Friday, April 20th, 2012 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Nintendo Direct has just announced Pokemon AR Seacher, a new eShop game for the Nintendo 3DS that will come out on June 23rd, the same day Black 2 and White 2 will be released in Japan. Using the 3DS's camera, you scan the real world by moving your 3DS around and will sometimes see Pokemon hiding (apparently as silhouettes). When you see them, you thrust your 3DS around and try to capture them with a beam of light, as you can see in the screenshot below with the bird Pokemon. Anything that you catch, you can send to Black 2 and White 2 (seen with Ralts). The announcement stated that you will be able to capture very rare Pokemon this way. It also stated the game is meant to "expand on the fun of B2W2," so perhaps it is this generation's version of the Pokewalker. It will cost 300 yen, or about $4.

We should note that the silhouette below does not seem to match any current bird Pokemon (thanks goes to Gin for making that image). This may be because the game will not be easy like "Who's that Pokemon" - they may actually try to make it a challenge to identify silhouettes (if identifying silhouettes is a component of the game as it seems to be, that is). Who knows - maybe we already suck at the game! Or it could be a new Pokemon who may appear in the Keldeo movie or Meloetta mini-movie. After all, the game does come out before the movie debuts, and if there are going to be new Pokemon in it, this would be the opportunity to advertise them. Guess we'll find out soon! ;) It's so obvious they went out of their way to show us that silhouette - they want us to endlessly speculate about it. Pokemon sure knows how to market itself.

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The sequel to Pokedex 3D was also announced: Pokedex 3D Pro will contain all Pokemon from every generation, not just Unova's like its predecessor. Unlike its predecessor, however, it's not free: it'll cost 1500 yen, or about $18. It will be available for download starting July 14th. A big thanks goes to Gin for all of the translations!

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Thursday, April 19th, 2012 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Blissey from Dark Explorers has been revealed as card #82 in the set. Like most of the cards in Dark Explorers, it originates from Dark Rush, which was released in Japan last December. Remember, prereleases take place starting next weekend and we should have scans of the set before then!

Blissey from Dark Explorers (#82)
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Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The booster packs for BW6 Freeze Bolt and Cold Blast have been revealed, as you can see below. As posted earlier today, each set features either Black Kyurem or White Kyurem. They will be released in Japan on July 13th.

BW6 Freeze Bolt and Cold Flare Booster Packs
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Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Sorry for the lack of updates! I just finished mixing my big film project for the semester and will now have a lot of free time until school starts again in late August. Yay! Anyways, here's some of the news I missed and I'll post a few other stories tomorrow.

Several cards from Dark Explorers have been revealed, as you can see below. Click the thumbnails to enlarge the images. Remember, the set will hit store shelves May 9th and prereleases will take place the weekends of April 28th and May 5th!

Entei-EX from Dark Rush (#13) Kyogre-EX from Dark Rush (#26) Raikou-EX from Dark Rush (#38) Groudon-EX from Dark Rush (#54) Umbreon from Dark Rush (#61) Sableye from Dark Rush (#62) Sandile from Dark Rush (#64) Krookodile from Dark Rush (#66) Scrafty from Dark Rush (#68) Zorua from Dark Rush (#69) Bisharp from Dark Rush (#72) Vullaby from Dark Rush (#73) Dark Claw from Dark Rush (#92) Dark Patch from Dark Rush (#93)

The set's prerelease promo is BW40 Volcarona. The promo was originally released in Japan as part of Dark Rush's booster pack campaign; the same Volcarona was then released in the actual set with different artwork, as will be the case with Dark Explorers. At prereleases you will also be able to get a Darkrai deck box which uses artwork from the set's Darkrai booster pack. Thanks goes to Dan V. for these prerelease images!

BW40 Volcarona Promo at Dark Explorers Prereleases Dark Explorers Deck Box
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Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Japan's BW6 sets will be named Freeze Bolt and Cold Flare and will be released on July 13th, the day before Kyurem vs. the Sacred Swordsman debuts in Japanese theaters. Each set will contain 59 cards (excluding secret rares) and will feature either Black Kyurem or White Kyurem. The sets are named after the signature moves of Kyurem's two formes, which are called Freeze Shock and Ice Burn in the English localizations of the games. At present, no other information is known about the sets but we can assume Pokemon that appear in the film will appear in the sets.

