Week of May 11, 2003

Pokémon TCG: ADV1-in-English News.

By Nick15 [Saturday, May 17 2003]

A Quick Diversion: I just saw the Matrix Reloaded last night. [blinks] And we hit 300 hits yesterday. Without a free link. And on a non-weekend day. I guess it's because we're updating. Good times.

The Actual News:

Some news that I lifted stole copied took swiped nabbed found on WizPOG (thanks Moltres for sharing)... Looks like Nintendo is gearing up to release their first TCG set. Apparently this is a small press release info thingy sent out to distributators and store owners. Seems enthusiastic enough...

The Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire video games are flying off the shelves with over 6 million shipped so far. The Pokémon television ratings are at their highest levels in three years! Add to this a multi-million dollar marketing campaign (including a fast-food tie-in), a new movie, a new "must-have" Game Boy® Advance SP, as well as television advertising for the TCG and Pokémon is getting even more exciting.

The trading card game we're all familiar with is getting even better! Nintendo is releasing expansions for the Pokémon-e Trading Card Game. Because it's the same game (designed and developed by the same people as always), all cards are 100% compatible with current and previous cards! The first release, EX Ruby & Sapphire, introduces new Pokémon, updated rules, new card types, new 2-on-2 battles, dot-code on Pokémon cards (provides Pokédex information), and much more! It has been quite a while since new Pokémon have been added to the game and fans have been waiting for this!

Nintendo Pokemon EX Ruby & Sapphire Booster(6/36/9)
ETA, 6/18

a.. 109 - Card Set
b.. On average, each pack will contain 1 foil, 1 rare, 2 uncommon, and 5 common cards
c.. Multi-million dollar Pokémon marketing campaign
d.. Tie-in marketing with other Pokémon properties
e.. National Pokémon fast-food promotion in May.
f.. New movie releasing in May.
g.. Ruby & Sapphire Video Game releases
h.. New Game Boy® Advance SP - increasing market attention!
i.. 2-on-2 battling!
j.. New characters!
k.. New game play!

Nintendo Pokemon EX Ruby & Sapphire Precon Deck Contents:

60 Card Decks with 2 Deck Types (Ruby and Sapphire)
1 Foil Card
1 Card List
1 Game Coin
Damage Counters
Rules Booklet

Analysis? Hmmm... looks like a standard press release information packet. With a few little discrepancies.

* 109 cards? ADV1 really only had 108 cards. Maybe it's a typo.
* Looks like the packs will only have 9 cards again, following the rarity set up Wizards during their Card-E sets. Smeg!
* The "fast-food promotion" has to do with Wendy's being the big burger franchise to host Pokémon releated paraphanilia. Seems fitting; last year AOL-Time Warner expressed interest in Wendy's in general, and guess which station the Pokémon television show aires on...
* And it seems as if the precon deck names are "Ruby" and "Saphire". Can we safely bet that the energy types for those decks will be Fire/Fighting and Water? :)

... OK, that's all I got. Enjoy!

ADV3 Announced

By Nick15 [Friday, May 16 2003]

A Quick Diversion: Hey look, I'm updating for once. With actual NEWS. Good times.

The Actual News:

Now if you're like me, you're name is Philippe and you're 20. .... If you're also like me, you'd be wondering what's going on in the world of the Pokémon TCG. Well besides the release of Skyridge (I ought to fix the Daily Reminders to show that), and Origions/GenCon being within the next few months, there really hasn't been much going on.


ADV3, aptly named "Champion of the Skies", was recently announced on the official Japanese Pokémon TCG website. It'll be on sale in Japan on June 25th, around the same time the SIXTH (ugh) Pokémon movie is released in Japan. It'll have two Japanese starter decks, par usual, and each pack will have 11 cards, par usual.

And par usual, we'll have the 99% English spoiler of ADV3 before everyone else, days before ADV3 is actually released in Japan. Mwhahaha!! [evil grin]

More on this as it develops. [shakes Poloroid picture]


By Nick15 [Friday, May 16 2003]

A Quick Diversion: Howdy. Let's take the good ol' PA! Time Machine and pretend it's April 10th, 2003. OK?

The Actual News:

Hey folks, today is Thursday April 10th, 2003. Anyone want to guess why this day is so important? Well.. [ahem]


See 4 years ago this day PA! was born, and now, 4 years later, PA! is still alive. Isn't that cool? This site is older than some of your younger brother's and sisters. Crazy, in'it?

Though technically PA!'s only three, since it was dead for most of last year. Oh well.

OK, please return to your regularly scheduled lives. ... NOW.

All aboard! Now departing for Souther Island!

