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June 2006

 

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Five New Pokemon Revealed In Pokemon Wonderland!

-06/30/06-

 

Pokemon Wonderland Cover

 

New Pokemon - Enlarged Image

 

 

 

The Japanese magazine, Pokemon Wonderland Volume 8 (will be released in Japan on July 15, 2006), revealed five new Pokemon on their cover for the upcoming Pokemon games: Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl. The cover was revealed at Pokemon Wonderland's official website: http://netkun.com/pockemon/ (the image is on the popup when you go to that site)

 

All five new Pokemon's images are enlarged above, so you can see it better. Two of the five Pokemon appear to be legendaries, one representing for Pokemon Diamond and another representing for Pokemon Pearl. The other three Pokemon, who appear near the top of the magazine, are much smaller, so we can't really get a good look at them, but you can clearly make out three Pokemon there in the enlarged image.

 

Be sure to check back here in the news for any new updates on these five new Pokemon.

 

Related Links

Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

New Pokemon

 

PokePark: Grand Opening in Taiwan!

-06/23/06-

 

The PokePark in Taipei, Taiwan, made its grand opening today!

 

The Pokemon theme park was originally at Nagoya, Japan. The temporary theme park was held there for 192 days, from March 18th, 2005 through September 25th, 2005.

 

PokePark Details

Time: June 23rd, 2006 - September 24th, 2006

Hours: 10AM - 10PM (Note: Operating hours may change, due to various circumstances)

Place: Shishang Rd. Shilin district, Taipei (Site for the Arts Center adjacent to the National Taiwan Science Education Center)

 

For more information about the PokePark in Taiwan, visit the official website for the PokePark: http://www.pokepark.tw/en/index.html (English version)

 

The Future of PokePark

Beginning in 2005 in Japan, PokePark will run for five years through 2010. After the Taiwan visit, the PokePark will visit another location. The locations being considered are the United States, Europe, and Shanghai (China).

 

Pokemon Center Kiosks: Extended Stay at Select Locations!

-06/21/06-

 

The Pokemon Center kiosk has been traveling with the Journey Across America event. At the Pokemon Center kiosk, you can check out 10th Anniversary exclusives and plenty of great Pokemon goodies. Items that are available include: Poke Dolls, items featuring Lucario, Weavile, and Mime Jr., the new Pokemon making their movie debut this September in Pokemon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. It has now been announced that it will have an extended stay at some malls that the Journey Across America will attend. Here's the schedule released for the Pokemon Center Kiosks:

 

June 22nd - June 25th: Memphis, Wolfchase Galleria

July 6th - July 9th: Washington D.C., Westfield Montgomery

July 12th: Philadelphia, King of Prussia Mall

July 14th - July 16th: Bostoon Southshore Plaza

(Please note that although the Pokemon Center kiosk has some extended dates, the Journey Across America event will only make one-day visit to each location)

 

Journey Across America - Remaining Schedule

Date

Major Metropolitan City

Mall

6/24/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM)Memphis Wolfchase Galleria (Center Court)
7/01/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM)Raleigh Crabtree Valley Mall (Promotional Court)
7/08/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM)Washington, DCWestfield Montgomery (Center Court)
7/12/2006 (Wednesday, 10AM- 5PM)Philadelphia King of Prussia Mall (Lord and Taylor Cout)
7/15/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM)Boston Southshore 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

 

More Pokemon Toys: JAKKS Pacific and Pokemon USA Signs Agreement!

-06/21/06-

  

 

 

Press Release

 

JAKKS Pacific, Inc. and Pokemon USA, Inc. announced today that the two companies have signed a Master Toy licensing agreement under which JAKKS(TM) Pacific will develop, manufacture and distribute a diverse line of toys and related products based on the hugely popular Pokemon(R) brand. JAKKS Pacific and Pokemon USA will officially announce the agreement at a press conference at Pier 81 in New York City preceding the opening of the Licensing 2006 International Show.

 

Pokemon is the collective name for more than 380 characters that one can find, catch, train, trade, collect, and use in battle against rivals in the quest to become a Pokemon Master. With more than $25 billion in worldwide retail sales, Pokemon is a global pop culture phenomenon credited with making Japanese animation mainstream in the U.S.

 

Categories covered in the agreement include action figures, play sets, accessories, role-play items, plush, plug-and-play items, craft activity kits, stationery, writing instruments and seasonal products, including kites and pool toys.

