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Apr 27

2021 Season Pokémon TCG Format Rotation

Posted by Sunain | April 27th 2020 at 05:26 PM EDT
Tags: TCG, The Pokémon Company
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The Pokémon Company announced on the official Pokémon website the 2021 Season Pokémon TCG Format Rotation.


2021 Season Pokémon TCG Format Rotation

Find out which cards will be permitted in the 2021 Pokémon TCG Championship Series season.

At the beginning of every Championship Series season, Pokémon Organized Play removes older expansions from competition in the Standard format, with the goal of maintaining a healthy competitive environment. This rotation challenges existing players to create new strategies and enables new players to get involved in Play! Pokémon events using the most recent releases. Events taking place after August 28, 2020 will use the 2021 season Standard Format.

The Standard format for the 2021 season will consist of the following expansions:

  • Sun & Moon—Team Up and any expansions released afterward
  • Black Star Promo cards numbered SM158 and up and SWSH001 and up
  • Cards from the following products are also legal:
    • Hidden Fates (excluding all cards from the Shiny Vault subset other than Lycanroc-GX SV67/SV94)
    • Pokémon TCG: Detective Pikachu
    • Cards from McDonald's Collections will be legal in the Standard format only if they're functionally identical to a card that is currently legal in the Standard format. New expansions become legal for tournament play on two weeks after they are released.
All cards from the Sword & Shield Series have a letter in the bottom-left corner called a regulation mark. In the future, this mark will determine which cards are allowed in tournament play. For the 2021 season, all cards with the “D” regulation mark are legal to use in tournaments. New cards with this regulation mark still must follow the appropriate waiting period to become tournament legal (typically two weeks).

The Expanded Format for 2021

The Expanded format will remain unchanged for the 2021 season. Players should double-check what format is being used before choosing a deck to bring to their local events.

The Expanded format for the 2021 season will consist of the following expansions:

  • Black & White and any expansions released afterward
  • Black Star Promo cards numbered BW01 and up, XY01 and up, SM01 and up, and SWSH001 and up
  • Cards from the following products are also legal:
    • Generations
    • Double Crisis
    • Dragon Vault
    • Shining Legends
    • Dragon Majesty
    • Hidden Fates
    • Pokémon TCG: Detective Pikachu
    • Black & White Trainer Kit and any Trainer Kits released afterward
    • McDonald's Collection 2011 and later
New expansions become legal for tournament play two weeks after they are released.

Please note that several cards are currently banned from the Expanded format. You can find the list of banned cards here.

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/2021-season-pokemon-tcg-format-rotation/

Article edited on 2020-04-27 05:27:24 by Sunain
Apr 07

Pokémon Centers and Pokémon Stores to Temporarily Close

Posted by Sunain | April 7th 2020 at 10:59 AM EDT
Tags: Pokémon Center, The Pokémon Company
Comments: 0
As of Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 at 19:00, in response to the Japanese Government's Emergency Declaration, the Pokémon Center Co., Ltd. has announced they will temporarily close the following Pokémon Center and Pokémon Store starting on Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 until the emergency declaration is canceled. Our list of COVID-19 canceled Pokémon Events has been updated with this announcement.


Pokémon Centers

・ Pokémon Center Tokyo DX & Pokémon Cafe
・ Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo & Pikachu Sweets
・ Pokémon Center Shibuya
・ Pokémon Center Sky Tree Town
・ Pokémon Center Tokyo Bay
・ Pokémon Center Yokohama
・ Pokémon Center Fukuoka
・ Pokémon Center Osaka DX & Pokémon Cafe
・ Pokémon Center Osaka
・ Pokémon Center Nagoya (April 10th, 2020)

Pokémon Stores

・ Pokémon Store Tokyo Station Store
・ Pokémon Store Narita Airport Store
・ Pokémon Store Itami Airport Store
・ Pokémon Store Kansai Airport Store

Source: https://voice.pokemon.co.jp/stv/zenten/2020/04/post-10510.html

Update: April 17th, 2020

The Pokémon Center Co., Ltd. announced that it would expand the area of ​​the emergency response to all prefectures and that as of Saturday, April 18th, 2020, Pokémon Centers and Pokémon Stores nationwide would be closed. The Pokémon Center Online will continue to operate normally.

