Monday, September 8th, 2014 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Pokemon has officially revealed Phantom Forces for the first time, showing off plenty of new details we don't even know about the Japanese set yet and revealing English images of Gengar-EX, M Gengar-EX, and Gengar Spirit Link. The set will be released in stores November 5th.

Malamar-EX and Florges-EX will be joining Gengar-EX, Manectric-EX, Dialga-EX, and Aegislash-EX in this set. Also announced for the first time is a new "Full Metal" Dialga-EX which features etched artwork and a solid "metal" color. The set will feature seven Pokemon-EX cards, four full art Pokemon-EX, and of course M Gengar-EX and M Manectric-EX.

New Pokemon cards have also been confirmed through the set's theme deck descriptions: Venomoth, Yanmega, Pyroar, Loudred, Galvantula, Heliolisk, Kingler, Feraligatr (!), Frillish, and Jellicent. As we already knew previously, Diancie will also be in the set.

In terms of Trainers, there will be seven Team Flare Trainer cards and two special "Team Flare Hyper Gear" Pokemon Tool cards that can be attached to your opponent's Pokemon to hinder them (we already knew about one). Some of them will feature Team Flare members like Lysandre and Xerosic.

Additionally, a new "Gengar Spirit Link 2-Pack" will be exclusively hitting Gamestop's store shelves on October 13th. The blister pack will feature two Furious Fists booster packs and the Gengar Spirit Link card from the upcoming set.

Gengar-EX from Phantom Forces M Gengar-EX from Phantom Forces Gengar Spirit Link from Phantom Forces

The names and descriptions of the Phantom Forces theme decks have also been revealed, naming the Pokemon to be featured in the decks and vague details about what they do:

Burning Winds: Carry a fiery storm under your wings with the Burning Winds theme deck! Let Talonflame light up the sky with Jet Shoot, while Venomoth stirs up a Dizzying Wind to keep a foe guessing—and with Yanmega’s Windfall to refill your hand, you can fly the unfriendly skies with ease. Add in Pyroar’s Flare Command and Loudred’s Energy Press to turn your opponent’s resources in your favor, and total air superiority could be yours!

Bolt Twister: Lightning and water make a dangerous combination—for your opponents! Galvantula can spin a bright Electroweb, while Heliolisk powers up its Parabolic Spark. At the same time, Kingler can drop the big Crabhammer, and Feraligatr’s Hyper Whirlpool is ready to pull the foe under. To maximize your odds, Frillish and Jellicent confuse and befuddle opposing Pokémon—sometimes the path to victory takes a few twists and turns, and sometimes you can bolt to the top!

Burning Winds Theme Deck from Phantom Forces Bolt Twister Theme Deck from Phantom Forces
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Saturday, September 6th, 2014 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

As we posted the other week, those who preorder a copy of both Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire from Toys R Us will receive a Charizard plush worth $25 upon picking up their games. Well, it turns out there's actually two plush options available: Mega Charizard X or Mega Charizard Y, as you can see below. A big thanks goes to Maddie H. and Jacob W. for sending us the photo!

Charizard Plushes for Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Preorder Bonus
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Friday, September 5th, 2014 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

As posted several months ago, the Ancient Power Box comes with galaxy holo reprints of Amaura, Aurorus, Tyrunt, Tyrantrum, and Fossil Researcher as well as a quick guide, two Furious Fists packs, and a Flashfire pack. Thanks to The Pokemon Evolutionaries, we now have scans of each card, which you can view below. Be sure to check out their YouTube channel too! The box should be out in stores within the next week or so.

Amaura form the Ancient Power Box Aurorus form the Ancient Power Box Tyrunt form the Ancient Power Box Tyrantrum form the Ancient Power Box Fossil Researcher form the Ancient Power Box
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Thursday, September 4th, 2014 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

A product image for the Phantom Forces launch kit has been posted online, revealing that the Galvantula theme deck centers around Lightning- and Water-type Pokemon and that the Talonflame deck centers around Fire- and Grass-type Pokemon. The set will hit store shelves November 5th.

Phantom Forces Launch Kit
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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

New music, tons of new scenes and cut scenes... check it out! The trailer also reveals at the end that those who pre-order the games in Japan will receive special figures of Primal Kyogre or Primal Groudon. Those who download the eShop version of the game from November 21st to November 30th will also receive 12 Quick Balls. You can discuss this new trailer here on our forums.

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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The latest issue of Famitsu Magazine contains an interview between Pokemon CEO and president Tsunekazu Ishihara, Tekken series chief producer Katsuhiro Harada, and Soulcalibur producer Masaaki Hoshino regarding their thoughts about Pokken Tournament. As translated by Siliconera, the interview reveals the game is only 30% complete and that eventually, the game could see organized play at events like the Pokemon World Championship:

Pokken Tournament

During the interview, Famitsu ask Ishihara what parts of the game he personally thinks are its biggest highlights and appeal.

“I believe that this project’s most entertaining and refreshing aspect is about being able to move your own Pokémon and watch them react and pull off moves in full-frame, and the freshness of real-time. We’re working on making those aspects as enthralling and fun as possible,” Ishihara replies.

Famitsu point out that the trailer shows what appears to be Lucario changing his form with a Mega Evolution, and ask if the feature is in the game.

“Yes, Mega Evolutions are implemented in the game,” responds Hoshino. “I believe you might be able to tell just by watching the trailer, but when Lucario changes forms, that’s the Mega Evolution."

