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Pokemon Announces 2007 State Championships!

-01/24/07-

Press Release

 

Pokemon Announces 2007 State Championships

Pokemon TCG Players to Compete in Free Event for State Champion Title

 

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 skills, strategy, and creativity. The Pokemon TCG State Championships is a title event series where players in each of the three POP-recognized age divisions compete to earn the title of State Champion.

 

Pokemon TCG State Championships will be held in various locations throughout North America from March 3rd through March 11th. Competitors are divided into three divisions: Junior Division (born in 1996 or later), Senior Division (born in 1992, 1993, 1994, or 1995), and Masters Division (born in 1991 or earlier). All participants will receive a State Championships promo card, commemorative pin and 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. First-place winners will receive a State Champion trophy, a prize kit containing cool Pokemon merchandise, and a travel allowance to attend the National Championships in July.

 

For more information or to find the State Championship near you, please visit http://op.pokemon-tcg.com/content/events/

 

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State Championships Promo Card (Click to Enlarge)

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Pokemon TCG: Premier Ratings and Rankings Changes!

-01/24/07-

 

Pokemon Organized Play have announced new changes to the Pokemon TCG's Premiere Ratings and Rankings, you can view them below:

 

POP Premier Rating Invitational Tiebreakers

After the final Premier Event in a Rating Zone has been uploaded, Pokemon Organized Play will verify the validity of the ratings and will then award invitations to the 2007 Pokemon TCG World Championships to the top-ranked player or players in that Zone.

 

In the event that two or more players are tied for a rating-based invite, Pokemon Organized Play will determine who receives the invite based on a series of tiebreakers. These tiebreakers will only be applied after the final Premier Event in a Rating Zone has been uploaded and after the validity of the ratings has been verified.

 

The tiebreakers will be applied in the following order:

- Premier Event Match Win Percentage

- Total Matches Played

- Average Size of Premier Events Attended

- Average Record at Common Tournaments

- Coin Flip

 

Cross-Age-Group Match Ratings Changes

After much research and discussion, the POP rules team has determined that it is in the best interest of the program for Cross-Age-Group Matches to no longer be rated. Our findings show that a significant portion of players who play a match against an opponent in an age group above their own will lose that match. This means that even a highly rated Junior player is at a severe ratings risk and disadvantage when playing against a Senior player.

 

We believe that this change is imperative to the integrity of the Premier Ratings System and is a fair and balanced decision for those players affected. Therefore, this will be implemented retroactively to the beginning of the City Championships series. Players can expect to see changes in their ratings shortly after this change is implemented.

 

Ratings and Rankings Display Update

With the introduction of Premier Rating Invites, it has become more important for players to know more accurately where they stand in the rankings as the season progresses. Because Pokemon Organized Play allows players to opt in and out of ratings and rankings at their discretion, POP believes it is important that players who remain opted in throughout the season know where they actually stand against players who may not opt in until the last moment.

 

Therefore, effective immediately, all players will appear in the rankings list. However, those players who have not opted in will be displayed as “Not Opted In.” This will allow players to see that there are other players potentially ranked higher who could opt in and earn an invite, pushing some players out of the top rankings by earning those invites.

 

POP will not announce the date of the final Rankings pull until it has been completed. It will, however, take place be on a date after the final Premier event in a given Ratings Zone. Players not opted in to the Rankings prior to this pull will not be eligible for a 2007 World Championships invite and Travel Award.

 

Decimal Rating Display

Effective immediately, POP will be displaying player ratings down to two decimal points. This will allow POP to better separate the rankings, avoiding some tiebreakers later on. We hope this change will help our players better track their own ratings and those of others rated close to them as they strive to earn an invitation to the World Championships in 2007.

 

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For more information on Premiere Ratings, go here: Premiere Ratings and You

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News Media Coverage: Pokemon City Championships (Belleville and La Crosse)!

-01/24/07-

Pokemon TCG players at Belleville, Illinois.

 

The Belleville News-Democrat wrote an article on the Pokemon City Championships held at Belleville, Illinois:

 

Do You Pokemon? - Belleville News-Democrat

Jeffrey hasn't decided whether he's going to enter the first-ever Belleville Pokemon Trading Card Game City Championships on Saturday.