To further celebrate the Kyurem movie, the day the set hits store shelves, a new Movie Commemoration Pack will be released featuring a holo Keldeo promo as well as a Freeze Bolt, Cold Flare, Dark Rush, and Red Collection booster pack.

Later on August 3rd, two "Premium Special Packs" will be released with the previously English exclusive full art versions of either Reshiram-EX or Zekrom-EX. Each pack will cost 1,280 yen and will also include several booster packs.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The "Forces of Nature Collection" is now available at stores like Target and Wal-Mart for $11.99. It comes with BW41 Thundurus, BW42 Tornadus, BW43 Landorus, and three random booster packs. Thanks goes to Daniel M. for the scans; click them below for larger images.

BW41 Thundurus Promo BW42 Tornadus Promo BW43 Landorus Promo Forces of Nature Collection
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Friday, April 13th, 2012 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The official Japanese Pokemon website has updated with a new trailer for Black 2 and White 2, as you can see below. It showcases all of the screenshots and information that was leaked in CoroCoro yesterday, but doesn't reveal anything majorly new. Remember, Pokemon Smash is set to feature Junichi Masuda tomorrow, though he may just reveal the same information we've already learned this week - we'll find out tomorrow!

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Photos of this month's issue of CoroCoro have leaked early, revealing the first substantial details for Pokemon Black 2 and White 2. Thanks goes to Gin for the translations below! Click the thumbnails to enlarge the photos.

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  • (1st scan) The games are true sequels, taking place two years after the originals.
  • The Unova region sports new towns, buildings, locations, and Gym Leaders. New subway lines will take you to new places.
  • Half of the Unova map is covered by ice for unknown reasons.
  • The Pokedex features 300 Pokemon from every generation. So far, Psyduck is #026, Riolu is #033, Metagross is #254, and Eevee is confirmed but has an unknown Dex number.
  • Black Kyurem is confirmed to know Freeze Shock and White Kyurem is confirmed to know Ice Burn.
  • (2nd scan) There are two new protagonists along with a new rival. The rival has text saying, "Now I'm gonna get angry!" He's the boy with the blue spiky hair. He is your childhood friend.
  • Homika is a new Poison-type Gym Leader. She's the girl holding the guitar. She is going to be in an episode of the show in June.
  • Shizui is also a new Gym Leader who uses Water Pokemon. He's the tan guy with the goggles.
  • There is a new "mysterious guy" named Akuroma who is studying Pokemon strength. Sometimes he'll help you on your journey. He's the guy with the glasses and white coat.
  • (3rd scan) You begin your journey in Hiougi City. It is on the map in an area that was previously uninhabited in the original games on the left side of Unova (the southwest side). It features an underwater tunnel made of glass (does it take you to the main region?). The city also sports a Pokemon Center, a Trainer School, and shops.
  • The magazine points out that there is new construction in the Resort Desert and that there is a new building with red and blue decorations. For the latter it says, "What's it mean?"
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Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Oha Suta today aired a new trailer for the 15th movie, Kyurem vs. the Sacred Swordsman - Keldeo. In the trailer, Keldeo tries to fight against Kyurem despite Virizion, Cobalion, and Terrakion telling him that he is not ready yet. However, Ash encourages him and asks, "Don't you want to be a Sacred Swordman?" Kyurem uses a Fire-type attack in its regular forme against Water-type Keldeo, though Kyurem currently can't learn any offensive Fire-type moves. The trailer also shows a short clip from Meloetta's Sparkling Recital, the short that will air before the movie, which shows Meloetta's Pirouette Forme for the first time. Thanks goes to Gin for the translations! The movie website will likely update soon with an extended trailer and more information.

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The front page of this month's CoroCoro features Meloetta's Pirouette Forme, a Normal / Fighting type: its head is in the fourth pink character of the magazine's title. This likely means Meloetta will get a full promotion this year alongside Keldeo, the first time two "hidden" Legendaries have shared the spotlight at the same time. This also means Genesect will probably get all the attention next year with the 16th movie as the last unrevealed Legendary of Generation V.

The rest of CoroCoro will likely leak, at the earliest, tomorrow or Friday. The section of the front page next to Meloetta, Black Kyurem, and White Kyurem also shows two human characters who could be new protagonists or characters in the game, but they may also be from an unrelated franchise (since Japanese magazines like to smoosh everything together). We'll find out if they are or not within the next few days!

Meloetta's Pirouette Forme in CoroCoro
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