Famitsu then notes that starting with Mega Evolutions, the game sounds like it’ll have plenty of Pokémon-like features.

“And that’s not all, we’re also adding things that would fit in well with this game’s characteristics,” says Hoshino.

“When you think about Mega Evolution, there are those [Pokémon] that do Mega Evolve and those that don’t, so you might wonder what happens to the ones that don’t,” says Harada. “We’ve already thought of plenty of things like that since the early planning stage, in order to make it more like a Pokémon game.

“That’s how we’re thinking of shaping this game into one with an emphasis on Pokémon’s way of playing, along with many of the game’s own ideas as well,” he adds.

Next, Famitsu asks about how many Pokémon can we expect to see participate in Pokkén Tournament.

“Over the 700 total Pokémon… is what I’d like to say, but the development wouldn’t be done on time by the time we decided,” responds Harada with a laugh. “We expect it to be a little more limited.”

“That said, I believe that the general direction that current fighting games are trending towards having more characters,” adds Hoshino. “I also believe that getting a grasp of how to play as all the characters is a big part of the fun, and as far expanding that goes, we’re thinking of starting with Pokémon that are easy to understand, and with a nice range of movements and ways to play.”

Famitsu then ask if there’s a possibility we could see characters from the Tekken series make an appearance.

“This time, it’s a battle that takes place in the world of Pokémon, so we’re not thinking about having Tekken characters appear. However, once you play it, then there might be some sort of hidden elements that could bring a smile to fans of the Tekken series,” answers Hoshino with a laugh.

When asked how far along the development is for Pokkén Tournament, Hoshino says that they’re currently at about 30% complete, and that they’re currently taking their time working on a new system, while putting their cultivated know-how to its full potential.

Harada also says that the game’s first demo will be sometime in 2015, as they’d like to take the rest of this year to work thoroughly on the game.

Famitsu ask Ishihara if he could share a little more on his thoughts of having a Pokémon title going into arcades.

“As far as it being an arcade game goes, my strongest hope is for it to be a high-end game where players can experience getting to play as Pokémon in full motion,” says Ishihara. “Again, the Pokémon World Championship that is held each year that focuses on players going against each other in Pokémon games, and I’d like to see Pokkén be added as one of the important titles to those Pokémon battles.”

A previous interview with Hoshino also revealed a couple of additional details about the game and bringing Pokemon to life:

Of course Pokkén Tournament runs at 60fps with smooth and dynamic action, as we especially put in efforts into its graphics.

We have seriously been thinking about ‘what would it look like if Pokémon existed in real life?’ while opening up our imaginations and thinking about the Pokémon’s fur, muscles, and even the scenery of the world they live in, as we develop the game.

We’re making [Pokkén Tournament] into a game that can be enjoyed by all Pokémon fans, and into something that has more depth the more you play it.

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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 @ 4 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

And now a third TCG product will be released this November to celebrate Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire! The "Mega Metagross-EX Premium Collection" will include both a shiny Metagross-EX and shiny M Metagross-EX promo, a jumbo of the shiny M Metagross-EX card, a whopping eight (!) booster packs, a playmat featuring shiny Mega Metagross, and a Metagross coin. Like with the "Hoenn Collection Box," no product image is available yet.

Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire - Mega Metagross
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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

As with the "Pokemon TCG Treasure Tin," a new "Hoenn Collection Box" will be released in November to celebrate the release of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Each box will come with a holo jumbo card of either Primal Groudon-EX or Primal Kyogre-EX, three special holos of Treecko, Torchic and Mudkip with alternate artwork, a new collector's pin featuring all three Hoenn Starter Pokemon, and three booster packs.

This is the first time Primal Kyogre-EX and Primal Groudon-EX have been announced for the TCG, with this product confirming their existence. Since Pokemon's product descriptions often spell out "M" as "Mega" when referring to M Pokemon-EX, it is likely the cards will be named P Kyogre-EX and P Groudon-EX. Of course, they'll only be released as jumbos in this product, but the regular versions will probably see their release in our February set. As of this posting, no product image is available yet, but we'll be sure to post it as soon as it surfaces!

Primal Groudon vs Primal Kyogre
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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (8:45 PM) - Added the official YouTube trailer below. As our members pointed out, the card templates are a bit different.

After Pokemon's tumultuous history in Russia, Nintendo and TPCi have announced that the Pokemon TCG will be released in Russia on October 6th with the release of XY! The cards will be written in actual Russian, adding a new language to the TCG's current repertoire of Japanese, English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Korean. We at PokeBeach are excited to welcome Russian Pokemon TCG fans!

Russian fans who visit Moscow's Comic-Con event from October 2nd to 5th will also be able to purchase XY booster packs and theme decks from Nintendo's booth before the product officially hits stores shelves. Thanks goes to Dima Y. for the heads up on this story!

Pokemon in Cyrillic
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Monday, September 1st, 2014 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

On November 21st, an "Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Special Pack - M Diancie-EX" will be released in Japan to celebrate the release of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire! The pack will come with a Diancie-EX and M Diancie-EX (with 210 HP), a booster pack of each XY set, and will cost 500 yen.

Just like the English "Pokemon TCG Treasure Tin" we first posted about the other day, this product is obviously meant to hold over Japanese fans until the release of a true Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire TCG set.

Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Special Pack - M Diancie-EX
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