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PocketMonsters.net is a fansite dedicated to all things Pokémon (ポケモン) and Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター). We are the premier site for news and information about all aspects of the franchise from around the world. We cover the Anime, indexing the music, the Trading Card Game, the Games, the variety shows, have a large imageboard, forum and much more. Follow us on Twitter and Subscribe to our RSS Feed for the latest updates!

Upcoming Episodes

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)
Nov 17 2019 Flag PM2019 1: ピカチュウ誕生!
Pikachu is Born!
Nov 17 2019 Flag POKENCHI 212: ゲーム最新作「ポケモン ソード・シールド」登場記念スペシャル!/ サンシャイン池崎たちと一緒にキョダイマックスをサイエンスで再現!?/ 新アニメ記念生放送
A Special Celebrating the Release of the New Video Games "Pocket Monsters Sword/Shield"! / The Hosts are Joined by Sunshine Ikezaki and Friends as They use Science to Replicate Kyodaimax?! / A Live Broadcast Celebrating the New Anime
Nov 23 2019 Flag SMUL 39: The Battlefield of Truth and Love!
Musashi VS Kojiro! A Battlefield of Love and Truth!!
Nov 24 2019 Flag PM2019 2: サトシとゴウ、ルギアでゴー!
On Lugia They Go, Satoshi and Go!
Nov 30 2019 Flag SMUL 40: Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Strategy!
Overcome Junaiper!
Dec 01 2019 Flag PM2019 3: フシギソウってフシギだね?
Fushigisou is Quite Mysterious, Don't You Think Sou?
Dec 07 2019 Flag SMUL 41: Battling on the Wing!
A Birdacious Battle! Brave Bird VS Sky Attack!!
Dec 08 2019 Flag PM2019 4: 行くぜガラル地方!ヒバニーとの出会い!!
Let's Go to the Galar Region! An Encounter with Hibanny!!
Dec 14 2019 Flag SMUL 42: The Road to the Semifinals!
Everyone's Fully Powered! The Road to the Semifinals!!
Dec 15 2019 Flag PM2019 5: カビゴン巨大化!?ダイマックスの謎!!
Kabigon Grows Gigantic?! The Mystery of Daimax!!
Dec 21 2019 Flag SMUL 43: The Final Four!
The Semifinals! Kaki VS Gladio!!
Dec 22 2019 Flag PM2019 6: ポケモン大量ゲットだぜ!ミュウへの道!!
I'm Gonna Get a Ton of Pokémon! The Road to Mew!!
Dec 28 2019 Flag SMUL 44: Getting Down to The Ire!
Rising Fire! More Than One Rival!!
Jan 12 2020 Flag PM2019 8: 負けるなポッチャマ!シンオウ地方の流氷レース!!
Don't Give In, Pochama! An Ice Floe Race in the Sinnoh Region!!
Jan 19 2020 Flag PM2019 9: あの日の誓い!ジョウト地方のホウオウ伝説!!
The Pledge We Made That Day! The Houou Legend of the Jouto Region!!
Mar 26

Pocket Monsters 1 Hour Special - DP119 & DP120

Posted by Sunain | March 26th 2009 at 07:07 AM EDT
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Episode PictureThe latest episode of Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl 119 - Clash! Manmoo VS Bossgodora!(激突!マンムーVSボスゴドラ!), aired on Thursday in Japan.

Satoshi and friends are journeying through the forest when Hikari decides to go get some water. Suddenly she is attacked by a wild Bossgodora! Bossgodora's Hyper Beam throws Hikari and Pochama into a nearby river and they are separated from Satoshi and Takeshi. Will Hikari find the guys again and be able to stop the wild Bossgodora?

Characters and Pictures from this episode have been added to the episode guide. You can also comment and discuss this episode. Also be sure to rate this and other episodes in the episode guide.

Episode PictureThe latest episode of Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl 120 - Mysterious Animals Pocket Monsters!!(ふしぎないきもの ポケットモンスター!), aired on Thursday in Japan.