 

"This new deal with Pokemon is an incredible milestone for JAKKS Pacific," said Stephen Berman, President and COO, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. "Pokemon, with its vast universe of characters, continues to capture children's imaginations today, for the same reasons it has over the past 10 years -- engaging story lines and universal themes like friendship and teamwork. We are extremely proud that they have chosen JAKKS as their Master Toy partner, and we are ready to take the Pokemon brand into its next phase of growth with a stellar line-up of products."

 

Berman continued, "JAKKS has been in the action figure business since our inception, and we know what it takes to make and keep an action figure line fresh in the market. Pokemon has all the makings of a thriving toy line because it is an evergreen brand that has built a core collector following as well as a new generation of fans."

 

"JAKKS Pacific, a leader of innovative toy design, has a unique understanding of what kids want. That, coupled with its speed to market, merchandising capabilities, unique product offerings and creative management, were attractive qualities that reeled us in," said Akira Chiba, President, Pokemon USA. "JAKKS' ability to manage aggressive roll-out schedules and to continually offer fresh assortments at retail keeps kids coming back for more. JAKKS' proposal for the toy line was visionary and we are thrilled to be partnering with a young, innovative company."

 

Pokemon just announced that beginning this fall, the ninth season of the top-rated animated TV series, Pokemon: Battle Frontier, will air on Cartoon Network. Also, on June 3rd, episodes of Pokemon Chronicles launched during the Toonami block. A new direct-to-video title, the eighth Pokemon movie, Pokemon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, is set for release in September. In addition, Nintendo of America will launch new video games including Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team/Blue Rescue Team for the Nintendo DS(TM) (Blue) and Game Boy(R) Advance (Red) and Pokemon Ranger for the Nintendo DS(TM).

 

JAKKS plans to launch the Pokemon product line in North America in Spring 2007, as well as various international territories, including Canada, South America, Central America, Mexico and more.

 

Related Links

Official JAKKS Pacific Website: http://www.jakkspacific.com/

 

Pokemon PC Master!

-06/21/06-

 

 

 

In Japan, Pokemon PC Master is a game designed for elementary school students to improve their IT (information technology) skills. The Pokemon PC Master game will include various games, such as typing battles and painting battles. The game is available for a monthly fee. This is a Japan only game, there's no word on any release outside of Japan.

 

Related Links

Official Pokemon PC Master Website (In Japanese): http://www.pokemon-pcmaster.com/

 

Pokemon Battle Frontier on Cartoon Network This Fall!

-06/15/06-

 

The new season, Pokemon: Battle Frontier, will be airing on Cartoon Network this fall.

 

Pokemon: Battle Frontier - Description

Pokemon: Battle Frontier takes Ash and Pikachu back to the Kanto region to complete the Battle Frontier, seven ultimate tests that will challenge Ash's skills as a Pokemon Trainer. Ash's friend May must also face some stiff competition as she seeks to win Kanto's Pokemon Contests and become a top Pokemon Coordinator. Together, these two Trainers and their friends will recruit more Pokemon, battle powerful opponents, and make new friends, all in this climactic ninth season of Pokemon.

 

Bob Higgins - Senior Vice President of Programming and Original Animation for Cartoon Network

"We're thrilled to be the new home of Pokemon in the U.S. and to be bringing first-run, never-before-seen episodes of this tremendous series to our audience," said Bob Higgins, Senior Vice President of Programming and Original Animation for Cartoon Network. "We're looking forward to working with Pokemon USA to grow Battle Frontier into a top television destination for boys and girls of all ages."

 

Akira Chiba - President and CEO, Pokemon USA, Inc.

"We are immensely proud to be partnering with Cartoon Network and look forward to an exciting future based on a mutual goal -- providing the best animation for children," says Akira Chiba, President and CEO, Pokemon USA, Inc. "For us, Cartoon Network is a perfect fit because we want to be where the kids are and to give our fans what they want, which is Pokemon throughout the week."

 

Related Links

Episode Guide

Official Cartoon Network Website: http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/

 

Official Site Releases More Screenshots of Pokemon Diamond/Pearl!

-06/15/06-

 

 

 

 

 

The official Japanese Pokemon website released more screenshots of Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl. Most of these screenshots were first revealed in the recent issue of Coro Coro (so many of you probably seen them already here in the news), but there are a few new screenshots and of course, these images are much more clear. You can view all the Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl screenshots here: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

 

Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl are scheduled to be released in Japan in Fall 2006. There is currently no official release date available for the US.

