Friday, May 19th, 2006 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

I was just informed today that by going for an I.B. Diploma in high school next year as a Senior, I will have no life for the course of the year. :p

So, this summer, I HAVE TO FINISH THIS SITE! Scans! Content! Layout! Spreading the word that we exist (we need more visitors!)! EVERYTHING I POSSIBLY CAN WORK ON! If I get the permanent content out of the way, it will be much easier on me next year, as I will only have to worry about news and minor content updates.

Since I am so disorganized at the moment, I need people to post in this thread what I need to work on for the summer. In reference to scans, please post the top three sets you would like to be put up, and I will edit those first. I have a month of school left, so I will be working on the layout. When school ends, I'll start on the scans and content. Just post everything that you think should be added to the site and what I need to fix on the site. If I just completely work on the site nonstop for one whole week, I am sure I could get at least five sets of scans done. POST YOUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A BETTER POKEBEACH, NO MATTER HOW WACKY THEY ARE! The worst that could happen is that it doesn't happen. XD

Also, here is a pre-prerelease template of how the layout will look. Don't like it? Hate it? Then say so! I won't put it up if people hate it. I'll put one up that most people like, and if you think you have a better idea in mind, then post it!

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Thursday, May 18th, 2006 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Sorry for not updating since Monday. I've been both busy with homework and exhausted from school. I'll put together an update on Saturday, and hopefully a preview of the new layout to get some opinions on it.

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Monday, May 15th, 2006 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Better Diamond and Pearl Pictures - The official Japanese Pokemon website has been updated with Diamond and Pearl screenshots. Most of them were the ones revealed in CoroCoro, but they are still much better quality. I have enlarged some of them and made them sharper, so the quality might be a little different from that of the actual games (although it makes them clearer for us).

Pokemon Diamond Logo Pokemon Pearl Logo
Munchlax vs. Manyula Manyula vs. Munchlax
Diamond and Pearl Boy Walking Diamond and Pearl Beach
Diamond and Pearl City Diamond and Pearl Town
Diamond and Pearl Town

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Sunday, May 14th, 2006 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Quick update. There has been NO news, especially on the TCG front.


Since Pokemon starts airing on Cartoon Network tomorrow at 5 PM, I was thinking about recording the Advanced Generation episodes that will be airing and putting them on the forums. What do you guys think? Please voice your opinions in this thread.


I am proud to announce I am working on a new layout. I sort of have gotten sick of this one, and want to try something different, especially a layout that is not three columns (left menu, content, right menu). So, I have started working on a layout that just has the content column, with a drop-down menu above the content that acts as the current left menu. The right menu will be destroyed, unfortunately. It's so hard for me to update the polls on a weekly basis, especially since it takes about an hour to work on both (so much conversion is involved). So, having those gone will definitely make my life easier. As for the "Upcoming Dates & Events" and episode listings and times, I'll find somewhere to throw those in the new layout.


My last AP/IB test of the year (besides finals) will be on Wednesday. Once that is out of the way, I'll try to put up the new layout. Then, I'll go on to working on card scans. After that, it will just be site content and adding new features to the site. Summer is exactly one month away from tomorrow for me, and I CAN'T WAIT FOR SCHOOL TO END!!!!!!!

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Saturday, May 13th, 2006 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

We now have a new way for you to watch Pokemon episodes. From now on, they can only be watched on our forums. To watch them, you must be a member of our forums and agree to follow the rules of watching them. To sign up on our forums, click here. If you are already signed up, simply go to the new "Watch Pokemon Episodes" forum and read the rules before you open an episode. Right now, "Rough, Tough, Jigglypuff," "Hooked on Onix," and "The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon" are available for viewing!

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Thursday, May 11th, 2006 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Sleeeeepppyyyy.....


Okay, so let's review what we learned about Diamond and Pearl today. To discuss any of this news, be sure to post in this thread.

* It's coming out in the fall in Japan.
* It will mix both 2D and 3D.
* The region it takes place in will be Shino. It is pronounced Shih-no, kind of like "snow." If you are confused on the first part of the name, think of someone saying the s-word (Shi*).
* The starter town is Futaba Town.
* You can trade from Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald TO the games. It is unknown at this point whether you can trade from D/P to those games.

Now, what I didn't post earlier (thanks to Bangiras for translations!)...

