»Set Size/Release Date: The next EX Set, EX Dragon, will come with 97 cards and many new Dragon Pokémon that have never been in the TCG before. (Rayquaza, Latios, Latias, etc.) There will also be double weaknesses like in EX Sandstorm and special weaknesses to some Pokémon. For example, some Dragon Pokémon will be weak to colorless Pokémon. Ain't that weird! Hopefully, we will be getting some good trainers for this set since the ones in EX R/S and Sandstorm were pretty bad. Also, advertising for the set will begin in December on TV, meaning that that's when it will be released. I know what one of the booster boxes I'll be asking for Christmas will be.
»Packaging Pictures: If you haven't seen what the booster packs, decks, and booster boxes look like, then you can see them below this. Click the thumbnails for bigger pictures.
»Pre-Release Tournament Locations: At PokeGym, many tournament organizers (T.O.'s) have been posting locations to many EX Dragon pre-release tournaments. Unforunately, the official Pokemon TCG website, Pokemon-tcg.com, has not yet put up a tournament locator. So, for now, here are all of the pre-release tournaments taking place in California:
1. Costa Mesa - Best Western Newport Mesa Inn, 2642 Newport Boulevard, Oasis room
2. San Diego - San Diego Convention Center (same place as STS), Room 22
For more information on the tournies, [click here]
---------END OF EX DRAGON NEWS, ON TO OTHER TCG NEWS-------->
»Wizards of the Coast Files Lawsuit Against Nintendo: Remember the friendly split between Wizards and Nintendo when the TCG was handed over to Nintendo? Well, Wizards is accusing Nintendo of stealing some of their company secrets. So, now they are going to court to settle this for money. To read the full article, [click here]. Now remember, we want Nintendo to win and WOTC to lose.
»New Modified Format: Nintendo finally announced what the new modified format will be! Unfortunately, Legendary Collection and the Best Promos (sorry, no Prof. Elm) were not included in with the format, so you can start to cry now:
EX Ruby and Sapphire
EX Dragons (when it is released)
Promos (starting with Kyogre 001)
»New Promos Revealed: The Season 2 league kit will contain promos Treeko (#003) and Grovyle (#004). Apparently, people who got the kit early received a Marshstomp jumbo card. This was a mistake because Grovyle should have been inserted instead, and everyone who recieved the Marshstomp will eventually received the Grovyle jumbo through the mail as a replacement and should save the Marshstomp for next month. So, now we know that Season 3's promos will be Mudkip and Marshstomp. I can't wait to get those! Anyways, to view the scans from Farbsman at PokeGym, click the thumbnails below:
»Eon Ticket in Nintendo Power: For anyone who has not gotten an Eon Ticket, next month will be your chance! In next month's Nintendo Power, the Eon Ticket will be available in it. So, if you don't have it yet, then be sure to head to your local Target, Albertsons, or Vons store and pick up the magazine. Remember, you must have an e-reader and another GBA to activate it.
»Pokemon-tcg.com Updates: The offical Pokemon TCG website has had two major updates in the past week. The first one is that they added a [fanart section] where you can send in your masterpieces. Fake cards are also allowed, in which you can get blanks from Pokemon Aaah! Secondly and most exciting of all, they have added a very cool deck builder. With this tool, you can make your own decks, print them out, and save them. It also shuffles your decks and shows the probability of what you will get on your first draw. However, you must sign up with Nintendo in order to access it, which is free and takes about two minutes. Anyways, to access the deck builder, [click here] or the picture below. To sign up with Nintendo to access the deck builder or other Nintendo features, [click here].
»EX 1 (ADV 4) Spoilers/New Info: As usual, Nick15 has the newest Japanese set spoilers up before anyone else as well as some new information on it. The link to the spoilers are in his quote:
»Parting Professor Package: If you were a professor for Wizards of the Coast, chances are you will be recieving a UPS package from MTM that contains many, many cards. So far, many people have reported getting them and that they include promo cards, reverse holos, and jumbo cards. I am so jealous!
