Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Sorry for the lack of updates! I can't help it - the laptop I'm using is ultra slow, can barely run Firefox without crashing, and moving it will cause the power to cut off. There isn't any Pokemon news anyway. As it turns out, the laptop that was stolen is officially gone. Fry's and the police department checked the security cameras, but they conveniently cut off just as I walked up to the cash register because it was after the store closed. So there is no way of knowing who stole my laptop, unfortunately. On the plus side, I will be buying a new laptop sometime this month or next month once the new one I want is released.

This quarter at school, I have Mondays and Wednesdays off - my schedule conveniently worked out that way. While this laptop is slow and handicapped, I can still get work done if I have hours to waste. Which I do. On Mondays and Wednesdays. While I'm settling in to school this week, I will start posting again just as often as before.

What does January hold for us? Well, we might be getting new 13th Pokemon movie details in CoroCoro magazine and maybe even a silhouette of "Z" if it is in fact a new Pokemon (if not now then within the next few months). All legendary Pokemon have been used up now, so it only makes sense the next movie will have a 5th generation Pokemon. As Pokemon movies have never had a human character's name in the title, it only makes sense that "Z" is the codename for a Pokemon. Before the second movie came out, Lugia, after all, was referred to as "X." It's almost like using "Z" in this Gold and Silver movie is a homage to using "X" for Lugia all those years ago. So we'll see what happens - no guarantees for anything, though, as this is just speculation! We should also be getting some card images for Revived Legends, the next Japanese TCG set.

In terms of this website, we're going to start posting TCG articles again as we did years and years ago. We have an Article Submissions section on our forum where people have been writing articles, and if an article receives enough positive reviews, it'll be posted here for thousands upon thousands of people to read. If everything works out, the first article will be posted Wednesday. I only stopped posting articles here because I did not have time to play the TCG anymore and could not assess how good an article was, but luckily now, the forum members can tell me! Speaking of the forums, they're also going to get a redesigned layout soon, so all you forum members can definitely look forward to that!

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Monday, December 28th, 2009 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Went down to Fry's yesterday but they said they would only look through the tapes if we call the police. We did, the police came, and they'll be looking through the tapes today to see what happened to my laptop. This update took over two hours to make thanks to my first, ancient laptop!

Two different poster packs featuring either a holographic Ho-Oh or Lugia promo will be released alongside the HeartGold & SoulSilver set on February 10th. Each pack will come with two booster packs of the set, two POP packs, a double-sided poster with cards from the set on one side and Pokemon art on the other, and of course one of the two promos. This will be the first time more than one poster pack has been released for a single set. Alongside the press release for the poster packs was also the set's missing Lugia artwork, which you can see below. Click the thumbnails for larger images.

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Thursday, December 24th, 2009 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have happy holidays, spend a lot of time with your family and friends, and create new and happy memories!

I probably won't be updating the website over the next couple of weeks unless there is major news. A funny thing happened to me a few hours ago! I went to Fry's Electronics to buy some last minute gifts for my mom and took my laptop into the store since I had all my gift notes on it. I was there for a few hours and left after the store closed, but on the freeway I kept thinking to myself, "I don't remember putting my laptop in the car... I don't remember putting my laptop in the car... I don't remember putting my laptop in the car..." Sure enough, when I arrived home and popped the trunk, it wasn't there. I rushed back to the store and the employees were luckily still there, but no one had turned it in. I remember seeing my laptop at the cash register, so it was lost between there and the parking lot. We looked all over the place, including in the shopping carts, but it was probably stolen when I wasn't looking or, if I left it in the cart, after I left. We're going to go back on Saturday and ask them to look through the security tapes, but I doubt it will accomplish anything if someone took off with it. Out of all of the crazy stuff I have done to my laptops over the years, this has to take the cake.

Luckily, I didn't lose too much information. Before I went to Japan, I backed up everything in case I would die on the trip, so I only lost school work between then and now and some of the website stuff I was secretly working on (and I still have not unloaded my camera, so all of my Japan stuff is still there). The trouble now is that my laptop had all my passwords, settings, etc., and it was the only working computer in our house, so I won't have as many opportunities to check for news or to update the site. I have to use my 10 year old laptop that is in six pieces (with 128 MBs of RAM and a 20 GB HD), and if I try to move it, the power cuts off. I'm waiting for Sony to release their new line of laptops in January, so I won't be buying one until then. In the mean time, I'll try to check the internet as often as I can, but I can't guarantee we'll be as fast as usual with news.

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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Promo Tuesday! Again! I don't know why this always happens. Also, thanks go to Xous for drawing the Pokemon in the new Christmas banner!

