Pochama's Name Officially Confirmed - Nintendo Power's website has confirmed Pochama's name to be Piplup. On the left menu, click "Current Issue," then "Creature Feature," and the name is shown in the article, along with Turtwig and Chimchar. Thanks to LaprasBoi from our forums for the news!
Quick update since I have a ton of homework (and will have a ton for the rest of the week). I have a great deal of news I wish I could have put up this weekend from the past week (since school took up all my time last week), but I don't have the time to write it now, so I'll write it sometime this week if I have time.
PokeBeach Podcast Intro Episode - We completed the podcast Saturday night, and edited it Sunday. This podcast's purpose was to show that we could do one - an experiment, so to say, where we got a feel of how we would make future ones. We covered extremely general topics, such as the Pokemon movie pros and cons (mostly cons), the English D/P Pokemon names, Diamond and Pearl and Pokemon Battle Revolution, a few questions about Pokemon and PokeBeach, and general D/P TCG comments (with a lot of music!), so this podcast was covering all of "the bases" so that we could set the ground base. Future podcasts will cover specific topics depending on the previous week, and will most likely range from 30 minutes to 45 minutes, not a little over an hour like this one. The podcasts will not be as general as this one either, and we will talk much more in depth about other topics, especially the TCG (we talked completely in general for the TCG portion of the podcast because we were tired and this was only an intro podcast - not an actual episode). To listen to the MP3 of the podcast, [click here]. PokeBeach Podcast Episode 1 will take place this Saturday night, and if you want to sign up to be a call in guest (which means you need a computer microphone, high-speed connection, and Skype), post in this story's news thread.
Official English D/P Names Coming - An official Pokemon source has informed me that Pokemon.com will reveal official English D/P Pokemon names sometime this week. The date is supposed to be on Thursday (February 22nd), but it could be anywhere around that date (like Wednesday or Friday). Can't wait for Pochama's real name (if that is one of the Pokemon names they reveal)!
EDIT: The podcast was completed last night, and should be up
later tonight tomorrow sometime soon. I also recorded the newest Pokemon episode on Saturday with Regice, and that too will be available for temporary viewing later tonight tomorrow sometime soon.
PokeBeach will have its very first podcast today. If you want to be a call-in guest, you will need a computer microphone, a program called Skype (plus an account, which is easy to setup and is free), and you will need to be in our chat room around 8:00 PM, PST (California time), for instructions. Call-in guests can ask questions about Pokemon, PokeBeach, or make comments (to generate discussion!).
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Mystery of the Lakes lv.X's - The official Japanese Pokemon website has updated with three pictures of each of the Level X Pokemon in Mystery of the Lakes, which are Electivire lv.X, Lucario lv.X, and Booburn lv.X. You can view the images on this page!
Dialga vs. Palkia! - The 10th Pokemon movie will not only be featuring Dialga and Palkia, but now Darkrai as well. A CoroCoro magazine scan posted on Filb.de has confirmed the news, and another scan contains the official Ken Sugimori artwork of the Darkness legendary, seen below (A Darkness Pokemon revealed on Valentine's Day - heh :p). The official Japanese Pokemon movie site has also been updated to reflect the changes in Pokemon that will appear in the movie. Click the thumbnails below for a larger picture of each scan.
EDIT #4: eI_at10s has sent us better quality images of those holo League energy from the other day, and they look completely different. You can see them under the sprites of the D/P Pokemon.
EDIT #3: Pochama controversy! One product image called Pochama, Pochama, but another image (and all the pog images, for that matter) shows it as something else, ending in a Y and having a name much shorter than "Pochama." What will Pochama's name be? The two different names are a testament to the fact that all of the D/P names are still tentative, since the products the names are taken off of will not be released for months to come (plus the fact that Pachirisu does not sound like it would be suitable for American audiences, at least in my opinion).
EDIT #2: And yet another new image has helped us to further clarify some of the English names below.
EDIT: A new image has helped us to further clarify some of the English names below.
