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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Monday, August 17th, 2009 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

I was watching TV the other day and the Channel 4 news weather man said Facebook and Twitter are hip and fresh. The newscasters were even shoving their Twitter URLs down everyone's throats. So I thought wynaut - why don't I do the same for this site? Become a fan of PokeBeach.com on Facebook! You're not web 2.0 if you don't! The Facebook page will be updated whenever there is a major update here and will also be used to provide progress on whatever is being worked on for the site.

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Saturday, August 15th, 2009 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Stephen Silvestro from the United States has won the Masters division of Worlds with Speedrill. In Seniors, Takuto Itakagi from Japan won with an SP Toolbox deck containing Mewtwo and Ditto. The final Juniors match finished last, with Tsubasa Nakamura from Japan, who grinded his way in to the tournament and played an American who also grinded in, took it all with his SP Toolbox deck. Congratulations to all!

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Saturday, August 15th, 2009 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The Worlds Video Game Championship just ended for both the Junior and Senior divisions. In Juniors, Jeremiah Fan from the United States beat Santa Ito from Japan for first place with a Rain Dance team consisting of Vaporeon, Kingdra, Ludicolo, and something else. In Seniors, two Japanese players faced-off; a very energetic Kazuyuki Tsuji defeated Tasuku Mano with Toxicroak, Snorlax, Empoleon, and Salamence. The TCG finals are now taking place, and the awards ceremony will take place later today at 5:30.

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Saturday, August 15th, 2009 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The signings for Junichi Masuda and Takeshi Kawachimaru are currently taking place outside of the main Worlds event hall, as is the Weavile distribution to Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. You can see Weavile's stats below.

Weavile

Weavile LV. 30 @ Focus Sash
Jolly Nature

~ Fake Out
~ Ice Shard
~ Night Slash
~ Brick Break

Classic Ribbon
OT: World09
ID: 08159

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Friday, August 14th, 2009 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Today at Worlds and later on Pokemon.com, it was announced that HeartGold and SoulSilver will be released in both America and Europe in spring 2010. During the opening ceremonies, a video of game footage played, but nothing new was shown beyond what we have already seen. Pokemon.com has also released a new section containing an English trailer. The games' English logos can be seen below along with an official press release.

English HeartGold and SoulSilver Logos

Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version to Hit United States and Europe in Spring 2010

In Tribute to Legions of Pokémon Fans Worldwide, Announcement Kicked Off Pokémon World Championships

SAN DIEGO - Aug. 14, 2009 - The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo of America Inc. revealed today that Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi systems will be released in spring 2010 in the United States and Europe. These newest entries for the best-selling video game franchise were announced amid the biggest Pokémon video game event of the year and in front of the top Pokémon video game and trading card game players in the world at the 2009 Pokémon World Championships.

Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version return players to the scenic Johto region first introduced in the beloved original Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games nearly a decade ago. The richly detailed adventure of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver is now enhanced for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi systems with updated graphics and sound, as well as new touch-screen features and a host of surprises. Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version bring dozens of Pokémon characters back into the limelight for a new Pokémon generation - and longtime fans - to catch, train and battle.

“Announcing these much-anticipated game launches at The Pokémon World Championships allows us to give the news directly to the legions of fans who represent the true heart and soul of Pokémon,” said J.C. Smith, The Pokémon Company International’s director of marketing, who made the announcement on stage to kick off the 2009 Pokémon World Championships. “We want to thank these loyal fans by revealing the details to them first.”

The launch of Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version follows the incredible launch of Pokémon Platinum Version, which has sold more than 5.66 million copies worldwide to date.

Pokémon is one of the top children’s franchises in history. The Pokémon video game series has sold more than 193 million units worldwide since its inception 13 years ago. Additionally, Pokémon is the No. 1 collectible trading card game of all time and has shown no sign of slowing down. It boasts 374 percent sales growth in the United States alone since 2005, and is sold in more than 30 countries across the globe. Other extensions of the property include 12 seasons of the animated television series, which in 2009 will be broadcast in as many as 153 countries in more than 25 languages. Pokémon films and DVDs continue to reach fans in amazing numbers, ranking at the top of the box office in Japan.

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Thursday, August 13th, 2009 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (4:15 PM): Details on how many people will be admitted from the Grinders to Worlds added in the fifth paragraph below.

There's free Wi-Fi where the Worlds event is taking place, so I might as well make updates here concerning what's going on. The paragraphs go from oldest to newest.

Thursday is for the Grinders tournament, where players attempt to play their way into Worlds. In the Grinders, there are 125 Junior players, 160 Senior players, and a whopping 457 Masters players. Juniors will play seven rounds, Seniors will play eight, and Masters will play eight as well, but with two flights.

During the first round of Masters, a fire alarm went off. Lights started to flash above the play floor and an announcer came on stating that everyone had to evacuate the building. Pokemon players are cool because everyone just sort of laughed, got up, and calmly exited. Some players just stayed seated since it was fairly obvious no one would die, but unfortunately, a few scooped up their decks, basically ruining their games. The judges then announced to halt all play, freezing the games. They confirmed the alarm originated from a kitchen and that there was no real threat, and so everyone was told to come back to the building. A hotel announcer came on and repeated it was a false alarm several times, but the emergency lights kept flashing and the main lights were dimming up and down. It eventually stopped and the Seniors were told they could resume their games after everyone settled in. Less than ten seconds later, time was called for them, which generated a few laughs. Those that scooped their cards up were allowed to restart their games and as of this posting (at 12:40), they are still playing.

The previous posting about Worlds being in Kona, Hawaii next year has been confirmed today. As usual, the tournament will take place at the Hilton. If you want to go there, you better play hard this upcoming season or have a lot of money to go yourself!

At the beginning of Round 3, it was announced how many people will be admitted to Worlds from the Grinders. For Masters, there are currently two flights running - the top 12 of each flight will be admitted to Worlds for a total of 24 Masters players from Grinders in Worlds. Additionally, four alternatives (two from each flight) may be admitted if people who have invites do not show up in time to claim their seats for Worlds. Toward the end of the Master's Round 3, it was also announced how the invites for the Juniors and Seniors will work. For Seniors, 30 of them will be allowed in Worlds, with four alternatives. For Juniors, the top 32 are in Worlds with five alternatives. This year is a good year to be playing in the Grinders!

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Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

According to basically "everyone" in the Hilton's lobby, Worlds 2010 will take place in Kona, Hawaii. Apparently, several people saw the Worlds competitor packages and it contained a card (or some other knick-knack) stating the location. Thus, the news spread to everyone like wildfire. Worlds was previously held in Hawaii in 2007.

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