Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
PokemonCenter.com Reopening

PokemonCenter.com has launched in "lite mode" and already features a few products from Japan! There will be new products featured every week until it launches on August 6th.

This week you can purchase a set of Eeveelution charms, a Pikachu plush, and a Mewtwo tumbler. Whereas the charms can go for up to $100 on the secondary market (from a quick search), the website is selling them for $23.92. The Pikachu plush is $12.99 and the Mewtwo tumbler is $17.50.

I went through checkout with the Eeveelution charms and shipping to California is $5.98 for 3-5 day shipping, $9.98 for 2-day shipping, and $17.98 for next-day shipping. When I added several of each item to my cart, the price for each tier only went up a couple of dollars, so the shipping prices aren't too outrageous. As we stated yesterday, the website only ships to the United States.

Currently the site is experiencing technical problems, so you will have to refresh several times to access it and to place orders.

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Japan's McDonalds will be giving out promos in their Happy Meals starting July 19th in celebration of The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie. Along with Pikachu and Hawlucha below, which are brand new cards, XY1 reprints of Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie will also be available.

Hawlucha and Pikachu McDonalds Promos

Pikachu - Lightning - HP60
Basic Pokemon

[C] Tail Whip: Flip a coin. If heads, your opponent's Active Pokémon can't attack during your opponent's next turn.
[L][C] Electro Ball: 30 damage.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: Metal (-20)
Retreat: 1


Hawlucha - Fighting - HP80
Basic Pokemon

[F] Tackle: 10 damage.
[C][C][C] Mid-air Strike: 40+ damage. Flip a coin. If heads, this attack does 20 more damage.

Weakness: Lightning (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-20)
Retreat: 1

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 @ 8 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Pokemon has finally announced Furious Fists, revealing the English cards of Lucario-EX (#54) and M Lucario-EX (#55). The Pangoro and Sylveon theme decks have also been revealed to be named "Dark Hammer" and "Enchanted Echo." Furious Fists hits store shelves on August 13th.

Lucario-EX from Furious Fists M Lucario-EX from Furious Fists
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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Pokemon's special sneak peek to select Twitter users has been mailed out... and it's a large box of Pokemon products! But more importantly, the box contains an announcement from The Pokemon Company's president and CEO, Mr. Tsunekazu Ishihara, that PokemonCenter.com will be reopening on August 6th! The website used to be the go-to place to buy official Pokemon products (screenshot below), but shut down on January 31st, 2008. The new website will host product for the United States, including items that were previously exclusive to Japan.

TPCi really seems to be expanding Pokemon's brand in new directions lately... we have the anime on various digital services, a Pokemon orchestral concert, and now an official online store to buy official merchandise. What could be next? Thanks goes to PokemonTrainerLisa for the news and photos!

PokemonCenter.com Reopening PokemonCenter.com Reopening PokemonCenter.com Reopening PokemonCenter.com Reopening
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Monday, June 30th, 2014 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

I got the front row, center seat!! :D

Pokemon has announced an orchestral concert tour for Pokemon's video game music! The first performance will take place the Friday immediately before Worlds in Washington, D.C. Tickets are already available for purchase and range from $50 - $83 or so. This is going to be so exciting!!

okémon: Symphonic Evolutions

The Pokemon Company International and Princeton Entertainment announced today that the official Pokémon live orchestral concert series, Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions, will premiere at the famed Warner Theater in Washington, DC on Friday, August 15, 2014. The 2014 Pokémon World Championships will also be held in the nation's capital that weekend, August 16-17, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The premiere performance in Washington, DC will be followed by a performance at Philadelphia's Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, September 19th. More dates, locations, and ticket information for the concert series will be announced soon and further details, including how to purchase tickets now to the Washington, DC and Philadelphia performances, can be found at PokemonSymphony.com.

Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions will take audiences of all ages on a powerful musical retrospective through the popular video game franchise's most memorable melodies. This exciting new concert tour reunites key creative producers from the critically acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert tour.