 

The competition will be held at Fantasy Books in Belleville, where his brother, Mike Byrd, works as a store clerk. Winners in three age divisions could go on to compete at state, regional, national and world events.

 

"In this industry, it's a big deal," said Byrd, 31, of Belleville. "Anyone who's serious about playing should come up and try it."

 

Competitors will include a 10-year-old St. Louis boy who became national champion last year. He won a $5,000 scholarship, plasma TV set, custom game system and free trip for him and his parents to Anaheim, Calif., where the world championship was held.

 

- To read the full article, go here: Do You Pokemon?

 

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Also in the news recently, The Journal Times have an article on the Pokemon City Championships held at La Crosse, Wisconsin.

 

Creatures and Friends Come Together Over Game of Cards - The Journal Times

In Pokemon, whether you win depends on what you do, what your opponent does, and the luck of the draw. It is complex, said Troy Lesky, 36, who came from La Crosse for the tournament with his son, Mike. He started playing after his children became interested in the game. He would give them cards as rewards for completing household chores.

 

"About three years ago we started attending a league in La Crosse. It’s pretty much no looking back once you get into it. You’re pretty much hooked."

 

"We travel all over the Midwest. We go to nationals every year in Columbus, Ohio."

 

And there’s money. The reward for winning at the worlds is a $7,500 scholarship and a trip to next year’s worlds. This year they’ll be in Hawaii, which is why Lesky and his son came to Racine. One of the ways to qualify is to accumulate points.

 

- To read the full article, go here: Creatures and Friends Come Together Over Game of Cards

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Manaphy Egg Code Revealed!

-01/20/07-

As promised, the official Pokemon website revealed the Manaphy Egg Code for Pokemon Ranger today. You can view all the necessary steps below:

 

 

Step 1: Access Ranger Net after finishing the game. When you see Ranger net on your main menu, click on it.

Step 2: Your screen will show "Play a special mission." On your Nintendo DS, press the top Right trigger, the X button, and left on your directional pad simultaneously.

Step 3: You should see a screen that says "Enter the password has been added".

Step 4: Tap the touch screen, and wait as the game saves.

Step 5: After the game saves, tap the screen again, and a new menu will come up that says "Enter the password".

Step 6: When you click on the password menu, you'll be allowed to enter the password!

Step 7: Enter the password: P8M2-9D6F-43H7

Step 8: You'll see a special message that says the mission is active. Turn off the game.

Step 9: At the menu screen, access Ranger Net and you'll see an option to play a special mission.

Step 10: The mission "Recover the Precious Egg" appears!

Step 11: You did it! Congratulations! Now play the mission...

Step 12: ... and discover the mystery...

Step 13: ... of who Manaphy is.

 

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After receiving the Manaphy Egg in Pokemon Ranger, you will be able to transfer the Manaphy Egg to Pokemon Diamond or Pokemon Pearl so you can raise a Manaphy.

 

Related Links

Pokemon Ranger

Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

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Pokemon Diamond/Pearl: Box Art Revealed!

-01/20/07-

 

Nintendo revealed the box arts for Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl (as seen above). The box arts for the games are identical to the Japanese version (the only difference is the English text used instead of Japanese). It's revealed that the English names of the two legendaries are the same as the Japanese names. Pokemon Diamond is represented by Dialga, with the diamond shape on its chest, has dominion over time. Pokemon Pearl is represented by Palkia, with pearl insets on its shoulder, the power to warp space.

 

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The official Pokemon site was also updated with new information on Pokemon Diamond/Pearl:

 

They're Up To No Good!

- Meet the new villains in the game, Team Galactic! What evil will they bring to the land of Sinnoh, and what hardships to our adventurers?

 

Introducing Poketch

- A new Pokemon watch-type gadget - the Poketch - lets you access different functions on your touch screen! While not very effective at the start, you can uncover more Poketch functions during game play!

 

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Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl will be released in the US on April 22, 2007.

 

Related Links

Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

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Pokemon TCG EX Power Keepers: Prerelease Tournaments!

-01/17/07-

Press Release

 

Pokemon Announces EX Power Keepers Prerelease Tournaments

Local Players to Participate in Exclusive Card Expansion Preview Tournaments

 

Pokemon USA, Inc., a worldwide leader in the trading card game industry, today announced its upcoming Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG) EX Power Keepers Prerelease tournaments. Prerelease tournaments provide players the opportunity to preview and play with unreleased cards from the upcoming EX Power Keepers expansion. The Pokemon TCG: EX Power Keepers Prerelease tournaments will be held during the weekends of February 3rd and 4th and February 10th and 11th.