English Diamond and Pearl Names - In New York right now, the 2007 Toy Fair is currently taking place, with Jakks-Pacific presenting a whole new line of Pokemon toys for Diamond and Pearl! We sent Blastoise-shellshocker to the event last night, but it was closed, and we asked him to go again this morning (since he lives so close). However, he discovered that the event is only open to the public media and industrial companies, and only they are allowed to attend the show (which we did not know earlier...). Luckily, some websites are covering the event, such as ASM, and have taken several pictures of the Diamond and Pearl merchandise, which you can view in a gallery here. One of the product images for a pog matching game shows several pogs lain out across a display, with English Diamond and Pearl Pokemon names on them, and you can view the image with those names by clicking here! While the names are not final yet and are still tentative, considering that this event is to show future items that have the potential of changing, several of the Pokemon names are distinguishable, and we have them listed for you below (some may be off by a little, since some of the names are extremely hard to read and can be misconstrued). Hopefully later tonight, we will receive a higher-quality image, or at least more information. Names in bold are correct for sure, names with dashes after them are partial, and everything else is subject to change or we are unsure if the names are read correctly from the image above. The sprites below the list are in the same order as the names before them, and if you want to see more Diamond and Pearl sprites, you can view our D/P Sprite Gallery.
- Naetle - Turtwig
- Hizokaru - Chimchar
- Pochama - Two different images say different names. One is Pochama, and the other is something else.
- Nyarmar - Glameow
- Karanakushi - Shelios or Snelios
- Elekible - Electivire
- Beappa - ???
- Fuwaride - ???
- Tatetops - Shieldon
- Perap - Chatot
- Kolink - Spinx
- Scorpi - Scorp---
- Pachirisu - Pachirisu
- Flowsel - Floatsel
- Koroboshi - Kricketot
- Subomie - Bud---
- Mimirol - Buneary
- Mukurru - Starly
- Greggle - Croalurk
- Pinpuku - Happini
- Masukippa - Carnivine
- Tamanta - Mantyke
- Buoysel - Buizel
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Holo League Energy - Click one of the league energy below to view a larger image. Hover over the left or right side of each image to scroll through all of the larger images.
It looks like we are going to begin doing podcasts sometime soon, since every single person who posted about the idea yesterday said, "Yes!" to it. We honestly are not sure how we are going to do them or what we are going to do them on, so if you have any suggestions (especially for the first podcast), please feel free to post in this story's news thread!
EX Spring Tins Update - As mentioned in the news story on February 7th, three new EX tins will be released in March (for around $14 each, not $20), featuring Milotic, Camerupt, and Tyranitar on the actual tins. We now know that the tins will come packaged with holo versions of past EX POP cards, including Celebi ex, Ho-Oh ex, and Tyranitar ex. These tins are supposed to also come with one of three Diamond and Pearl Pokemon cards, but they apparently will not be the featured cards within the tins, since as the image shows on the right (click for a larger picture), the holo Exs are in the window of each tin. Hopefully we will find out soon what D/P Pokemon are available in the tins!
Seismic Toss a Wailord? - Wailord are huge and heavy Pokemon, and you would think that it would be near impossible to use Seismic Toss on one (if Pokemon were real, that is - you can definitely use the move on it in the games). The video below is a funny, 15-second clip from Pokemon Battle Revolution in which a Blissey lifts the huge Pokemon and successfully performs Seismic Toss on it, without even breaking a sweat! It is kind of funny how a small Blissey (by comparison) can perform such an attack on the largest Pokemon in existence. If you have not seen the attack animation before, you will be amazed at the improvements PBR has made to previous games!
A year ago and two months ago, we tried to do a podcast, but it never was finished (well, it was, but.... oh, nevermind). Should PokeBeach do a podcast? Give your opinion in this story's news thread. If we are to do one, it will not just be for the TCG (it's so boring to talk about strategies for a whole podcast), it will be the Anime, Games, and other aspects of Pokemon.
Pokemon League Holo Energy - At Pokemon League, if you earn your season badge or complete the season's challenge, you will receive a card with a redemption code. Using the redemption code and your "My Pokemon" account, you can receive a pack of holo energy containing one energy of each basic energy type. If you have already ordered the energy, you should be receiving them any day. Thanks to Sandslash7, we now have (semi-good) scans of each of the energy. Click the images below for larger pictures, and hover over the right or left side of the images to scroll through them.