By BPM_EXE [Thursday, May 15 2003]

A Quick Diversion: I love my Game Boy Advance SP. It's Torchic Orange. It's very shiny. [monotone]I have been hypnotized by the shininess. YESSSS, EVIL DARK LORD TORCHIC... KILL ALL HUMANS... KILL ALL HUMANS...[/monotone]

Huh-wha? Did I say something? WHY ARE YOU STARING AT ME?!

The Actual News:

Well, BPM.EXE here with another news update. It's some news I've learned about E3 this year. Like last year, Nintendo is giving out Card-es as their promo from their section. Last year, it was a four-card pack: Pichu (Expedition) and Hoppip (Expedition) to play Hold Down Hoppip, Game & Watch-e: Manhole-e, and a Kirby: Right Back at Ya! contest card. This year, they're only giving out one e-Reader card (as far as I know, anyways). But, it's a good one. Believe me.

It's for the Mystery Event in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions. No, it's not another Pokémon Battle-e Card. Oh, no. It's something much better. This Card-e contains the Eon Ticket! For those who don't know, read on. Or, read on anyways if you're bored. Either way, I don't give two hoots.

The Eon Ticket is an item that cannot be obtained without GameShark/Action Reply or without this Card-e. What it does is allows the ferry S.S. Tidal travel to Southern Island. No, it has nothing to do with the 18-card TCG promo set. It's where you can catch the other Eon Pokémon!

Meaning, if you're playing Ruby Version, you'll see Latios in the wild in Hoenn (after beating the Elite Four). And you'll see his younger sister, Latias, on Southern Island. And in Sapphire Version, Latias will roam Hoenn, and her older brother, Latios, awaits you on Southern Island. So, you can get both Eon Pokémon without cheating! Huzzah-ness!

And if I've heard correctly, the sibling Eon Pokémon you find on Southern Island will NOT flee from battle. So, no more tracking them down around the world! Which is good for those who hated the tracking, or those who had already used their Master Ball on the Hoenn Eon Pokémon.

Of course, E3 is closed to the public. And I'm not involved in the gaming industry in any form, shape, or way (other than I love video games)... so I can't get in. Dang. But, I know I sure as heck will be stalking eBay for it to appear, eh? BUT NO ONE ELSE MAY SEARCH EBAY AS IT WAS MY IDEA! MINE! MINE, I TELL YOU! MINE!... ahem. Sorry.

I hope to get scans soon of the Card-e.
[editation]And... here they are!
Click here, eh?
A whole lot of thanks goes to RockmanXHyper14 (for scanning the pictures) and Master Enigma (for hosting them) from the Pokémon R/S board on GameFAQs for taking these photos of the Eon Ticket.

So... PA! is the first place you learned about the Eon Ticket Card-e (or second, if you already knew this from the GameFAQs board). Huzzah for us! Or someone else! But it is definately "huzzah" for someone![/editation]

Oh, and some other stuff (in case you didn't already know)...
Skyridge is out (I'd modify the main page, but I don't have access to it. I think), so I'll try to get some scans soon. Yay.

Well, now it is my intention to sit down and play video games for several hours.
*plays Pokémon Ruby, Pokémon Sapphire, and Golden Sun SIMULTANEOUSLY*

Pokémon Box: more buck for your bang.

By BPM_EXE [Wednesday, May 14 2003]

A Quick Diversion: I am the Bass PikaMew.EXE. All who read this will receive my virus. The virus will delete all your files, yielding your computer completely useless. Then it will turn your computer into a zombie, craving your brains.

And if you believe that, I got some great acres on Mars to sell you, too!

The Actual News:

What's this? Nintendo actually has info on their own games on their own website? Huh-whaaa??
Alright... with that shock over, let's see what kind of info that they have for us.

Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire
Well... here's what I can seem to understand from the page (if you're too lazy to click, you lazy bum!):
-If you take a look at the screenshots, it would seem that the boards are EXACTLY the same as the ones in the original Pokémon Pinball, but with new Pokémon decorating.
-And it says that all of the Pokémon in Ruby/Sapphire can be caught. Which will probably mean only 200 can be caught (or perhaps, 202, if Jirachi and Deoxys are included, which probably is the case).
- There will be a Rumble Feature... IF you play it on the Game Boy Player and use the GameCube controller (at least, it doesn't SAY there is a Rumble when playing it on your Game Boy Advance or GBA SP).

Some other interesting things to note are that there's a movie (as well as a couple of screenshots) available. And they refered a Poké Ball as a Monster Ball (which is its Japanese name, if I recall correctly).

Pokémon Box: Ruby & Sapphire
Well, not much new stuff here. Although, it is interesting to note that if you look at the first and third screen shot, the label of the Game Pak in the upper right-hand corner is yellow. Is this supposed to be Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition with an graphical error of a GBA Game Pak instead of a GBC Game Pak? Or is it a hint towards the ever-so-fabled Third Version? If so, could we be seeing a Topaz Version on shelves in the future? Who knows.

