Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Pokemon Shuffle

The 3DS eShop game, Pokemon Shuffle, is now available for download in North America, Europe, and Australia. It is a puzzle-matching game similar in idea to Pokemon Trozei, as we covered before.

Shuffle is free to download, but it's a "freemium" game. In order to play through it, you either have to spend real money on "jewels" or wait to continue playing. One jewel costs $0.99, six cost $4.99, 12 cost $8.99, 35 cost $24.99, and 75 cost $47.99.

Jewels are used to buy "hearts" in the game, with each stage costing one heart to play. One jewel equals five hearts ($0.99 / 5 stages), three equal 18, six equal 38, and 12 equal 80 ($8.99 / 80 stages). That should give you an idea how much it costs to play, though jewels are also used to buy items in the game (via coins), so you will probably spend your jewels toward those as well. When you are under five hearts, you will get a free heart every 30 minutes. You can also get some hearts in-game for free.

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Bandai Namco Games has posted the first extended trailer for Pokken Tournament to their YouTube channel. It showcases all of the characters revealed thus far as well as some game features. Check it out!

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Sunday, February 15th, 2015 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

As has been the case since 2004, Shakespeare has now scanned Primal Clash properly, replacing all of the prerelease scans that readers kindly sent in back in January. Thanks also goes to BigfootAUS for assisting me with the editing - took us almost 15 hours combined!

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Saturday, February 14th, 2015 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The St. Louis Regionals are currently being streamed! Today, the TCG matches will stream approximately between 11:30 AM and 3:30 PM EST and then later on between 7:00 PM EST and 11:30 PM EST. The VGC matches will be covered from 3:30 PM EST and 7:00 PM EST.

Tomorrow, VGC will stream between 11:00 AM EST and 2:00 PM EST and then TCG will take over between 2:00 PM EST and 8:00 PM EST.

To view the stream, click here.

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Friday, February 13th, 2015 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update #2 (11:00 PM) - Togekiss and Salamence are in the set. | Update (8:30 PM) - Corrected Shaymin-EX's Ability. The card's image is very blurry. :p

Several cards have been revealed from Emerald Break by the official Japanese Pokemon card site, including a very interesting Stadium card! We also received a partial peek at M Rayquaza-EX from the set's accompanying Battle Deck Mega Rayquaza-EX. Thanks goes to Vincent for the translations!

To discuss this news, check out this forum thread!

Shaymin-EX Emerald Break

Shaymin-EX - Colorless - HP110
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Setup
Once during your turn (before your attack), when you play this Pokemon from your hand to your Bench, you may draw cards until you have 6 cards in your hand.

[C][C] Sky Return: 30 damage. Return this Pokemon and all cards attached to it to your hand.

When a Pokemon-EX has been Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

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


Unfezant Emerald Break

Unfezant - Colorless - HP140
Stage 2 - Evolves from Tranquil

Δ Evolution: Once during your turn (before your attack), you may play this card from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokemon even if that Pokemon was put into play this turn or if it's your first turn.

[C][C] Feather Dance: If this Pokemon attacks next turn, its attacks do 80 more damage.
[C][C][C] Sky Attack: 120 damage. Flip a coin. If tails, this attack fails.

Weakness: Lightning (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-20)
Retreat: 0


Swellow Emerald Break

Swellow - Colorless - HP90
Stage 1 - Evolves from Taillow

Δ Plus: Take 1 more Prize card if your opponent's Pokemon is Knocked Out by damage from this Pokemon's attacks.

[C][C] Peck: 30 damage.
[C][C][C] Wing Attack: 50 damage.

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


Skarmory Emerald Break

Skarmory - Colorless - HP100
Basic Pokemon

[C] Search for your deck for up to 2 Basic Pokemon and put them on your Bench. Shuffle your deck afterward.
[C][C] 30+ damage. Does 30 more damage if there is a Stadium in play.

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


Wingull Emerald Break

Wingull - Water - HP60
Basic Pokemon

[W] Water Gun: 10 damage.

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


Natu Emerald Break

Natu - Psychic - HP50
Basic Pokemon

[C] Peck: 10 damage.

Weakness: Psychic (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1


Winona Emerald Break

Winona - Trainer
Supporter

Search for your deck for up to 3 [C] Pokemon and put them into your hand. Shuffle your deck afterward.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).


Skyfield Gym Emerald Break

Skyfield - Trainer
Stadium

Both players may have up to 8 Benched Pokemon.

If this Stadium card is no longer in play, each player discards their Benched Pokemon (and all cards attached to them) until there are 5 Benched Pokemon left.

This card stays in play when you play it. Discard this card if another Stadium card comes into play. If another card with the same name is in play, you can’t play this card.


M Latios-EX Emerald Break

M Latios-EX - Dragon - HP220?
Mega Evolution - Evolves from Latios-EX

When 1 of your Pokemon becomes a Mega Evolution, your turn ends.

[W][P][C] Sonic Ace: ???

