Friday, June 12th, 2009 @ 7 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Sorry for the late update; I wasn't up at 2-3 in the morning like usual since school ended for me yesterday.

Clearer CoroCoro scans have surfaced on Japanese image board 2ch, revealing some new HeartGold and SoulSilver information while clarifying some rumors and previously known facts. Click the scans below for larger images, which will open in new windows. Thanks go to Heerosferret for some of the translations.

CoroCoro HeartGold SoulSilver Scans CoroCoro HeartGold SoulSilver Scans CoroCoro HeartGold SoulSilver Scans CoroCoro HeartGold SoulSilver Scans

The first scan above, which shows a map of Johto in the background, undoubtedly confirms that Kanto will be in the games. Route 27, which connects the Kanto and Johto regions together, is seen on the bottom right of the map heading off to the east where Kanto lies. Additionally, the map shows a new area west of National Park that was not in the original games.

Not just the Starter Pokemon will be able to follow you around, "Any Pokemon in your party, from your starter, to legendaries, to anyone" will be able to. Wobbuffet, Steelix, Larvitar (?), and another Pokemon (perhaps Sentret) are seen walking behind the player in a few of the first page's game screenshots. (I wonder how a Wailord will drag its carcass around?) Just as in Pokemon Yellow, you are able to turn around and hit A on the Pokemon, finding out how it feels, though there also appears to be a dialogue now between the Pokemon and the player.

The PokeDex has been redesigned to be much more compact, almost looking like a clamshell cell phone. It is now available in two models - a red one for male players and a pink one for female players.

The second scan clarifies information on the Jirachi distribution. It will be available at Level 5 and will know the moves Wish, Confusion, Rest, and Draco Meteor, the latter of which it cannot normally learn. It will also be holding a Leichi Berry. As previously known, it will be downloadable to Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum at McDonalds and other locations from June 19th to July 17th and will unlock something special when traded to HeartGold and SoulSilver. The scan confirms the rumor that it is a hidden area called "Edge of the Night Sky."

If a player preorders both games beginning July 4th, they will receive an Arceus, Ho-Oh, and Lugia figure. If they only preorder HeartGold, however, they will receive only a Ho-Oh figure, while SoulSilver will grant them only a Lugia figure.

The pages also show off the redesigned interfaces of the PokeDex, Bag, Pokemon summary screens, and PC boxes, which will now utilize the touch screen more heavily than before for easier navigation.

The third page talks about the Pichu event in Ilex Forest, which we already knew about. Trading over the Pikachu-Colored Pichu from the preorder movie download will activate an event in Ilex Forest involving Notched-Ear Pichu. The page also shows the interaction between Cynthia and Arceus, though nothing else is revealed beyond what we already know from Wednesday.

The last scan shows the PokeWalker. One of the screenshots involves an encounter with a wild Kangaskhan. Presumably, you will be able to transfer wild Pokemon you encounter on the PokeWalker to the two games, though if there is anything more to this method we do not know at this point. The scan also shows in-game cut shots of Ho-Oh above the Tin Tower and Lugia behind a wall of water. Perhaps when you encounter them you will see these shots.

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Thursday, June 11th, 2009 @ 4 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

A new CoroCoro magazine scan has revealed the box art for HeartGold and SoulSilver. HeartGold obviously features Ho-Oh, who is posed in front of the Tin Tower, while SoulSilver features Lugia, the Whirl Islands seen vaguely in the background behind it. Both boxes are quite larger than a typical Pokemon game because of the inclusion of the PokeWalker. Click the thumbnail below for a much larger scan. The specific release date for the games is still unknown at this point.

HeartGold and SoulSilver Box Art, as scene in CoroCoro
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Thursday, June 11th, 2009 @ 4 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Jirachi and Scramble Promotion at McDonalds

A McDonalds promotion will take place in Japan from June 19th to July 17th in which customers can download a special Jirachi through Mystery Gift. As we already found out in the previous news story, the Jirachi will unlock something special in HeartGold and SoulSilver, rumored to be a hidden area called "Edge of the Night Sky."

