Saturday, August 29th, 2009 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

A new reverse-holo POP 9 Raichu is now available at stores like Target in a Supreme Victors blister pack. The Raichu uses the same holo paper as the POP 9 Rotom, except it's reverse holo. The blister pack comes with a booster pack of the set, a POP 8 pack, and a coin, and retails for $4.99. Click the thumbnail below for a larger scan, courtesy of Omahanime.

Raichu from POP 9 (#3, holo)
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Thursday, August 27th, 2009 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Dialga promo #49 is now available at stores like Target and Wal-Mart. It comes in a poster pack with two Supreme Victors booster packs, two POP 9 packs, and a poster featuring Supreme Victors card images. The package retails for $9.99. Click the thumbnail below for a larger scan of Dialga. Thanks go to Omahanime for scanning the card!

Dialga Diamond and Pearl Promo #49
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Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 @ 7 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Three new trailers for HeartGold and SoulSilver are available to people who have Japanese Wii consoles, and someone on YouTube has kindly put them together into one video and uploaded them. The first trailer reveals the cut-shot of Ho-Oh's perch, the Break Block Pokethlon game, Gym Leader Jasmine's sprite, the interior of Violet City Gym, and a double battle against Entei and Raikou. The second trailer features impressive commercial CGI of Lugia, its three Legendary Birds, Ho-Oh, and its three Legendary Beasts. It reveals that headbutt trees return in the two remakes, as an Entei is seen ramming one, and then shows Suicune's previously unseen sprite in a double battle. The final trailer begins with new CGI of the Johto starters and Pichu, then shows a wild Suicune in Kanto. The trailer also reveals that Munchlax, despite being a Diamond and Pearl Pokemon, can be captured on the PokeWalker. You can watch all three trailers in the video below.

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Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The last quiz asked, "Which of the following is least likely to happen in Pokemon movies?" The correct answer was "Characters using their fists to defeat the villain rather than their Pokemon." While it has happened before, it is the least likely to occur. I realize that "Characters experiencing amnesia regarding movie events when in the TV show" does not actually take place within the movies, but the spirit of the question was obvious. Try this week's quiz! If you know exactly who each of those popular names are, consider yourself a pop culture expert!

Wild Pokemon running out of their habitat following a crash or explosion.
Celebi movie, Darkrai movie, Shaymin movie (and all of the time in the show). If something crashes in the wild, expect the next shot to show Pokemon running out with high-pitched voices.

A revival or death.
Being in a Pokemon movie is hazardous. Ash dies and is revived in Mewtwo, Lugia is "revived" or healed in 2000, Celebi dies and is revived in 4Ever, Latios "dies" in Heroes, Lucario dies, Darkrai "dies" (sort of), Giratina 99% "dies," and *SPOILER* Pikachu "dies" in Arceus. When I talked to a Pokemon official at Worlds in 2005, they stated that Pokemon never die. Lucario would disagree, though the movie came out just a month before Worlds that year.

Ash running into a barrier to break it.
First movie punches Mewtwo's barrier, second movie runs into Moltres' cage barrier, third movie runs into the Unown's barrier, fifth movie runs into Latios' cage barrier. Note that he has never broken any of the barriers. Maybe that's why he stopped after the fifth movie.

A misunderstanding or communication error.
Do I really have to list them all?

A plot focusing on traveling to somewhere.
Beginning of Mewtwo movie, all of the Lugia movie, on a smaller scale in the Entei movie, on a smaller scale in the Celebi movie, all of the Jirachi movie, half of the Lucario movie, most of the Manaphy movie, all of the Shaymin movie, *SPOILER* through time in the Arceus movie.

Legendaries beating the tar out of each other.
Self-explanatory. Mewtwo vs. Mew; Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres vs. Lugia and each other; Deoxys vs. Rayquaza; Dialga vs. Palkia vs. Darkrai (the name of the movie!); Shaymin vs. Giratina (sort of); Dialga, Palkia, Giratina vs. Arceus.

Everything resetting to how it was before the problems started.
Mewtwo stopping the storm and erasing Ash and crew's memories, the world's natural balance being restored in Lugia, the crystallization disappearing in Entei, Altomare's defense mechanisms shutting down and the Fossil Pokemon returning to their bones, Groudon returning to the earth and Jirachi going back to sleep, the Tree of Origin in Lucario returning to normal, Alamos Town restored in Darkrai, *SPOILER* Arceus restoring Miichina. It's like the stories unwind a thread of yarn, bad stuff happens, and then the thread is woven back to normal as if nothing ever happened.

Characters experiencing amnesia regarding movie events when in the TV show.
A recent example would be Officer Jenny explaining to Ash and crew about Darkrai in "Sleepless in Pre-Battle" (the Darkrai vs. Cresselia episode). Other times they either don't acknowledge that they have seen the Legendary Pokemon before or pull out their PokeDex as if they have never heard of it.

