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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Saturday, June 21st, 2014 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Pokemon's Twitter account has sent out direct messages to a few of their Twitter followers promising to send them a "sneak peek at something special" in the mail. Those selected are asked to e-mail their home address to Pokemon's official e-mail account. Upon receiving the user's address, Pokemon replies from the same official e-mail account with a promise to send out the surprise at the end of next week.

What could the sneak peek be? Could it be related to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire... or something else entirely? Thanks goes to forum user Teeboy23 for giving us the heads up on this story and allowing us to log in to his Twitter account to verify Pokemon's message! We will let you know what the "sneak peek" is as soon as he or other selected Twitter users receive the surprise in the mail. Stay tuned!

Pokemon Twitter Account Sneak Peak
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Friday, June 20th, 2014 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The Speed Gamers are a charity organization that plays video games to raise money for various causes. To date, they have raised over $400,000 for almost 20 different charities. And once again, they will be holding a Pokemon marathon to catch 'em all!

From today until next Friday, they will be trying to capture every Pokemon from Bulbasaur to Zygarde in an attempt to raise $50,000. Every penny of the proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. You can watch a live video stream of their Pokemon marathon below and donate here if you wish. For a more immerse experience, you can chat and interact with them on their Twitch page.

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Thursday, June 19th, 2014 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Mega Sableye Ken Sugimori Artwork

Pokemon has revealed Mega Sableye's Ken Sugimori artwork, some hints about its stats, and revealed that its Ability is Magic Bounce. The Mega Evolution now weighs a whopping 354.9 lbs. because of its jewel, whereas Sableye previously weighed only 24.3 lbs. It is still the same height and typing.

Sableye has concentrated all of the energy from its Mega Evolution into the red jewel on its chest, which increases in size and detaches from its body. This enlarged jewel boasts incredible hardness, and it is said that no attack can even make a scratch on it!

When Sableye Mega Evolves, its Defense and Sp. Attack stats both get big boosts. Its Speed stat does decrease slightly, perhaps because of the weight of its huge jewel. Thanks to its Magic Bounce Ability, any moves that affect only stats or status conditions will be bounced back at its attacker.

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Friday, June 13th, 2014 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Those who completed the Google Maps Pokemon Challenge on April Fools Day and sent their information to Google will soon be receiving business cards in the mail. The cards feature Google's branding, your name, and list your job title as "Pokemon Master." Pretty cool little gift!

Pokemon Master Google Business Card
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Thursday, June 12th, 2014 @ 7 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Pokemon has released a new Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire trailer along with a ton of official artwork and screenshots. Click the thumbnails below to enlarge them. The artwork is very large and transparent.

The localization for the Mega Evolution item is "Mega Bracelet." When Diancie Mega Evolves into Mega Diancie, "the impurities on its body’s surface fall away, and it sparkles so brilliantly it’s impossible to look directly at it." So make sure you cover your eyes when you watch the video below or you'll go blind.

Treecko Torchic Mudkip in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Treecko in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Grovyle in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Sceptile in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Sceptile in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Torchic in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Combusken in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Blaziken in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Blaziken in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mudkip in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Marshtomp in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Swampert in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Swampert in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Diancie in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Diancie in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Diancie in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Diancie in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Archie in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire TeamAqua in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Team Aqua Logo in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Maxie in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire TeamMagma in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Team Magma Logo in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Brendan and May in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Steven in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Acro Bike in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mach Bike in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
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