 

Players are divided into three divisions: Junior Division (born in 1996 or later); Senior Division (born in 1992, 1993, 1994 or 1995); and Masters Division (born in 1991 or earlier). An admission fee is charged at the door and varies depending on event location. The entry fee includes six booster packs of the Pokemon TCG: EX Power Keepers, from which each player will build his or her deck. Players are free to take the cards home at the end of the event. All participants will receive a Pokemon TCG: EX Power Keepers Prerelease promo card and an EX Power Keepers notebook, while supplies last. Players who complete the tournament will also receive two additional booster packs of EX Power Keepers cards.

 

WHO: Pokemon TCG players and the public

WHAT: Pokemon TCG: EX Power Keepers Prerelease tournament

WHEN: February 3rd and 4th and February 10th and 11th

WHERE: Cities across North America

 

For more information, please visit www.op.pokemon-tcg.com

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The Independent: Top 20 Video Game Franchises (same list from Wikipedia)!

-01/11/07-

 

The Independent published a story, which included a list of the "The bestselling games franchises." Here's the list:

 

- The Bestselling Game Franchises -

1. Mario: 193 million

2. Pokemon: 155 million

3. Final Fantasy: 68 million

4. Madden NFL: 56 million

5. The Sims: 54 million

6. Grand Theft Auto: 50 million

7. Donkey Kong: 48 million

8. The Legend of Zelda: 47 million

9. Sonic the Hedgehog: 44 million

10. Gran Turismo: 44 million

11. Lineage: 43 million

12. Dragon Quest: 41 million

13. Crash Bandicoot: 34 million

14. Resident Evil: 31 million

15. James Bond: 30 million

16. Tomb Raider: 30 million

17. Mega Man: 26 million

18. Command & Conquer: 25 million

19. Street Fighter: 25 million

20. Mortal Kombat: 20 million

 

Mario and Pokemon are the only franchises to break the 100 million mark. No surprise here, despite Mario's head start, Pokemon is catching up quickly.

 

The Independent

Naturally, a lot of media has picked up the story and credited back to The Independent. You can view the list here: The Independent: The bestselling games franchises. However, this same exact list was available elsewhere a week earlier, on Wikipedia.

 

Wikipedia

When I looked at the numbers, they looked very familiar from what I saw last month on Wikipedia, in particular the numbers for Mario and Pokemon that I remembered somewhat (I was researching statistics of best selling games). So I went back to the Wikipedia article that lists the top video game franchises, and found that the numbers from The Independent are identical to the numbers listed in the Wikipedia article. Most of the updated numbers on Wikipedia were available since November 2006 and December 2006 (so not exactly new news, per se). History logs show that Wikipedia had the same exact numbers a week earlier since January 2, 2007 (when new sale numbers of Madden NFL 07 were added). Most of the numbers data, as credited in the Wikipedia article, are from press releases, but some are tucked away in articles concerning a single game. You can view the Wikipedia list here: Wikipedia: Best-selling video game franchises

 

Wikipedia User Discussion

Some users on Wikipedia have also took notice. Here's the article's discussion page concerning The Independent article:

 

- Who is the first to notice something strange about this top 20 published, apparently, by The Independant? ;-) -- ReyBrujo 12:30, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

 

- Oh, Gamasutra also picked the information up :-) -- ReyBrujo 17:57, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

 

- Ha, basically they plagiarized the list from our article and didn't bother crediting us. Dionyseus 18:04, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

 

- Now Joystiq has posted "London's Independent's list". I posted a comment, I hope Joystiq notices that the list was taken from Wikipedia. Dionyseus 22:59, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

 

- Thanks to http://www.gamespot.com/news/6164012.html we got the link for The Independent article: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_technology/article2141636.ece. I am adding a {{onlinesource}} even if they did not credit Wikipedia :-) -- ReyBrujo 02:20, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

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2007 Pokemon TCG World Championships: Reserve Your Room Now!

