005: Hands-on the Revolution Controller

 

Coro Coro Reveals More Screenshots!

-09/13/05-

 

The latest issue of the Coro Coro magazine released some new screenshots of the next Pokemon games: Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon and Pokemon Torouze.

 

Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon Blue Rescue Force (Nintendo DS)

Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon Red Rescue Force (GBA)

-Japan Release Date: November 17, 2005

-Description: These two games are based on the Mysterious Dungeon games from Japan. The Blue Rescue Force version is for the Nintendo DS and the Red Rescue Force is available for GBA.

 

Pokemon Torouze (Nintendo DS)

-Japan Release Date: October 20, 2005

-Description: Pokemon Torouze is a Pokemon puzzle game that will use the touch pen feature on the Nintendo DS. The object of the game is to line up four of the same Pokemon. Also included in the game is an adventure mode, which features the main character Lucy Lightfoot.

 

Coro Coro Magazine (Click to Enlarge)

 

Impressive Japan Debut for Game Boy Micro!

-09/13/05-

 

The Game Boy Micro made an impressive debut in Japan. The updated Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Micro, sold more in it's debut than expected. The stylish and compact size (they don't call it "Micro" for nothing) of the Game Boy Micro has attracted many fans to the new updated hardware. It went on sale for 12,000 yen.

 

The US release of the Game Boy Micro will come a week later on September 19th. It will retail for $99.99.

 

Product Description

Game Boy Micro measures just 4 inches wide, 2 inches long and 0.7 inches thin. It weighs 2.8 ounces, about the weight of 80 paper clips. Yet it boasts the same power as previous Game Boy Advance models, complete with the ability to play all Game Boy Advance games, a library of more than 700 titles. Game Boy Micro features a 2-inch, crystal-clear screen, and Start/Select buttons that glow with the cool neon-like blue found on many cell phones. The silver Game Boy Micro includes an "Ammonite" faceplate with a dark blue swirling pattern. It also will come with a "Ladybug" faceplate that features a ladybug on a large pink gerbera daisy, and a sleek black faceplate. The faceplates serve a secondary function beyond simple style. They form a durable, protective facade over the luminous screen of the Game Boy Micro.

 

Related Links

http://micro.gameboy.com/ - Official Game Boy Micro Website

 

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