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February 2006

 

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PokePark In Taiwan: Summer 2006!

-02/21/06-

 

PokePark, the temporary Pokemon theme park that was held in Japan, is now heading to the country of Taiwan. It will open this summer on June 23rd, 2006, and will end on September 24th, 2006. The PokePark will be held at the Shilin district, Taipet City.

 

The PokePark offers a variety of rides, arcade games, stage shows, shops, and cafes.

 

PokePark at Nagoya, Japan

PokePark originally started in Nagoya, Japan. It was held during March 18th, 2005 through September 25th, 2005.

 

Other Possible Locations?

It has been announced that the PokePark will move to another location after the Taiwan visit. The locations being considered are the United States, Europe, and Shanghai (China).

 

Related Links

Official PokePark Taiwan Website (English Version): http://www.pokepark.tw/en/

 

Pokemon National Video Game Championships: Qualifier Website Open!

-02/17/06-

 

The qualifying site for the Pokemon Video Game National Championships is now open, you can visit the site here: http://www.pokemon.com/pokemonchallenge/

 

Qualifying is currently open for Miami, FL. Qualifying for Tampa, FL on March 4th and Atalanta, GA on March 11th will be open on February 18th, 2006. You can pre-register before the qualifying opens. The qualification process is an online Pokemon trivia challenge. The first 64 contestant to score high enough in each age group will qualify (12 and under, and 13 and over).

 

2006 Still the Target Date for Diamond/Pearl!

-02/17/06-

 

2006 was the original target date for the release of Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl in Japan, and the date still stands. At the Nintendo DS Conference! Spring 2006, it was announced that Pokemon Diamond and Pearl will indeed be released sometime in 2006.

 

US Release Date?

There's no official US release date available, but expect it to be months after the release in Japan. For example, Pokemon Trozei was released in Japan in October 2005, but the US release is March 2006. It's not even released in Japan yet, so don't get too eager just yet. Sit tight and enjoy the games along the way that will be released before Diamond/Pearl (Pokemon Trozei, Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon, and Pokemon Ranger).

 

Related Links

Future Games

 

Twenty Additional Available for Download at Journey Across America!

-02/14/06-

 

We already know that Celebi will be given out at the Journey Across America event, but twenty additional Pokemon will also be available for download. The twenty Pokemon were the results of the top Pokemon voted by fans through the official website. Here's the complete list of the twenty additional Pokemon available for download:

 

Twenty Additional Pokemon

Bulbasaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, Alakazam, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Dragonite, Typhlosion, Espeon, Umbreon, Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Tyranitar, Blaziken, Absol, Latias, and Latios.

 

Qualifying Site Delayed

The qualifying site was suppose to open today, but due to the major announcement, the qualifying site will be delayed until February 16th, 2006. Registration for Tampa, FL, and Atlanta, GA will open on Saturday, February 18th. (Qualifying site will be announced here and at the official website when it's availabe)

 

Related Links

Official Pokemon Website: www.pokemon.com

Pokemon Sprites: Sprite Resource

 

Four New Pokemon Revealed!

-02/13/06-

 

 

The latest issue of Coro Coro revealed four new Pokemon. One Pokemon can be seen clearly, but the three other Pokemon are in silhouette form.

 

The new Pokemon are featured in the next Pokemon movie in Japan, the 9th Pokemon movie: "Pokemon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea." The movie will be released in Japan on July 15th, 2006 (No US date yet).

 

Manafi - Prince of the Sea is Born

The blue Pokemon's name is Manafi. The words left to it says "Prince of the Sea," along with "birth" or "born" - (Prince of the Sea is born).

 

Three Silhouette Pokemon - Rough Translation Descriptions
1st Pokemon: A fish Pokemon.
2nd Pokemon: Tail is split into two.
3rd Pokemon: Has a shape of a musical note (look at the head).

 

Coro Coro Magazine (Click to Enlarge)

(Click to Enlarge)

 

 

EDIT (UPDATE): "Manafi" corrected to "Manaphy." The Pokemon in the 1st silhouette has the Japanese name of "Tamanta." While "Perappu" and "Beizuru" are believed to be the second and third Pokemon (can't confirm which name corresponds to which Pokemon yet).

 

Related Links

Future Movies

New Pokemon

 

Journey Across America, One Hour TV Special, and Eight Movie Release Details!

