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2006 Pokemon TCG World Championships!

-07/31/06-

Press Release

 

Anaheim to Host 2006 Pokemon Trading Card Game World Championships

Top Worldwide Pokemon Challengers from More than 30 Countries Face-Off for Championship Title

 

Pokemon USA, Inc., a worldwide leader in trading card gaming, today announced that the 2006 Pokemon TCG World Championships are upcoming in Anaheim, California. The World Championships provide players the opportunity to succeed at an intellectual sport and are the ultimate test of a player’s Pokemon TCG skill, strategy, and creativity.

 

Hundreds of players from more than 30 countries will compete at this year’s event. Competitors are divided into three age categories: 10 and younger, 11 to 14, and 15 and older. The top 32 winners in each of the three categories will be awarded various Pokemon prizes and merchandise. Additionally, the top 16 players in each age category will receive scholarship awards worth more than $100,000 total.

 

All players, even those not participating in the World Championships competition, will also be able to take part in a variety of other activities held during the event. Popular Pokemon characters will be on hand for photos, league play and side tournaments will allow players to compete in other competitions, Pokemon artists and creators will be on hand for autographs, and much more.

 

The 2006 Pokemon TCG World Championships are open to the public.

 

WHO: Worldwide Pokemon Players

WHAT: 2006 Pokemon TCG World Championships

WHEN: August 18–20, 2006

WHERE: Hilton Anaheim, Anaheim, Calif.

 

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

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UPDATE: New Pokemon: Koroboshi!

-07/24/06-

 

An update on the previous news story: Here's a better image of Koroboshi that shows the Pokemon more clearly. Koroboshi is a new Pokemon that was revealed at the Pokemon Jungle Tour in Japan.

 

Pokemon Jungle Tour

The Pokemon Jungle Tour is being held in Japan from July 20th through September 3rd. Fans in Japan will be able to try out Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl before their release in Japan, which is September 28th, 2006 (there is currently no official release date available for the US). The Pokemon Jungle Tour will visit four locations in Japan.

 

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

New Pokemon

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New Pokemon: Koroboshi!

-07/21/06-

 

The Pokemon Jungle Tour in Japan revealed yet another new Pokemon: Koroboshi (Japanese name). The Pokemon looks similar to Volbeat and Illumise, but it's not confirmed whether Koroboshi is connected to those Pokemon.

 

Pokemon Jungle Tour

The Pokemon Jungle Tour is being held in Japan from July 20th through September 3rd. Fans in Japan will be able to try out Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl before their release in Japan, which is September 28th, 2006 (there is currently no official release date available for the US). The Pokemon Jungle Tour will visit four locations in Japan.

 

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

New Pokemon

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Nintendo Power Bonus: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Comic!

-07/21/06-

 

 

The latest Nintendo Power, the September Volume 207 issue, will feature a bonus: a Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Comic. For more information about Nintendo Power, go to the official website: http://www.nintendopower.com/

 

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Pokemon Mystery Dungeon

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Pokemon at San Diego Comic Con!

-07/21/06-

 

Some big news about Pokemon is being revealed at the San Diego Comic Con.

 

The New Voices

The new voice team was there, which includes Billy Rogers (voice of Brock) and Sarah Natochenny (voice of Ash). Their job is to make the new voices as close to the original voices as possible. It's also reported that Pokemon USA is working to keep the original Japanese music (which is something a lot of fans wanted).

 

Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon: Re-dubbed

The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon special was re-dubbed. The new changes include new voice cast member Sarah Natochenny, the new voice of Ash (Jamie Peacock originally did Ash's voice in the first dub of the special, Jamie Peacock also did the voice of Max). The other new voices, such as Billy Rodgers for Brock, remains unchanged (but expect some improvements even with the same new cast, practice makes perfect). The point of the re-dubbed version is to be more closer to the original voices.

 

Pokemon: Battle Frontier

Dubbing for the 9th Pokemon season, Pokemon: Battle Frontier, has already begun, with five episodes already done. The plan is to dub one new episode every week (there are a total of 52 episodes in the new season).

 

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Special

A Pokemon Mystery Dungeon special will air on Cartoon Network (no date was announced yet). The special will also be released on DVD (again, no date was announced yet).

 

About the New Voices

If you're behind on your Pokemon news, here's a quick explanation on why the original voices can't be used anymore:

 

Pokemon.com said: "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." In more detail, Jamie Davyous Owens, the voice of Officer Jenny, said in her blog (back in April 25, 2006): "Well, I've finally received notice that 4Kids will no longer be recording Pokemon. I don't know if that means they will be recasting completely, but I do know I am contracted so that I cannot do a Pokemon voice outside of 4Kids for at least two years from the end of the contract- so I won't be Officer Jenny in future episodes." Her website (which has the blog): http://www.jamiedavyous.com/home.html

In other words, Pokemon USA can't hire the voice actors because 4Kids is not allowing Pokemon USA to hire the voice actors due to the contract. The new voices will begin with the 9th Pokemon season, Pokemon: Battle Frontier. The new voices debuted in the Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon special.

