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May 2006

 

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Official English Pokemon Names: Weavile and Mime Jr.!

-05/29/06-

 

 

The official English names for Manyula and Manene are revealed at the recent event at Journey Across America. Manyula is now Weavile, and Manene is Mime Jr. Weavile is the evolution of Sneasel. Mime Jr. is the pre-evolution of Mr. Mime.

 

Both these Pokemon, along with the past confirmed new Pokemon (Bonsly - the pre-evolution of Sudowoodo), will appear in the eighth Pokemon movie, Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.

 

Related Links

Lucario and the Mystery of Mew

New Pokemon

 

Lucario and the Mystery of Mew - Release Date In Australia!

-05/29/06-

 

The Australian DVD site, EzyDVD, has listed the DVD for Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. The release date for Australia is set for August 16, 2006. The DVD artwork is also listed (as seen above). The DVD is listed here: http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/787770

 

US Release Date

The US release date was originally set for Spring 2006. However, now it seems that the earliest the DVD will arrive in the US is sometime around Summer 2006.

 

Related Links

Lucario and the Mystery of Mew

 

Nintendo Promotions: Kimishima, Fils-Aime, and Fukuda!

-05/25/06-

Press Release

 

 

On the heels of the successful unveiling of the new Wii(TM) console, Nintendo of America Inc. today announced three key promotions at the executive level. Current President Tatsumi Kimishima is taking on the new role of chairman of the board and chief executive officer, while Reggie Fils-Aime is being promoted to president and chief operating officer from his current role as executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. Additionally, Mike Fukuda is being promoted from senior vice president of Business Development to executive vice president of Business Development. All promotions are effective immediately.

 

"Around the world, Nintendo DS has been steadily drawing more people into the video game category," said Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo Co., Ltd. "With the upcoming introduction of Wii, along with the strength of this new leadership team and strong executives already in place, Nintendo will continue to dramatically change the way consumers of all ages interact with their video game console on a daily basis."

 

Kimishima was appointed president of Nintendo of America in January 2002. He joined Nintendo at the company's headquarters in Kyoto, Japan, in 2000. He served as chief financial officer of The Pokemon Company in 2000 and president of Pokemon USA Inc. in 2001. Prior to joining Nintendo, he spent 27 years with Sanwa Bank of Japan, serving in various management positions. As chairman of the board and CEO of Nintendo of America, he will oversee the overall management of Nintendo of America and continue to serve on the boards of Nintendo of America and Nintendo Co., Ltd.

 

In his new role as president and chief operating officer, Fils-Aime will lead the day-to-day operations of Nintendo of America while continuing to oversee the Sales & Marketing Division as the company prepares for the launch of Wii. He joined Nintendo of America in December 2003 to lead all Sales & Marketing efforts in the United States, Latin America and Canada. Prior to joining Nintendo, he served as senior vice president of marketing at VH1. He also has held key marketing positions with Guinness Import Co., Derby Cycle Corp., Pizza Hut, Panda Management Co. and Procter & Gamble.

 

In his new position as executive vice president of Business Development, Fukuda will oversee corporate strategic planning and third-party publisher and licensing programs. He also will continue to oversee product development more dedicated to the North American market. He has been with the company for 12 years, joining in 1994 as director of planning. Prior to Nintendo, he worked for an international trading company and learned the video game business in the United States, working with third-party publishers during the early days of the Nintendo Entertainment System® (NES).

 

Pokemon USA Appoints Former Mattel And Nickelodeon Execs!

-05/25/06-

Press Release

 

 

Pokemon USA Inc. has announced the appointment of Holly Rawlinson and Nicole Piper, former Mattel and Nickelodeon execs respectively, to oversee licensing efforts for the company. Rawlinson has been named Pokemon USA’s vice president of licensing. She will be responsible for planning, developing and implementing an annual global business plan and strategies for licensing, retail, animation, television, movies, music and promotional opportunities in the United State as well as North and South America and Europe.

 

Prior to joining Pokemon, Rawlinson ran Orange Grove Entertainment, a film and television production company. Before joining Orange Grove, she was vice president of entertainment and licensing for Mattel where she oversaw licensing acquisitions for all of the toymaker’s brands, as well as handled movie and television programming and tie-ins.

Nicole Piper has been appointed senior director of licensing. She will oversee licensing business strategies to identify, develop, negotiate and close licensing and promotional opportunities domestically and internationally as well as manage Pokemon’s present portfolio.

