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Nov 01

XY Evolutions Expansion Released

Posted by Sunain | November 1st 2016 at 08:20 PM EDT
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POKÉMON CONTINUES ITS 20-YEAR CELEBRATION WITH ’90s-THEMED WEBSITE

Retro Web Design Timed to the Release of the Pokémon Trading Card Game: XY—Evolutions Expansion
In a digital flashback to the 1990s, The Pokémon Company International has overhauled the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) website today with a whimsical homage to the decade. As part of the brand’s 20-year celebration, the ’90s-inspired site launches today to herald the release of the Pokémon TCG: XY—Evolutions expansion. The cards in this expansion are updated versions of the very first Pokémon cards that launched in the ’90s.

“The Pokémon brand launched in the ’90s with the introduction of the first video games and quickly became a global sensation,” said J.C. Smith, director of consumer marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “As we celebrate our 20th year and introduce the Pokémon TCG: XY—Evolutions expansion, this promotional website was an extremely fun project to develop for our fans. They’ll love learning about the Trading Card Game while exploring web design from the decade in which the cards were introduced.”

The Pokémon TCG: XY—Evolutions expansion restores the very first Pokémon trading cards to glory, with classic cards reinvented for a new generation of Trainers. XY—Evolutions includes more than 100 cards; 12 new Pokémon-EX, including five Mega Evolution Pokémon; and four new Pokémon BREAK. Booster packs and two theme decks—Pikachu Power and Mewtwo Mayhem—are available at participating stores and hobby shops in the UK from the 2nd November 2016. The complete XY—Evolutions expansion is also available to play in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online beginning today.

Article edited on 2016-11-04 08:21:10 by Sunain
Oct 01

Pokémon Comes to SPIEL 2016

Posted by Sunain | October 1st 2016 at 07:18 PM EDT
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The Pokémon Company International has announced today that it will bring a range of fun Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) matches to SPIEL 2016. For the first time, the Play! Pokémon programme will join Europe’s largest annual tabletop and board gaming fair at Essen, Germany, from 13–16 October. The Pokémon booth (2-C119) will be in Hall 2 at SPIEL, offering fans the chance to battle, hang out with fellow Pokémon players and win great prizes.

The headline event, the SPIEL Special, is a two-day competition that will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 15–16 October. Championship Points will be available to all victorious competitors, as well as a trophy and cool prizes. The SPIEL Special will be a Standard format competition, with Swiss rounds on Day 1 and a single-elimination Top 8 on Day 2. Swiss rounds will be single-game matches, while the Top 8 rounds will be best-of-three. Further rules and regulations for the SPIEL Special will be detailed for attendees at the event.

On Sunday, 16 October, fans will also have the chance to team up with a friend and compete in the Zweilous Cup. In this competition, a player and a chosen partner will have the opportunity to compete for match points, and prizes will be based on the duo’s combined score. Attendees should also sign up for League Challenges, sealed Prerelease-style events, and Win-a-Mat events that are scheduled throughout the weekend.

Pokémon National Championships broadcasters David Hochmann and Julian Scharf will be part of the planned activities as well. Not only will they provide expert commentary for event attendees, but they’ll also allow fans to step into the commentary booth with them and experience what goes into covering Pokémon events.

Finally, it should be noted that some Pokémon TCG events will have an admission fee in addition to the entry cost to SPIEL. Visit the Pokémon booth for details.
Sep 20

Pokémon Introducing More Ways to Compete and Win Across the Globe for the 2017 Play! Pokémon Season

Posted by Sunain | September 20th 2016 at 10:54 AM EDT
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On September 20th, 2016, The Pokémon Company International revealed that more details and changes to Play! Pokémon for the upcoming 2017 season.

Pokémon Introducing More Ways to Compete and Win Across the Globe for the 2017 Play! Pokémon Season

Pokémon Trading Card Game and video game players have more opportunities to earn Championship Points and a coveted invitation to the 2017 Pokémon World Championships

As Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) and video game players begin preparing for the 2017 Play! Pokémon season, The Pokémon Company International today announced a full slate of all-new competitive events.

With the introduction of two International Championships that are open to all players worldwide, plus additional local events to make it even easier to jump into the Play! Pokémon program, 2017 is positioned to be one of Pokémon’s biggest competitive seasons ever.

At the core of the Play! Pokémon season is the Pokémon Championship Series, consisting of season-wide Pokémon TCG and video game events where players earn Championship Points towards a potential invitation and Travel Award to the Pokémon World Championships, taking place August 2017 in Anaheim, California. Players will also vie for a piece of a cumulative prize pool worth more than $5 million across all Pokémon Championship Series events.