The new league season has started and is named after Cynthia, the Elite Four Champion of Sinnoh. For the next several weeks at Pokemon League, you can earn up to four copies of the much-coveted Great Encounters Claydol and Cynthia's Milotic C from Supreme Victors if you play enough battles. Click the scans below for larger images; thanks go to Shakespeare for scanning the cards and Duane and Trevor from the Winamac and Plymouth Pokemon leagues for providing them! As a side note, if you ever find any promo cards we haven't posted, scan and send them to us and you will be credited here!

Claydol from Great Encounters (#15, League Promo) Milotic C from Supreme Victors (#35, League Promo)
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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. has now been released on the Wii's Virtual Console. You can download it from the Wii Shop Channel for 1,000 points, which is $10.00. It was first released for the Virtual Console in Japan this past January, so North America is getting it almost a year later.

The game is the first incarnation of Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. series and was released on the N64 in North America in 1999, followed by Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Gamecube in 2001 and Brawl for the Wii in 2008. Pikachu and Jigglypuff are the only playable Pokemon characters in the game (Jigglypuff is hidden but later unlockable), though like all incarnations, the game also features Poke Ball Pokemon.

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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The Speed Gamers held a monumental Pokemon marathon - they earned over $18,000 for Ally's House, which will benefit Oklahoman cancer patients and their families. The group also reached their goal of obtaining all 493 Pokemon in 72 hours; the last Pokemon they needed was Meganium, which they obtained by evolving Bayleef just before the 72 hours was up. Congratulations to the Speed Gamers and of course all of the Pokemon fans who donated to Ally's House! Donations can still be made up until Christmas Eve. As for their next Pokemon marathon, the group has stated that they will not hold another one until the fifth generation is released.

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Friday, December 18th, 2009 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EDIT: All 493 Pokemon was caught within 72 hours, 8 minutes. Over $18,000 raised for Ally House charity.

The Speed Gamers are a Texas-based group that has raised approximately $100,000 for various charities and organizations by playing 72-hour game marathons. Last December, they held a Pokemon marathon for ACT Today, an Austism organization, where they attempted to capture all Pokemon except for Shaymin and Arceus; donors sent in about $6,000.

In a few hours the Speed Gamers will attempt to capture all 493 Pokemon to raise money for Ally's House, an organization that helps Oklahoma children with cancer. They will be using Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed, LeafGreen, Diamond, HeartGold, and SoulSilver to accomplish this goal and are expecting to finish in three days. You can watch a live feed of the event below (click the smaller play button) or on their website - it will begin at 4 PM PST, 5 PM MST, 6 PM CST, and 7 PM EST. If you wish to donate money, you can do so through their website as well.

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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

This is the fifth time in two days people have IM'd me about this, so I figured I would post it since it's apparently going around. It's an old video from probably 1999 or 2000 in which a religious speaker makes some rather hilarious claims about Pokemon. I follow Christian values and even I think this guy is out of his mind, but it nevertheless makes for great entertainment. When watching the video, remember that this is just one (misguided) man speaking on one issue and that it is in no way a reflection of the views of religious people, adults, or even parents.

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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Sorry for the lack of updates. There hasn't been any news, I'm dealing with a few issues at school (despite being on Christmas Break now), and I've been trying to get our revamped forums up for the past two months.

The Waterflowers of Cerulean City

Most of season one and over half of season two of Pokemon have been posted on Cartoon Network's website. A couple of episodes from season one have been skipped (see below), and all of them have been stretched, but this is still a great way to watch most of the early episodes in one place if you haven't seen them in a while (or ever). There are 97 episodes spanning from Pokemon! I Choose You all the way up to Charizard Chills, which is more than half-way through the Orange Islands season. Once the above page loads, you can click "Full Episodes" to see the list of uploaded episodes.

Season One Episodes Missing

  • 3. Ash Catches a Pokemon
  • 4. Challenge of the Samurai
  • 8. The Path to the Pokemon League
  • 37. The Battling Eevee Brothers
  • 38. Wake up Snorlax!
  • 40. The March of the Exeggutor Squad
  • 52. The Breeding Center Secret
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Friday, December 11th, 2009 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (11:00 AM, Monday): Nintendo has confirmed the March 14th date in a new press release.

Continuing from our previous news story, Amazon.com has just updated with the English box art for both HeartGold and SoulSilver. The images confirm the English games will contain the PokeWalker, though there wasn't much doubt they wouldn't. Click the thumbnails below for larger images. Seeing as Amazon posted a release date of March 14th the same day they received the official box art, it's probably safe to assume it is the correct date, especially since it's a month after the TCG set of the same name will be released and because previous games have also been released on Sundays.

HeartGold English Box Art SoulSilver English Box Art
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