When a Pokemon-EX has been Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Fairy (x2)
Resistance: ?
Retreat: ?


M Rayquaza-EX Emerald Break

M Rayquaza-EX - Dragon - HP230
Mega Evolution - Evolves from Rayquaza-EX

When 1 of your Pokemon becomes a Mega Evolution, your turn ends.

Δ Wild: Damage done to this Pokemon by attacks from your opponent's [G], [R], [W], and [L] Pokemon is reduced by 20.

When a Pokemon-EX has been Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

[?] Dragon Ascent: 300 damage. Unknown effect, but probably blows up the table.


Those who participate in Japan's Rayquaza Mega Battle tournaments will receive a Swampert-EX promo and a Mega Turbo promo if they perform well in qualifying tournaments. This is the same Mega Turbo we mentioned the other day for Roaring Skies, though it turns out it's just a regular Item card, not an Energy card.

Swampert-EX Promo

Swampert-EX - Water - HP180
Basic Pokemon

[W][C][C] 40+ damage. Reveal the top 4 cards of your deck. This attack does 40 more damage for each [W] Energy you find. Shuffle the 4 cards back into your deck.
[W][w][C][C] Hydro Tackle: 120 damage. This Pokemon does 20 damage to itself.

When a Pokemon-EX has been Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Grass (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 3


Mega Turbo Promo

Mega Turbo - Trainer
Item

Attach 1 basic Energy card from your discard pile to 1 of your Mega Evolved Pokemon in play.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).

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Friday, February 13th, 2015 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Rayquaza Spirit Link

Rayquaza Spirit Link - Trainer
Item

Pokemon Tool: Attach a Pokemon Tool to 1 of your Pokemon that doesn't already have a Pokemon Tool attached to it.

Your turn does not end if the Pokemon this card is attached to becomes M Rayquaza-EX.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).


Steven FA

Steven - Trainer
Supporter

Search your deck for 1 Supporter card and 1 basic Energy card, reveal them, and put them into your hand. Shuffle your deck afterward.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

Those who purchase five booster packs of Emerald Break from Pokemon Centers in Japan will receive a stamped Emerald Break promo of Rayquaza Spirit Link. A stamped Muscle Band will also be given out to those who purchase the M Rayquaza-EX deck. And as posted before, fans will receive Steven when they buy two booster boxes of the set.

Pikachu and Goomy sleeves will also be released with the set on March 14th. The advertisement for them specifically mentions that customers will only be able to purchase 10 packs each. This is an obvious effort to deter Pokemon Center scalpers, which have been heavily criticized on Twitter recently after many cleared out plushes and sleeves from Tokyo's new Pokemon Center, only to sell them for outrageous prices online.

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Friday, February 13th, 2015 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

It's about time! A "Mega Absol-EX Premium Collection" will be released on May 29th. It will come with holo promos Absol-EX and M Absol-EX, a jumbo M Absol-EX, a Mega Absol collector's pin, a Mega Absol coin, and six booster packs. Both Absol were released in Japan last fall.

Update: A new "Mega Evolution Collector's Pin" blister will also be released on May 29th. Like the two released in January, it will come with three booster packs and a pin of either Mega Latios or Mega Rayquaza.

Absol-EX Battle Festa Promo

Absol-EX - Darkness - HP170
Basic Pokemon

[D] Darkness Fang: 20 damage. Flip a coin. If heads, choose 1 card from your opponent's hand without looking and discard it.
[D][D][C] Dark Edge: 100 damage. During your opponent's next turn, your opponent's Active Pokemon that was hit by this attack does 20 less damage to the Defending Pokemon.

When a Pokemon-EX has been Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: Psychic (-20)
Retreat: 2


M Absol-EX Battle Festa Promo

M Absol-EX - Darkness - HP210
Mega Evolution - Evolves from Absol-EX

When 1 of your Pokemon becomes a Mega Evolution, your turn ends.

[D][D] Disaster Wing: 80+ damage. Discard the top card from your opponent's deck. If that card is a Trainer card, this attack does 80 more damage.

When a Pokemon-EX has been Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: Psychic (-20)
Retreat: 2

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Thursday, February 12th, 2015 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

We've received images of Roaring Skies' booster packs, theme decks, and promo blister packs! The booster packs feature Mega Rayquaza, Mega Latios, Deoxys, and Mega Gallade (seen in the blister pack images). The theme decks feature Articuno and Zapdos. The blister pack promos are Regirock, which was released in CoroCoro earlier this year, and Pangoro, which was the promo players received when purchasing a box of Rising Fist in Japan.

We can also confirm the quite obvious fact that Mega Rayquaza will be featured on Roaring Skies' Elite Trainer Box and its includes sleeves, though no images were provided yet.