-01/11/07-

 

You can now reserve your room for a discounted rate at the 2007 Pokemon TCG World Championships, which will be held on August 10-12, 2007, at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Kona, Hawaii. The special room rate is available for the dates August 7-14, 2007, and it available for reservations until July 7th (or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first). The discounted rate is $240 a night (usually it can be $300 and up). For reservations and more information, go here: Hilton Waikoloa Village: 2007 Pokemon TCG World Championships

 

Related Links

Official Pokemon TCG Organized Play Website

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News Media Coverage: Pokemon TCG City Championships!

-01/11/07-

 

The Pokemon TCG City Championships is finishing up their final month. Some local news media has covered some recent Pokemon TCG City Championships, you can view the links below:

 

The Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota, US): Pokemon players show hand at tourney

The Advocate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US): In the cards

 

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Here at PE2K, I covered the Pokemon TCG City Championships back in November 2006 and December 2006 at Santa Clara and Mountain View, California. You can view them here:

Pokemon TCG City Championships - Santa Clara

Pokemon TCG City Championships - Mountain View

 

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Pokemon TCG Tournaments - What's Coming Up

After the Pokemon TCG City Championships, there's many more Pokemon TCG events coming up. The Pokemon TCG: EX Power Keepers Prerelease tournaments will be held during February 3rd and 4th, and February 10th and 11th. And the Pokemon State Championships will be held during March, Regional Championships during April 2007, Battle Road Tournaments during May 2007, and National Championships during Spring through July 2007. The biggest event of them all, the 2007 Pokemon TCG World Championships, will be held on August 10-12, 2007, at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Kona, Hawaii.

 

Related Links

Official Pokemon TCG Organized Play Website

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American Anime Awards: "Lucario and the Mystery of Mew" Nominated!

-01/11/07-

 

 

The first annual American Anime Awards gala will be hosted in New York City on February 24th by New York Comic Con. Fan voting has begun, and the 8th Pokemon movie, Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, made it on the list of nominees in the Best Anime Feature category. Also nominated is Bill Rogers for his work on the anime Gravitation (who is also the voice of Brock), in the Best Actor category.

 

To vote online and for more information on the American Anime Awards, go here: www.americananimeawards.com

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Countdown to Manaphy Egg Code: 01/20/07!

-01/09/07-

 

The Manaphy Egg code for Pokemon Ranger will be revealed on January 20, 2007. The code will be revealed at the official Pokemon website at www.pokemon.com, and of course, you'll also be reminded about it here in the news when it happens. The Manaphy Egg is obtainable in Pokemon Ranger with this code, you can then transfer the egg to Pokemon Diamond or Pokemon Pearl so you can raise a Manaphy.

 

Instructions (must complete all three objectives):

1. You must have successfully completed Pokemon Ranger to the very end of the story mode. After the story mode is over, the game will save, and from the main menu you will see a new option - Ranger Net.

2. Ranger Net is where you enter the code, which is an alphanumeric code that the official site will reveail in pieces until the final code reveal on January 20th, 2007.

3. You have to complete the three extra missions that will have you face off against Deoxys, Celebi, and Mew.

* On January 13th, 2007, more info will be revealed on beating the three legendary Pokemon, and for a tutorial on how to enter the code in Pokemon Ranger - and don't forget to check out the full code on January 20th, 2007!

 

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Also new today was a new page dedicated to Manaphy at www.pokemon.com/manaphy (or www.manaphy.com, however, that URL is currently redirecting to Nintendo.com's website, it will probably be redirected to the Manaphy page soon). The page revealed the movie synopsis for Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea:

 

 

 

Official Movie Synopsis

It all started with a legend passed down from the people of Water...

 

Somewhere in this world, there is a Sea Temple created by the people of the Water. The Sea Temple contains a hidden treasure called the Sea Crown, but no one has ever seen the Sea Crown, or even the Sea Temple, because the temple is protected by a secret mechanism. The temple drifts through a vast ocean undetected, waiting... waiting...

 

Ash and Pikachu meet Lizabeth, a descendant of the people of the Water, and learn about the legend. They also meet Jackie, a Pokemon Ranger on a secret mission to protect a Manaphy egg (Manaphy is mysteriously known as The Prince of the Sea) and find the Sea Temple as well. While on this important mission, Jackie is attacked by a pirate known as The Phantom. The Phantom plans to obtain the Sea Crown and take over the world - but first he needs the Manaphy egg. Now Lizabeth and Ash must help Jackie protect the egg and stop the nefarious pirate! What is the Sea Crown? How does Manaphy's mysterious power conntect it to the Sea Temple? Can Ash help Jackie complete his mission?