With more than 260 million video games sold since its debut in 1996, Pokémon continues to provide memorable entertainment around the world. Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions gives loyal fans and newcomers a chance to experience the evolution of the franchise through all-new orchestral arrangements and carefully timed visuals drawing from classic and recent Pokémon video games including:

  • Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue, Pokémon Yellow
  • Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, Pokémon Crystal
  • Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire, Pokémon Emerald
  • Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, Pokémon Platinum
  • Pokémon Black and Pokémon White
  • Pokémon X and Pokémon Y

"Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions is going to be a spectacular showcase of the memorable music that has been a hallmark of the Pokémon franchise for nearly 20 years," said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing at The Pokémon Company International. "The concert series serves as a thank-you to fans and an invitation to share our passion for Pokémon by reliving some of our fondest memories. We're looking forward to seeing fans of all ages meeting up and enjoying this very special Pokémon orchestral event together."

Visit PokemonSymphony.com for more Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions news and information.



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Monday, June 30th, 2014 @ 8 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Pokemon the Series XY can now be purchased through iTunes in the United States and United Kingdom! Episodes 1-12 and 13-23 are each available in separate volumes for $19.99/£18.99 (standard definition) or $21.99/£19.99 (high definition). You can also purchase each episode individually for $1.99/£1.89 (standard definition) or $2.99/£2.49 (high definition). Pretty cool that TPCi is making the anime available through so many modern mediums!

Pokemon the Series XY on iTunes
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Friday, June 27th, 2014 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

TPCi has posted a side event schedule for Nationals and it seems there will be plenty of activities for players! On Saturday and Sunday, players can even try to earn more Championship Points! Nationals takes place from July 4th to July 6th at the Indiana Convention Center.

Nationals
Friday 10am-7pm
TCG/VG Schedule Event Price Format Details
TCG On Demand TCG 8-person Pickups Free Varies Winner receives Pokémon Promo item
TCG On Demand TCG 8-person Pickups $5 Varies Every entrant receives a pack with entry
TCG 6:00 PM TCG Swiss Pods $5 Standard Limited to 4 swiss rounds. Every entrant receives a pack with entry, prizes awarded based on record.
VG On Demand 8-person pickups Free Varies Winner receives Pokémon Promo item
Saturday 10am-7pm
TCG On Demand TCG 8-person Pickups Free Varies Winner receives Pokémon Promo item
TCG On Demand TCG 8-person Pickups $5 Varies Everyone receives a pack with entry
TCG 11:00 AM Championship Point Challenge $20 Standard-Straight Swiss (No SEF) Registration begins online Friday evening. All entrants receive an exclusive Pokémon U.S. Nationals play mat. Championship Points awarded per Regional Championships point schedule. Falls in Regional/SPT Best Finish Limits. Seating limited to first 256 Masters, 128 Seniors, and 128 Juniors.
TCG 6:00 PM TCG Swiss Pods $5 Standard Limited to 4 Swiss rounds. Every entrant receives a pack with entry, prizes awarded based on record.
VG On Demand 8-person pickups Free Varies Winner receives Pokémon Promo item
VG 6:00 PM Single Battle Free Single Battle Limited to 64 players per age division
Sunday 8am-5pm
TCG 8:00 AM Championship Point Challenge $20 Standard-Straight Swiss (No SEF) Registration begins online Saturday evening. All entrants receive an exclusive Pokémon U.S. Nationals play mat. Championship Points awarded per Regional Championships point schedule. Falls in Regional/SPT Best Finish Limits. Seating limited to first 256 Masters, 128 Seniors, and 128 Juniors.
TCG On Demand TCG 8-person Pickups Free Varies Winner receives Pokémon Promo item
TCG On Demand TCG 8-person Pickups $5 Varies Every entrant receives a pack with entry
VG On Demand 8-person pickups Free Varies Winner receives Pokémon Promo item
VG 11:00 Multi-Battle Free Varies 2-Player teams. Limited to 32 teams per age group.