* Munchlax will be able to learn Swallow, Spit Up, and Stockpile (Swallow is the attack in the fifth screenshot). It will also have the Pick Up or Thick Fat abilities.
* Manyula will be able to learn Revenge, and has the Pressure ability.

WPM's speculation...

* The top part of the second Manyula screenshot below says "What will Manyula do?," and yet there is no "Fight / Pokemon / Bag" selection. Does that mean that those options will be on the bottom DS screen, while only battling will take place on the top part of the screen?
* In the sixth screenshot below, there is a street lamp next to a man. Why would a game have a streetlamp if it's only going to have daylight? Could we be seeing a hint of the return of G/S/C's day and night? Hope so! Now that Pokemon will be released on a system with a backlight, people won't need to worry about the screen being too dark during the night.
* Shino sounds like snow. The boy is wearing a scar-thingy and long pants. The girl is wearing boot-things and a scarf-thing. Both are wearing hat-things. Catch my icy wind?
* DIAMOND and PEARL. What is the plot going to be? What's the mystery? Will the heroes of the games be going underground to find a legendary Pokemon that is represented by a diamond, or under the ocean to find a Pokemon (*coughcoughManaphycough*) that is represented by a pearl? Or am I taking this too literally and in three-four years be reading this news story when the next generation comes out and be laughing at all of my wacky theories and run-on sentences? Who knows! Am I the only one excited about these games and the NEW POKEMON that will be coming out soon (they have to start coming out in mass numbers, Fall is only like five months away I think)?

And now time for ALL of the pictures released/edited today! Click all of the pictures for larger versions. The four pictures immediately below this are the full-blown magazine scans where all of the D/P screenshots have come from, and you can click them as well for much larger pictures.

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Male Trainer  Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Female Trainer  Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Battle Munchlax  Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Battle Manyula

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Encounter Pokemon Diamond and Pearl House Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Battle Manyula Munchlax

Munchlax vs. Manyula Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Munchlax vs. Manyula Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Town

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Ocean Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Girl Walking

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Thursday, May 11th, 2006 @ 5 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EDIT #2: I've seen some confusion already on the last news story. No, Shino is not a combination of Kanto, Johto, and Hoenn. I put the regions in parentheses to show what the previous regions were, and how the name is nothing like any of the previous regions' names (I was typing up the new news story literally during a lecture in third period, so I had no time to expand on everything). Also, yes, you can trade from R/S/FR/LG/Em to D/P.


EDIT: Please see the last news story in this update.


First Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Screenshots - The first Diamond and Pearl screenshots were revealed in the Japanese CoroCoro magazine today. They only revealed five, but the screenshots show us that the games will still be in the same graphic style as old Pokemon games, just with much more improved graphics (the buildings look 3D, there are more details in the terrain, the attack backgrounds and ground look much more realistic). It also looks like the attack graphics have been improved, as shown by Munchlax's apparent Bubble(beam) attack. Click the scans below for larger pictures! To discuss this news, be sure to post in this thread.

Munchlax vs. Manyula Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Munchlax vs. Manyula Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Town

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Ocean Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Girl Walking

I will update this news story later on today. Right now, school for me!


Diamond and Pearl Information - Pokemon Diamond and Pearl will be released in the fall, and as said before, the games will be compatible with the Advanced Generation Gameboy games. The region in which Diamond and Pearl will take place in is Shino (sounds nothing like Kanto, Johto, Hoenn). The starter town will be Futaba Town. More info and screenshots later tonight when I get home from school!

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Tuesday, May 9th, 2006 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EDIT: I just got home from taking the AP Psychology exam, and I totally PWNED (except on the second essay question)! Since I have just Math homework tonight (I HATE ALGEBRA II!!!), I can work on something with the site tonight. So, first person to post in the forum thread for this news story gets to tell me what site content update to do tonight (within reason and something I can do within a few hours). Better post now!


I may update this news story later on tonight. This is the second update in one day, so if you have not been here all day, be sure to read the previous news story.


E3 Pokemon Game Screenshots, Videos, Info - We have some information, pictures, and videos for Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team (being released September 18th) and Pokemon Ranger from the E3 Convention. Below, you can read information regarding Mystery Dungeon Blue. Afterwards, you can see screenshots / videos / images from both Mystery Dungeon Blue and Ranger.