 

Related Links

Toon Zone (Pokemon at San Diego Comic Con Coverage): http://news.toonzone.net/article.php?ID=11610

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New Pokemon: Roselia's Evolution!

-07/20/06-

 

A new Pokemon, an evolved form of Roselia, has been revealed today at the Pokemon Jungle Tour. The Pokemon's name is Rozureido (Japanese name).

 

Pokemon Jungle Tour

The Pokemon Jungle Tour started today in Japan. Fans in Japan will be able to try out Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl before their release in Japan, which is September 28th, 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

New Pokemon

 

Pre-Order: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew!

-07/20/06-

 

Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, the 9th Pokemon movie, is available for pre-order at the Pokemon Center online store. As a pre-order bonus, an exclusive Lucario Chummie Doll will be included with the pre-order (while supplies last). To view the product page for the DVD, go here: http://www.pokemoncenter.com/invt/4536

 

Lucario and the Mystery of Mew will be released on DVD on September 19th, 2006.

 

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Lucario and the Mystery of Mew

 

Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl Commercial: New Pokemon Revealed!

-07/15/06-

 

A commercial for Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl was revelead at Yahoo Japan's Pokemon page. The video showed some new features and a new Pokemon as well. Snow is seen in one of the short clips the video, and another short clip showing Pachirisu being decorated with a crown. There's also a battle clip shown between Lucario and newly revealed Pokemon. The Pokemon appears to be an Electabuzz evolution (that's what it looks like, but not confirmed yet).

 

Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl Commercial: Video

The video of the commercial is available at Yahoo Japan's Pokemon page, at the Pokemon Garden feature page: http://pokemon.kids.yahoo.co.jp/dp/garden/garden.html. At that flash page, you need to head up to the second floor and click on the big screen TV to watch the commercial (you can select past commercials from past games as well).

 

If you don't want to go through all that trouble, you can also view the video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXqZ8TlaaNs

 

Video Screenshots

 

 

 

 

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Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

New Pokemon

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Four New Videos of Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl!

-07/15/06-

Four new videos of Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl were released by Yahoo Japan's Pokemon page.

 

Team Galaxy Video:

http://pokemon.kids.yahoo.co.jp/dp/news/story/story006/story006.html?page=1

 

 

 

Rival Video:

http://pokemon.kids.yahoo.co.jp/dp/news/story/story007/story007.html?page=2

 

 

 

Battle Between Lucario and Cherimu:

http://pokemon.kids.yahoo.co.jp/dp/news/system/system004/system004.html?page=0

 

 

 

Battle Between Lucario and Pachirisu:

http://pokemon.kids.yahoo.co.jp/dp/news/system/system004/system004.html?page=0

 

 

 

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Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

New Pokemon

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Coro Coro Reveals More on Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl!

-07/12/06-

Coro Coro, a Japanese gaming magazine, has revealed more pictures and information on Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl.

 

The Three New Pokemon Revealed

We now have better pictures of the three new Pokemon that were first seen on the cover of Pokemon Wonderland Volume 8 (in the cover, the image released was very small, so it was difficult to see what the three Pokemon really looked like). The three Pokemon's Japanese names are Cherimu (the flower-like Pokemon, a grass type), Pachirisu (the squirrel-like Pokemon, an electric type), and Dorapion (the scorpion-like Pokemon, a poison/dark type).

 

 

The Two Legendary Pokemon

Though already revealed clearly before (small image of them, but was clear enough to see what we're looking at), the magazine gives us a better look at the two legendaries for Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl. Pokemon Diamond is represented by Diaruga (with the power over space), and Pokemon Pearl is represented by Parukia (with the power over time).

 

 

 

Wi-Fi Features - Online Battling and Online Trading

It was revealed last month that Pokemon Diamond/Pearl will have online voice chat via the DS Wi-Fi connection. It's now confirmed that online battling and online trading will be available in Pokemon Diamond/Pearl. The Wi-Fi features can be accessed through the lower level of a Pokemon Center.

 

Box Art and Release Date Confirmed

The box art and exact date of release was first revealed by AM3 (a Japanese company that produces Pokemon anime media that can be played on the GBA and DS in Japan). The picture of the box art and release date information was soon pulled off the AM3's website. This issue of Coro Coro confirms the box art and release date was indeed correct. Pokemon Diamond/Pearl will be released in Japan on September 28, 2006. There is currently no US release date available.

 

Bottom Screen Functionality Revealed

What the bottom screen of the DS will show during a battle has been a mystery (there were no screenshots before this that showed what the bottom screen would show), but the issue reveals that the bottom screen will contain all the battle menus.

 

Team Galaxy

The evil team in the game is Team Galaxy.

 

New Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Anime Series

A new Pokemon series, called Pokemon Diamond/Pearl (same as the games), will air in Japan this Fall. The series will feature the female character from the Pokemon Diamond/Pearl games as the main character in the series.

 

Coro Coro Scans (Click to Enlarge)

 

 

 

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Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

New Pokemon

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Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl Box Art!