Source: https://voice.pokemon.co.jp/stv/zenten/2020/04/post-10510.html

Article edited on 2020-04-17 11:57:34 by Sunain
Mar 31

2020 Pokémon Championship Series Canceled

Posted by Sunain | March 31st 2020 at 11:16 AM EDT
Tags: Pokémon World Championships, The Pokémon Company, Play! Pokémon
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The Pokémon Company announced today that the 2020 Pokémon Championship Series has been canceled. All invitations to the 2020 Pokémon World Championships will be honored for the 2021 World Championships. Our list of COVID-19 canceled Pokémon Events has been updated with this announcement.


2020 Pokémon Championship Series Canceled

The safety and well-being of our competitors, organizers, employees, local communities, and partners continues to be our top priority and is the primary consideration with every decision we make.

After careful review and pursuant to guidance set forth by local, regional, and national health authorities, as well as the World Health Organization, Public Health England, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 North America International Championships (scheduled for June 26–28 in Columbus, Ohio) and the 2020 Pokémon World Championships (scheduled for August 14–16 in London, United Kingdom).

With the cancelation of these pinnacle events, the 2020 Play! Pokémon Championship Series is suspended and all sanctioned Play! Pokémon events including League, Club, Prerelease, League Challenge, League Cup, Premier Challenge, and Midseason Showdown are canceled until further notice. No Championship Points will be awarded for the remainder of the season. Any points earned up to this point for the current Championship Series will roll over to the 2021 Play! Pokémon Championship Series. We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of all our competitors at an expanded 2021 Pokémon World Championships in London. All invitations to the 2020 Pokémon World Championships will be honored for the 2021 World Championships. We are closely monitoring health mandates, guidelines, and recommendations from appropriate government agencies to determine when the resumption of events and operations will be safe for our communities. Further details are being actively worked on and we will communicate them with all of you as soon as they are finalized.

In the meantime, we want to thank our millions of players, fans, organizers, and Professors around the world for their continued support and understanding during these unique circumstances. The Pokémon International Championships and Pokémon World Championships are very special occasions for us, and we know how much they mean to the global Play! Pokémon community. We would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of all our competitors, Professors, and event organizers during the 2020 Play! Pokémon season. We hope that the spirit of friendship and community that are the hallmarks of our amazing fans and these events continue during this challenging time, and that you take care of yourselves and of each other. We can't wait to see you and celebrate with you again.

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/2020-pokemon-championship-series-canceled/

Article edited on 2020-03-31 11:16:46 by Sunain
Feb 28

Daniel Arsham × Pokémon First Art Collaboration Project

Posted by Sunain | February 28th 2020 at 10:18 AM EST
Tags: Press Release, YouTube, The Pokémon Company
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The Pokémon Company announced that they are teaming up with Daniel Arsham, an American artist to create sculptures of Iconic Pokémon. Additional details about the collaboration will be announced later this spring.



Daniel Arsham × Pokémon Project To Feature Sculptures of Iconic Pokémon

TOKYO – February 28, 2020 – The Pokémon Company has unveiled the Daniel Arsham × Pokémon project with American artist, Daniel Arsham, featuring icons of the Pokemon franchise presented within the artist’s creative concept of “fictional archeology.” Through his work, people are invited to imagine the unearthing of Pokémon a thousand years from now and experience the passage of time. On the surface, Daniel Arsham’s Pokémon sculptures may look weathered, but closer examination of the excavated future of Pokémon exposes a crystallized brilliance.

"The fictional archaeology is really an idea of taking all of the objects from our present day and imagining as if we were an archeologist in the future and looking at these objects from our everyday life or our everyday experience,” said Daniel Arsham. “I think there’s something kind of prolific and impactful about trying to step outside of our own time frame. It gives us a perspective of our own experiences and lives. Through these works, I hope to be able to shift people’s understanding about time in general. "

“Pokémon evolved as a brand by embracing new technologies and collaborating with partners from new fields ranging from data communication systems and geolocation-related technologies to partners in fashion and art,” said Tsunekazu Ishihara, CEO of The Pokémon Company. “I’m delighted to welcome Daniel Arsham as our collaboration partner. Through his work, my wish is for people around the world to ‘dig deep’ into their imaginations and think about what Pokémon would look like in a thousand years.” Additional details about the collaboration will be announced later this spring.