New for the 2017 season, Pokémon is introducing two International Championships that are open to all players across the world, giving Pokémon TCG and video game players opportunities to play, win prizes, and earn Championship Points. The first event, the European leg of the Pokémon International Championships, will take place 9–11 December 2016, at ExCeL London, United Kingdom. The three-day event will give Pokémon video game players their first chance to battle in a sanctioned event using Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon (launching 23 November). Pokémon TCG players will also have their first chance to battle with the Pokémon TCG: XY—Evolutions expansion launching later this year.

Beginning this October, the Pokémon Regional Championships kick off with a full schedule of events coming to cities in North America and Europe. As with the International Championships, Regional Championships are open to Pokémon TCG and video game players regardless of their country of origin and will feature larger prize pools and more Championship Points at each tournament. Pokémon TCG players will also have an expanded slate of local events coming to participating hobby shops around the world. Attending League Cup events is a great way for new Pokémon TCG players to get in on the action and hone their skills for larger events throughout the year.

Pokémon video game players can look forward to more local events as well, including the return of Premier Challenge and Midseason Showdown events. Premier Challenges will provide players with frequent opportunities to play at local events and to try out new strategies at smaller events. Midseason Showdowns are larger events that will give players the opportunity to compete for a greater number of Championship Points in their local area.

Article edited on 2016-09-25 10:55:34 by Sunain
Aug 19

International Names for New Pokémon Revealed at Worlds 2016 / New Pokémon-GX Card for TCG

Posted by Adamant | August 19th 2016 at 01:57 PM EDT
Tags: TCG, Press Release, YouTube, Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon
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The Pokémon Company International revealed the worldwide names for 4 new Pokémon which were revealed in the September 2016 issues of Corocoro. In addition, they also announced a new kind of card coming to the Pokémon Trading Card Game called Pokémon-GX.

NEW POKÉMON REVEALED FOR POKÉMON SUN AND POKÉMON MOON

Fans at the 2016 Pokémon World Championships Among the First to See Crabrawler, Plus New Pokémon-GX Cards from Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon

SAN FRANCISCO, CA —August 19, 2016— At the 2016 Pokémon World Championships today, The Pokémon Company International gave its passionate fans a first look at new Pokémon coming to the highly anticipated Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games, available exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. The fascinating Alola region Pokémon will appear in the latest generation of Pokémon video games that will launch in Europe on November 23. Additionally, TPCi announced Pokémon-GX, a new kind of card coming to the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) as part of the Sun & Moon Series, at the brand’s premier fan event in San Francisco.

The newly revealed Alola region Pokémon include:

Crabrawler Stufful
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Type: Fighting Type: Normal/Fighting
Crabrawler is a Boxing Pokémon that really hates to lose. It can be found clinging to buildings with its powerful pincers that also pack a powerful punch, or gathering around trees in search of Berries, its favourite food. Stufful may have a small body, but this Pokémon has extraordinary strength. Despite its cute, fluffy appearance, Stufful dislikes being touched and will flail its arms in protest. Stufful evolves into Bewear.

Sandygast Palossand
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Type: Ghost/Ground Type: Ghost/Ground
Sandygast emerges when the grudges of fallen Pokémon soak into the sand after battle, and its tunnel-like mouth can suck the vitality from people and Pokémon. Sandygast also features a new Water Compaction Ability, never before seen in other Pokémon, where its Defense stat goes up by two if it’s hit with a Water-type move. Sandygast evolves into Palossand. Palossand disguises itself as a sandcastle, with its shovel on top serving, it is believed, as a radar to search out prey. Unsuspecting small Pokémon are dragged into Palossand’s body through its sandy vortex so it can steal their life force.

Trailer - New Pokémon Are Ready for Adventure in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon!


Trailer - Change the Game with Pokémon-GX!


Article edited on 2016-08-19 05:54:00 by Sunain
Aug 12

Entry Restrictions at the 2016 World Championships / Play! Pokémon Changes in 2017

Posted by Sunain | August 12th 2016 at 08:28 PM EDT
Tags: Video Games, TCG, Press Release, Pokémon World Championships
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The official Pokémon website has announced that for the 2016 World Championships that take place in San Francisco from August 19th until August 21st, 2016, the general public will be unable to attend due to limited venue space. Fans wishing to see the World Championships are being told to watch the stream of the event.

Also announced were changes to the upcoming Play! Pokémon 2017 Championship Series. More money will be given out to players as well as additional travel certificates to make it easier for players to be able to attend events.

Entry Restrictions at the 2016 World Championships

Please read this important message about new venue entry regulations for the 2016 Pokémon World Championships.

Due to limited venue capacity and overwhelming demand, the 2016 Pokémon World Championships will be closed to the general public in the interest of providing the best possible event experience to our qualified players and their families. While the event has been open to the public in years past, only invited players and their families will be permitted to enter the venue this year, and everyone must have an official event badge.