 

Piper spent the past 11 years at MTV Networks International where she led the launch of Nickelodeon’s licensing initiatives outside the US.

 

Pokemon Chronicles on Cartoon Network in June!

-05/17/06-

 

Pokemon Chronicles will debut in the US on the Cartoon Network, during Toonami on June 3, at 7 PM (EST/PST). The Pokemon Chronicles episodes are known as the Pokemon: Housou special episodes in Japan. The special series focuses on the other characters in the Pokemon world other than Ash. Many different characters will play main character roles in the episodes. Pokemon Chronicles is 22 episodes long.

 

Pokemon Chronicles - First in United Kingdom

Pokemon Chronicles was first released outside of Japan in the United Kingdom. It was shown on the UK's Toonami back in May 2005. The DVDs for Pokemon Chronicles in the UK are already released, coming in four volumes.

 

Related Links

Episode Guide: Pokemon Chronicles

 

UPDATE: First Screenshots of Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl!

-05/15/06-

 

After Coro Coro released the first screenshots of Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl, the official Japanese Pokemon website is now updated with more clear images of the screenshots.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Related Links

Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

Official Japanese Pokemon Website (Diamond/Pearl Page): http://www.pokemon.co.jp/game/ds/dp/index.html

 

First Screenshots of Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl!

-05/11/06-

Here are the first screenshots of Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl, released by Coro Coro, the Japanese gaming magazine.

 

The magazine revealed the male and female trainers, and showed Munchlax and Manyula in battle screen shots. The game will take place in the new region of Shino, and the starter town will be Futaba Town. It also confirmed that you'll be able to trade your Pokemon from the GBA Games (Pokemon Ruby, Pokemon Sapphire, Pokemon FireRed, Pokemon LeafGreen and Pokemon Emerald) to Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl. The game is scheduled to be released in Japan in Fall 2006. There is currently no US release date available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coro Coro Magazine (Click to Enlarge)

 

Related Links

Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

 

Super Smash Bros. Brawl!

-05/10/06-

 

Super Smash Bros. Brawl will be coming out for the Nintendo Wii in 2007, and Pikachu will be back. E3 has revealed a new video of the game, and it's also now available at the official Super Smash Bros. Website. The video shows Pikachu in action, along with Mario, Link and Kirby. The video also revealed new characters, which include: Meta Knight, Pit, Zero Suit Samus, Wario, and Solid Snake. You can view the video here: http://www.smashbros.com/en/movie/index.html

 

Nobuo Uematsu Scores Super Smash Bros Brawl Music

Also making big news for this game is the news that Nobuo Uematsu will be scoring the music. Nobuo Uematsu is famous for his work in the Final Fantasy series of games. You can listen to the main theme of Super Smash Bros. Brawl here: http://www.smashbros.com/en/music/index.html

 

Pokemon at E3: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon and Pokemon Ranger!

-05/09/06-

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon and Pokemon Ranger are featured at this year's E3, here's the latest information and images from E3:

 

What is E3?

For those that don't know, E3 stands for the Electronic Entertainment Expo. It is held every year, so the gaming industry can show off their latest games and gaming hardware. For more information, visit the official website: www.e3expo.com

 

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team (DS)

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team (GBA)

- US Release Date: September 18, 2006

The Pokemon Mystery Dungeon game comes in a DS version (Blue Rescue Team) and GBA version (Red Rescue Team).

 

Official Nintendo Description:

For the first time ever, the player is a Pokemon, speaking and interacting with other characters in a world populated only by Pokemon!

 

Features

- A deep, involving and dramatic story brings the player into a world of Pokemon not seen or experienced before

- Strategic battles enhance the adventure

- Randomly generated dungeons make every mission unique

 

One day the player awakens to find that he or she has been turned into a Pokemon. The land is being ravaged by natural disasters so the player decides to form a rescue team with a partner Pokemon. The player can interact with many different Pokemon on various missions while trying to uncover their true purpose and destiny. An engrossing story of adventure, redemption and, most of all, friendship. Please check back for more information on this game as the release date approaches.

 

Screenshots

 

For more information and screenshots, go to the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon page: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon

 

 

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Pokemon Ranger

- US Release Date: Not Available Yet

Pokemon Ranger is a new type of RPG game, featuring a Pokemon Ranger as the main character. As a Pokemon Ranger, you use Pokemon to defend nature. Pokemon Ranger is based on the ninth Pokemon movie, Pokemon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea.