»Fire Red and Leaf Green Sum Up: There has been so much new news of Fire Red and Leaf Green lately that I am going to sum it all up right now:
1. It is an update of the Red and Green (Blue in America) Versions.
2. The games are completely compatiable with Ruby and Sapphire, meaning you will be able to trade the old Pokemon to Ruby and Sapphire and the new Pokemon to Fire Red and Leaf Green. You can also battle each other.
3. The games will also be compatiable with Pokemon Colloseum where you will be able to obtain unobtainable Pokemon.
4. The games' graphics and sounds are up-to-date with that of Ruby and Sapphire's.
5. It is said to be released early next year in Japan.
6. It will be the first GBA game to have wireless capabilities. (which is what the next story is about)
»GBA goes Wireless with the Release of Fire Red and Leaf Green: Have you ever wanted to be able to play your Gameboy without having to use any cords and to do it far away without any restrictions? Well you will soon be able to! Nintendo and Motorola have teamed up to make a new wireless adapter that will work with both GBA and GBA SP. With the wireless controller and a GBA cartridge with a special chip in it, up to five players will be able to go head-to-head against each other. However, it will only work for game cartridges with the chip planted inside it, which brings me to the next point. Fire Red and Leaf Green will be the very first games to have the chip! Yes, you heard right, a Pokemon game will be the first to feature the chip. It doesn't suprise me since Ruby and Sapphire were the best selling games for any console last year in Japan. Anyways, the adapter will allow you to go up to 5 meters if I remember correctly. (I know it is some amount of meters) The release date will be the same release date as Fire and Leaf, which means early next year for Japan. No date has been set for the US as of yet. Here are some pics of what the adapter looks like. As usual, click the thumbnail for a bigger pic:
»Lots and Lots of Colloseum Screenshots: I have compiled a photo gallery for Pokemon Colloseum screenshots I have collected from sites over the past few months, such as the official Japanese website. To view the gallery, [click here]. There are a dozen screenshots.
»Gamecube Price Drop: The price for the Gamecube has now dropped to $99! So, if you don't have one like me, now is the time to go out and buy one, or put it on the list for Santa. Now that this has happened, Gamecube's revinue has been booming. Also if you have been watching television, you may have most likely seen the commercial for it. It involves a man on a latter singing a song and sticking $99 stickers on all of the Gamecubes on a shelf.
(*the last story contains very sad spoilers*)
»Pokemon Advanced Begins Saturday, Nov. 1st: Lately, Kids' WB has been advertising that Pokemon Advanced will begin November 1st. If you have seen the commercials, they involve 3-D views of Mudkip, Treeko, Torchic, and Vigoroth and their ability as well as a scene from the season they are in.
»Cartoon Network Airing First Three Pokemon Movies: Cartoon Network is finally airing the first three movies in one month! This will actually be the first time the third movie will be shown on TV, so for all of you who don't have them, now you can watch them (or record them if you have a blank tape)!
POKEMON: THE FIRST MOVIE - Friday, November 7th, 8 PM
POKEMON 2000 - Friday, November 14th, 8 PM
POKEMON 3 - Friday, November 21st, 8 PM
And there at night time on Friday, so you can peacefully lay in bed knowing you don't have any school or homework to do. They are also great ways to get into the Pokemon spirit before the EX Dragon and Pokemon Rocks America events!
»SPOILER - READ AT YOUR OWN RISK: Incase you didn't know, Misty and Brock leave Ash at the end of Johto, which is what next week's episode will be based on. Eventually, Brock returns to Ash with his new friend May and her brother, but Misty doesn't. In the Hoenn episodes, Misty is in a few special episodes but none with Ash and the group. But now in Japan, Misty joined Ash again and her Togepi evolved! Here's the sad news: Misty leaves again and so does Togetic, but not with Misty, but to rule over a kingdom of Togepi. This means that Togetic is gone and so is Misty! I hope that one day Togetic comes back to Misty and Misty comes back to Ash.