Each invited player will be given a Player badge. Each invited player under 18 years of age will be guaranteed one Guest badge at check-in, to allow one parent or guardian into the event venue. We will do our best to accommodate additional family members of invited players, but attendees should note that additional Guest badges are not guaranteed. Any additional Guest badges will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and supplies are limited. An email with these details is being sent to invited players.

Fans who want to follow the action from the 2016 Pokémon World Championships can head to Pokemon.com/Live, where we'll be broadcasting Pokémon Trading Card Game, video game, and Pokkén Tournament matches all weekend long. Thank you for understanding the changes to the event's attendance in 2016.

Source: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/entry-restrictions-at-the-2016-world-championships/

Big Play! Pokémon Changes on the Way for 2017

Check out the major revisions coming to the world of competitive Pokémon gaming.

Get ready for an epic year of competitive Pokémon TCG and video game battling at all levels—including the Championship Series—with all-new events in the 2017 Play! Pokémon season. We're making significant changes to the program to improve players' chances to compete and win across the world. Take a look.

This year, we're introducing a new Championship Series event in each of the four core rating zones. The European Championships, North American Championships, Latin American Championships, and Asia Pacific Championships will take place throughout the season and are open to all players worldwide. These amazing events will feature high Championship Point payouts and a total prize pool of nearly $250,000 per event. In addition, Travel Awards and Stipends will be available to players worldwide based on Championship Point performance in their home rating zone. Travel Awards and Stipends available for each of these events may vary by rating zone and by age division. Stay tuned for more details closer to the events.

Pokémon Regional Championships will now be more accessible to players around the world and will feature bigger prizes. Every Regionals will offer more than $50,000 in prize money, scholarships, and Travel Certificates based on attendance. These competitions will be spread more evenly throughout the 2017 Championship Series season instead of clustered over several weekends during the year, making it easier for players to attend multiple Regionals throughout the season. There are no residency restrictions for 2017 Pokémon Regional Championships; players are free to travel to foreign events. Travel Certificates earned at Regionals will be deposited to a travel account that winners may use as they wish.

City Championships will now be known as League Cup events. Participating hobby stores will be eligible to host one League Cup event per quarter, giving Pokémon TCG players more opportunities to play in their local area. The Championship Points structure for top finishers at a League Cup event will be the same as for the former City Championships. Also, Pokémon League Challenges will return as entry-level events, giving Pokémon TCG players a great place to get started and even more opportunities to compete in local events.

The Premier Challenge and Midseason Showdown events will return in the 2017 Championship Series season as local events for Pokémon video game players. Premier Challenges will provide players with frequent opportunities to play at local events and to try out new strategies in smaller events. Midseason Showdowns are larger events that will give players the opportunity to compete for a greater number of Championship Points in their local area.

At every event listed above, players can earn Championship Points to qualify for the most prestigious event in the Championship Series: the Pokémon World Championships. Championship Point totals needed to qualify for the 2017 World Championships will be announced in September.

Play! Pokémon will no longer host Pokémon State or National Championships. The Play! Pokémon team may approve independently operated National Championships on a case-by-case basis. The Championship Points and prizes available at these events will vary.

We look forward to seeing you at Play! Pokémon events during the 2017 season. Good luck throughout the year on your climb toward the title of Pokémon World Champion.

Stay tuned for more information on specific events during the 2017 Championship Series season.

Source: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/big-play-pokemon-changes-on-the-way-for-2017/

Article edited on 2016-08-12 08:28:28 by Sunain
Aug 02

Discover the Alpha Pokémon Arceus at GAME for your Nintendo 3DS today!

Posted by Adamant | August 2nd 2016 at 12:47 PM EDT
Tags: TCG, Press Release, Event Pokémon, Game
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London, United Kingdom: 2 August 2016— Pokémon 20th celebrations continue as fans are invited to head to GAME stores to collect the Mythical Pokémon Arceus and the latest Pokémon merchandise. Owners of Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X or Pokémon Y for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems can head into their local GAME store and receive Arceus, one of the Mythical Pokémon of the Sinnoh region, for free.

Arceus is the Alpha Pokémon which originally debuted in Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl in 2007. According to the legends of Sinnoh, Arceus emerged from a Pokémon Egg and shaped all there is. Arceus has the power to become any Pokémon type while holding special corresponding plates, discovered in various locations across the Hoenn region in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. This Arceus is distributed with the following attributes:

· LEVEL: 100
· TYPE: Normal
· ABILITY: Multitype
· MOVES: Judgment, Recover, Hyper Beam, Perish Song


Arceus is available now at GAME. Fans of the Pokémon Trading Card Game can join the celebration with the release of the Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collection—Arceus on 3 August. This collection includes a special Arceus promo card, a pin of the Mythical Pokémon, two Pokémon TCG: Generations booster packs and a code to unlock cards in the Pokémon TCG Online.

Article edited on 2016-08-14 01:30:03 by Sunain
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