Week of June 8, 2003

And.... Card Number Five!

By BPM_EXE [Friday, June 13 2003]

A Quick Diversion: Hello. Today is June, Friday the 13th, 2003. Don't cross paths with any black cats. Of course, you only have to worry about that if you're superstitous.

[a black cat walks past BPM.EXE]
[a baby grand piano falls on said BPM.EXE]

The Actual News:

Man, I'm on a roll!
[stops standing on Megaman's sister, Roll]

But seriously, I got it right once again. Today's card on Nintendo's Pokémon TCG site is Manectric. I have done it again! Man, I'm good.

Well, of the cards we've already seen, that leaves Lairon left. So, I'll guess that Lairon will be tomorrow's card. That, or a card we have yet to see. But I got a good feeling it'll be Lairon.

So, until next time, this is your local Pokémon psychic, signing off.

Fourth Card revealed.

By BPM_EXE [Thursday, June 12 2003]

A Quick Diversion: Megaman Zero and Wario Ware - they're STILL good!

The Actual News:

Well... guess what? My psychic powers worked again! Today, Nintendo's card is Mewtwo ex. There's just one thing that bothers me. The description of the card: "...Mewtwo ex will drive your opponent's Pokémon to distraction!"... "distraction"? Did they mean "extinction"? Because the way they phrase it, Mewtwo will distract them with a convienently placed distraction. Which doesn't make sense, because quite a few Pokémon could get KO'ed in one move from this (any Pokémon with 60 HP and no Psychic Resistance, or any Pokémon with 120 HP and a Psychic Weakness). So, I'll bet we'll be seeing him in many decks in the future. Probably using the same combo the old Mewtwo used. Discard a couple of Energies the first turn, then use Energy Absorption, and then use Psyburn the next turn.

It's also interesting to note that this picture of Mewtwo ex has a plain white border. Unlike the one from Scrye which had a gray border. Both which are not as good looking, compared to the golden border of the rest of the EX: Ruby & Sapphire cards. Oh, well.

Well... my prediction for tomorrow's card... of the ones we've already seen, I think it'll be Manectric. That, or perhaps a new English card that hasn't already been revealed. Only time can tell.

So... that's it from me. Now, go do something. I don't know... go play a game, maybe.

Card of the Day #3.

By BPM_EXE [Thursday, June 12 2003]

A Quick Diversion: I'm late again. But now, I have TWO reasons! I'm still addicted to Wario Ware, and I (finally) picked up Megaman Zero today. If you want a good 2D platformer, look no further than Megaman Zero. You guys, seriously. MMZ is good stuff.

And no... I don't just say that because I'm a Megaman fan... no sir...

The Actual News:

Well? Who called it? I think it was me, but I can't remember. Pokemon TCG's third Card of the Day is, as expected, Mudkip.

I got nothing against the little guy. He has the best stats of the three starter Pokémon cards (of the versions not featuring Ken Sugimori's art that is). It's the only one of the three that does damge (the other two do damage, but through the means of Special Conditions), and it still causes a Special Condition. Oh, and like the Torchic, it has an identical translation compared to Nick's.

Hmm... I'm-a gonna predict Thursday's card, too. My prediction is that it'll be one card we've already seen (through Scrye, for example). Meaning, either Lairon, Manectric, or Mewtwo ex. My bet is on Mewtwo ex. Something I'd like to point out about these cards I've scanned from Scrye:
- They all say "FOR AD USE ONLY", instead of "©2003 Nintendo/Pokémon" under the Resistance swirl (like Kyogre ex does).
- They each contain some random letters under the Weakness swirl (like Kyogre ex does. I wonder what purpose that serves...)
- Mewtwo ex doesn't have a Card-e ID number (which makes sense, since it'll be holo, and can't be scanned. But even the holos of the Pokémon-e sets by Wizards had Card-e ID numbers!)
- Mewtwo fashions a really plain looking gray border. I hope this was just an error in the version they gave Scrye, and not how they actually will appear as.
- The two evolution cards lack the "Put on the Basic Pokémon" text. Not sure why, though.

Well, that's it from me. Now, I'm off! To play more Megaman Zero! Or sleep...whichever comes first... maybe some mindless browsing of the internet... who knows?! I know I don't!

Pokemon-TCG.com's second card.

By BPM_EXE [Wednesday, June 11 2003]

A Quick Diversion: Eh, sorry this is a bit late. I had just gotten Wario Ware, Inc. Mega Microgame$ today. Very much addictive. Don't do Wario, kids.

Oh, and have you seen my latest fake card, DPM Promo #10 - Blaziken? If you haven't, I'd really appreciate it if you did. Otherwise you might hurt Blaziken's feelings. Which may cause it to go into a fit of rage and... ya know... break stuff. That, or sit on the couch and get fat. Whichever comes first.

The Actual News:

Well, Nintendo's own TCG website has released their second Card o' da Day. It's Torchic. And this is exactly the same as Nick's translation for it (the second Achyamo listed in the ADV Deck Spoiler). Too bad we've already seen this card (like the Treecko.). That is, it's already been shown in the ad in Scrye magazine.

Speaking of that Treecko... while Nick said it was a spot on translation, I think he overlooked something. The card Nintendo posted says, "Flip a coin. If heads, the Defending Pokémon is now Poisoned." Nick's translation lacked the bolded text. So, either Nick overlooked something, or Nintendo goofed. I'm not sure. Ask Mr. Owl.

Hmm... first Treecko, now Torchic. If I were a betting man, I'd say tomorrow's card will be Mudkip. But I'm not a betting man. So, I'll just say I have a good feeling that tomorrow's card will be Mudkip.

Some gaming news...

By RyoShin [Tuesday, June 10 2003]

A Quick Diversion: Forums are still down. I don't know what went wrong that first day, but we're setting them back up. But, this time we're making sure that everything works right before releasing it to the public. Experience, yay! Oh, and, uh, we had to delete the database, so everyone has to sign back up that did before when it re-re-re-re-re-opens. ^^;

The Actual News:

Just a small tidbit. Those of you who are Insiders on IGN (lucky me- actually, I could afford it. barely) and who read IGN In Japan already know this, but this is for the thousands who don't.

We didn't report it, but Pokémon Box came out in Japan on 5/30, and according to IGNJapan (according to Dengeki Online, a Japanese thingy), it is in the number one spot for the sales charts. Since it's cheap, that could be part of it, and I'm sure that getting a Ruby/Sapphire memory card if you buy it with one helps.

On another note, Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire are still on those charts at numbers 18 and 14, respectively, according to those same charts, with a total sales of over 2,300,000. (They sold 16,000 in the last week) Um, that's a lot of zeros. Good times.

A REAL Pokémon TCG Card...

By Nick15 [Monday, June 9 2003]

A Quick Diversion: Hello. My iPod decided to be an idiot and is now not working. I can't live without music, so I'm beginning to dive into the first stages of insanity. No I mean TRUE insanity, not that silly teenage definition of "insanity" where all they are is just being goofy. Right now I'm beginning to think... horrible thoughts. I dare not share them with you. But once my iPod gets better, than I should be right as rain. :)

The Actual News:

Anyways, as it is now June 9th, Nintendo's official Pokémon TCG website is beginning to post daily pictures of the new cards from the new set. Good times.

Today's entry is Treecko, which is a spot on translation of what I manages to translate when ADV1 was first released in Japan. Yes! It's not a bad card... instant Poison... but not much else. Obviously meant to be evolved.

Tomorrow will be another day with another card. Hopefully it'll be a non-Common this time. ;)