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New titles are revealed in various publications such as: TV guides, childrens' magazines, anime magazines, promotional posters and videos, official websites and official television programs. Titles and their translations are added to our episode guide and the chart below when the titles are revealed.
Date Title(s)
Jan 20 2019 Flag SM 105: ルガルガン決戦!サトシVSグラジオ!!
Lugarugan Showdown! Satoshi VS Gladio!!
Jan 27 2019 Flag SM 106: 海あり谷あり!ポケモン進化大特訓!!
We Have the Sea and We Have Valleys! Pokémon Evolution Training!!
Feb 03 2019 Flag SM 107: 走れカキ!己を超えて!!
Run, Kaki! Surpass Yourself!!
Feb 10 2019 Flag SM 108: カプ・レヒレの霧の中で
In Kapu-Rehire's Mist
Jul 12 2019 Flag Movie 22: ミュウツーの逆襲 EVOLUTION
Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution
Apr 04

Pokemon Diamond and Pearls marketing strategy lacking outside of Japan

Posted by | April 4th 2007 at 04:31 PM EDT
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After over 10 years as one of the world's most popular entertainment and gaming franchises, Pokemon video games are once again shattering sales even long after the Japanese launch.

In Japan, Pokemon Ranger was a vital part of the 4th Generation promotion, allowing users to receive the legendary Manaphy. Information regarding the Japanese launch of Pokemon Ranger was first published in the July 2005 issue of CoroCoro Comic Magazine. As expected, vague details were released, hinting that it was a game and a movie. The “official” Pokemon Ranger announcement came on as a short teaser at the end of the 8th Pokemon movie, over a half a year in advance, with further announcements each month in the popular CoroCoro magazine. Later, the game was promoted on TV during commercials, in magazines like CoroCoro, and even during the anime itself, as well as in the weekly Pokemon Sunday episodes. All of these advertisements showcased the fact that you needed Pokemon Ranger to get Manaphy if you wanted it in the upcoming Diamond and Pearl games.

In North America, however, Manaphy's code was promoted on Pokemon.com only two weeks prior to its release. Coming with no real promotion and without showing gamers why Pokemon Ranger was so important in the next generation of games, this resulted in lackluster North American sales. In Europe, the game will be released on April 13th 2007, only a week before the North American release of Diamond and Pearl. Such delays are inexcusable as this just forces users from those countries to import or pirate.

So to follow up on the 'successful' Pokemon Ranger advertising campaign in North America, we get the worst Pokemon commercial in history: an ad that would probably appeal more to the Japanese than American viewers with its 'Godzilla-like' style. In a 30 second commerical, there were barely 2 seconds of game footage! Watch the two clips below and decide for yourself which of the two is better.



To follow Pokemon's TV ad campaign, we get monthly magazine articles about the game in Nintendo Power, similar to the ones printed in CoroCoro and Famitsu. As Pokemon is now one of Nintendo's flagship franchises, you'd think they would print accurate information in their official publications, but unfortunately this isn't the case. In the April 2007 Nintendo Power (seen in the right picture), they announced the names of the two main Pokemon that Diamond and Pearl are based on. They mislabeled them by reversing the names. You'd think something that important would have been caught before publication. In the May issue of Nintendo Power they posted a correction notice. (See Below). So Palkia is actually Dialga?



As the Internet has now become one of the most popular ways to promote products, websites have become increasingly important in disseminating information to potential consumers. There are two official Pokemon websites for the Japanese versions of Diamond and Pearl, http://pokemon.kids.yahoo.co.jp/dp/ and http://www.pokemon.co.jp/ Each week before the launch of the game, new information was posted about the game including: screenshots, videos, new pokemon, new moves, etc. This generated a ton of media hype for the upcoming games as visitors were eager to see what the new features would be. These websites were updated all the way up to launch and still get various updates months after the launch. In North America, there are also two official websites promoting the games, http://www.pokemon.com and http://www.pokemon-games.com/ Both of these sites are sorely lacking compared to their Japanese counterparts. Pokemon.com information is limited to just a handful of pages with screenshots from the Japanese game while pokemon-games.com has 2 wallpapers, the above 'Godzilla' commercial, and a few screenshots. With only 2 weeks till the game is launched, there is still a huge banner on the side saying the "Full Site Coming Soon". Great marketing there, the game will be out before the site is finished. Pokemon-games.com also has a feature that lets you click on Pokeballs to learn about some of the new Pokemon. It only lets you click on one Pokeball a day and then a message appears telling the visitor to return the next day to view another Pokeball. In theory this is a good idea to get people to return to the site each day, but a quick visit to any Pokemon fansite will let the user view all of the new Pokemon and game information in an easy-to-read format.

All this being said, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl will probably be the top-selling game of the year on any platform, so a major marketing commitment isn't required to sell these games. Marketing helped the hype in Japan for Diamond and Pearl but in North America there still doesn't seem to be too much hype for these new games. What the marketing should have been focusing on was getting all the previous Pokemon gamers that have moved on to other games back playing Pokemon. Also it should have focused on getting users that have never played a Pokemon game at all interested in Diamond and Pearl instead of focusing on the pre-order gifts.

Even within the fan base, alienation continues, as for the second time PokemonPalace.net's trivia quiz has ground to a halt as suddenly support is pulled at the last moment. A contest that could only have raised anticipation, and has to be worth a few smaller prizes at least in advertising. But no, somehow, it's better to dash people's hopes... I can't say I'm not disappointed...

So with only a few weeks till launch, we hope your getting excited as much as we are. We at #PocketMonsters are looking forward to online battles with great anticipation. Just don't get us started on these daft friends codes and connecting on WFC with MKDS.