Also, if you're able to access this page here (which may be the case, since it now seems to be off-limits to those without a password), you'll see some very shocking news. According to this page (which I WAS able to access earlier today), The US retail price of Pokémon Box is... $49.99?! And Japan gets it for only $15 (Well, the Yen equivalent of $15)... how... disappointing. If anyone knows of a user name and password to access this site, please contact me at bpm_exe_plushie@hotmail.com. Your contribution will be appreciated!

Pokémon Colosseum
The most interesting thing here is two of the screenshots. One depicts Typhlosion in battle, and another shows Feraligatr. Could this mean that Pokémon Colosseum is compatable with older versions? I doubt it. I'll bet they're just Rentals (like the Rental Pokémon feature from the Nintendo 64 Pokémon Stadiums).

Here is the off-limits page for Colosseum. Just like the one with Box, you need a password. If anyone knows it, PA! would be more than pleased to listen to you! Please? C'mon, now! I'll be your friend!

Pokémon Channel
Yup. Definately a follow-up to Hey You, Pikachu! on the N64. Basically, the Pokémon television station has lost segments of its shows, and they're asking you (the player) to retrieve the clips. And to help you, you ask for the help of a wild Pikachu. Man, these TV execs must be pretty desperate to ask help from a wild Pikachu (a trained Pikachu, sure. But a wild one? Not gonna work). This game will include several DVD-quality movie clips, including one of the Pichu Bros. (from the mini-movie with Pokémon 3 the Movie, Pikachu & Pichu). As well as a virtual version of the Pokémon Mini. Which is kinda cool for those who are unable to go to any of the Pokémon Centers to buy one, or prefer not to buy things online (because you can get them off of the New York Pokémon Center's online store).

And the off-limits page of Pokémon Channel is here. Ya know, Nintendo is just mocking you because you don't know the password, right? Well, if someone told us the password, we could tell you (maybe), and good times would be had by all... or not.

Well... that's all I got to share. Now... git offa my dang yard, ya punk kids!
*takes a nap*

Here comes the flood

By RyoShin [Tuesday, May 13 2003]

A Quick Diversion: E3 is looming over us, and we're ready for it. I'll have a more detailed update later.

The Actual News:

Some E3 pictures and info have been released for Pokémon Coliseum and Pokémon Channel. Both seem as we guessed, but in Channel you apparently work with Pikachu to produce a TV show.

Though these pictures are gritty, you can tell that they are vastly improved over the N64 graphics.

It looks like you have a team battle going on in the lower picture, and one sweet image of Groudon. I hope they take out the announcer. "It looks like that one hurt!" I bet it did, ya chump.

Pokemon Channel:


No word on if Coliseum will work using the GBA-NGC link cable or the GBA Player. Most likely the cable.

My question is, if we're getting this this year, what is the use of Box? I don't get it.

Thanks to IGNCube.

The rain continues...

By RyoShin [Monday, May 12 2003]

A Quick Diversion: Just wanted to add on... I'm looking around for more info, and that will be added on here too.

The Actual News:

Nintendojo also carries the story mentioned below, but they list Pokemon Channel as Pokemon Channel: Together With Pikachu, which pretty much more or less confirms it's a followup to HYP!.

It's raining cats and dogs!

By RyoShin [Monday, May 12 2003]

A Quick Diversion: Still waiting for that day we can get vB. Until that time, chat it up at our EZBoard forums.

The Actual News:

Down in the dumps because our favorite genre has no news? Wipe those tears away, little Timmy, and rejoice!

Coro Coro Comics, a huge huge huge... huge magazine in Japan has released a sneak peak of Nintendo's future line-up. And there's more than we thought.

The main three that concerns us are:

Pokemon Channel With Pikachu (GCN, 7/18)
Pokemon Coliseum (GCN, Fall)
Pokemon Pinball Ruby & Saphire (GBA, Summer)

Pokemon Channel is most likely a followup to Hey You Pikachu!. At least, that's how it seems at the moment.

Coliseum is probably the next game in the line of Pokemon Stadium games.

Pinball is obvious.

Little is known at this time, but you can bet we can expect a bunch of announcements at E3 (2 days and counting!)

On a side note, there was a Mario And Luigi RPG mentioned for the GBA to be released this year. Could this be Super Mario RPG 3?! (For those unaware, Paper Mario was Super Mario RPG 2) I'm still waiting for the original SMRPG to be released on the GBA. Hopefully Square isn't being stubborn about it...

You can check out the article with the full list of titles from the magazine here. Thanks to IGNCube for the info. More as we get it.