Monday, September 24th, 2012 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Pokemon.com has opened up a Facebook page and Twitter account! The site promises that "you’ll never miss another [official] game launch, major event, or anything else happening in the Pokemon world" if subscribed to one of the social media sites. Glad they're finally getting with the times! In the meantime, you can also follow us via our Twitter account or Facebook page to keep up with all the latest fan news in the Pokemon world!

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (Saturday, 3:30 PM) - Added English scan below thanks to Omahanime!

BW52 Lillipup Promo

Lillipup has been found! A new "Emerging Challenges" box is now available at retail stores and contains one random Black and White series theme deck, two random Black and White series booster packs, and the Stoutland evolutionary line as reverse holos. While the Herdier and Stoutland are reprints from Black & White, the Lillipup is new and originates from Japan's Cobalion Battle Strength Deck. The deck was released in Japan way back in March 2011, and while all of its cards were released in our Emerging Powers set last year, Lillipup was left out for some strange reason. Welp, it seems TPCi has rectified this possible oversight and has turned the card into promo BW52! (Or they could have just planned to hold it off for 13 months on purpose...)

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Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 @ 7 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Plasma Gale just came out and we're already learning that Japan's eighth Black and White series sets will be named Spiral Force and Thunder Knuckle! They will hit store shelves on December 14th. As you can see on their booster pack artwork below, Spiral Force features Deoxys while Thunder Knuckle features Thundurus Therian Forme. Both cards will obviously receive the Pokemon-EX treatment since they're on the booster packs. A blister pack will also be released alongside the sets featuring a new Serperior promo. Thanks goes to HeatRotomFTW97 from our forums for the images below!

BW8 Spiral Force and Thunder Knucle BW8 Blister Pack with Serperior
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Monday, September 17th, 2012 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Kyurem vs. the Sacred Swordsman: Keldeo has been renamed to Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice for the English dub and will air on Cartoon Network on Saturday, December 8th in the United States. Vic Mignona of Fullmetal Alchemist fame will dub Keldeo's voice. This will be the 15th Pokemon movie and features Kyurem, Keldeo, and the Musketeer Trio. If you want to be spoiled, you can read the entire movie's plot here.

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Saturday, September 15th, 2012 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (11:00 PM) - Added images of the cards below; click the thumbnails to enlarge them.

CoroCoro's latest issue has revealed the four Pokemon-EX of the Black Kyurem and White Kyurem Battle Strength Decks, which will be released in Japan on October 19th. A huge thanks goes to Puddizzle for their translations below!

Black Kyurem-EX and White Kyurem-EX are brand new cards; they are not reprints of the ones from BW6 Cold Flare / Freeze Bolt. Since we're getting a new Black Kyurem card in the Boundaries Crossed "IceShock" theme deck and a new White Kyurem card in the "ColdFire" theme deck, perhaps they'll come from these Battle Strength decks since there doesn't seem to be any other place they could come from at this time other than a future Japanese set.

It should be noted that when Crystal Edge is attached to White Kyurem-EX, it can do 320 damage if it has 10 HP left. Pretty impressive, if not overkill! With no damage counters on it and Crystal Edge attached, it can still pull off 150 though.

Black Kyurem and White Kyurem Battle Strength Deck - Zapdos-EX

Zapdos-EX - Lightning - HP170
Basic Pokemon (Team Plasma)

[L][C] Agility: 30 damage. Flip a coin. If heads, during your opponent's next turn, prevent all effects of attacks, including damage, done to this Pokemon.
[L][L][C][C] Power Voltage: 80+ damage. If this Pokemon has a Plasma Energy attached to it, this attack does 40 more damage.

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


Black Kyurem and White Kyurem Battle Strength Deck - Black Kyurem-EX

Black Kyurem-EX - Dragon - HP180
Basic Pokemon

[C][C][C] Slash: 60 damage.
[W][W][L][C] Black Ballista: 200 damage. Discard 3 Energy attached to this Pokemon.

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


Black Kyurem and White Kyurem Battle Strength Deck - Moltres-EX

Moltres-EX - Fire - HP170
Basic Pokemon (Team Plasma)

[R][C] Destruct Flame: 30 damage. Flip a coin. If heads, discard an Energy attached to the Defending Pokemon.
[R][R][C][C] Power Flame: 80+ damage. If this Pokemon has a Plasma Energy attached to it, this attack does 40 more damage.

