Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 @ 4 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

PokeFesta 2009, a Pokemon convention, started in Osaka, Japan on the 19th and ends today. New HeartGold and SoulSilver footage in the form of a Pokemon battle has been playing at the convention, which SeadraDS from YouTube recorded below. You can hear the remixed battle theme from the original Gold and Silver and see new sprites for some of the Pokemon. The real game will not feature energetic Japanese girls commenting on your every decision.

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Monday, July 20th, 2009 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The official Go-Pokemon website has revealed three new cards from Supreme Victors: Absol G, Staraptor FB, and Charizard G LV.X. All three cards come from Pulse of the Frontier, as will most of the set. Click the thumbnails below for larger images. The cards will be holographic when you open them out of a booster pack. Three cards from the set were also revealed back in June.

Absol G from Supreme Victors (#1) Staraptor FB from Supreme Victors (#11) Charizard G LV.X from Supreme Victors (#143)
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Monday, July 20th, 2009 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Supreme Victors Poster Box - Dialga Promo

A poster box will be released for the next English set, Supreme Victors, just like all the Platinum-series sets. The package will come with a holographic Dialga promo card, two Supreme Victors booster packs, two POP-series packs, a coin, and of course a poster featuring all of the set's cards. The Dialga originates from the 11th Movie Commemorative Pack that was released in Japan last July. The package will be released in America on August 18th when the set is available in stores. Click the thumbnail to the right for a larger picture of the box.

As a reminder, a blister pack for the set will also be released around the same time. You can read this June news story to see the blister pack and the Supreme Victors booster pack and theme deck images.

Dialga LV.69 - Metal - HP100
Basic Pokemon

[M] Time Call: Search your deck for a card that evolves from 1 of your Pokemon and put it onto that Pokemon. (This counts as evolving that Pokemon.) Shuffle your deck afterward.
[MCC] Time Wager: 100 damage. Flip 2 coins. If at least 1 one them is tails, this attack does 50 damage.

Weakness: Fire (+20)
Resistance: Psychic (-20)
Retreat: 2

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Saturday, July 18th, 2009 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Bangiras

The official Pokemon site has been updated with new information about the upcoming Wiiware games, Onward! Flame Rescue Team, Go! Storm Rescue Team, and Dream! Light Rescue Team. The games will be released on August 4th in Japan, for 1200 Wii points ($12) apiece. Like the other Wiiware Pokemon games, My Pokemon Ranch and Melee! Pokemon Scramble, these games feature simplified, 3D, Mii-style Pokemon models. However, it is important to note that these games were produced by Chunsoft (the company that worked on the previous Pokemon Dungeon titles) and not Ambrella (which made Pokemon Ranch and Pokemon Scramble).

Each version of the game features a slightly different version of the hub town, different starting Pokemon, and different missions. Flame Rescue Team takes place in the volcanic Pokemon Village and emphasizes Fire-Type Pokemon. The starting Pokemon are Charmander, Cyndaquil, Torchic, Chimchar, Vulpix, Growlithe, Eevee, Teddiursa, and Buneary. Storm Rescue Team takes place on Pokemon Beach, emphasizes Water-Type Pokemon, and has Squirtle, Totodile, Mudkip, Piplup, Wooper, Azurill, Phanpy, Riolu, and Wynaut as its starters. Light Rescue Team takes place in the forested Pokemon Garden and emphasizes Electric-Types. Pichu, Pikachu, Shinx, Pachirisu, Elekid, Mareep, Psyduck, Togepi, and Meowth are available from the start. While previous iterations of Pokemon Dungeon assigned your starter based on a personality profile, this time you can apparently choose your starter from the nine Pokemon available.

Gameplay involves taking your team of up to four Pokemon into mazes (the titular mysterious dungeons), and battling through multiple floors of enemies until you find either the exit or a set target such as a Pokemon that needs to be rescued. Along the way, your Pokemon will gain experience, items, money, and possibly even recruit new team members. The layout of the dungeons changes with every visit, keeping the game fresh and challenging. Support is provided by the townspeople. As in previous games, Kangaskhan can hold items, Duskull runs a bank, and Kecleon has a shop. Slaking and Gastrodon also appear, though their role is not yet clear (probably dojo master and move tutor). Slowking is the village Elder, and apparently assigns new missions. Arceus also plays a role in the story.

Two major changes have been made to the gameplay, which sets these titles apart from other Pokemon Dungeon games. First, while in the previous Pokemon Dungeon games, Pokemon couldn't evolve until the endgame for story purposes, in the Wiiware games Pokemon can evolve as soon as they reach the proper level. What's more, if they level up in the middle of a battle, they can evolve right then and there! However, this ability works both ways--enemy Pokemon can also evolve midbattle. The second change is the introduction of the Pokemon Tower. Your team members can climb on each other's shoulders to form a "tower". While like this, the Pokemon move and fight as a unit, combining their stats to drastically improve their overall strength. Of course, enemies can also form Pokemon Towers...