 

Related Links

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

 

Coro Coro Reveals More About Pokemon Diamond/Pearl!

-06/14/06-

   

 

   

 

 

 

Japanese gaming magazine Coro Coro revealed more information and screenshots of Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl. The new region of Shinou will have its own regional Pokedex (Buoysel is shown as #056 in that Pokedex). The new professor was also revealed, his Japanese name is Nanakamado. A watch, called the Poketchi, contains over 20 different features (three features of the Poketchi were revealed: time management, monitoring Pokemon in breeding, and a type chart). One of the major features revealed was the return of the day and night system, by using: morning, day, evening, night, and late night. Pokemon sprites for male and female Pokemon have minor differences (one of the examples showed Wooper, the male Wooper had a larger antenna compared to the female Wooper).

 

Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl are scheduled to be released in Japan in Fall 2006. There is currently no official release date available for the US.

 

Coro Coro Scans (Click to Enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

Related Links

Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

 

Pokemon Jungle Tour: Public Demo of Pokemon Diamond/Pearl!

-06/14/06-

 

Fans in Japan will be able to try out Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl before their release in Japan (release date for Japan is Fall 2006, there is currently no official release date available for the US). The Pokemon Jungle Tour will visit four locations in Japan.

 

Pokemon Jungle Tour - Schedule

July 20th - July 23rd: Nagoya City

August 3rd - August 7th: Osaka City

August 11th - August 20th: Yokohama City

August 29th - September 3rd: Chiba City

 

For further information, location maps, times, and so on, visit the official Pokemon Jungle Tour site: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/pjt/ (in Japanese)

 

Related Links

Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

 

Pokemon Battle Revolution for the Nintendo Wii!

Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl: Online Voice Chat!

-06/07/06-

 

Pokemon Battle Revolution for the Nintendo Wii was revealed by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata in a press event in Japan. Based on the name and the screenshot of the game, it looks like another Pokemon Stadium/Colosseum/XD type of game. The game will be able to link with Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl. Pokemon Battle Revolution is scheduled to be released in Japan in Winter 2006, while Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl is scheduled for Fall 2006.

 

Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl - Online Voice Chat

Also revealed at the press event was that Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl will use the DS Wi-Fi for online voice chat.

 

Although the online voice chat was revealed for Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl, online battling and trading has not been confirmed, yet, for both games (Pokemon Battle Revolution and Pokemon Diamond/Pearl).

 

Pokemon Battle Revolution - Video

Below are some screenshots taken from the video of Pokemon Battle Revolution shown at the press event. You can view the entire video of the press event here: http://www.irwebcasting.com/060607/03/74d18b0400/main/index_hi.htm (to fast forward to the Pokemon Battle Revolution video, fast forward to the point 1:23:35. The Pokemon Battle Revolution video ends at 1:24:42, a little over one minute long). Also, gaming website IGN has made the Pokemon Battle Revolution video available for download at this page: http://media.wii.ign.com/media/818/818481/vids_1.html

 

 

 

 

Related Links

Future Games

 

Reminder: Journey Across America!

-06/01/06-

 

This is a reminder of the Journey Across America event, which visited 15 locations across America already, with 9 more locations to go. Here's the schedule for June and beyond.

 

Journey Across America - Remaining Schedule

Date

Major Metropolitan City

Mall

6/03/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM)Detroit Great Lakes Crossing (Near the AMC Theatre)
6/10/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM) PittsburghCentury III Mall (Center Court)
6/17/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM)Cincinnati Cincinnati Mills (Center Court)
6/24/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM)Memphis Wolfchase Galleria (Center Court)
7/01/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM)Raleigh Crabtree Valley Mall (Promotional Court)
7/08/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM) Washington, DCWestfield Montgomery (Center Court)
7/12/2006 (Wednesday, 10AM- 5PM)Philadelphia King of Prussia Mall (Lord and Taylor Cout)
7/15/2006 (Saturday, 10AM - 5PM)Boston Southshore 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

 

Pokemon Ranger Release Date Changed: TBD!

-06/01/06-

 

Pokemon Ranger was set to be released on October 30, 2006, however, this has now changed to TBD (to be determined). The October 30th release date was listed Nintendo's page for Pokemon Ranger, but that page has since been changed, the release date now shows "to be determined." You can view the page here: Nintendo.com - Pokemon Ranger.

 

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon - Release Date

The Pokemon Mystery Dungeon game for the DS and GBA is still set for September 18, 2006.

 

Related Links

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon

Pokemon Ranger

 

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