Roaring Skies Pokemon TCG Booster Pack Mega Rayquaza Roaring Skies Pokemon TCG Booster Pack Mega Latios Roaring Skies Pokemon TCG Booster Pack Deoxys Roaring Skies Pokemon TCG Articuno Theme Deck Roaring Skies Pokemon TCG Zapdos Theme Deck Roaring Skies Pokemon TCG Regirock Blister Roaring Skies Pokemon TCG Pangoro Blister Roaring Skies Pokemon TCG Booster Box
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Thursday, February 12th, 2015 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Pokemon Art Academy Competition

TPCi has announced a Pokémon Art Academy competition in which fans can draw either Cosplay Pikachu or their favorite Pokemon and get them printed on real Pokemon cards! A panel of Pokemon officials will pick six winners, who will each receive 100 prints of their card. The cards will not be sold in regular Pokemon TCG products, nor will they be tournament-legal.

The competition opens on February 18th and ends on March 29th; the winners will be announced in May. If you want to enter:

  • Create and save an image in Pokemon Art Academy using Free Paint mode.
  • Select the “Share” option from Pokemon Art Academy’s main menu and connect to Miiverse.
  • Select the “Post to Competition” option and select “I Agree” if you agree to the Official Rules.
  • Highlight the category you’d like to enter (Dress-Up Pikachu or Your Favorite Pokemon) and then choose “Select Competition”. Only the first post you make will be recognized as your entry.
  • Slide over the image and select it and then choose “Share Selected”.
  • Enter a title to accompany your artwork in the comment field and then select “Post”. The image will be posted to Miiverse and entered into the competition.
  • The only way to enter the competition directly is from the Pokemon Art Academy game, available exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
  • Click here for a full list of rules.

We should all agree to draw Kadabra.

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
CoroCoro CoroCoro CoroCoro CoroCoro CoroCoro

Hoopa Film - Called it in October! :p CoroCoro has revealed that the Hoopa movie will feature several Legendary Pokemon from past generations, which we will obviously meet through Hoopa's portals. The magazine shows Lugia, Latios, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Kyurem, and the previously revealed Primal Kyogre, Primal Groudon, and Mega Rayquaza. Hoopa is also seen with a bunch of Pikachu, which could be Ash's Pikachu from different dimensions.

Arceus Download - This year's movie ticket preorder download is a Level 100 Arceus. It will be holding a Silk Scarf and knows Judgement ("Justice" :p), Blast Burn, Hydro Cannon, and Earth Power. Fans can preorder their movie tickets from March 7th to July 17th. The movie debuts on July 18th, and Hoopa will likely be the Pokemon fans can download in the actual theaters.

Legendaries Download - The Arceus download isn't the end of it! Fans can also take their preorder vouchers to select stores from June 20th to August 31st to download one of six Legendary Pokemon. The Pokemon have not been revealed yet, but they could be the six mentioned above. Typically Pokemon films sell more preorder tickets when a variety of Legendary Pokemon are made available to download, so expect this year's film to sell well!

Shiny Rayquaza Download - CoroCoro also announced that fans can download the shiny Rayquaza that was given out at Japan's World Hobby Fair. The code will be given out in a future issue of CoroCoro. Fans will be able to download it even if they have the older Rayquaza.

Emerald Break - And rounding off the anime and game news, a full art Steven and four Rayquaza cards were revealed! The first two below are from Emerald Break, the third one is a promo that will be included in a future issue of CoroCoro, and the fourth one, an M Rayquaza-EX, is the only Dragon-type of the bunch and will be released in the set's accompanying Battle Deck Mega Rayquaza-EX. Steven will be the bonus card players receive when they buy two boxes of the set. It has an "Emerald Break" stamp on it, but is otherwise too hard to read. Thanks goes to Franco T. for all the translations!

Rayquaza-EX M Rayquaza-EX Rayquaza-EX from CoroCoro Rayquaza-EX Stephan FA
Rayquaza-EX from CoroCoro

Rayquaza-EX - Colorless - HP170
Basic Pokemon

[C][C] Mega Awakening: Search your deck for a M Rayquaza card and put it into your hand. Shuffle your deck afterwards.
[C][C][C][C] Aero Scream: 130 damage. Flip a coin. If tails, discard 2 Energy attached to this Pokemon.

When a Pokemon-EX has been Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Lighting (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-20)
Retreat: 2


Rayquaza-EX

Rayquaza-EX - Colorless - HP170
Basic Pokemon

[C] Rising Burn: 10+ damage. If your opponent's Active Pokemon is a Pokemon-EX, this attack does 50? more damage.
[C][C][C] Dragon Pulse: 100 damage. Discard 1 card from the top of your deck.

When a Pokemon-EX has been Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Lighting (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-20)
Retreat: 2


M Rayquaza-EX

M Rayquaza-EX - Colorless - HP220
Mega Evolution - Evolves from Rayquaza-EX

When 1 of your Pokemon becomes a Mega Evolution, your turn ends.

Δ Evolution: Once during your turn (before your attack), you may play this card from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokemon even if that Pokemon was put into play this turn or if it's your first turn.

[C][C][C] Emerald Break: 30x damage. Does 30 damage times the number of Pokemon on your Bench.

When a Pokemon-EX has been Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

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

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