Espeon * and Umbreon * Translations - As we know from yesterday, Espeon * and Umbreon * will be available in POP 5. Thanks to Nanimonoka, we now have the English translations of the Japanese cards, which you can read below.
Espeon * - 70 HP [P]
PokePower: Purple Ray - Once during your turn (before you attack), when you play Espeon * from your hand onto your Bench, each Defending Pokemon is now Confused.
[P][P][C] Psychic Boom 30+ - Does 30 damage plus 10 more damage for each Energy attached to the Defending Pokemon.
Umbreon * 70 HP [D]
PokePower: Dark Ray - Once during your turn, when you play Umbreon * from your hand onto your Bench, choose 1 card from your opponent's hand without looking and discard it.
[D][D] Feint Attack - Choose 1 of your opponent's Pokemon. This attack does 30 damage to that Pokemon. This attack's damage isn't affected by Weakness, Resistance, Poke-Powers, Poke-Bodies, or any other effects on the Defending Pokemon.
Resistance: -30 [P]
Retreat Cost - [C]
Gathering the Gang of Four! - This episode was pretty good, with some breaking of the fourth law lines. Officer Jenny's new voice actor sounds like the original Jenny from Season 1, and the music selection was excellent. One mistake I noticed, though, was that in the flashback scene with Charizard vs. Articuno, Ash was wearing his old Kanto clothes, even though the Charizard vs. Articuno episode was one of the first Battle Frontier episodes. That's the second time the animators have incorrectly given him the correct clothes, the first time being in the "World of Pokemon" movie intro where he is wearing his official clothing when receiving Pikachu, even though he was in his pajamas. To watch the episode, [click here]. It will only be up for viewing for a temporary time. Next week, "The Final Frontier" airs on Cartoon Network at 9:30 AM, so be sure to catch it! It features Regice and Brandon in their last battle with Ash!
EDIT: Added "Mystery of the Lakes" story.
Anyone interested in me creating a section on PokeBeach for the background / classical music of Pokemon?
EDIT:Mystery of the Lakes Decks / Boosters - The Mystery of the Lakes, the next Japanese set featuring the Sinnoh trio of Yuxie, Emurit, and Agnome, has had its booster pack and theme decks revealed. You can view the pictures below. Remember, the set will be released March 2nd in Japan, and we will most likely reveal everything about the set to you like we always do. More info later!
POP 5 News - Exclusive news on POP 5 at 12:30 in the morning! POP 5 will be released March 11th and will contain 17 promo cards. You can view the mostly complete list below. In Japan, a Player Club Program exists where you can earn both Espeon * and Umbreon *, but only if you accumulate 40,000 points (for Espeon) and 70,000 points (for Umbreon). To put the rarity of the cards into perspective, you earn only 100 points for participating in TCG tournaments in Japan. Umbreon * is undoubtedly one of the rarest Japanese promos in existence (less than 10, maybe even 5, of the cards even exist), but since the cards in POP 5 are non-holo, the Japanese holo version of the cards will most likely not diminish in value. Click the thumbnail of the two cards for a larger image.
1-4, 16, and 17 are rare; 5-9 are uncommon; and 10-15 are common.
- Mew (delta)
- Charmeleon (delta)
- Bill's Maintenance
- Rare Candy
- Boost Energy
- Delta Rainbow Energy
- Charmander (delta) (EX CG attacks, different artwork)
- Meowth (delta)
- Pikachu (delta)
- Pelipper (delta)
- Zangoose (delta)
- Espeon *
- Umbreon *
Lucario a Finalist! - As we covered in a previous news story, Lucario and the Mystery of Mew was selected as an option for the American Anime Awards' "Best Anime Feature" category. The results are in, and it has been nominated as one of the five finalists in the group! To read more about the American Anime Awards, taking place at Comic-con in New York, click here. The ultimate winner of the category will be announced February 24th. And people say Pokemon is dead...