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Mar 25

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Posted by | March 25th 2007 at 01:32 AM EDT
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Only concert attendees (which were limited to people chosen in a random drawing from Club Nintendo and Pokemon Daisuki Club members) could purchase the CD for 860 yen. There were a total of 1775 invitees who could invite 1 guest each making a total possible circulation of 3550, probably far less.

Good luck, happy searching!
Mar 24

Released: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Setting Out: Pokemon Rescue Team Ganbarus!

Posted by | March 24th 2007 at 07:00 PM EDT
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Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go Getters Out of the Gate (Japanese: Setting Out: Pokemon Rescue Team Ganbarus!) is a special episode of the Pokemon anime. It was first broadcast in USA on September 8, 2006 on Cartoon Network.

Unlike previous special episodes, this does not take place in any continuity of the main storyline. Instead, the plot is based on the spinoff games Pokemon Mystery Dungeon. The story involves a young child turning into a Squirtle and teaming up with a Chikorita and Charmander to form a Rescue Team.

The other day, the Japanese version of the Mystery Dungeon special was posted on Yahoo Japan's Pokemon site. You can stream the episode by clicking the link below.

Entire Episode Pictures are available: Click Here
Download/Stream Link (1M connection): Click Here
Download/Stream Link (300k connection): Click Here



Be sure to check out the Imageboard for higher resolution pictures from this episode.

Also those of you working on the Mystery Dungeon Multi-Audio/Multi-Sub project can view its progress by visiting the forum thread here. This is similar to the Mastermind Project we released a couple months ago. If you are willing to help out on a language that is not listed, please post on the forum.
Mar 22

Prima Games Announces New Guides for Diamond and Pearl

Posted by | March 22nd 2007 at 05:50 AM EDT
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Pokemon Diamond & Pearl: Prima Official Game Guide
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Prima Games (April 17, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0761556346
ISBN-13: 978-0761556343
Price: $11.55
Order: Amazon

In the Official Prima Game Guide to Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl, you receive a large exclusive poster with exclusive Pokemon art. In addition, the guide includes a full walkthrough with maps. Each area of the new Sinnoh region will be comprehensively covered so players will be able to find all the new Pokemon.

Book Description
* Exclusive Poster - A large poster with exclusive Pokemon art.
* Full Walkthrough with Maps - Each area of the new Sinnoh region will be comprehensively covered so players will be able to find all the new Pokemon.

Pokemon 10th Anniversary Pokedex - Collector Edition
ISBN: 978-0-7615-5377-9 (0-7615-5377-0)
Retail Price(s): $24.99 U.S. / $32.95 Can.
Pages: 224

*Gigantic Pokedex with complete, up-to-date stats for over 380 Pokemon, spanning all games!
*Timeline poster that shows you the big dates in the Pokemon history!
*Completely updated Pokedex!
*The best ways to catch, breed, evolve, and trade your Pokemon
*Interview with Pokemon game developer offers a secret peek inside the world of Pokemon
*Huge appendix featuring detailed info on moves, HMs and TMs, Berries, and more
*The best ways to catch, breed, evolve, and trade your Pokemon
Mar 20

Canada to receive a different Preorder gift for DP

Posted by | March 20th 2007 at 03:14 AM EDT
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EB-Games Canada has confirmed that Canada will be receiving a different Preorder gift when you order both Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. "In Canada, when you preorder both Diamond and Pearl you will receive a Pokemon DS Carry Case. Thank you." ([email protected] Rep) To find the closest EB-Games Canada store, visit their website at ebgames.ca and click on the Store Locator button. Pre-Orders must be done in-store and you must put down a minimum deposit of $5 (this deposit will go towards the final purchase price of the game).

If you Preorder Pokemon Diamond for the Nintendo DS in the USA you will receive a Collectible Pokemon Diamond Stylus with Dialga Topper FREE!




If you Preorder Pokemon Pearl for the Nintendo DS in the USA you will receive a Collectible Pokemon Pearl Stylus with Palkia Topper FREE!

Mar 19

New DP US Anime Titles and Character Names Confirmed!

Posted by | March 19th 2007 at 03:58 PM EDT
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We just found out some of the new US / English names for the upcoming Diamond and Pearl anime series. With this starts the Dawn Of A New Era. I'd like to thank Dratini927, of BrinstarDepths.com for pointing out that Cartoon Network had updated their website today with this new information.
Dawn (Hikari)Paul (Shinji)
Nando (Naoshi)
The Episode schedule has also been update with the latest titles though there are no air dates at the present time. We will update the schedule as soon as that information is available. Below is a brief synopsis of each of the upcoming episodes.

DP Episode 1 - Following A Maiden's Voyage!

As Ash, Pikachu and Aipom head toward new adventures in the Sinnoh region, a young trainer named Dawn (Hikari) is just beginning her own Pokemon journey.

DP Episode 2 - Two Degrees of Separation!

As Dawn begins her quest to find an injured Pikachu's trainer, Ash sets out to find Dawn, and reunites with Brock in the process.

DP Episode 3 - When Pokemon Worlds Collide!

Soon after Ash and Brock are reunited with Pikachu, Ash is challenged to a battle by a trainer named Paul (Shinji).

DP Episode 4 - Dawn Of A New Era!

When our heroes come across a Pokemon bard named Nando, Dawn has her very first battle. Meanwhile, Nando (Naoshi) tries to decide whether to pursue Gym battles or Contests.

DP Episode 5 - Gettin' Twiggy With It!

When Team Rocket makes off with Ash's Pikachu, a fiesty Turtwig appears on the scene to rescue and take care of Pikachu. Unfortunately, the Turtwig mistakes our heroes for bad guys.
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