So really... what
is Neo Destiny? Here are the facts:
105/113 in the US, 112 in Japan
"Officially" there were 105 cards in the set. However the
addition of 8 "medium-rare" cards upped the set size to 113
cards. ... Japan's set only had 112 (with the Shining
Pokémon). What's missing?
Order: 11th set in the US, 11th set in
Date: Feburary 28th, 2002 in the US; March
9th, 2001 in Japan
Then-Media Factory screws up the game more by
adding in a new set of Light Pokémon to the
game, as if the game wasn't screwed up enough with Dark
Pokémon running around. Hopefully with the game
reconstruction done in VS in Japan, that might spell the end
of these sorts of Pokémon. Bleck.
The Japanese version of Neo Destiny was called
"Neo 4: Darkness to Light". Considering this somewhat
impossible name to cross-translate, it was probably a good
idea for Wizards to just call it "Destiny" (even though
Nick15 HATES that word).
Shining Pokémon also make a wide-scale
introduction with this set, with 8 of them in this set. This
marked the first time Wizards produced a ultra-rare card for
a card set (officially "medium-rare"). We're not sure how
sparcely they're packed though. These cards also got a
rather interesting holo treatement; the backgrounds remained
nonholo while the Pokémon themselves were holofied.
Destiny was also the last set that Wizards made that used the 1st Edition symbol. Wizards axed it for a few reasons; sometimes 1st Edition cards would be released after the other printings (thus defeating the purpose), and the Secondary Market wasn't affected by them any longer. I actually stopped buying 1st Edition cards back around Gym Heroes; I could care less if they were 1st Edition or not, all I care is if it's a card I can win with or not.
Japanese Neo 4 Dark Ivysaur Promo
Japanese Neo 4 Dark Venusaur Promo
Japanese Neo 4 Title
The symbol for Neo Destiny was some sort of 6 sided
lightning bolt... or something...