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-20)
Retrat: 1


Black Kyurem and White Kyurem Battle Strength Deck - White Kyurem-EX

White Kyurem-EX - Dragon - HP180
Basic Pokemon

[C][C][C] Slash: 60 damage.
[R][R][W][C] White Rage: 100+ damage. This attack does 10 more damage for each damage counter on this Pokemon.

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

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Saturday, September 15th, 2012 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The first trailer for the upcoming 3DS game, Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth, has been released by the official Japanese Pokemon website. A website for the game is also up, featuring the same trailer and many screenshots from the game. Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth will be released in Japan later this winter.

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Friday, September 14th, 2012 @ 8 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Crystal Edge (#138/149) from Boundaries Crossed has been revealed! The card comes from Japan's BW5 Cold Flare / Freeze Bolt, like most of the cards from Boundaries Crossed. Click the thumbnail below to enlarge the image.

Crystal Edge from Boundaries Crossed
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Friday, September 14th, 2012 @ 8 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The Boundaries Crossed three-pack blister will feature a holo BW56 Empoleon, three Boundaries Crossed booster packs, and a Reshiram and Zekrom coin. The Empoleon was released in a promo booster pack for players who attended the March 2012 Gym Challenges in Japan. There will be a second three-pack blister promo card, but we won't find out what it is until people start getting the blister packs early in international countries.

The two-pack blister will feature a reprinted Raichu from Next Destinies, but printed as a special holo. Like the three-pack blister, there will also be another promo card available. Thanks goes to our friends at online store Card Team for the images below!

Speaking of Boundaries Crossed products, it would appear that the releases of the Black and White Kyurem Boxes have been cancelled. Every product distributor site that had them up has simultaneously removed their listings, which can only mean TPCi axed the product. This may be because they weren't able to get the product ready in time for release, it doesn't fit their marketing strategy at this time, or a variety of other reasons.

Crystal Edge from Boundaries Crossed Crystal Edge from Boundaries Crossed
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Thursday, September 13th, 2012 @ 7 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The first English card images from Boundaries Crossed have been revealed: Landorus-EX (#89/149), Black Kyurem-EX (#101/149), White Kyurem-EX (#103/149), Landorus-EX (Full Art) (#144/149), Black Kyurem-EX (Full Art) (#145/149), and White Kyurem-EX (Full Art) (#146/149).

The set will feature over 150 cards, which is 10 more cards than the Japanese BW6 Cold Flare / Freeze Bolt contained. Thus, we're likely going to get additional promo cards or future set cards in our English set, as we have already seen with Black Kyurem and White Kyurem from the set's theme decks.

Landorus-EX from Boundaries Crossed Black Kyurem-EX from Boundaries Crossed White Kyurem-EX from Boundaries Crossed Landorus-EX from Boundaries Crossed Black Kyurem-EX from Boundaries Crossed White Kyurem-EX from Boundaries Crossed
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Thursday, September 13th, 2012 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (7:30 AM) - The Wii U will be released in America on November 18th! The regular bundle will cost $299 while the deluxe bundle will cost $349. | Nintendo will reveal the release date and pricing for the U.S. model later today, so we'll update this story when that happens.

Nintendo just finished holding their Nintendo Direct presentation for the Wii U: it will be released in Japan on December 8th! Two bundles will be available: a white 8 GB model that costs 26,250 yen ($337) and a black 32 GB premium model for 31,500 yen ($405). Both packages will come with a gamepad controller and the system itself, but the premium package will also include an HDMI cable, a charging stand for the gamepad, a regular play stand for the gamepad, a Wii U system stand, and exclusive membership to the Nintendo Premium Network where you will get 10% off digital purchases.

A sensor bar will not be included in either package since you can use the one from your old Wii's, but it can be purchased separately. In terms of accessories, additional gamepads can be purchased for 13,440 yen ($173) and their charging stands for 1,870 yen ($24). The Wii U Pro Controller will cost 5,040 yen ($65) while the Wiimote will continue to have the same 3,800 yen price ($50). The Wiimotes will also now be available in red and blue coloring.

The Wii U will have 2 GB of RAM: 1 GB will be for games and the other 1 GB will be dedicated to system memory. According to Nintendo, the Wii U is 20x faster than the original Wii. As we already knew before, the Wii U will support 1080p HD, so the graphics will be vastly improved as well. Additionally, each Wii U disc can hold 25 GB of data compared to the original Wii's 4.7 GB / 8.54 GB discs.

Wii U
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