Additionally, McDonalds will allow players to download some of the Pokemon toys from Melee! Pokemon Scramble to their DS, including Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Turtwig, Piplup, Chimchar, Garchomp, Pikachu, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Mewtwo, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres (all 1st and 4th generation Pokemon!). When they have collected all of the Pokemon, they can earn McDonalds coupons. Basically, the promotion is just a gimmicky advertisement for the game.

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 @ 3 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update #2 (11:30 PM): Added a new scan of Jirachi. Read the fourth paragraph for info.
Update: Added a new scan showing Arceus in the games and info related to it. Check the third paragraph.

New scans from July's issue of CoroCoro have surfaced on Japanese image boards. More scans should be coming in today or possibly later in the week. According to Heerosferret, the first scan featuring the silhouettes of Kyogre, Groudon, and Rayquaza states that once you defeat the Elite Four in HeartGold, Kyogre will appear in the wild, whereas when you defeat them in SoulSilver, Groudon will appear. When both legendaries are brought together in the same game, Rayquaza can be encountered as well.

The second scan just shows off Professor Elm's lab, depicts Silver holding a Great Ball, and shows a Team Rocket grunt. Nothing new is revealed from what we can tell. The third scan featuring Cynthia states, "Witness the birth of Arceus and Legendary Pokemon," though we have no idea if she is referring to Platinum's Arceus legend, these two remakes, the 12th movie, or what.

The fourth scan, which shows Arceus and Cynthia together in HeartGold and SoulSilver, features someone saying that they were "given the right to choose one life out of three." It is unclear if Cynthia or Arceus is speaking the line or who the line is referring to. It could be in reference to Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina, as there are three symbols on the floor and Arceus rules over those Pokemon. This scene is most likely a hidden event, as it would be hard to imagine Arceus or Cynthia appearing in the timeline of the second generation. Perhaps if you trade the Japanese movie Arceus to the two games, you will unlock an event where you can capture one of the Dragon Trio, thus "saving" them. This is just speculation of course.

A new scan of Jirachi has surfaced. The scan is way too blurry to read, but posters on 2ch who have CoroCoro are providing summaries of the info. How accurate their posts are we do not know - we will probably have to wait a few more days for clearer scans to determine their validity. However, they state that a Jirachi download is going to take place in June. The new WiiWare game Melee! Pokemon Scramble! appears on the bottom of the page and is coming out in a few days, so perhaps Jirachi is a present that you can download with the game. When you trade the Jirachi to HeartGold and SoulSilver, it will unlock a new area called "Edge of the Night Sky."

Kyogre, Groudon, and Rayquaza in HeartGold and SoulSilver Professor Elm, the rival Silver, and a Team Rocket Grunt in HeartGold and SoulSilver Cynthia in CoroCoro Arceus in HeartGold and SoulSilver Jirachi in HeartGold and SoulSilver
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Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

We have obtained images of Supreme Victors product images, including the booster pack art, theme deck art, and promo blister pack packaging. The booster packs will feature Absol, Charizard, Garchomp, and Rayquaza while the theme decks will focus on Milotic and Arcanine. Click the thumbnails below for larger images.

Supreme Victors Absol Booster Pack Supreme Victors Charizard Booster Pack Supreme Victors Garchomp Booster Pack Supreme Victors Rayquaza Booster Pack Supreme Victors Arcanine Theme Deck Supreme Victors Milotic Theme Deck

The Supreme Victors promo blister pack that will be sold in stores will apparently feature a holographic POP 9 promo Manaphy, though like many prerelease product images, the card image may just be a stand-in for something else.

Supreme Victors Promo Blister Pack, possibly prototype image

We also received the fall 2009 tin images, featuring Charizard G LV.X, Rayquaza C LV.X, and Garchomp C LV.X. As predicted, the promos will feature their own exclusive artwork that will be different from the LV.X cards in the main set.

Fall 2009 Tins Featuring Charizard G LV.X, Rayquaza C LV.X, and Garchomp C LV.X
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Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 @ 3 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

We have learned that the next English TCG set will be named Supreme Victors and will be released in America on August 18th. It will be comprised of cards from Pulse of the Frontier, its theme decks, and possibly some random Japanese promos due to there being 150 cards in the set (more than PF has). You can read the product description below.

Ultimate Challenges... Supreme Victors!

