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Codename "Nintendo Revolution" Officially Named As "Nintendo Wii"!
It's official, after long speculation, the next Nintendo console will be named "Nintendo Wii."
The console was originally given the codename "Nintendo Revolution." However, that name was simply a codename, not the official name. On Nintendo's website, a new flash page was made concerning the announcement of Wii on http://revolution.nintendo.com/ :
As in "we."
While the code-name "Revolution" expressed our direction, Wii represents the answer.
Wii Will break down that wall that separates video game players from everybody else.
Wii will put people more in touch with their games... and each other. But you're probably asking: What does the name mean?
Wii sounds like "we," which emphasizes this console is for everyone.
Wii can easily be remembered by people around the world, no matter what language they speak. No confusion. No need to abbreviate. Just Wii.
Wii has a distinctive "ii" spelling that symbolizes both the unique controllers and the image of people gathering to play.
And Wii, as a name and a console, brings something revolutionary to the world of video games that sets it apart from the crowd.
So that's Wii. But now Nintendo needs you.
Because, it's really not about you or me.
It's about Wii.
And together, Wii will change everything."
Wii's US Release
Nintendo Wii is planned to be released sometime before Thanksgiving (November 23rd, 2006).
Reminder: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon Airs This Saturday!
This is a reminder that The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon, an one hour TV special, will be aired on Kids WB this Saturday, April 29th, at 10AM. The one hour special celebrates the 10th year anniversary of Pokemon.
You can view the trailer for The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon at the official Kids WB website: http://kidswb.warnerbros.com/web/stuff/stuff_display.jsp?id=POK
Pokemon Won't Be Around on CW!
It has been announced that Pokemon will be dropped and will not be featured on Kids WB on the CW Television Network when it begins airing this fall. The CW Television Network, which will combine WB and UPN programmings, will begin this fall. The Saturday morning schedule will still remain under the name of Kids WB on the CW Television Network. Along with Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh will also be dropped from Kids WB. Taking their place will be other shows, which include three new series: Legion of Super Heroes (based on DC Comics characters), Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue, and Tom and Jerry Tales. All three are from Warner Bros Animation.
So to recap, for the time being, Pokemon is still shown on Kids WB while it's still under the WB, but when CW rolls out this fall, don't expect to see Pokemon there. There's no official word yet on where the Pokemon TV series will be moving to.
Media Week Article: CW Sticks With Kids WB!
Square Enix and the Pokemon Company: "Pokemate" for Mobile Phones!
Square Enix, best known for their production of the Final Fantasy series, and the Pokemon company is teaming up to create a communication tool with chat and mail called the "Pokemate." Of course, Pokemate will offer the features of chat and mail through Pokemon characters. The program will be available on Foma 900i series phones and will be released in Japan this summer. It will cost 210 yen per month, which translates to about $1.83 US dollars.
There's no word on a US release for the Pokemate, however, there is the Pokemon Mobile service which offers Pokemon wallpapers and Pokemon ringtones for mobile phones at
Official Romanization Names for the Four New Pokemon!
The official Japanese Pokemon Center website has revealed the official Romanization of the four new Pokemon names. The four new Pokemon, as well as Pikachu, are displayed on a t-shirt along with their Romanized names. Since there are different ways to Romanize the Japanese character names of these Pokemon, the release of this new t-shirt has officially confirm what the names truly are.
The official names are: Manaphy, Tamanta, Buoysel, and Perap.
(Note: The only names changed are Buoysel and Perap, which were originally known as Buizeru and Perappu)
New Pokemon Ranger Movie Trailer!
The official Japanese Pokemon movie website is updated with another new trailer for Pokemon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea. You can visit the official Japanese Pokemon movie website at http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/ . The trailer page is the third link on the left side bar at the official site. Then select the first trailer (for this new trailer, select the 9.8MB version for the larger video, and or the 1.84MB version for the smaller video).
The movie will be released in Japan on July 15th, 2006. There is currently no official release date for the US.
Coro Coro Magazine: New Images of Pokemon Ranger Movie!
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The latest issue of Coro Coro magazine reveals more new images of the 9th Pokemon movie: Pokemon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea. The movie will be released in Japan on July 15th, 2006. There is currently no official release date for the US.
Coro Coro Contest: New Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Attack Revealed!
Coro Coro Logo
Coro Coro magazine held a contest that gave fans a chance to name a new Dragon type attack in Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl. The naming contest is now over, and the details of the attack for Diamond/Pearl are now revealed:
Name: Meteoric Swarm
Attack Type: Dragon
Base Power: 140
Effect: (Your own Pokemon) Sharply lowers Special Attack in two stages.
Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl for the Nintendo DS is scheduled to be released in Japan sometime this year. There is currently no official release date for the US.
PokePark DS and Pikachu Game Boy Micro at PokemonCenter.com!
The PokePark DS is now available at the Pokemon Center online store: http://www.pokemoncenter.com/invt/4379. The item was previously sold at Walmart's online shopping site (and it's still there, listed as "In Stock"): http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=4457229
The Pokemon PokePark was only open for one season in Japan. But even if you werenít able to experience the thrills of this Pokemon amusement park for yourself, now you can get the limited PokePark edition Nintendo DS!
Previously available only in Japan, this blue Nintendo DS features the PokePark logo on the cover and a silhouette of Pikachu on its inside panel. More than just a collectible item, itís perfect for playing the latest Pokemon games in style.
Pikachu Game Boy Micro
Also newly available at the Pokemon Center online store is the Pikachu Game Boy Micro: http://www.pokemoncenter.com/invt/4411. The Pikachu Game Boy Micro was released in Japan back in November 17th, 2005.
Great things come in small packages! Our limited edition Pikachu Game Boy Micro is a cool new version of Nintendoís hot new gaming system and comes in metallic red with a neat Pikachu silhouette on the front, a Poke Ball graphic on the back! Plus, it comes packaged in a cute, colorful Pokemon box! Itís the most convenient way yet to play Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald.
But the Pikachu Game Boy Micro is available only at a very few select locations, so donít miss this chance to snag it from the convenience of your own home!
The Game Boy Micro is a super-slim, super-small handheld gaming system that plays Game Boy Advance games. The bright, 2-inch screen features amazingly clear graphics, and the Micro comes with a standard headphone jack for your convenience. Rechargeable battery and AC adapter included.
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