»Pokémon Rocks America Locations and Info: First off, the three locations for Pokemon Rocks America are:
1. St. Louis, Missouri - Union Station - October 25th, Saturday
2. Houston, Texas - Houston Space Center - November 8th, Saturday
3. San Diego, California - Balboa Park - November 15th, Saturday
Now for the information on the event straight from Pokemon.com:
Get ready for one of the biggest Pokemon parties we've ever thrown, which will include previews of upcoming games and movies, a chance to compete against other Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire players, and a carnival of Pokemon games, contests, and cool prizes! We're also showing sneak peeks of the Pokemon Advanced animated series, holding a trading card game clinic, and bringing out some Pokemon characters in full costume! Also on-site will be a traveling Pokemon Center Store featuring exclusive merchandise from the Pokemon Center NY, which will allow visitors to purchase special items normally available only at the New York City store. And, just announced, we will be unveiling a super secret hidden Pokemon character at the three events, including Pokedex information and vitals stats! Come on down and check it out -- it will be a great time for kids of all ages!
»Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Book Available in Scholastic: Have you checked out the Scholastic book orders this month? This month's issue has a Ruby and Sapphire Pokemon guide which is for $3.95 instead of the usual $4.95. I am ordering mine tomorrow so I can become more familiar with some of the evolution lines. Check out how they spelled Treeko.
»Halloween Party at NY Pokemon Center: The Pokemon Center in New York will be throwing a Pokemon Halloween Party! At the party, you will be able to get some new scary Pokemon through the Catch 'Em All Machine for your Ruby or Sapphire cartridges. There will also be a costume contest. Here is what Pokemon.com has to say:
We're throwing a Halloween bash at our flagship store in New York. If you're here on Saturday, October 25th, then you should come on down and enter our Pokémon Costume Contest and win a shopping spree!Dress up as your favorite Pokémon (see the rules below) and stand back as the judging begins at 2:00 p.m. (don't be late, boys and ghouls -- we'll start judging exactly at 2:00!)There will also be a Pinball Tournament from 11am - 5pm. Get the top score and you could see your face ont he Pokémon Wall of Fame! Finalists will be eligible to win a Nintendo Game Cube!You'll also be able to catch new Monster Type Pokémon in our Gotta Catch 'Em All Station! Need to strengthen your crew in Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire? Then Aggron, Exploud, Wailord, and Cardaunt will do the trick! Available only at the Pokémon Center October 25th - 31st, 2003
»Lickitung could not learn lick in Red and Blue. This was later fixed for Yellow and on.
»Did you know lightning hits the Earth 100 times every second? (hard to believe, but it's true)
Okay, to make a VERY long story short, my friend Jason was who sent in most of the card scan sets. Little did I know, he took them off some foreign website and that webmaster contacted me and told me to remove them. Unfortunately, the webmaster also contacted Brinkster and the site was deleted, so I spent all of this and last week re-creating the site. Now, me and Jason aren't really friends anymore, but he is beginning to talk to me again, so maybe he can actually scan cards for me. (he does have a lot)
»Did you know that a newborn koala is the size of a jelly bean?
»More Info on EX Dragon: As I reported earlier, the next EX set will be called EX Dragon, and the name has now been confirmed as the official name. Another thing we now know is that the set will be released sometime in December, so you can expect to have pre-release tournies sometime in November.
»EX 1 (ADV 4) Info: PA! has reported new information on the next ADV Set, EX 1. Here is what Nick15 has to say:
»EX Sandstorm Tournaments this Weekend: The following are the locations for the EX Sandstorm tourneys this weekend:
Saturday, September 13th
Colorado Springs, CO
Cedar Grove, NJ
Federal Way, WA
St. Charles, MO
Sunday, September 14th
New York, NY
St. Alberta, Alberta
For the EX Sandstorm Tournament locator, which has all the information on how to contact the people running the tournaments as well as the specific addresses, [click here].
»EX Sandstorm Pre-Release in San Diego Picture Gallery: I have finally uploaded the pictures to the EX Sandstorm tournament that took place last week in San Diego. To view the pictures, [click here.]
»EX Sandstorm Theme Decks: Thanks to mysterioustrainer from PokéGym, we now know what will be in the EX Sandstorm theme decks! To see what will be in them, [click here] for the Theme Deck Spoiler page, and then click EX Sandstorm.