About Daniel Arsham Daniel Arsham (born 1980 in Ohio) is an American artist. Daniel Arsham straddles the line between art, architecture, and performance. Raised in Miami, Arsham attended the the Cooper Union in New York City. Arsham’s work has been shown at MOMA PS1, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Athens Bienniale, The New Museum, Mills College Art Museum, Carré d'Art - musée d'art contemporain de Nîmes, How Art Museum.

YouTube Clip - Daniel Arsham × Pokémon First Art Collaboration Project

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr3ceYa9by4

Article edited on 2020-02-28 10:21:45 by Sunain
Feb 28

COVID-19 Cancels Pokémon Events in Japan, Korea, Italy, USA, Canada, UK, Singapore

Posted by Sunain | February 28th 2020 at 08:34 AM EST
Tags: Pokémon Center, The Pokémon Company
Comments: 0

The Pokémon Company and Pokémon Centers have announced they have canceled various events scheduled to be held after February 29th, 2020 in order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and to consider customer safety. They will inform customers on the official site when they plan to resume events. They apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but they appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Events Canceled or Postponed:

Pokémon Card Game Events: City League Season 3 / Trainers League / Gym Battles / Pokéca's Weekends / Pokémon Card Game Classes / First Battles
These events are scheduled to resume on March 20th, 2020, but they will continue to monitor the latest situation. The official Card Game site updated on March 13th, 2020 that all events in Japan would be canceled until April 3rd, 2020.
Pokémon Card Game Caravan - The February 29th, 2020 event at Tokushima Momoya Toy Game Shop will go ahead as planned. The March 7th, 2020 event at the Geo Naha Shintoshin store in Okinawa will be postponed.
・ Events related to “Pokémon Game Gym”
・ Events held at Pokémon Centers
・ Pokémon GO Nidorino and Gengar Raid Day has been canceled in Japan, South Korea, and Italy which was scheduled for Sunday, March 1st, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time.
Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo Grand Reopening rescheduled from March 6th, 2020 to April 2020.
The Safari Zone St. Louis, Missouri, US from Friday, March 27th, 2020 to Sunday, March 29th, 2020 was canceled.
The Pokémon GO Abra Community Day which was scheduled to take place on March 15th, 2020 was postponed.
Canada Regional Championships 2020 scheduled for March 13th, 2020 to March 15th, 2020 at The International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada was canceled an hour after the event was scheduled to start. Later in the day on March 13th, 2020, the official Pokémon website announced that Charlotte Regional Championships, scheduled for March 20-22, 2020, Regional de Pokémon de Joinville em Santa Catarina 2020, scheduled for March 28-29, 2020 and Salt Lake City Pokémon Regional Championships, scheduled for April 4-5, 2020 had been canceled as well.
All Play! Pokémon Events Canceled from March 17th, 2020 through May 14th, 2020.
・Pokémon GO Raid Hour: This events cancellation was announced on March 17th, 2020.
・Pokémon GO Safari Zone - Liverpool and Philadelphia postponements were announced on March 18th, 2020.
・Pokémon GO - Special Lugia Raid Week was to be held on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Tuesday, March 31st, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT but was canceled on March 23rd, 2020.
Pokémon Center Singapore - Events Suspension Announcement - March 24th, 2020 - All mascot appearances, TCG and VGC Elite 4 Challenges, Pokémon Explorer Tours, TCG Free Battles, and all workshops were canceled.
・ Pokémon GO Raid Hour (every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. local time): This event was canceled until further notice on March 27th, 2020.
・ 2020 Pokémon Championship Series Canceled including the 2020 World Championships - Announced on March 31st, 2020. All invitations to the 2020 Pokémon World Championships would be honored for the 2021 World Championships.
Pokémon Center Singapore - Anniversary Celebrations Postponed
Pokémon the Movie Coco Special Advance Ticket Release Date Postponed - Originally scheduled for purchase on April 17th, 2020.
Pokémon Center Singapore Temporary Closure - The Pokémon Center Singapore announced on April 4th, 2020 that it would temporarily close from Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 until Monday, May 4th, 2020, or until further advised by the Ministry of Singapore.
Pokémon Centers and Pokémon Stores to Temporarily Close in Japan - Announced on April 7th, 2020, from April 8th, 2020 until the emergency declaration ends, the stores were temporarily closed. On April 17th, 2020, it was announced that the remaining stores that were opened during that time period would also close on Saturday, April 18th, 2020 but the Pokémon Center Online would continue to operate normally.
Pocket Monsters 2019 Anime Production Delays - The official Pocket Monsters anime PR Twitter posted an announcement on Sunday, April 19th, 2020 that due to the COVID-19 issue becoming a issue in Japan, production of the anime has come to a halt and that all new episodes are being delayed starting with PM 2019 episode 23 which was originally scheduled to air on Sunday, April 26th, 2020.
Pokémon Japan Championships 2020 (PJCS2020) Canceled - The Pokémon Japan Championships 2020 (PJCS2020) was scheduled to be held at Pacifico Yokohama on Saturday, June 27th, 2020 and Sunday, June 28th, 2020.
・On May 13th, 2020, the official Pokémon Twitter news account posted a Tweet announced that Pokémon the Movie: Coco had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