Telepathy used as an excuse to forego animating mouth movements.
Every movie involving Pokemon who talk. Mewtwo, Lugia, Entei, Jirachi, Lucario, Darkrai, Shaymin, and Arceus all conveniently use telepathy. No Legendary Pokemon that speaks has ever used its mouth to predominantly talk.

Bad guys except for Team Rocket getting arrested.
Lawrence III, Annie and Oakley, The Phantom, Zero. Avoiding arrest is about the only thing Team Rocket is successful at. Of course if they were arrested, there would be no more show, as almost every single episode revolves around them giving our "heroes" some action or trouble.

Characters using their fists to defeat the villain rather than their Pokemon.
Practically never. The closest we get is Ash trying to punch Mewtwo in the first movie and *SPOILER* him struggling with Giishin in Arceus.

  • Characters using their fists to defeat the villain rather than their Pokemon. (61.0%, 7,563 Votes)
  • A revival or death. (10.0%, 1,262 Votes)
  • Bad guys except for Team Rocket getting arrested. (5.0%, 619 Votes)
  • Characters experiencing amnesia regarding movie events when in the TV show. (5.0%, 569 Votes)
  • Legendaries beating the tar out of each other. (4.0%, 528 Votes)
  • Wild Pokemon running out of their habitat following a crash or explosion. (3.0%, 425 Votes)
  • A misunderstanding or communication error. (3.0%, 364 Votes)
  • Ash running into a barrier to break it. (2.0%, 308 Votes)
  • Telepathy used as an excuse to forego animating mouth movements. (2.0%, 254 Votes)
  • A plot focusing on traveling to somewhere. (2.0%, 249 Votes)
  • Everything resetting to how it was before the problems started. (2.0%, 224 Votes)
  • Total Voters: 12,365
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Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Last... time's quiz question asked, "Which of the following Gym Leaders did Ash most legitimately defeat to earn his badge?" This question was essentially asking which Gym Leader Ash defeated using his skills rather than some reason unrelated to defeating Pokemon to win. There are several ways to argue which badge Ash most legitimately earned. A Trainer should defeat the Gym Leader the first time around and by only defeating their Pokemon. That means the more interruptions, rematches, etc. that occur, the less legitimate winning the badge is.

After heavy discussion in our chat room, we have concluded Ash is a loser and that he did not defeat a single Gym Leader 100% legitimately. If we had to pick, he probably defeated Lt. Surge and Blaine using the most skill. Want to debate which badge he won most fairly? Discuss it on our forums!

  • Brock - Lost to Brock in the first match. Used an electric machine to power-up Pikachu rather than battle Pokemon to make it stronger. Caused sprinklers to weaken Onix. Chose not to finish the second match. Was handed the Boulder Badge despite not having defeated Brock.
  • Misty - Battled Misty instead of the technical Gym Leaders. Match interrupted by Team Rocket. Handed the Cascade Badge for defeating Team Rocket and because he "would have" won if he used Pikachu against Misty.
  • Lt. Surge - Lost the first match badly. Won the second match using speed and given the Thunder Badge.
  • Sabrina - Lost the first match badly. Went to Lavender Town and "borrowed" Haunter. Ran out of the second match when Haunter disappeared. Did not finish the third match. Handed the Marsh Badge for immobilizing Kadabra in Haunter making Sabrina laugh herself silly.
  • Erika - Tangela paralyzed Bulbasaur and Ash recalled it, she switched to Weepinbell and Charmander defeated it, Ash recalled Charmander for Pikachu after Gloom stunk up the place. Team Rocket burned the gym down and Ash saved Erika's Gloom. She handed him the Rainbow Badge not for defeating her, but for his bravery.
  • Koga - Pidgeotto lost to Venemoth and Ash sent out Charmander, but the battle was interrupted by Team Rocket. The match continued after Psyduck sent Team Rocket blasting off and Charmander defeated Koga's Golbat, granting Ash the Soul Badge. However, that would make them tied, meaning that either Koga cannot count or the continuation was actually considered an entirely new match.
  • Blaine - Lost to Blaine the first time. Ninetales defeated Squirtle, Pikachu zapped Rhydon's horn ("Aim for the horn!") and knocked it out, Magmar defeated Pikachu. Charizard defeated Magmar in the rematch.
  • Giovanni - Did not even battle Giovanni. Battled Team Rocket using Giovanni's Pokemon but defeated them.
  • Lt. Surge (35.0%, 8,008 Votes)
  • Brock (15.0%, 3,368 Votes)
  • Blaine (15.0%, 3,360 Votes)
  • Giovanni (11.0%, 2,414 Votes)
  • Koga (7.0%, 1,682 Votes)
  • Misty (7.0%, 1,668 Votes)
  • Sabrina (5.0%, 1,214 Votes)
  • Erika (4.0%, 885 Votes)
  • Total Voters: 22,598
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Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (Monday, 1:00 PM): The Mac installer uploaded was the incorrect version; it did not contain any Supreme Victors cards. You can redownload the installer using the same link below.