Increase your power with impressive new Pokémon that will take you to the pinnacle of Pokémon battles - the Battle Frontier! In the Pokémon TCG: Platinum - Supreme Victors expansion, you'll find more sizzling Pokémon SP like Blaziken FB, more ferocious Pokémon LV.X like Charizard, and more opportunities to battle your way to the top! Your victory will be supreme when you play with Pokémon trained by Team Galactic, the Battle Frontier elite, and the Sinnoh League Champion! Platinum - Supreme Victors features over 150 new cards and remains compatible with previous releases.

  • More than 25 new Pokémon SP!
  • Over half-a-dozen Pokémon SP LV.X, including favorites like Charizard and Rayquaza!
  • Powerful Supporter, Stadium, and secret cards!
  • Exciting holographic parallel set for players and collectors alike.
  • Over 150 cards in all!

Additionally, the fall 2009 Pokemon tins will feature Charizard G LV.X (owned by Cyrus), Garchomp C LV.X (owned by Cynthia), and Rayquaza C LV.X (also owned by Cynthia). All three cards will originate from this set, though probably with alternate artwork. Each tin will come packaged with one Diamond and Pearl series booster pack and three Platinum series booster packs. They will be released on September 2nd in stores.

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 @ 3 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

In addition to the cards that were revealed on Thursday, a new press release has announced that The Advent of Arceus will also feature the following Pokemon...

  • Gengar LV.X
  • Zapdos (a Pokemon SP owned by Team Galactic)
  • Porygon-Z (a Pokemon SP owned by Team Galactic)
  • Beedrill (a Pokemon SP owned by Team Galactic)
  • Shinx (a Shiny Pokemon)
  • Ponyta (a Shiny Pokemon)
  • Bagon (a Shiny Pokemon)

Every booster pack of The Advent of Arceus will come with one holographic card. Some, however, will come with a holographic card and a holographic Arceus card. Thanks go to Bangiras for the info.

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 @ 3 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Pkmncollectors has uncovered new Arceus plushes! There will be 17 of them, 16 of which are Arceus with its respective elemental plates attached and one of which is the Normal-type Arceus. The sets of Arceus will be released in late June, early July, mid-July, and late July in Banpresto UFO catcher machines, where each attempt at capturing an item out of the machine with a mechanical claw costs 100 yen, or about a dollar. Other movie 12 merchandise will also be available in the machines, including thermoses and figurines.

Arceus Plushes
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Monday, June 8th, 2009 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Every year since the Pokemon TCG's inception, sets have been rotated out of the Modified format, meaning that you could only use cards from the most recent sets in your tournament decks. Pokemon Organized Play (POP) has just announced that for the 2009-2010 season, however, no sets will be rotated out! This means the format will remain Diamond and Pearl-on for another year, starting with nine legal sets and ending with thirteen, thus creating the largest Modified format ever!

In the interest of maintaining a healthy tournament environment, Pokémon Organized Play removes older sets from the Modified format at the beginning of each new tournament season. Each rotation challenges existing players to create new strategies while enabling new players to get into organized play with a minimal investment.

In an effort to increase the depth of the available card pool at early season events, Pokémon Organized Play will forego its standard set rotation for the 2009–2010 tournament season, creating a Modified format with nine regular sets at the beginning of the season, and ending the season with thirteen regular sets.

It is important to note that this will NOT occur again next year, as the announcement later states, "Pokémon Organized Play will resume the seasonal format rotation with the 2010–2011 tournament season."

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Monday, June 8th, 2009 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
PokeWalker Syncing with a DSi

Both the Japanese Pokemon website and IGN have posted new information regarding the PokeWalker.

The pedometer will convert your steps into the watt, a currency that can be used to catch wild Pokemon and to shop for "tools." It is unknown what these tools are (perhaps they mean items?) or how you will be able to catch any wild Pokemon, but anything you gain on the pedometer will wirelessly transfer back to HeartGold and SoulSilver. This may be similar to the Pokemon Pikachu 2 gigapet, where every 20 steps you took converted into one watt which could then be transferred to Gold, Silver, and Crystal and redeemed for special items. The pedometer will also include mini-games, though not much is known about them at this point.

The device itself will weight 21 grams at a thickness of 13.9mm and a diameter of 48mm, featuring a key chain hole on the top.

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