The latest Diamond and Pearl clip show showcases many of the events that took place over the past 120 episodes of the series as well as cover some of the upcoming episodes. Pyramid King Jindai (Pyramid King Brandon / ピラミッドキング ジンダイ ) returns in an upcoming episode.

Characters and Pictures from this episode have been added to the episode guide. You can also comment and discuss this episode. Also be sure to rate this and other episodes in the episode guide.

Article edited on 2009-03-26 07:44:12 by Sunain
Mar 24

Pokemon Centers in Japan Begin Distributing Lucario Leaflet

Posted by Sunain | March 24th 2009 at 07:57 PM EDT
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picpicPokemon Centers in Japan began distributing a Lucario leaflet this week. The leaflet says: 'Lucario's Exciting Fair' ( Lucario Waku Waku Fair - ルカリオわくわくフェア). This is obviously some kind of Lucario event starting on May 1st. More information when it becomes available.

Click on either poster for a higher resolution.

Article edited on 2009-03-24 08:06:36 by Sunain
Mar 23

MTV Interviews Nintendo's Cammie Dunaway on How To Fend Off Pokemon Fatigue

Posted by Sunain | March 23rd 2009 at 12:17 PM EDT
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picMTV got the chance to interview Nintendo's Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Cammie Dunaway about the Pokemon franchise. She briefly discusses ways to limit 'Pokemon Fatigue'. Excerpts from the interview are posted below.

Nintendo wants to avoid franchise fatigue, but utilizes no simple formula to fend it off. There’s no quota, for example, of a maximum number of “Pokemon” games that will be released in a given year.

Instead, Dunaway said there is at least a recognition that different “Pokemon” games can target different audiences. The “Pokemon Ranger” series, for example, is aimed at kids as you as five-year olds — kids to whom the core gameplay of using the DS stylus to draw circles around and trap Pokemon is easily enjoyed. The main “Pokemon” series are pushed to kids just older than that. The sweet spot of “Pokemon Platinum” is gamers aged 10-12.”

Nintendo has noticed that gamers who played Pokemon as kids aren’t all eager to give the series up. “There are a lot of 20-somethings that still enjoy a game of ‘Pokemon,’” she said. The company expects that some of the first “Pokemon” players will soon literally create some new fans. “I’m sure a lot of your readers grew up playing ‘Pokemon.’ Pretty soon they’ll be seeing their kids play ‘Pokemon.’”

As the series persists there are some obvious directions fans have been wondering about. One is a move toward a bona fide “Pokemon” game for the home console, a format that has yet to generate a “Pokemon” hit on the scale of any of the main “Pokemon” handheld games. “It definitely has a place on the console,” Dunaway said, citing recent success with the “Pokemon” WiiWare game “My Pokemon Ranch.” “I think there is an opportunity to offer them on both [handheld and console] and let consumers choose which one they want to spend more time on.”

Source: http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2009/03/23/nintendo-on-how-to-fend-off-pokemon-fatigue/
Mar 22

GamePro Interview Discusses Upcoming Pokemon Video Game Championship

Posted by Sunain | March 22nd 2009 at 10:57 PM EDT
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picGamePro also had the opportunity to interview Takeshi Kawachimaru & Junichi Masuda this week. They discussed new aspects in Pokemon Platinum as well as the upcoming Pokemon Video Game Championship. Excerpts from the interview are below.

GP: The Pokemon Video Game Championship: What does it mean to you personally, with the insane growth of people playing against each other that now has turned into a full-fledged battling phenomenon?

Masuda: That was my wish. My wish was to go to see people playing at the World Championships, so it's almost like a dream come true if this video game championship is realized. Definitely, this is great that things are coming along.

GP: As a developer, is there anything that you learn from watching the players using different Pokemon in all of the tournaments? Is there anything you learn about the gameplay that you didn't know?