General Information
* For the first time ever, the player is a Pokémon, speaking and interacting with other characters in a world populated only by Pokémon.
* A deep, involving and dramatic story brings the player into a world of Pokémon not seen or experienced before.
* Strategic battles enhance the adventure.
* Randomly generated dungeons make every mission unique.

Game storyline: One day the player awakens to find that he or she has been turned into a Pokémon. The land is being ravaged by natural disasters so the player decides to form a rescue team with a partner Pokémon. The player can interact with many different Pokémon on various missions while trying to uncover their true purpose and destiny. An engrossing story of adventure, redemption and, most of all, friendship.

Characters: Players can choose to be a Pokémon, and then choose another Pokémon to be their partner. Numerous Pokémon can become friends with the player and can be called upon to join his or her rescue teams. Assuming the role of a Pokémon, the player converses with other Pokémon for the first time using engaging graphics with various Pokémon expressions.

How to progress through the game: Players form a rescue team with a Pokémon friend, accept various missions and try to help Pokémon in trouble. They go into many dungeons and strategically make their way through many floors. The layout of the dungeons is randomly generated, so they present a different challenge every time. Strategy and thinking are the keys to clearing the dungeons and completing the missions.

Special powers/weapons/moves/features: A massive amount of game play with endless replay value; many rescue missions to conquer – even after the main story reaches its climactic conclusion. The game starts off easy and advances in difficulty as the player progresses. It will appeal to novice and expert Pokémon fans alike. For the first time, a Pokémon’s moves can be “linked” and used together in one turn. This feature offers the player a strategic choice of attacks and is an entirely new concept in the Pokémon world.

Mystery Dungeon Blue Screenshots
Mystery Blue Video (Quicktime - 11 MBs)
Mystery Dungeon Logo (subject to change)
Pokemon Ranger Video (Quicktime - 11 MBs)
Pokemon Ranger Logo (subject to change)


Pokemon Trading Figure Game - The official Pokemon Trading Figure Game website has been updated with new images from the figurine game, including new model images, new product images, and other pictures. Check it out!

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Monday, May 8th, 2006 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Pokemon Trading Figure Game (TFG) - We have some new and official product information on the Pokemon TFG. I guess since we cover the trading card game, the trading figure game will be the new medium PokeBeach covers in the future (*thinks about galleries of the figures*). Click the thumbnails below for larger images.

The Pokemon™ Trading Figure Game lets you play with amazing new collectible figures of your favorite Pokemon characters!

Crafted by Kaiyodo, master model-makers of Japan, the Pokemon TFG:

* Includes more than 40 unique, high-quality Pokemon figures plus dynamic, rare special-treatment figures!
* Includes an exciting new spinning mechanic that adds real action to your battles!
* Is easy to learn - start playing in minutes!

The Pokemon TFG starter set comes with everything players need to get battling in exciting 6-on-6 battles!

Each starter set includes:

* 3 awesome Pokemon figures
* 1 Trainer figure
* Trainer cards to add a new level of strategy
* Challenging new 2-player arena playmats
* Special Condition effects
* Full-color rulebook

Pokemon TFG 2-figure boosters add another great way for players to collect and play more awesome Trainer cards and all of their favorite Pokemon!

Pokemon Trading Figure Game Pokemon Trading Figure Game


Pokemon JAA T-Shirt - If you participated in a Pokemon Journey Across America Tournament, you should be getting a t-shirt in the mail soon. I just received one today, and it's pretty cool! Click the thumbnails below for larger pictures.

Pokemon Journey Across America Shirts Pokemon Journey Across America Shirts


Manyula and Manene's English Names - We may have Manyula's and Manene's English names this week on PokeBeach, possibly within the next few days (might even be tomorrow if this is a perfect world). If not, the names should be revealed soon at one of the next Journey Across Americas. Stay tuned to PokeBeach for further information!

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Sunday, May 7th, 2006 @ 5 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EDIT #2: Please see the last news story.


Wow, I'm shocked. I came home around 3:00 PM yesterday after taking the SAT Subject Tests, remember laying on my bed to watch television for the first time in over two weeks, and I ended up waking up at 5:00 AM today. That's a new record for me in sleeping a long time (14 hours). So now, we have all of the news that has been piling up that I was supposed to post during those fourteen hours of sleep yesterday!