»Future Organized Play Events: When mysterioustrainer got the EX Sandstorm theme decks, they came with a ruling booklet that included future Pokémon Organized Play Events. So, here's was the booklet said:
»The Battle-e Cards are Coming: As everyone should know by know, battle e-cards are scanned through your e-reader to unlock things in your Ruby or Sapphire GBA games. We now know that the first set of Battle E cards will be in 3 sets, each having 18 cards in them. (16 trainers and 2 berries) The names of the sets are Freezing Ray, Hidden Ruins, and Iron Defense, and will be released on October 20th, as I have said before, for the price of $5.99. As soon as they come out, I will try to get the scans of the cards.
»Red and Blue Remakes for GBA: About a month ago, Nintendo made an announcement that they were going to release a new game for GBA, yet no one knew what the game would be, until now.
A Japanese magazine had news from a person who worked at Nintendo that the games would be a re-make of Red and Green, except with improved graphics and that you WILL be able to trade and battle with Ruby and Sapphire, as well as be able to use it with Colloseum. The games are also named Fire Red and Leaf Green, so if green is released as blue version again, it will probably be called Water Blue. So, this means that this will be how you will get all of the Pokémon in Ruby and Sapphire, though you may also be able to do it with Colosseum, as I have reported in the past.
So, we know no that Pokémon Red and Green are going to be re-made for GBA, but will we be able to trade our Blastoise that we love so much from our old Red Version to our new Red Version? Who knows, but when more information is released, PokeBeach will have the info, so remember to check back here. Oh yeah, both games are rumored to be released sometime in February next year, and when the next edition of the Japanese magazine is released on October 3rd, my b-day, we will know more on the game.
My Japanese sources sent me in a screenshot of the game, so you can view it at the right if you already haven't.
»NEW TV Episodes ALL Next Week on Kids' WB and Saturday Time Change: All of next week on Kids' WB, new episodes of Johto will be airing every day at the regular time of 4 PM! I was expecting this to happen due to that Hoenn episodes will be airing in two weeks, and we still have a handful of episodes to go through. So, Kids' WB is obviously trying to air them as fast as possible so that they can get the Hoenn episodes showing at the right time. And remember, the TV schedule has changed, so Pokemon will keep the same time on weekdays, but for Saturdays, the time will be changed from 9 AM to 10 PM (effective Sep. 15th).
»Site Updates: As I stated above, the theme deck page has been updated with the EX Sandstorm theme decks. Also, if you look at the bottom of this post, I have added an extra rectangle for an interesting fact. If you want to become smarter and know more about the big blue planet you live on, then read them, because they are little facts I hear every day from my teachers at High School. I also moved the News/Event Reminders to it's own rectangle.
»EX Sandstorm Tournaments [click here for locator]
»EX Sandstorm will be released on September 15th, Monday.
»Did you know what the word NEWS comes from the first letters of North, East, West, and South?
»EX Sandstorm Cards: Thanks to Scyther from PA!, we now no some of the cards that are in EX Sandstorm. He somehow was able to get two packs of them, and this was what he got:
Mysterious Fossil 91/100
Root Fossil 92/100
»EX Sandstorm Scans: I am so sick and tired of saying this, but I have to. Tomorrow, I will be going to the EX Sandstorm tournament in San Diego. After the tournament is over, I will be scanning the cards I get on the way home in my car so that I can post them as fast as possible. Also, it is rumored that everyone who attends the tournaments will get a complete list of the cards in the set, which means that I may have the full card list up! So, come back here late tomorrow night, and the news story will most likely be titled, EX Sandstorm Scans, or something of that nature. AND REMEMBER, if you will be looking at scans from other major sites like PA! and Zeo, I can guarantee that they won't be as high-quality or as big as PokéBeach's scans. So, make sure to check back here tomorrow, and remember, PokéBeach is the #1 site when it comes to TCG scans!
»EX Sandstorm Tournaments for Tomorrow: Well, how many of you are going to an EX Sandstorm tournament tomorrow? I know I am, and you can see me at the one in San Diego. The tournaments will be taking place tomorrow at five different locations, which are San Diego, New York, Salt Lake City, Sturgis, Michigan, as well as Garden City, Michigan. To read more on the prizes and events that will be going on at the tournaments, visit the August News Archive by clicking [here]. I hope everyone has a good time!