The game makes use of the Wii's online capabilities, allowing players to trade Pokemon and download special missions. It also improves upon the SOS feature from previous games by making full use of the Wii-mail system. The SOS feature works like this: Normally, if your team is Knocked Out during a mission, you lose half your money, half your items, and have to restart the dungeon from scratch. However, if you have WiiConnect24 turned on, you can send a message to the people on your friends list requesting a rescue. Your friends then play through the same dungeon that your team last entered, and if they successfully reach your team, your Pokemon will be revived and allowed to continue from where you left off. Throughout this process, Wii-mail keeps both players apprised of the other team's progress.

Finally, the games will have some sort of connectivity with the DS, at the very least allowing players to use it as a controller. Whether or not this allows for some form of remote play remains to be seen.

We'll have more information, including a walkthrough, when the game is released next month!

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Friday, July 17th, 2009 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
New Kingdra Artwork by Ken Sugimori

The official Japanese Pokemon website has updated their PokeDex with all of Ken Sugmori's new artwork for Gold and Silver Pokemon. The artwork is in the same style as Pokemon he drew for Ruby and Sapphire, FireRed and LeafGreen, and Diamond and Pearl. For years the second generation Pokemon's artwork was completely outdated in comparison to the other three generations, but now every Pokemon is drawn in the same type of style!

Note however that some Gold and Silver Pokemon's artwork, such as Pichu and Misdreavus, was already updated when FireRed and LeafGreen came out. So, not all of the artwork is entirely new.

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Thursday, July 16th, 2009 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
2009 Worlds Wallpaper

Go-Pokemon's 2009 Worlds mini-site is now up. While not much is posted yet, the site reveals that Junichi Masuda (Pokemon games director), Tsunekaz Ishihara (President of the Pokemon Company), and Takeshi Kawachimaru (director of Platinum) will be the guests of honor. Both Mr. Masuda and Ishihara attended Worlds last year in Florida, while this is Mr. Kawachimaru's first time.

The website spills that the prerelease promo card for Supreme Victors is Milotic from Pulse of the Frontier. Prerelease tournaments will take place at Worlds like usual this year.

Wallpaper featuring a surfing Pikachu is also available for download, as seen to the right. Select your screen resolution from the following links and then save the image: 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900.

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Arceus: Space-Time Conquered - Arceus Showing Damos a Vision of a Beautiful Michiina

A seven-minute trailer for Arceus: Space-Time Conquered has been posted on Yahoo Kids. Most of it contains scenes not shown in previous trailers. It also features the voice actors in the movie, the movie's orchestra, the background music for the remixed "High Touch" song, and a video of the artist who sings the ending theme song. You may need to download Microsoft Silverlight to watch it; the link will show up on the website if you do not have it installed. The trailer will be deleted after July 21st, so watch it now while you can! Thanks go to Frugrow for giving us the heads up on this story!

The movie will begin playing in Japan on Saturday. You can read our summary of it by clicking here. The summary will be updated after I see the movie again on Saturday.

One random thing I forgot: The mother from the beginning of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew who reads the story of Sir Aaron is in the ending credits of the movie with her daughter. They were also in The Rise of Darkrai and Giratina and the Sky Warrior. They must be stalking Ash and crew!

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The official Japanese Pokemon website has posted clear images of the screenshots that appeared in CoroCoro this week in addition to a couple of new ones. The interesting ones are posted below; check out the website if you want to see all of them. Click the thumbnails for larger images and use your arrow keys to scroll through them like a slideshow.

HeartGold SoulSilver - Surfing in the Lake of Rage HeartGold SoulSilver - Red Gyarados Encounter HeartGold SoulSilver - The Three Legendary Beasts in the Burned Tower HeartGold SoulSilver - Entei Encounter HeartGold SoulSilver - Pokethlon Race HeartGold SoulSilver - Sending Pikachu to PokeWalker HeartGold SoulSilver - Eusine and Female Player Spy on the Three Beasts HeartGold SoulSilver - Entei, Suicune, and Raikou's Official Ken Sugimori Artwork
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Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Edit: Sorry, missed this important little tid-bit: You can only use foreign-language cards from Supreme Victors and earlier. So, don't buy any foreign cards in the future as the second paragraph was saying. POP is definitely phasing out their use.

Mike Liesik, one of the heads of Pokemon Organized Play, has posted a tournament rules draft on the Organized Play forums that states for the 2009-2010 season, 10% of a player's deck may contain foreign language cards. That's six cards per deck. If you have any Japanese Claydol, Uxie, LV.X Pokemon, etc., then you may use up to six of them in a tournament deck! Basic Energy are counted in the six as well.

However, keep in mind this is only for this upcoming year - for the 2010-2011 season, there is a chance you may not be able to use any foreign language cards at all. POP probably changed their recent decision to ban all foreign-language cards because players already bought Japanese boxes in preparation for next season without knowing what POP was planning. So, this year could be a transitional period to phase out all foreign cards. In other words, be cautious when buying foreign cards for upcoming sets, since you may not be allowed to use them at all next September as was the original plan for this year.