 

Screenshots

 

For more information and screenshots, go to the Pokemon Ranger page: Pokemon Ranger

 

Cartoon Network Will Air Pokemon: Advanced Challenge!

-05/09/06-

 

Cartoon Network will begin airing Pokemon: Advanced Challenge beginning on May 15, 2006. Pokemon: Advanced Challenge is the 7th season of Pokemon. It will be on during the Miguzi programming block, which runs on weekdays, from 4PM to 6PM (Eastern and Pacific). Pokemon: Advanced Challenge will air on the 5PM slot. Here's the current programming schedule for Miguzi on Cartoon Network:

 

Miguzi - Beginning on May 15th

4:00 PM: Codename: Kids Next Door

4:30 PM: Zatch Bell

5:00 PM: Pokemon

5:30 PM: Totally Spies

 

Of course, this is subject to change anytime in the future. Check the Cartoon Network TV schedule for the latest listings: Cartoon Network TV Schedule

 

New Season on Cartoon Network?

The Pokemon TV series is looking for a new home since it was dropped from the Kids WB's schedule for this fall (Kids WB will be part of the CW Television Network). For the time being, the remaining episodes left on the season, Pokemon: Advanced Battle (Season 8), will be shown on Kids WB.

 

Although there is no official confirmation, this new development may be hinting that Pokemon will be moving to the Cartoon Network. Which will mean season 9 (the next season) can begin airing on Cartoon Network this fall. Again, nothing is officially confirmed, but we do know that Pokemon: Advanced Challenge will be aired on Cartoon Network, whether or not the Cartoon Network will pick up the new season remains to be seen.

 

Pokemon.com Responds to The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon!

-05/05/06-

 

From Pokemon.com:

 

Dear Pokemon fans,

Whew! The last couple of days have been exhausting for us -- we've been going through all of the emails concerning the television special we aired recently, The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon. The show was fantastic, with a mostly positive response. Many said the action was "awesome", that the plot and storyline were "outstanding", and that the overall look of the animation was "very, very cool." Once again, you've proven yourself to be the best fans in the world, and we always appreciate your comments!

We also heard you were concerned with the new voice actors, and many of you have voiced your concern (pun intended) through your e-mails and letters. Believe us - we are fans of the TV show, too, and we care just as much about something like voice changes as you do. We changed the voice actors for the main characters because we were told that the actors who used to provide voices to our characters had conflicting contractual commitments. So, we hope you will help us welcome the new voice actors into the Pokemon family - we think they're great, and they did a great job on The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon during the shortened transition period between production studios... Nothing else was changed, and it is still the same awesome show you're used to seeing every week, with great storylines straight from Japan, original music, and a well-thought out plot (which is the most important thing when producing a TV show)!

Pokemon has always been about fair play and teamwork, and we expect the same from our fans. In other words, if you have comments, complaints or praise, let us know directly at Feedback@pokemon.com. We always welcome constructive criticism!

We are, and always have been, dedicated to our fans and how passionately and strongly they believe in Pokemon. We promise to always take your concerns to heart as we continue to make the show your favorite every week. Watch this space in the upcoming days for even more exciting news about Pokemon, and don't forget to check out our Pokemon coverage from E3 next week!

Yours truly,

Lawrence Neves
Editorial Director
Pokemon.com
Mail: Feedback@pokemon.com

 

US Release Date for Nintendo DS Lite!

-05/05/06-

 

The US release date for the Nintendo DS Lite, a new design for the Nintendo DS, is set for June 11th, 2006. It will retail for $129.99, the same price as a regular Nintendo DS. The launch color of the Nintendo DS Lite is Polar White. The Nintendo DS Lite was released in Japan back in March 2, 2006.

 

Nintendo DS Lite Changes

- It's less than two-thirds the size of the original Nintendo DS and more than 20 percent lighter.

- Its two bright screens can be adjusted to four levels to adapt to different lighting conditions and to extend battery power.

- The microphone sits in the center of the unit, and the LED lights are clearly visible whether the unit is open or closed.

- The stylus is 1 centimeter longer and 1 millimeter thicker than the stylus of the original, and slides into a side storage slot.

- The Start and Select buttons were repositioned for easier access.