-07/07/06-

 

 

The Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl box art has been revealed by AM3, a Japanese company that produces Pokemon anime media that can be played on the GBA and DS in Japan. The image released was small, but the box art clearly features the two new Pokemon that was revealed in the cover of Pokemon Wonderland Volume 8. The release date for Pokemon Diamond/Pearl was listed for September 28, 2006 (before this, the release date has been listed as "Fall 2006" at the official Japanese Pokemon site, and they currently still list that as the date).

 

However, shortly after it was discovered, both the box art and release date information has been removed from the AM3 website (of course, the image of the box art above, was originally from the AM3 website).

 

Related Links

http://www.am3.co.jp/ - Official AM3 Website (In Japanese)

Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

New Pokemon

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Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl Video!

-07/07/06-

 

 

 

 

A video of Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl was revealed on Yahoo Japan's Pokemon page. You can view the video here: http://pokemon.kids.yahoo.co.jp/dp/news/story/story002/story002.html?page=1 (simply press on the play button watch the video). The video is quite short and nothing really exciting happens (no battles), but you do get good view of the the surrounding the environment.

 

Related Links

http://pokemon.kids.yahoo.co.jp/ - Yahoo Japan's Pokemon Page (In Japanese)

Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

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Pokemon Learning League!

-07/07/06-

 

 

Not long ago, Pokemon PC Master was announced for Japan, an educational game designed for elementary school students to improve their IT (information skills). The US is getting a separate educational Pokemon tool, called the Pokemon Learning League, which is designed for third through sixth graders. For complete details, read the Pokemon Learning League - Overview below:

 

Pokemon Learning League - Overview

Pokemon Learning League is a web-based educational suite of standards-driven, interactive animated lessons. The program is designed to help teachers reinforce core curriculum topics in Math, Science, and Language Arts for students in third through sixth grades. In response to the growing demand for support in teaching prosocial behaviors, Pokemon Learning League also covers Life Skills development featuring topics ranging from sportsmanship to conflict resolution.

 

Pokemon Learning League leverages its long history of entertaining children to address school subjects in a natural, inviting and non-threatening manner. The leading Pokemon themes of teamwork, improved skills, hard work, and being a good student are threaded throughout the content to provide positive modeling and motivate students in their learning. The program leverages digital media's appealing animation and entertaining character storylines, as well as its interactivity and personalization that are suggested to help re-engage students back into the curriculum. As students progress through the lessons, they receive positive reinforcement and monitor their progress by earning points toward badges in the curriculum areas.

 

Supportive instruction in a three-step format lets students proceed at their own pace:

• Watch: The learning adventure begins with a narrative-based animated segment in which students, along with the Pokemon characters, are introduced to the educational concept.

• Try: Next, students collaborate with the characters to explore and interact with the material, receiving feedback and support to help deepen their understanding.

• Apply: After practicing with the material, students have an opportunity to apply what they have learned to interactive challenges.

 

The components of Pokemon Learning League are developed by experienced education writers and producers and are evaluated by an Advisory Board of leading elementary educators and practitioners of technology in education. The program is aligned with state and national standards to reinforce classroom lessons and support teachers in their existing efforts to promote and maximize student learning. Teacher supporting resources are also included in the program to help teachers integrate the program in classroom instruction.

 

The program will be available to schools, home-school families, and after-school programs on a subscription basis.

 

For more information, visit www.PokemonLearningLeague.com.

 

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Pokemon Announces U.S. National Championships Winners!

-07/06/06-

Press Release

 

Pokemon Announces U.S. National Championship Winners

National Championships are Largest Pokemon Tournament in the History of the Trading Card Game

 

Pokemon USA, Inc., a worldwide leader in trading card games, today announced the winners at the Pokemon® Trading Card Game (TCG) National Championships. Top four winners in the 10 and younger age category include: Andrew Krekeler, Dave Richard, Ben Capriola, Matt Sbaa; in the 11 to 14 category: Bobby Malec, Pablo Kingsley, Blaine Dollar, Jonathan Bristow; and in the 15 and older category: Martin Moreno, Eric Ennocenti, Seena Ghaziaskar, Tom Dolezal. In addition to being named a Nationals Champion or Finalist, these players also earned entry and Travel Awards for the 2006 Pokemon TCG World Championships™, scholarships, and other prizes.

 

The competition took place in Columbus, Ohio, on July 1-2. The Pokemon TCG World Championships take place at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, California, August 18-20. The Pokemon TCG World Championships is an invite-only event, and players must participate in a qualifying tournament to receive an invitation. As a way to test players’ skill, creativity, and strategy, Pokemon Organized Play events and tournaments promote good sportsmanship and a fun gaming environment for all ages.

 

WHO: U.S. Pokemon TCG Players

WHAT: Pokemon TCG National Championships winner

WHEN: July 1-2, 2006

WHERE: Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 North High St., Columbus, Ohio

 

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

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Reminder: Journey Across America!

-07/01/06-

 

 

After visiting 19 different locations, the Journey Across America event is heading into the final month with five more locations to go. You can view the remaining schedule below.

 

Journey Across America - Remaining Schedule

Date

Major Metropolitan City

Mall

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) 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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