»EX Sandstorm Tournaments [click here for locator]
»Pokémon Shining Figures Now Available: Do you guys remember the Shining Pokémon figures I talked about a few days ago? Well, PokemonCenter.com now has some of the Shining Pokémon figures for you to buy! Unfortuantely, for the time being there are only four of the figures available to buy, but more will be available in the near future. The four figures that you can get are Shining Blastoise, Shining Scyther, Shining Cyndaquil, and Shining Chikorita and they each cost $6.95. To view the page or to buy the figures, [click here].
»Pokémon TCG Website Fun Stuff Page: The official Pokémon TCG Website has updated there fun page with some new stuff. First off is there downloadable coin flipper, which is an interactive program that flips a coin of your choice! I downloaded it and it is pretty cool, especially the Mudkip coin since it is my luckiest one. Next up is their Online TCG quiz, which is a flash based game that asks you many questions on the EX Ruby and Sapphire set. I took the quiz on Sunday at 3 in the morning, and failed miserably because I fell asleep on the eighth question and the questions are timed, so you miss the ones when you run out of time. I eventually woke up 5 minutes later when I got an IM from one of my friends. And finally, like many websites, this page has some downloadable wallpaper, though it isn't really anything special. To go to the Fun Stuff page, [click here].
»Suicuine Promo Added: I finally got Pokémon 4Ever today on DVD and with it came the #53 Wizards' Promo Suicuine. So, I added it to the Promo page which can be seen [here]. For those of you that want to get the DVD, it costs $20.00 at Best Buy. Also, I must tell you that they re-edited the movie from when it was shown in theatres. What I mean is that they added in a few scenes, changed around some of the dialogue, and added in some more sound effects. Also, be sure to check out the audio commentary with Veronica Taylor (Ash's Voice), Eric Stuart (Brock/James' Voice), Racheal Lillis (Misty/Jesse's voice), the guy who plays Meowth, and the people who worked on the English version.
»EX Sandstorm Tournaments [click here for locator]
»EX Sandstorm Tournament Locator: The official Pokémon TCG Website has finally put up their EX Sandstorm pre-release tournament locator. To find an EX Sandstorm tournament in your area, click here. As everyone should know by know, the EX Sandstorm tournaments will be taking place before the actual set is released, which means that you will be able to play with and keep the cards that you win or buy when you go. When you enter the tournament, you will receive six EX Sandstorm booster packs to make a 40-card deck out of. To read more on the prizes and additional information, go to News Archive under PokéBeach in the left menu, click August 2003, and scroll down to the news story titled, EX Sandstorm Tournaments and Card Scans.
»Side Event Info for the EX Sandstorm Tournaments @ San Diego and Las Vegas: Thanks to PT&E1 from PokéGym, who is also the TO for the Las Vegas and San Diego EX Sandstorm tournaments, we now know more information on the side events:
Side Event: Booster Draft
Players: All ages, 8 players per tournament
Format: Single elimination
Prizes: 1st = 8 Sandstorm packs, 2nd = 4 Sandstorm packs
Details: As long as we have 8 players who want to draft, we will have booster drafts going. Players will receive 5 Sandstorm boosters, will draft all 5 boosters, build a 40-card deck, then play for prizes.
Side Event: Constructed Tournament
Players: All ages, no limit
Format: Single elimination
Prizes: Based on attendance, basically for every 8 players the prizes will be equal to those for booster drafts
Details: Legal sets include Expedition, Aquapolis, Skyridge, and EX Ruby & Sapphire--only cards from these sets are legal. There are no banned or restricted cards. Players must have a 60-card deck with no more than 4 of any one card except basic energy. Players will use 6 prizes. Build your best deck and come and play for prizes and glory!