-02/13/06-

Some more details has been revealed about the Pokemon Journey Across America, a one hour TV special, and the 8th Pokemon movie release date in a press release today:

 

Pokemon Journey Across America Activities

"The Pokemon Journey Across America tour includes many exciting on-site activities, including live costume characters, arts and crafts stations, a Pokemon Trading Card Game play area, exclusive character downloads for Pokemon video games (Celebi), and a 10th anniversary lounge to offer fans a look back at Pokemon through the years as well as a peek at upcoming product launches and anniversary initiatives."

One Hour TV Special: "The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon"

"In April, a one-hour TV special entitled "The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon" will debut on Kids' WB! and bring together everyone's favorite Pokemon characters to solve the unusual mystery of the Mirage Pokemon."

Eighth Pokemon Movie: "Lucario and the Mystery of Mew" - Release on DVD in Spring 2006

"Later in the year, the eighth Pokemon movie, "Lucario and the Mystery of Mew" is set for release and will feature never-before-seen Pokemon and the legend of the Aura Guardian. Join Ash and his friends on both of these adventures! Also, be sure to watch for the brand new Pokemon 10th Anniversary song and video, "Pokemon Go," which is sure to be the ultimate nostalgic tune for Pokemon fans everywhere." ("Lucario and the Mystery of Mew" is scheduled to be released on DVD in Spring 2006.)

 

Related Links

Future Movies

New Pokemon

 

Pokemon EX Legend Release!

-02/13/06-

Press Release

 

 

Pokemon Trading Card Game EX: Legend Maker Expansion Unveils Mysteries and Extends Game Strategy

Latest EX Series Reveals the Powers of Mew and Introduces a Reactive Energy Card


Pokemon USA Inc., a worldwide leader in the trading card game industry, today announced the release of the latest trading card game expansion: EX: Legend Maker.  This expansion boasts more than 90 new cards including seven new Pokemon-ex cards, and will give trainers a new look at Mew.


EX: Legend Maker will not only enable Pokemon trainers to learn how to exploit the potential of enigmatic Mew, it will present a new energy card. Reactive Energy interacts with each Pokemon in a different way, adding a dynamic twist to game play. A collection of new stadium cards will also expand battle strategies. Ancient Pokemon including Regirock, Regice, and Registeel will also make an appearance in EX: Legend Maker, offering players a chance to discover and harness their unique powers.


The Pokemon TCG EX: Legend Maker expansion will be available in two 60-card theme decks, Earthbreaker and Shadowquake.  

 

Theme decks and booster packs go on sale February 15, priced at $10.99 for the theme decks and $3.29 for the booster packs. Each booster pack features nine randomly inserted game cards (five common, two uncommon, one rare, one guaranteed holographic card). Theme decks include a 60-card deck, including 1 holographic card, card list, game coin, damage counters, an updated rulebook and a one-player playmat.
 

For more information, go to www.pokemon-tcg.com.

 

Pokemon Mobile!

-02/13/06-

 

Pokemon are teaming up with Zingy to offer downloadable mobile content that includes ringtones, wallpapers, and voicetones based on Pokemon. Wallapapers are going for $1.99, and ringtones are going for 2.99 (carrier charges, taxes and surcharges may apply).

 

For more information about Pokemon Mobile, go to the official page for Pokemon Mobile: http://www.pokemon.com/mobile/

 

Journey Across America & Pokemon Video Game National Championships!

-02/11/06-

Get ready for the Journey Across America. Celebrating 10 years since Pokemon's arrival in the United States back in 1996, the Journey Across America event will definitely make it a year to remember.

 

Part of the Journey Across America event, The Pokemon Video Game National Championship will begin on February 14th, 2006. That is when Registration period begins for the first stop at Miami, Florida. A new website dedicated to the tour will open on the 14th that will contain information on where and when to enter (the website will be announced on the 14th at the official website: Pokemon.com, and it will also be announced here in the news when it's available).

 

The Journey Across America will be touring malls all over all over the country. At each stop, players will have a chance to qualify for the Pokemon Video Game National Championships.