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Monday, July 13th, 2009 @ 5 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Today was another Pokemony day! We went to Kyoto to see the Kinkaku-ji, the same temple that the Brass Tower (Burned Tower) in Gold and Silver is based off. The tower was built at the end of the 1300's and featured bright gold paint. In 1950, it was burned down by a monk who was trying to commit suicide, though in the games, the reason for the fire is never explained (I think the anime implied a group of soldiers did it). The real-life tower was later rebuilt based on the original design, but of course the Brass Tower in the games stayed burned to the ground (hence why it's now called the Burned Tower). Just as a reminder, the Burned Tower was the home of Lugia.

The August CoroCoro scans have finally emerged, courtesy of Heart Drops Diary. Click the thumbnails below for larger scans. Thanks go to Yaminokame for translating the scans! Better-quality portions of some of the scans have also been posted on 2ch and are included below.

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The first scan was already shown earlier this week, but now we can see Ho-Oh, Lugia, and Entei's sprites. Overworld shots of Ho-Oh in front of the Tin Tower and Lugia in the Whirl Islands are also shown. The scenes will probably precede or follow those 3D shots of Ho-Oh flying around the Tin Tower and Lugia sitting behind the wave of water - the 3D scenes that were revealed a while ago. Both Pokemon are at Level 45.

The second scan shows the Kimono Girls, Red Gyarados, Pokemon Gyms, and more Pokethlon mini-games. It appears that inside of Ilex Forest, you can team up with one of the Kimono Girls to help her find the exit, similar to Cheryl in DPPt's Eterna Forest. The scan states that the Kimono Girl holds a "key" to the story, perhaps meaning that she literally has a key for the player. The screenshot that shows the dance studio the Kimono Girls reside in has a Team Rocket grunt in it, so it seems Team Rocket has some involvement with them... the grunt says, "So, you can't listen to your customer's commands, huh?", yelling at the Kimono Girls. When you encounter the Red Gyarados in the Lake of Rage, it will be raining. It's at Level 30.

In addition to the Dash Hurdle and Bound Field mini-games we learned about yesterday, the scan reveals two new Pokethlon games: Ring-Out Fight and Shooting Snow. Shooting Snow seems to involve... shooting snow, while Ring-Out Fight appears to be like the Hitmontop game in Pokemon Stadium 2 where you have to knock Pokemon out of a ring (though we can't confirm that for sure). The Pokethlon comes with five different courses, each based on the speed, power, technique, stamina, and jump stats. Each course is made up of three races.

For the third scan we have PokeGear and PokeWalker information. You can check the Johto map on the PokeGear and it has a radio and phone (not real ones of course). Unlike previous Pokemon games, you can now assign two key items (like a Super Rod and Bicycle) using the DS's Y button and a reserved button on the touch screen. The scan also shows that the Item Finder has been redesigned, which you can see on the middle of the page to the left (the black circle with orange and a dot). You can also use it as you walk - you do not have to stop to use it. The scan also states that when you win a battle, your mom will save up money for you and will sometimes use it to buy items for you.

As for the PokeWalker, you can connect to a friend's PokeWalker using your own. On the bottom of the scan you can see two PokeWalkers connecting to each other, one with a Cyndaquil and the other with a Pikachu. One of the players receives an Oran Berry in doing so, which means that there will probably be ways of obtaining items when connecting with your friend's PokeWalker. Additionally, one of the screenshots shows the PokeWalker's Item Finder discovering a Rare Candy, which may mean it will allow players to obtain rare items. The scan also gives us our first look of a Pokemon getting captured on the PokeWalker - you can see a Poke Ball capturing a Sentret. While battling Sentret, there is a new option - "Dodge." You can choose to dodge your opponent's attacks and then retaliate, just like in the anime. It is also revealed that the PokeWalker will record your daily progress in a journal.

As for the fourth scan, it confirms that the Level 1 Dialga, Palkia, or Giratina you receive from Arceus will be able to learn Metal Burst, Hydro Pump, and Shadow Sneak (respectively). There are screenshots of each Pokemon using their attack.

In the final scan, Notched-Ear Pichu's attacks are confirmed to be Pain Split, Volt Tackle, Helping Hand, and Swagger. It is also stated that it cannot evolve and it cannot be traded out of the two games.

With these new scans posted, we can now say that the Latios, Latias, and Mewtwo factoids posted the other day were most likely fake. There is no indication in the scans of any of those Pokemon being in the games, though if Kanto is included, Mewtwo may be too. Lugia and Ho-Oh having "hidden abilities" was also not in the scans.

Could minor differences in Pokemon sprites like Notched-Ear Pichu and the dodge option be early features of the next generation of games? We'll find out next year most likely!

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