EX Crystal Guardians - The Japanese "Miracle Crystal" set has been named "EX Crystal Guardians" for American set releases. If you didn't see my edit to the previous news story on Thursday or the changed set image at the top of the main page on Friday, then now you know! The pre-releases for the set will be on August 12th, 13th, 19th, and 20th, which means that it will not be legal for Worlds. Therefore, the format for Worlds will be EX Hidden Legends through EX Holon Phantoms.


Nintendo DS LiteNintendo DS Lite - The DS Lite will be released on June 11th for $129.99 in a default Polar White color. How does it differ from the original Nintendo DS you ask?

> It's less than two-thirds the size of the original Nintendo DS and more than 20 percent lighter.
> Its two bright screens can be adjusted to four levels to adapt to different lighting conditions and to extend battery power.
> The microphone sits in the center of the unit, and the LED lights are clearly visible whether the unit is open or closed.
> The stylus is 1 centimeter longer and 1 millimeter thicker than the stylus of the original, and slides into a side storage slot.
> The Start and Select buttons were repositioned for easier access.
> A removable cover keeps the Game Boy Advance cartridge slot clear from dust and debris when it's not in use.

Pokemon.com Press Release - Pokemon.com has basically confirmed that the reason the voice actors won't be doing the show anymore is because of contract conflictions. This means that nothing can be done to get the old voice actors back, which is what we have been saying for the longest time, and what Pokemon.com is basically alluding to. If you don't watch the show because of the new voices, oh well, your loss. If you continue writing letters - great, it will just be a waste of your time and in the long-run you will put yourself down when you do not succeed. If you do watch the show - good, it will be just like before, just with new voices and probably a show closer to the original version, without any A.D.D. music editor constantly changing the music every three seconds (among other 4Kids evils). We cannot get the VAs back, so we should just live with the changes, adapt to the new voices, and hope they fit into their rolls better as time goes on (which is basically guaranteed, since most VAs on shows usually sound different from the first episode of the series compared to the last).


Hooked on "Onyx" - Haha, 4Kids ruined Onix's name again! It's "Onix," not "Onyx!" I am sure we will not see errors like this when PUSA takes over the dub, especially twice, since they are not a third party company like 4Kids. Anyways, "Hooked on Onix" is now available for viewing. "The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon" is still up as well, and will probably stay up for a long time. To discuss "Hooked on Onix," click here. EDIT: If any of the episodes are mixed up for you, such as when you click one episode and get another, clear your cache. Your browser isn't updating the page that pulls up the episode.


Top Trainer Cards - This week's card article review focuses on the top Trainer cards of the Modified format. You can read the card reviews by clicking here. If you would like to become a PokeBeach Strategist, or have asked me previously and I did not get back to you, please PM me on our forums instead of e-mailing me. It's been a busy week and I think I lost half of the requests that I viewed over e-mail.


Misty?Mysterious "Misty" Image - The image on the right (click for a larger picture) has been floating around the net since yesterday, with many people believing it to be a special that will air in Japan next year featuring Misty. Some people are calling it fake, others genuine, but there is no real proof on either side as to if it is fake or if it is real. All we have is this photograph of a television/computer. I personally think it is real, since the bottom image in the photo, where the center character is, appears to be static, which is characteristic of a moving image on a television screen that someone takes a picture of while moving (even a screenshot). If it is real, it brings up a lot of interesting questions. Could this be a special about an older Misty? Could this be a special about Misty as a child? Could this be a special about Misty, her older sister, Violet (blue hair), and maybe the child in the picture is Violet's daughter (that's my theory)? Maybe Misty, Violet, and another of Misty's sisters (another theory)? Who knows at this point? When we do hear any news about the authenticity of this image, or any news regarding it, we'll be sure to bring you the news!


Pokemon to Air on Cartoon Network - Official! - Pokemon will be returning to Cartoon Network starting May 15th with "What You Seed Is What You Get." There will be Advanced Generation episodes on each night at 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, on Miguzi. As of now, no word on new episodes airing has been mentioned, but considering how the WB has to finish running its new episodes until the Summer begins, we probably will not see new episodes on Cartoon Network until the Fall. I am also willing to bet that everyone will now be migrating over to Cartoon Network now that Kids' WB sucks, and that it will become the new place to watch on Saturday mornings, if it does eventually air new episodes. This is exciting news, and guarantees to us that Pokemon will now live on! Stay tuned to here for more information! Thanks to ToonZone for the heads up!

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