- A removable cover keeps the Game Boy Advance cartridge slot clear from dust and debris when it's not in use.

 

Pokemon Announces 2006 Gym Challenges!

-05/03/06-

Press Release

 

 

Pokemon Announces 2006 Gym Challenges

Pokemon TCG Players To Compete In Free Event For Exclusive World Championships Invite

 

Pokemon USA, Inc., a worldwide leader in trading card games, today announced the Pokemon® Trading Card Game (TCG) Gym Challenges. Gym Challenges provide players the opportunity to qualify for an invitation to the Pokemon TCG World Championships(tm) in Anaheim, Calif., August 18-20. Pokemon TCG tournaments and leagues test a player's Pokemon TCG skill, strategy and creativity.

 

Pokemon TCG Gym Challenges are held from May 20 through June 11, and are open to all eligible players. Competitors are divided into three age categories: 10 and younger, 11 to 14, and 15 and older. The grand prize, an exclusive invitation and travel award to the Pokemon TCG World Championships, is limited to first place winners in each age category. Prizes are awarded to the top eight players in each age category and include Pokemon TCG expansion booster packs and a Gym Challenge promo card. The Pokemon TCG World Championships is an invite only event, and players must participate in a qualifying tournament to receive an invitation.

 

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

 

Pokemon TCG: EX Holon Phantoms Released!

-05/03/06-

 

Pokemon TCG: EX Holon Phantoms is now released!

 

Pokemon TCG: EX Holon Phantoms Description

The Pokemon TCG: EX Holon Phantoms include more than 40 new Delta Species cards. These Pokemon were discovered in a region south of the city of Holon, where a mysterious lake is nestled in a deep forest. They possess a unique Dual Energy type, which introduces new levels of strategy into game play.

 

 

Theme Decks: FireMist and FloodRush

The Pokemon TCG: EX Holon Phantoms expansion will be available in two 60-card theme decks, FireMist and FloodRush. A holographic parallel set will also be available. Theme decks and booster packs are priced at $10.99 and $3.49, respectively. Each booster pack features nine randomly inserted Pokemon Trading Card Game cards. Theme decks include a metallic coin, an updated rulebook, card list, a one-player playmat, and damage counters.

 

Reminder: Journey Across America!

-05/01/06-

 

This is a reminder of the Journey Across America event, which visited 11 locations across America already, with 13 more locations to go. Here's the schedule for May and beyond:

 

Journey Across America - Remaining Schedule

Date

Major Metropolitan City

Mall

5/06/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM)DenverSouthwest Plaza (Sears Court)
5/13/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM)Kansas CityIndependence Mall (Dillards Court)
5/21/2006 (Sunday, 11AM - 6PM)Minneapolis/St. PaulMall of America (Rotu da)
5/27/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM)ChicagoWestfield North Bridge (Level 4 near Nordstrom)
6/03/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM)DetroitGreat Lakes Crossing (Near the AMC Theatre)
6/10/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM)PittsburghCentury III Mall (Center Court)
6/17/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM)CincinnatiCincinnati Mills (Center Court)
6/24/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM)MemphisWolfchase Galleria (Center Court)
7/01/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM)RaleighCrabtree Valley Mall (Promotional Court)
7/08/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM)Washington, DCWestfield Montgomery (Center Court)
7/12/2006 (Wednesday, 10AM- 5PM)PhiladelphiaKing of Prussia Mall (Lord and Taylor Cout)
7/15/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM)BostonSouthshore Plaza (Center Court)
7/22/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM)New York areaRoosevelt Field Mall (Macy's Court)

 

Journey Across America - What is it?

The Journey Across America will be touring malls all over the country, bringing Pokemon characters and Pokemon activities to each mall. 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.

 

You will also be able to download Celebi to your game at the event (be sure to bring your GBA/GBA SP and your game pak). Also, twenty additional Pokemon will also be available. These top twenty Pokemon were voted by fans at the official website and are now available for download at the event. The twenty additional Pokemon are: Bulbasaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, Alakazam, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Dragonite, Typhlosion, Espeon, Umbreon, Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Tyranitar, Blaziken, Absol, Latias, and Latios.

 

Related Links

http://www.pokemon.com - Official Pokemon Website

http://www.pokemon.com/pokemonchallenge/ - Qualifying site for Pokemon Video Game National Championships

 

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