The Supreme Victors Redshark release is now available for download! If you are using Windows, you can download the latest installer by clicking here; if you are using Macintosh, download this link instead. Redshark allows you to practice the Pokemon TCG on your computer and against friends online. It is the only fan-made program created specifically for the Pokemon TCG.

If you are a Windows Vista user, you must input "c:\redshark" when it asks you what folder you want to install the program to. For all Windows users, be sure to uninstall any previous versions before attempting to launch the installation program.

New features include...

  • Prize arranging
  • Let Opponent... sub-menus to Hand and Deck popup menus
  • Playmat shortcut images for heal (-10) bench/all
  • Added Cynthia's Guidance to Trainer menu
  • Restart No Basics now waits for player acknowledgment
  • Prevent modification of hand/deck in some network game situations
  • Added some intelligent menu item disabling
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Friday, August 21st, 2009 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

In case there was any doubt, HeartGold and SoulSilver will still feature the Pal Park or a similar feature. Of course, such a feature will only be usable if the games are inserted into a Nintendo DS or DS Lite since the Nintendo DSi does not have a GBA slot to connect to the GBA games. According to the official Nintendo website...

  • Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver are remakes of the Game Boy Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver (doy).
  • HeartGold and SoulSilver have differences in "types of Pokemon that appear" and "Pokemon appearance percentages."
  • Communicates with "HeartGold," "SoulSilver," "Diamond," "Pearl," "Platinum," "Pokemon Battle Revolution," also using the double slot feature with "Ruby," "Sapphire," "Emerald," "FireRed," and "LeafGreen." (Communication using the double slot feature is only supported by the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite.)
  • PokeWalker only supported by "HeartGold" and "SoulSilver."
  • Can not communicate with Game Boy and Game Cube Pokemon series games. Also, not supported by Wii Ware "My Pokemon Ranch (including Platinum version)."
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Thursday, August 20th, 2009 @ 8 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

We have learned that the final Pokemon Platinum English set will simply be named Platinum: Arceus in a vein similar to EX Deoxys. The set will be released in stores on November 4th in America, with prereleases occurring the last two weekends of October. The dates have been added to the right menu. The set is of course the English version of The Advent of Arceus.

Accompanying the set's release will be a new Arceus Premium Box, Arceus Collector's Tin, Arceus Poster Pack, and a three-pack blister pack. The Premium Box will contain five booster packs of the set (subject to change), one holo Arceus promo, one holo Arceus jumbo promo, and a double-sided poster featuring the set's cards. The Collector's Tin will be packaged with four Platinum-series booster packs and an Arceus LV.X card, though there may be two other tins containing other Level X's from the set that we do not know about yet. The Arceus Poster Pack will feature two booster packs from the set, two POP-series packs, another holo Arceus promo, and another double-sided poster with pictures of cards from the set. The blister pack will simply contain two of the set's booster packs, an older set's booster pack, a coin, and a holo promo card unknown at this time.

Oddly, movie sets - or cards related to the movies - are usually delayed until around the time the respective movie comes out. This is always in spring, but for some reason, the pattern does not hold true for this set. Could this be yet another indication that the Arceus and the Jewel of Life movie is coming to America this year? This in combination with the early revealing of Arceus sure sounds fishy, but we'll see!

With this date revealed, the set afterward will without a doubt be released in February. LEGEND: HeartGold and SoulSilver Collection, the next Japanese set, will be released in America then. Following its release, the HeartGold and SoulSilver games should hit store shelves within a month to a month and a half afterward in either March or April if the pattern of past game releases holds true.

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Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

We have just learned that the fall Battle Roads will take place from September 19th until October 11th. They will be worth 4K like the Battle Roads last season. As usual, the victor of each individual tournament will receive a winner's card. The dates have been added to the right menu's calendar section.

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Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Over the past year, Shakespeare has been rescanning his entire collection of over 4,500 cards using his high-quality scanner and the scans have finally arrived on the site! It took almost a year to individually rotate, crop, edit, and enhance each scan one-by-one, but the painstaking job is finally done! We actually finished editing the scans a month before summer started, but various things (Japan, Worlds, life, etc.) kept getting in the way of me uploading them and adding them to the website. Thank you Shakespeare for all of your dedication and hard work in collecting and scanning all the cards!

The new scans are clearer than ever before and are larger than previous batches of scans. The old batch of scans was posted here when dial-up was still commonplace, but now that most people are using a high-speed connection, we felt we could make the scans a little larger with less compression. The previous scans were already the best quality you could ever find, but these just blow anything and everything completely out of the water. Yes, we are literally crazy when it comes to scan quality! Just compare a few random samples below. You can open the scans simultaneously when clicking them and can drag them next to each other to compare the old quality versus the new quality.

Old Blastoise Scan :( New Blastoise Scan! :D Old Erika's Dragonair Scan :( New Erika's Dragonair Scan! :D Old Feraligatr Scan :( New Feraligatr Scan! :D Old Milotic Scan :( New Milotic Scan! :D Old Pidgeot Scan :( New Pidgeot Scan! :D
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