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The prerelease promo for Furious Fists will be XY13 Machamp, as revealed in the official Pokemon TCG simulator. The promo is a reprint of Machamp from Furious Fists (Japan's Rising Fist), but with English-exclusive artwork. Thanks goes to Austin L. for the heads up on this news! Although the set hasn't officially been announced yet, it hits store shelves on August 13th, with prereleases taking place the two weekends beforehand.

XY13 Machamp Promo
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Monday, June 23rd, 2014 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Last September, Pokemon filed a trademark for "Rising Fist" which later turned out to be the TCG's third XY set. We at PokeBeach did not discover the "Rising Fist" trademark until the end of September when an insider informed us that it would be the name of the next set (Rising Fist was unofficially announced for the first time in March, about four months later). We continued to search through trademark databases for any future sets and, last December, discovered the trademark for "Phantom Gate," which was filed in the same manner as "Rising Fist" (Phantom Gate was unofficially announced today, almost seven months after its trademark was filed - yes, we've known about it for that long :p).

While we were almost certain before it was announced that Rising Fist would be XY3, and then were absolutely certain Phantom Gate would be XY4, we did not assume the recently discovered trademark for Delta Emerald would be XY5. It was filed under slightly different terminology than the trademarks for both "Rising Fist" and "Phantom Gate." And like many other sites, we also assumed the trademark for "Delta Emerald" was related to the video games since Pokemon always files extra trademarks when new Pokemon games are about to come out.

However, the fact that Creatures/Pokemon has been filing online trademarks for its TCG sets since Rising Fist (from what we can tell), and giving how early the past two sets have been trademarked (each set being trademarked before the set before it is even announced), it seems just as likely that this "Delta Emerald" could be related to the TCG. As we pointed out in our original post, Delta Pokemon were a major feature of the TCG during the third generation. The fact it's "Delta" Emerald may be suggesting it's the TCG set that will both promote Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and also pay homage to those old Delta sets. The mid-December set after September's Phantom Gate would also be the prime candidate to advertise late-November's remakes.

We're not saying all of this with any kind of certainty, of course - "Delta Emerald" is probably just an extra trademark that Pokemon filed with the video games in mind. It could have absolutely nothing to do with the TCG. But since Phantom Gate is now confirmed to be a TCG set, and many large gaming websites posted that "Phantom Gate" could or would be the next Pokemon game, we thought we should bring this trademark stuff to light so every potential TCG trademark isn't immediately assumed to be a new Pokemon game in the future. In other words, the trademarks can be interpreted to be anything Pokemon-related (as I did above with applying "Delta Emerald" to the TCG), especially in light of the fact it seems Creatures has started to file TCG trademarks in online databases as of last year and all the Pokemon trademarks are now mixed together. The more you know, right?

I've been watching Star Trek: Voyager all summer (not that I've haven't watched every episode 100 times before), so forgive me if all of the above sounds like a letter to my fellow colleagues of video game academia. :p To discuss this story, check out this thread on our forums!

Rayquaza
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Monday, June 23rd, 2014 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

As we learned several months ago before Rising Fist was even revealed, Japan's XY4 set will be named Phantom Gate and is set to be released on September 13th! Like the type-themed sets before it, Phantom Gate will focus on Psychic-type Pokemon, featuring Gengar-EX and M Gengar-EX as its set mascots a la Charizard and Lucario for Wild Blaze and Furious Fists. The set will have at least 88 cards.

Three other products will also be released on the same day: a 60-card "Hyper Metal Chain" deck featuring Dialga-EX and Aegislash-EX for 1,000 yen ($10), a 32-pack of Mega Gengar sleeves for 362 yen ($3.62), and a Mega Gengar deck box also for 362 yen.

Who's going to make it into this set? To discuss the set, check out this thread on our forums.

XY4 Phantom Gate XY4 Hyper Metal Chain Deck Dialga-EX and Aegislash XY4 Mega Gengar Sleeves and Deck Box
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