Friday, July 4th, 2014 @ 8 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The fall 2014 tins will feature Venusaur-EX, Charizard-EX, or Blastoise-EX along with four booster packs. The cards seem to be reprints with English-exclusive artwork since the product description says they are "fully tested Pokemon-EX." There are also no other released cards of the three in Japan.

Fall 2014 Tins with Venusaur-EX, Charizard-EX, Blastoise-EX!

Three extra-powerful Pokémon step up to the challenge, each one a master of the arena! Choose from the red-hot blast of Charizard-EX, the dangerous poisons of Venusaur-EX, or the unstoppable hydropower of Blastoise-EX! The Pokémon Trading Card Game: EX Power Trio Tin adds an extra EX boost to your collection, because each of these awesome tins includes a fully battle-tested Pokémon-EX card, plus 4 Pokémon TCG booster packs! Your opponents had better get ready!

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The new Xerneas and Yveltal promo cards from the Movie 17 Commemoration Packs have been revealed! Both are new, but their text is currently too small to translate. As stated before, each pack comes with six booster packs and will be released on July 19th for The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie.

Also releasing the same day will be two Diancie packs with four booster packs and their own Diancie promo, each with different artwork. These are the first Diancie cards in the TCG. The first pack will only be sold at movie theaters and Pokemon Centers while the second pack will be sold everywhere.

Diancie Promo Diancie Promo Xerneas Promo Yveltal Promo
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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Noble Victories Eelektrik

Starting with next year's Fall Regionals, day 2 of each tournament will feature an extended format of Black and White-on. This means that the first day of Regionals will be whatever the next Modified format is (once it is announced for next season), and then day 2 will be backtracking to allow for older sets that weren't even legal this season. Presumably, other tournaments next season will feature the extended-format for top cut rounds. The news of an extended BW-on format was first announced last July.

If you make it to day two, this means you'll be seeing cards like Eelektrik from Noble Victories again (and Tropical Beach, which will likely be rotated out at the end of this season). It is assumed that players can modify or change their decks between day one and two, which has never been allowed in the TCG's history before, but full details are not yet known at this time.

This news also means that players will need to test for a wider range of decks and figure out how to change their decks based on what they've seen at their tournaments on day one. This will insure that the best player wins!

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
PokemonCenter.com Reopening

PokemonCenter.com has launched in "lite mode" and already features a few products from Japan! There will be new products featured every week until it launches on August 6th.

This week you can purchase a set of Eeveelution charms, a Pikachu plush, and a Mewtwo tumbler. Whereas the charms can go for up to $100 on the secondary market (from a quick search), the website is selling them for $23.92. The Pikachu plush is $12.99 and the Mewtwo tumbler is $17.50.

I went through checkout with the Eeveelution charms and shipping to California is $5.98 for 3-5 day shipping, $9.98 for 2-day shipping, and $17.98 for next-day shipping. When I added several of each item to my cart, the price for each tier only went up a couple of dollars, so the shipping prices aren't too outrageous. As we stated yesterday, the website only ships to the United States.

Currently the site is experiencing technical problems, so you will have to refresh several times to access it and to place orders.

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Japan's McDonalds will be giving out promos in their Happy Meals starting July 19th in celebration of The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie. Along with Pikachu and Hawlucha below, which are brand new cards, XY1 reprints of Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie will also be available.

Hawlucha and Pikachu McDonalds Promos

Pikachu - Lightning - HP60
Basic Pokemon

[C] Tail Whip: Flip a coin. If heads, your opponent's Active Pokémon can't attack during your opponent's next turn.
[L][C] Electro Ball: 30 damage.

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


Hawlucha - Fighting - HP80
Basic Pokemon

[F] Tackle: 10 damage.
[C][C][C] Mid-air Strike: 40+ damage. Flip a coin. If heads, this attack does 20 more damage.

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

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 @ 8 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Pokemon has finally announced Furious Fists, revealing the English cards of Lucario-EX (#54) and M Lucario-EX (#55). The Pangoro and Sylveon theme decks have also been revealed to be named "Dark Hammer" and "Enchanted Echo." Furious Fists hits store shelves on August 13th.

Lucario-EX from Furious Fists M Lucario-EX from Furious Fists
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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Pokemon's special sneak peek to select Twitter users has been mailed out... and it's a large box of Pokemon products! But more importantly, the box contains an announcement from The Pokemon Company's president and CEO, Mr. Tsunekazu Ishihara, that PokemonCenter.com will be reopening on August 6th! The website used to be the go-to place to buy official Pokemon products (screenshot below), but shut down on January 31st, 2008. The new website will host product for the United States, including items that were previously exclusive to Japan.

TPCi really seems to be expanding Pokemon's brand in new directions lately... we have the anime on various digital services, a Pokemon orchestral concert, and now an official online store to buy official merchandise. What could be next? Thanks goes to PokemonTrainerLisa for the news and photos!

PokemonCenter.com Reopening PokemonCenter.com Reopening PokemonCenter.com Reopening PokemonCenter.com Reopening
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Monday, June 30th, 2014 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

I got the front row, center seat!! :D

Pokemon has announced an orchestral concert tour for Pokemon's video game music! The first performance will take place the Friday immediately before Worlds in Washington, D.C. Tickets are already available for purchase and range from $50 - $83 or so. This is going to be so exciting!!

okémon: Symphonic Evolutions

The Pokemon Company International and Princeton Entertainment announced today that the official Pokémon live orchestral concert series, Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions, will premiere at the famed Warner Theater in Washington, DC on Friday, August 15, 2014. The 2014 Pokémon World Championships will also be held in the nation's capital that weekend, August 16-17, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The premiere performance in Washington, DC will be followed by a performance at Philadelphia's Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, September 19th. More dates, locations, and ticket information for the concert series will be announced soon and further details, including how to purchase tickets now to the Washington, DC and Philadelphia performances, can be found at PokemonSymphony.com.

Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions will take audiences of all ages on a powerful musical retrospective through the popular video game franchise's most memorable melodies. This exciting new concert tour reunites key creative producers from the critically acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert tour.

With more than 260 million video games sold since its debut in 1996, Pokémon continues to provide memorable entertainment around the world. Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions gives loyal fans and newcomers a chance to experience the evolution of the franchise through all-new orchestral arrangements and carefully timed visuals drawing from classic and recent Pokémon video games including:

  • Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue, Pokémon Yellow
  • Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, Pokémon Crystal
  • Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire, Pokémon Emerald
  • Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, Pokémon Platinum
  • Pokémon Black and Pokémon White
  • Pokémon X and Pokémon Y

"Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions is going to be a spectacular showcase of the memorable music that has been a hallmark of the Pokémon franchise for nearly 20 years," said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing at The Pokémon Company International. "The concert series serves as a thank-you to fans and an invitation to share our passion for Pokémon by reliving some of our fondest memories. We're looking forward to seeing fans of all ages meeting up and enjoying this very special Pokémon orchestral event together."

Visit PokemonSymphony.com for more Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions news and information.



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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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