Kawachimaru: Definitely. I've been to see a lot of video game tournaments in Japan, and I've seen a lot of players having different combinations of Pokemon. Definitely, there are [some] interesting combinations. But, it's not anything that we didn't know, it's just something interesting to see, that they're using "that" particular Pokemon.
Ideally, I want each player to have different Pokemon. I don't want to see everybody using the same Pokemon. That's my ideal situation. So, if I see somebody uses Pokemon that normal people don't use, I would love to support that particular player and give a cheer for him or her.

Source: http://www.gamepro.com/article/previews/209339/pokemon-platinum-developer-interview/

Article edited on 2009-03-22 11:02:10 by Sunain
Mar 22

Pokemon Creators Get Personal with IGN, "announcement about new stuff" soon

Posted by Sunain | March 22nd 2009 at 10:43 PM EDT
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picEarlier this week Nintendo gave IGN another opportunity to interview Game Freak director Junichi Masuda and game designer Takeshi Kawachimaru. They got to ask them a few more questions about Platinum, and quite a few more questions about their personal experience with the Pokemon games. Below are excerpts from the interview.

GN: For someone who already owns Diamond or Pearl, what is the motivation, besides Giratina, to pick Platinum up and start the game over?

Kawachimaru: Definitely the battle video. You can upload your battles and show them to everyone, but at the same time you can see how other people battle. You can see people's battles from all over the world, and that's a very cool part of Platinum. Another thing is the Battle Frontiers. There are four facilities in the Battle Frontier and those are two things different from Diamond and Pearl.

IGN: The Pokemon series has stayed very similar throughout it's lifespan. Are there plans to revamp the game and give it an overhaul?

Masuda: Yes, I understand that people talk about the strength and weakness of the series. And we always make our effort to increase the good things about Pokemon. There is something we want to improve and enhance all the time. There are lots of ideas out there and we want to make that idea realized to enhance the gameplay of Pokemon. There is some day soon that we can make an announcement about new stuff, so that's something you can look forward to.

IGN: Any chance you can tell us now?

Masuda: [laughs] Sorry, I can't.

Source: http://ds.ign.com/articles/965/965073p1.html

Mar 22

No MMORPG in the Near Future for Pokemon, DSi functionality possible in future games

Posted by Sunain | March 22nd 2009 at 10:32 PM EDT
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picIn another interview conducted by What They Play and written by Philip Kollar, Game director Junichi Masuda and designer Takechi Kawachimaru stated that MMORPG's are not the next evolution for the Pokemon game franchise. This will be a disappointment for many Pokemon fans as the game series could translate amazingly well as a MMORPG. Below are excerpts from the interview.

What They Play: Despite its legions of fans and constant popularity, Nintendo has never messed with the formula by bringing one of the main Pokémon games to a console rather than a handheld. We asked Masuda if there was any chance that we would see the next major Pokémon game on the Wii and whether the series might go fully online, as many fans have expressed a desire for. He seemed skeptical.

Junichi Masuda: "At this point, we're not thinking of going in that direction. Trading is a core concept of Pokémon. So when you're trading, you meet with a friend and decide which one you want and which one they want. I would like to emphasize real-world communication. You don't see each other online." He pointed across the table and then back to him, and the translator laughed before explaining, " It's like right now – we're meeting each other in person and asking questions instead of chatting on the phone."

What They Play: Since they're sticking to handhelds, we asked Masuda if Pokémon Platinum or any future titles in the series would use new features in the DSi, Nintendo's upcoming upgrade to the DS which includes the ability to download extra game content. Unfortunately, Masuda said that Platinum was already far along in development by the time the DSi was revealed, so it was too late to use any of its unique features. He seemed hopeful that they may explore those options in the future, though, showing particular interest in the camera being added to the portable gaming system.

Junichi Masuda: "If we think there's something interesting and fun for the players that we can do with the camera, then we'll definitely consider applying that new technology to the future Pokémon games," he said. "You can take a picture and draw on it, and that's fun, but we have to make it much more fun for the player if we want to put it in our games."

Source: http://www.whattheyplay.com/features/meeting-the-creators-of-pokemon-platinum/
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