Side Event: GBA Tournament
Cost: $0 (yes, there is no cost to enter)
Players: All ages, limited to 32 per tournament
Format: Single elimination, battle tower (same format as for R&S GBA rounds), must have GBA to play
Prizes: Based upon attendance
Details: Same rules as for R&S GBA rounds, including: 3 Pokemon of level 50 or lower; all different; all with different items; Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza banned; and no altered cartridges. The time limit will be extended to 15 minutes with certain powers restricted after 13 minutes into the match. Feature match on GameCube/TV each round.
Side Event: Sealed Deck Tournament
Players: All ages, no limit
Format: Swiss play, single age catagory
Prizes: Based upon attendance
Details: This event will start after the first flight is over; there will be only 1 age catagory; Promo card to all players (while supplies last); prizes based upon attendance; Same build and play rules as for Prerelease; Random booster drawing each round.
»EX Sandstorm Tournament Help: As everyone should know by now, unless you have been living under a rock or in a cave, I will be attending the EX Sandstorm pre-release tournament in San Diego. When I go, I will be bringing my scanner and laptop and hooking it up into a generator in the car. So, anyone who is going, I will be needing your help to scan the EX Sandstorm cards. After the tournament, I will be needing everyone's help to get as much scans as possible, so I can post them here the next day and beat all the other websites. So, if you will be attending the San Diego tournament and want to help me scan the cards, e-mail me at PokeBeachWebsite@aol.com to discuss what I want to do. AND, if you help, I will post your names/nick names on this website for helping to scan and contribute the cards.
»Digital Animation Mistake: As I reported a few days ago, I stated that the Unknown G episode airing in a few weeks would be when the animators would begin to use digital animation for the TV episodes. Well, today when I was watching the Elekid episode on Kids WB, everything was in digital animation, as you can see with the pictures on the right. Thus, I was mistaken on when the digital animation would begin to show, which will be now and all of the future new episodes. Sorry for the incorrect information!
THIS IS EMPTY SPACE. NO NEWS ARTICLE CAN FIT HERE BECAUSE OF THE LONG ELEKID EPISODE PICTURE ON THE RIGHT. LOOK BELOW TO CONTINUE READING THE NEWS.
»Pokémon Center Gotta Catch 'Em all Machine Giveaway: The Pokémon Center in New York will be having a three day promotion, starting today, featuring there Gotta Catch 'Em all Machine. With this machine, you simply plug in your Ruby or Sapphire game cartridge and it automatically downloads Pokémon to your game. Usually, you have to wait one week to get a Pokémon downloaded to your game before you can get another, but for this giveaway, you will receive four Pokémon at one time! Now to the good stuff. After plugging in your game, you will receive two Gloom, one Pikachu, and one Staryu. But, that's not even a third of the story. With the Pokémon will come an evolutionary stone! One Gloom will come with a Leaf Stone, the other Gloom will come with a Sun Stone, the Pikachu will come with a Lightning stone, and the Staryu will come with a Water Stone. But, that's not even two thirds of the story! Each Pokémon will come at Level 50, which means they are ready for you to play in Battle Tower. All you really have to do is evolve them and you are fighting fit! The right shows a diagram that I made of the Pokémon, the stones they come with, and who they evolve into. Please excuse my drawing of the stones.
»More Info on the Onyx and Flame GBA SP's: Remember how I reported two months ago that Nintendo would be releasing an Onyx and Flame GBA SP? Well, I just received in e-mail from Nintendo saying that it will be released on September 8th. There is really no other special information besides that they are Red and Black in color and are exactly the same as any other GBA SP. So, if you are interested in getting these colors, head down to your local Target or Toys R Us (We) store.
»Pokémon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire Review: Gamepro.com has created a review for Pokémon Pinball: R/S. The game got an excellent rating of a 4.5/5, and the person who wrote the review even said that if your not a PokéFan, the game has unusually satisfying gameplay, which means that the game is fun for everyone, PokéFan or not! To read the review, click here.