 

Related Links

Future Movies

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Pokemon.com Comments on PokePark: Merely a Possibility!

-01/09/07-

 

To kick of the new year, PE2K presented an article that details some of the major release dates and events for Pokemon in 2007. Among them, a small note concerning the PokePark. PokePark is a temporary theme park that debuted in Japan in 2005. In 2006, the theme park moved to Taiwan. It was announced that the PokePark will run for five years through 2010. After the Taiwan visit, the PokePark will visit another location. And there's the big question, where will PokePark be in 2007? The US is one possibility, but of course, just a possibility, nothing confirmed, nothing official, nada.

 

Pokemon.com commented on the PokePark in a recent Mailbag saying that it's merely a possibility:

 

Question: I read a web article earlier this year, advising that the Pokemon Park would be traveling to Europe and US later in the year - I haven't seen any updates on Pokemon.com. Is this going to occur in 2007?

Pokemon.com: Be careful what you read on the internet - while there's always a possibility that POKEPARK could travel to another country, what you've heard was merely that: a possibility! If it's officially decided that POKEPARK will be coming to the United States, then we'll have the news.

 

The person who asked that question probably got it confused when reports suggests that the US, Europe, and Shanghai (China) are among locations being considered after the Taiwan visit. As always, we'll have updates here in the news if there are any new updates on the PokePark, wherever it ends up.

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Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea: Logo Revealed!

-01/06/07-

 

An ad over at Pokemon.com revealed the logo for the upcoming Pokemon movie (as seen above), Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea. The ad also conveniently promotes Pokemon Ranger as well (we're still awaiting for the Manaphy egg code), and Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl (where you can then hatch and raise a Manaphy).

 

Manaphy Ad Text

Who is the mysterious Pokemon taking over Pokemon.com?

Hatched from an egg...

Capable of new moves

Star of a new movie

Find out soon

 

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The site has already revealed Manaphy before (the ad also includes a screenshot of Manaphy). We're still awaiting for release of the Manaphy egg code for Pokemon Ranger. Check back at Pokemon.com or here on the website's news for any new updates on the Manaphy egg code.

 

Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea will be on DVD on April 3, 2007.

 

Related Links

Future Movies

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Pokemon TCG US National Championships at Origins International Game Expo!

-01/04/07-

 

The 2007 Pokemon TCG US National Championships will be held at the Origins International Game Expo, located at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on the weekend of July 7th and 8th, in Columbus, Ohio. This will be the first Worlds qualifier. Winners receive scholarships worth up to $5,000 and an invite and Travel Award to the 2007 World Championships.

 

Badge Discount Information

You can get a discount for buying your badge for Origins early. Until January 10th, you can get a Full Show Pass for $50 (a $20 discount off the door price). During January 11 through May 25, Full Show Passes will be available for $60 (a $10 discount off the door price). Anything after that will be available for the normal door price of $70. For more badge information, visit the Origins website: http://www.originsgames.com/badges

 

Related Links

Official Pokemon TCG Organized Play Website

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Pokemon.com: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Page Updated!

-01/02/07-

 

Pokemon.com updated their page on Pokemon Diamond/Pearl. You can access the page by clicking on the Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl icon on the main page of the official site at www.pokemon.com, or you can use this direct link: http://www.pokemon.com/flash.asp?qString=diamondandpearl

 

The page reveals information on your rival and the new professor, Professor Rowan. The previously revealed pages were updated to change the name of Futaba Town (where you start your adventure) to Twinleaf Town. This was an expected change since the page previously noted that the names are tentative.

 

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Information from the official website:

 

Your Rival

Your childhood friend - and rival - wil lplay a large part in the story. He has the same ambitions as you, and he's on a Pokemon journey too! Don't let him beat you!

- Which Pokemon will he use?

- Your rival may be reckless, but he's always one step ahead of you and ready for battle!

- You and your rival will sometimes have to work together!

- He always seems to be in a hurry!

 

Professor Rowan

- This professor is an expert on Sinnoh's Pokemon!

 

The Mysterious Manaphy!

You won't find the Manaphy Egg in Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl, but once you have it, you can transfer it to Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl!