 

The Journey Across America event will visit 24 locations. 24 winners from two age groups (12 and under, and 13 and over) will win a trip for two to New York City in August to participate in the finals of the Pokemon Video Game National Championships. Here's a list of the date and locations:

 

Date

Major Metropolitan City

Mall

2/25/2006

Miami

Aventura Mall

3/04/2006

Tampa

Westfield Citrus Park Town Center

3/11/2006AtlantaSouthlake Mall

3/15/2006

HoustonThe Galleria
3/18/2006Dallas/Ft. WorthThe Parka at Arlington
3/25/2006AlbuquerqueCoronado Center
4/01/2006Los AngelesWestfield West Covina
4/08/2006San Francisco Bay AreaWestfield Valley Fair
4/15/2006PortlandClackmas Town Center
4/22/2006SeattleWestfield Southcenter
4/29/2006Salt Lake CityFashion Palace
5/06/2006DenverSouthwest Plaza
5/13/2006Kansas CityIndependence Mall
5/21/2006Minneapolis/St. PaulMall of America
5/27/2006ChicagoWestfield North Bridge
6/03/2006DetroitGreat Lakes Crossing
6/10/2006PittsburghCentury III Mall
6/17/2006CincinnatiCincinnati Mills
6/24/2006MemphisWolfchase Galleria
7/01/2006RaleighCrabtree Valley Mall
7/08/2006Washington, DCWestfield Montgomery
7/12/2006PhiladelphiaKing of Prussia Mall
7/15/2006BostonSouthshore Plaza
7/22/2006New York areaRoosevelt Field Mall

 

 

Pokemon Trozei Demo Download for Nintendo DS Owners!

-02/11/06-

 

Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales & marketing, announced the DS Download Service at the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' D.I.CE. conference in Las Vegas.

 

The DS Download Service will offer Nintendo DS owners to download game demos for free at thousands of participating retail stores around the United States. By using the DS Download Play feature on the Nintendo DS, players can choose a variety of DS Games (the game will stay on DS until the game is switched off).

 

Pokemon Trozei will be part of the list of games that will be available for download (the selection of games will change change quarterly). The DS Download Service will begin next month in March at participating retailers. Here's a list of games that will be available:

 

DS Download Service - List of Demo Games

-Tetris DS

-Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day

-Mario Kart DS

-Meteos

-True Swing Golf

-Pokemon Trozei

-Metroid Prime Hunters (video clip)

 

Pokemon Trozei on the Nintendo DS will be released on March 6, 2006.

 

Related Links

Pokemon Trozei

 

Official English Movie Title: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew!

-02/11/06-

   

 

The official English movie title for the 8th Pokemon movie has been revealed: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.

 

The movie stars the new Pokemon Lucario (a new Pokemon that is beyond the current 386 Pokemon). And of course, as the title suggests, Mew will be playing a major role in the movie as well.

 

The movie is expected be released direct to DVD sometime this year (no exact date available yet).

 

Lucario/Rukario

The title confirms Lucario as the official English name for the new Pokemon. Of course, there's been a lot of confusion of whether it's Rukario or Lucario. While both names can be considered "correct" in the Japanese language, officially, the Japanese used the English name of "Lucario" for the Pokemon. So the use of Lucario again for the official English name is not surprising.

 

Related Links

Future Movies

New Pokemon

 

Reminder: EX Legend Maker Prerelease Tournaments!

-02/03/06-

 

There's more going on than just the Super Bowl this weekend, the EX Legend Maker Prerelease Tournaments will begin throughout the world. Of course there will be many available locations here in the United States, but fans in countries from like Great Britain and Chile will also participate in this international event. The EX Legend Maker Prerelease Tournaments are held during two weekends: this weekend on February 4th and 5th, and the following weekend on February 11th and 12th.

 

For more information and to find locations near you, go here: Pokemon TCG: EX Legend Maker Prerelease Tournament FAQ

 

Pokemon Announce State Championships!

-02/03/06-

Press Release

 

Players To Compete In Free Event For State Champion Title and a Chance to Compete at Nationals

Pokemon USA, Inc., a worldwide leader in trading card games, today announced the Pokemon ®Trading Card Game (TCG) State Championships. State Championships provide players the opportunity to succeed at an intellectual sport and test a player’s Pokemon TCG skill, strategy and creativity.

 

Pokemon TCG State Championships are open to all players and will be held the weekends of March 4 – 19, 2006. Competitors are divided into three age categories: 10 and younger, 11 to 14, and 15 and older. All participants will receive a State Championship promo card and winners will have the opportunity to advance to the National Championships, leading to the final title series tournament: the Pokemon TCG World Championships. Prizes are awarded to the top eight players in each age category and include Pokemon TCG booster packs and Pokemon merchandise. First place winners will receive a State Champion trophy and travel allowance to attend the National Championships in July.

 

For more information, please visit http://op.pokemon-tcg.com/.

 

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