»Pokémon Celebrates it's Fifth Anniversary in America!: In the year 1998, Pokémon first came to America and took off like a rocket. (In Japan, it came out in 1996) Now, next month will be the fifth anniversary that Pokémon came to America, and it will be celebrated at the last Eon Ticket Tour in Topeka, Kansas, which is tomorrow and was where it was first introduced to America! How long have you been involved in Pokémon? Personally, I became involved in it one month after it came out because, I spent the first month making fun of it because everyone was talking about it and I found it annoying. So, I have been a fan for five years. It seems like I just started to watch it yesterday. Anyways, to read the full press release from Nintendo, click here.
»New Shining Pokémon Action Figures: After the release of Pokémon action figures at the Pokémon Center in New York, a new series has come out! And these aren't any normal action figures, they are painted to look like Shining Pokémon you can catch on your Gameboy games! For example, if you catch a Pikachu on Ruby or Sapphire, it's usually a normal one with normal colors. But, if you happen to come across a Shining Pikachu, it is different colors and is more powerful than a normal one. So, these action figures are painted in a semi-glossy paint to look like a Shining Pokémon, and are painted so well that they actually shine when light hits them! Also, each action figure has it's own special feature. The Blastoise on the right can shoot water from it's cannons by hitting a button. And don't worry, each action figure is made of high-impact plastic, so they are meant to be played with. To view more pictures of the Shining Pokémon figures, click here.
»News Archive: The August News Archive is now up! To view it, go to News Archive under PokéBeach in the left menu and click August, 2003.
»Temporary News Page Reminders
»EX Sandstorm Pre-Release Tournaments Across the US (I will be at San Diego's)
»Ruby and Sapphire Challenge Series Tournaments Across the USA
»Base Set and Best Promo Scans Added: For those of you that did not read the update that I added at 3 in the morning last night, which is below this, I added all of the Base Set scans. To view those, click Base Set under Card Scans in the left menu. Also, since I went to bed at 3:30 last night and then woke up at 2:00 in the afternoon, I had no time to upload all of the Best Promo scans I had finished. So, I just uploaded them and you can now view the Jumbo cards, Promo Cards, and Stamped Winner cards that you could have won last season at the Pokemon League. To view them, go to Promos under Card Scans in the left menu and then scroll down to Best Promos, which is right under Nintendo Promos.
»Better View of #9 Combusken Promo: As I reported yesterday, for the Pokemon League this season, you will be able to get a #8 reverse holo Torchic promo, a #9 Combusken promo, or a #9 Combusken Jumbo card. Now, someone at Ebay.com has put up a bid for the Combusken Promo, which gives a big scan of the Combusken Promo card. To go to the auction page and view the scan, click here.
»EX Ruby and Sapphire Challenge Series Stuff: When I went to the R/S Challenge Series in San Diego, everyone who registered received an Eon Ticket. With the Eon Ticket came a brochure that explained how to use it. Also when I came in first place for my age division, I received a medal and was sent in the mail a gift certificate. I for some reason forgot I had the pictures of the medal and Eon Ticket brochure and forgot to upload them. I have now received the $200 Gift Certificate in the mail as well and have posted it for your viewing pleasure. To view the pictures, look below and click the thumbnails.
»New EX Tin: EBGames.com has put up an EX Tin for sale. The tin will include five booster packs with a random mixture of EX Ruby and Sapphire and EX Sandstorm booster packs. What I think the main feature of this tin is that it will come with a holographic Pikachu and Meowth card, though it is not yet known if they are promos, reprints, etc. The tin will also come with a double-sided poster. To pre-order the tin from EBGames.com for an incredibly low price of $19.95, click here.
»Deck Fixes: Alright everyone, I start school in two days (Thursday) and probably won't have time to fix any decks. Right now, I have four of them that I probably won't have time to get to unless I stay home from the beach tomorrow. If that happens, then I will definately fix them. So, for those of you that sent in your decks, if you don't get them tomorrow, I probably won't have time to fix them for a while.
»Pokemon Pinball Released: For all of you Gameboy players, Pokemon Pinball was released yesterday! It is the second edition of the original Pokemon Pinball, and there have been many improvements to the game. First off, the graphics have been dramatically improved and the sound effects are incredible! Obviously, the game will allow you to catch the Ruby and Sapphire Pokemon along with the older ones, though you can only catch a little over 200 Pokemon all together. One rumor going around is that there may be a way in the near future to capture all of the Pokemon that are unobtainable through another game (like with Colosseum allowing you to download the unobtainable Pokemon to your Ruby or Sapphire Gameboy games) To view pictures of the Japanese version of the game, click here. (Note: The Japanese version and the English version are EXACTLY the same except with a few translations) To go to the official Pinball site, click here. To view an animated gallery of some of the screenshots from the English version of the game, look below if you already haven't.