 

Type: Water

Ability: Hydration

Height: 1'

Weight: 3 lbs

- Manaphy's ability, Hydration, lets it recover from status problems in rainy weather. Its ability is great for defense!

- Introducing Manaphy's Exclusive Move: Heart Swap!

- Only Manaphy can use the mysterious Heart Swap move, which swaps healing effects with another Pokemon.

 

Pokemon Ranger Meets Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl

Did you get a copy of Pokemon Ranger for the holidays! If not, you may want to rush out and get one - because Pokemon Ranger has a secret that fans of Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl are going to want to know about! Manaphy may be transferred exclusively from Pokemon Ranger to Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl, but only once you find the Manaphy Egg hidden in a special Pokemon Ranger mission!

 

Make sure you played though Pokemon Ranger and finish all three of the secret Ranger Net missions that appear once you complete the game. Then, keep checking Pokemon.com for more details on how you can unlock the special mission and find Manaphy!

 

*All Data is tentative.

 

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Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl will be released in the US on April 22, 2007.

 

Related Links

Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

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Happy New Year! Pokemon in 2007!

-01/01/07-

 

Happy new year! 2007 will bring a lot of new developments for Pokemon. Here's what you can expect from Pokemon in 2007:

 

Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (April 3, 2007)

Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea will be on DVD on April 3, 2007. The ninth Pokemon movie, features Manaphy. The movie also features many of the new Pokemon that will appear in Pokemon Diamond/Pearl.

- Related Link: Future Movies

 

Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl (April 22, 2007)

Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl are next major Pokemon games since Pokemon Emerald, to be released on April 22, 2007. Pokemon Emerald became the second best selling game of 2005 in the US. Pokemon Diamond/Pearl has been breaking sales records in Japan (5 million units sold already), and Pokemon Diamond/Pearl are expected to enjoy similar success here in the US.

- Related Link: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

 

Pokemon Battle Revolution (TBA)

Pokemon Battle Revolution for the Wii is expected to be released soon after Pokemon Diamond/Pearl.

- Related Link: Pokemon Battle Revolution

 

JAKKS Pacific: Pokemon Toys (Spring 2007)

JAKKS Pacific, an American toy company, announced back in June 2006 that it would 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. So expect to see more Pokemon toy products.

 

Pokemon Diamond/Pearl TCG Set (TBA)

Just as the same way Pokemon Diamond/Pearl will change how players play Pokemon on the Nintendo DS, the Pokemon Diamond/Pearl TCG set will change how Pokemon TCG players play the game as well. The set features new game mechanics such as weakness and resistance values (it use to be weakness equals 2 times damage and resistance equals 30 damage decreased, but different values can now be placed for weakness and resistance depending on the card). Many other new game mechanics are introduced as well. And of course, the new Pokemon from Diamond/Pearl will be featured. No official release date is available for this set yet, but expect it sometime in Spring 2007.

 

Pokemon TCG Events (March-July 2007)

Many Pokemon TCG events will be running from March 2007 through July 2007. The State Championships will be held during March, Regional Championships during April 2007, Battle Road Tournaments during May 2007, and National Championships during Spring through July 2007.

- Related Link: Official Pokemon TCG Organized Play Website

 

2007 Pokemon TCG World Championships (August 10-12, 2007)

The 2007 Pokemon TCG World Championships will be held on August 10-12, 2007, at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Kona, Hawaii. Players from around the world will compete with each other at the highest level of competition.

- Related Link: Official Pokemon TCG Organized Play Website

 

Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2007)

Although not a Pokemon title entirely, Pokemon fans can enjoy this game as Pikachu returns in Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii. The game is expected to be released sometime in 2007.

- Related Link: Official Super Smash Bros. Website

 

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What else can we expect? The Manaphy code was suppose to be released in December 2006, when it was announced it would be available "later this month." That month has come and gone, so expect the Manaphy code to be released sometime soon.

 

Although there has been no official announcement, the Pokemon Video Game National Championships (and other similar events like Journey Across America) might make a return in 2007. These events were a huge success, with huge turnouts at locations across the US. So we definitely hope these events will be back for yet another year.

 

PokePark, the temporary theme park debuted in Japan in 2005. In 2006, the theme park moved to Taiwan. It was announced that the 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).

 

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Stay tuned here in the news for any new updates on these releases and events!

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