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Sequels to Pokémon Black and White Announced

Breaking from tradition, the Pokémon Company announced Pokémon Black and White Versions will each get a sequel. Few details are known at this point except for a June 2012 release date for Japan. The US site was more vague, only saying “Coming Soon.”

The mascots for the new games appear to be fusions of Zekrom + Kyurem and Reshiram and + Kyurem, but nothing about the new forms was confirmed.

The US Pokémon site also revealed that the new games will not take advantage of the 3DS’s glasses-free 3-D capabilities. From Pokemon.com:

Pokémon fans, get excited for two incredible new adventures! Announcing Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, coming soon for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems. The games can also be played in 2D on the Nintendo 3DS™ system.

Keep checking Pokemon.com for details, including news, images, and videos, which will be revealed throughout the year.

On the bright side, there have been rumors of special features for DSi and 3DS owners.

More info as it comes!

Missingno in Action

It seems like forever since our interview with remix maestro Gerry Wheatley. He was the director for “The Missingno Tracks”, a compilation of Pokémon music remixes that got us hyped back in October of last year.

“Well, it’s out! It’s done, complete, and free for the taking,” Wheatley told The Pallet Tribune today, adding how grateful he was for our episode dedicated to the project way back when. “I’d go so far as to say that it helped motivate some of us into working harder, as we ended up over-shooting our original tracklist.” That list ultimately hit a whopping 28 tracks with 24 different contributing artists.

You can download all the songs right now from OverClocked ReMix for free, and just in time for Pokémon’s 15 anniversary. If you like what you hear, do these fine artists a solid and spread the word or embed the promo trailer below on your site.

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The Missingno Tracks Homepage

The Missingno Tracks Promo Trailer

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Black & White Bonanza – North American Release Date and Trailer

After many months of intense anticipation, localization/sprite design debates, and online battle testing, we have finally been given gifts from Nintendo of America in the forms of a release date and a trailer! Though the trailer doesn’t show anything too extraordinary or brand new, it does set an interesting tone that isn’t too common in Pokémon commercials, and reveals the new March 6th release date.

It looks like the wait will soon be over, guys! Hang in there!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

If you got up early enough this morning to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade, you may have noticed something new tagging along with Pikachu this year. For the first time, the electric mouse was joined by Reshiram and Zekrom statues on a float commemorating the upcoming release of Pokémon Black and White versions. What is everyone thankful for this year?

Catch Mew if You Can!

If there was ever a true Legendary Pokémon, Mew would be it. Though many Pokémon fans never got a chance to catch the elusive #151…until now!

Between October 15 and 30, Nintendo is giving trainers the opportunity to download a Mew over Wi-Fi in honor of Pokémon Gold and Silver’s 10th anniversary. Just go to the Mystery Gift option from the main menu and make sure you have less than three Wonder Cards saved (you can delete old ones). The Mew will be level five, come in a Cherish Ball and be holding a Premier Ribbon.

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US Deposes Japan for Pokémon World Championship

The 2010 Pokémon World Championship saw a changing of the guard as America’s Ray Rizzo took the Masters Division video game championship from Japan.

The Championships, held in Kona, Hawaii from August 14 to 15, boasted 375 players from 25 countries. Competitors battled it out for two days with hopes of winning either the video game or trading card game title in one of two age groups.

Rizzo, who hails from Marlton, New Jersey, defeated Yasuki Tochigi in the final round to take the Masters video game title. The Junior video game title went to Shota Yamamoto of Japan. For the Pokémon Trading Card Game championship, Canada’s Jacob Lesage won the Masters title and Yuka Furasawa won for Japan in the junior division.

Winners received prize packages that include scholarships and travel expenses to defend their title in the 2011 championship.

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Pokemon Black and White News Update

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Another year, another Pokemon game announced. The good news is it’s not a remake or a revisit to a previous game. This time, we travel to the far away region of Isshu to encounter all new Pokemon! A decent amount of info has been released (nothing too amazingly in-depth), so let’s take a look at some of the new features that have been announced! more…

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First Two Generation 5 Pokemon Revealed

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The latest CoroCoro officially revealed the first generation 5 pokémon. Zoroark (left) and its pre-evolution Zoroa (right) are dark type. The 13th movie title, originally “The Ruler of Illusion: Z” has been updated to include the newly announced pokémon, to “The Ruler of Illusion: Zoroark.” More information is set to be unveiled in the next issue of CoroCoro, if not sooner on the Pokémon Sunday television program.

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New Pokemon RPG to be Released in 2010

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The Pokémon Company has announced that they will be revealing a new Pokemon RPG in the February 2010 edition of CoroCoro Comics (think Shonen Jump).

For now, we can only speculate as to whether this is the upcoming Fifth Generation or not, though there was some mention of “a rebirth” and “new Pokémon”. The only non-ambiguous details we have about this game is that it’s an RPG and that it will be released (in Japan) this year. Thank you, Google Translate.

Since the Mystery Dungeon series is also technically an RPG, there is the slight possibility that the announcement will be an expansion to that game-line. Then again, the developer on the main site is stated to be GameFreak, and they usually work exclusively on the main-line Pokémon games.

Let’s just hope that this announcement will lead to some interesting results

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Official Pokemon Website Gets an Upgrade

Nintendo just recently released a brand new version of the Official Pokémon Website, and the updated site boasts lots of new features. One of which, is the ability to stream a hefty amount of anime episodes that previously aired on television. That’s right folks, no more having to wait for each episode to air on Cartoon Network. Now you can watch all of your Pokémon favorites whenever you want. The episodes are being added gradually (3 or 4 every couple of days), but the collection is definitely going to become larger.

View the very first appearance of Gary using the new episode database!

View the very first appearance of Gary using the new episode database!

Another cool new feature that was included in this huge upgrade is the introduction of the Pokémon Trainer Club, which is the equivalent to the Daisuki Club in Japan. My Pokémon accounts have now been replaced by Pokémon Trainer Club accounts, which can be used to participate in the Organized Play portion of the site along with a few other interactive aspects.

Speaking of which, Organized Play has now been split into two categories: TCG and Video Game. This club is also responsible for many events in the past years in which players could obtain exclusive Pokémon.  As one of its first events, the Pokémon Trainer Club has announced that they will be hosting the “Special Colored Pichu” event at GameStop from January 30th to February 14th.

The website has also been updated with all of the new Heart Gold/Soul Silver artwork, a complete TCG database of the trading cards, and loads of new mini-games to play. More additions to the site can be expected to arrive soon, but if you haven’t already checked it out, it’s definitely worth a visit!

The new layout.

The new layout.

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