»E-Reader Bundle: Remember how I reported a few weeks ago that Nintendo would be releasing an E-Reader and Gameboy Advance Bundle? (NOT Gameboy Advance SP, just GBA) Well now, IGN.com has gotten hold of some pictures and the average price, which is $79.99. To read more on it and to see much bigger pictures, click here.
»More Info. on the Pokemon Pinball Commercial: Yesterday while uploading the Base Set and Best Promo scans, I had the TV on all day with Cartoon Network, with the exception of watching Return of the Jedi three times in a row. From the five hours I watched Cartoon Network, the Pinball Commercial came on exactly twice. So, I naturally watched it and took notes. Unfortunately, I tried to take pictures of the TV but my digital camera only showed scan lines. The only way I could take pictures was to snap the pictures at a certain time so the scan lines wouldn't appear. Anyways, the commercial had Jigglypuff, Loudred, Groudon, and Treeko in it. All of them were standing in line and then Loudred and Groudon began to fight on who would go to the exit of the line as Jigglypuff disappeared into the exit, which we don't know to where it leads. Then, Treeko began to freak out while they are fighting and then Loudred and Groudon decide who gets to go, Treeko! So they push Treeko to the exit of the line and something punches him. Now the viewers know that it is the launcher that hits the ball on to the pinball field that has hit Treeko. That part then ends, and it jumps to some clips of the game. Next, it shows a GBA SP with Treeko bouncing all around the TV screen, and then the commercial ends.
»Major Improvement in TV Show Graphics: In a few weeks, a new episode will air in America called Address Unknown, featuring Unknown G! (ya know, the Pokémon that look like alphabet soup without the soup according to Meowth) This will be the very first Pokemon TV episode that will be using digital animation. (The first two pictures are from the episode) That means the graphics will greatly improve. Then, when the Hoenn Region episodes begin to air, the animation will once again be improved to a higher level of digital animation, improving the graphics even more. One reason for the dramatic improvements is that during the entire Johto region season, the animators in Japan were only sponsored by three companies, which means they got a smaller amount of money. As a result of this, the later Johto episodes began to be drawn much more poorly. One example of this is that you will notice in the Johto episodes airing right now that Ash and gang are drawn incorrectly at times and that at all times, their eyes are much further apart. Now this will all change. The animators were able to get eight sponsors, instead of the previous three, allowing them to hire more animators, for the animation building where they work to be expanded, and allowing them to upgrade to digital animation during the later Johto episodes and then to an even higher level for the Hoenn episodes. So now, we will be viewing the last few episodes of Johto in digital animation as well as the Hoenn episodes in even higher digital animation. (The last picture shows the first level of digital animation. You can tell the graphics are better.) Note: I did not make these pictures, I got them from SPP.
»Back to School Promotion Report: Pokemon.com has written up a nice report on the Back to School promotion that took place over the weekend at the Pokemon Center in New York. The report talks about the Eon Ticket giveaway as well as the selling of Pokemon Pinball before it was released. To read the report, click here.
»EX Sandstorm Pre-Release Tournaments Across the US (I will be at San Diego's)
»Ruby and Sapphire Challenge Series Tournaments Across the USA
»Eon Ticket Tours Across the US
»Pokémon Center Events
»Pokémon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire
Right now, I am actually updating PokéBeach at 3 in the morning because I worked all day to scan, edit, and do everything else to the cards. I am very exhausted and worn out right now, so I will either update the site later on today or tommorow. I have a lot of stuff to upload from the R/S Challenge that I forgot to, and I also have all of the Best Promo scans ready. Right now, I just want to go to bed so good night, I mean morning, and enjoy the scans! (To view the scans, click Base Set in the left menu)