* There is currently no scheduled closures for the Pokémon Centers and Pokémon Stores due to the impact of this virus, but if there is any changes due to the recommendation from the government, local governments, regulatory agencies, health centers, etc, The Pokémon Company will announce it.

Sources: https://www.pokemon.co.jp/info/2020/02/200228_at01.html, https://www.pokemon-card.com/info/2020/20200226_002317.html, https://twitter.com/NianticHelp/status/1233497146386788359

Article edited on 2020-05-13 09:17:23 by Sunain
Feb 11

Pokémon Sword and Shield Information and Picture Leaks Joint Statement

Posted by Sunain | February 11th 2020 at 05:16 PM EST
Tags: Press Release, Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield
Comments: 0
In a joint statement released today by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, they announced that an employee for the Portuguese website FNintendo was responsible for posting information and pictures of Pokémon Sword and Shield to the Internet before its release date.


Joint statement from Nintendo and The Pokémon Company

In early November, Nintendo identified a number of photographs taken from game play that revealed multiple new and unannounced Pokémon from Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. These photographs had been posted online and Nintendo, together with The Pokémon Company, quickly identified the person responsible for these leaks, and took immediate action. FNintendo also posted a statement regarding this issue.

These Pokémon were leaked by a reviewer for the Portuguese website FNintendo, who had received an early copy of the game for review purposes. Both he and FNintendo failed to handle confidential material, resulting in a clear breach of the confidentiality agreement between Nintendo and the media outlet. As a result, Nintendo will no longer work with FNintendo.

Nintendo will always protect its intellectual property and brands. Leaks hurt not just Nintendo, but the thousands of employees who work hard to bring games to market, and the millions of fans around the world who look forward to news and surprises.

To surprise and delight players through new experiences is a shared passion for Nintendo and The Pokémon Company. We will pursue all avenues to preserve surprises for players of future Pokémon titles.

FNintendo's statement

To our readers,

At the beginning of November, a series of off-screen photographs leaked multiple new and unannounced Pokémon from Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. We want to take this opportunity to openly admit to our readers that FNintendo was responsible for leaking some of these photos.

Nintendo offered us a copy of the game for review purposes, with clear embargo guidelines, to which we agreed. This copy was then sent to one of our reviewers, who leaked the information. Following the investigation, FNintendo severed its relationship with this reviewer.

Our relationship with Nintendo Portugal dates back 11 years, but our part in this leak is a clear breach of the confidentiality agreement between us, and, as a result, a total breach of trust with Nintendo. We recognise it is impermissible to break embargo guidelines and we failed to handle the review materials with sufficient care.

We fully respect Nintendo's decision to cancel the confidentiality agreement between our companies as a result of this breach of trust, and accept that we will no longer receive products from Nintendo, nor will we be invited to attend their events.

We want to apologise to Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, and to our readers for letting them down.

Source: https://fnintendo.net/article/13496-comunicado-do-fnintendo

Article edited on 2020-02-11 05:16:42 by Sunain

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