PokePark2: Wonders Beyond Release

This Friday March 23th sees the release of PokePark2: Wonders Beyond released for wii. The sequel to last years PokePark Adventure sees Pikachu teaming up with the Unova Starters to investigate a brand new PokePark when other pokemon start to disapear.

We’ve gotten news that on Saturday 24th, if you happen to be in the London Area, the Brent Cross store of Toy’s R Us are doing a treasure hunt competition were 25 lucky people can win a copy of the game. Action starts from 10am and there’s some other goodies as well up for grabs – check in that store for details. Unfortunatly it seems to be the only store doing this event, so if your not in the area, then your out of luck.

If your interested in PokePark2 and want to know more, check out these trailers first. Some of them feature some really cheesy music – which is something I personally like (am I the only one who misses the pokeraps?)

We’ll bring you more news when we learn it

New Download Pokemon

Hey look, I’m doing news again. We don’t have a lot of time for doing news so if anybody can help us out, drop one of us admins a PM on the forums or send us an email (address found on the contacts page) – you could really help us out.

Ok, first off lets get with the little piece of news out of the way. Remember Pokepark on the Wii? Well it’s getting a sequel. Already released in Japan at the tail end of last year, Europeans can expect to get thier hands on the new game, called Pokepark 2: Wonders beyond from March 23rd. No word on a US date of release. Pokepark 2 plays much like its predecessor, but instead of playing as just Pikachu, this time around you get to play as Snivy, Tepig and Oshawott as well as the Electric Mouse Pokemon.

Ok, now for the bit most of you might really be interested in. Got Black or White? Want a Mewtwo? If the Answer is yes to both these questions then congrats, because from February 12th both American and European games (and most likely Australian copies as well) will be able to download the first Legendary Pokemon via Wi-fi. Want to know what its like, check out this pic

At level 70, Mewtwo is in a Cherish ball with a Premier Ribbon attached (meaning no trading on the GTS). It knows Electro Ball, which it can’t normally learn, along with Aura Sphere, Shadow Ball and its signiture move Psystrike.

No date as been set for the end of this distriution but I doubt it will be up for long – So make sure to get it when you can

EDIT 7 Feb: We now know the end date of this promotion. It is available until Sunday 26th February… so download it quickly

News… Finally!

I should have posted this yesterday, but i’ve been a little addicted to the adoption agency myself… whopps.

Ok, so first up, Pokemon Rumble Blast has a European Release date… sort of. Only listed as December in the 4th Quater Release Schedule, the Re-named (again) Super Pokemon Rumble is a 3DS title that features toy Pokemon which you collect and then battle. They’ve changed the name of it again so its more like the Japanese title and nothing like the US title, probably just to confuse all of us down the line (another Trozi/link fiasco)

Next item, Remember that Online Program on found on the official Pokemon site which allowed you to learn the Trading Card Game, along with playing against AI controled opponents? Well that’s due to go full version which allows you to collect cards, build your own deck and play against other, real people online. Well the program has entered the open beta stage. What this means is that anybody can now play against other people online, as well as get cards and build decks… BUT since its still in beta stages, it may not work 100% and there may be still bugs to work out. Still, if you dont think the AI opponents were challenging enough, or you want a bit more customised deck than the pre-constructed decks, then you may want to start using it now.

Speaking of Pre-constructed decks, the latest TCG, Emerging Powers, set has had their theme decks this week, with the booster packs being sold in a couple of weeks time. Both Toxic Tricks (a psychic/fire deck) and Power Play (a Fighting/Water deck) have online codes which will allow you to play those decks in the Trading Card Online… see, its all connected!

Incidently, the next English TCG set has been announced as Noble Victories and will be based around Victini (well not the whole set, but Victini will feature in it, and probably be in both Theme Decks as there are different types of Victini cards, it could work (theme deck wise anyway) like Arceus did in the Arceus set, where there was a different Arceus in each Theme deck. Noble Victories will be out sometime in november.

And that’s all the news we have for you at the moment – more when we learn it

UK Celebi announced… Finally

Finally, after every other country in the world had gotten details on thier Celebi give-a-way, the UK finally gets its details… and by the looks of the dates it got them increadibly late. Today is Wednesday (at least it was when I posted this) and the first set of events are starting this Saturday – that’s in 4 Days time. And after that, there is only 1 other weekend of events.

To be honest, this is shocking and astonishing. Not only is the whole country severly under representated (where’s birmingham, wales or most of the north east, for example) but the time frame is short and the notice even shorter. Why this couldnt have been combined with the Black and White tour (which starts just after this, for referance) I have no idea. I know Nintendo have a lot of promotional things on thier plate with the 3DS out in just over a months time, but that’s no reason to deny most of the country a Celebi which has 2 important functions (one i HG/SS and one in B/W) while also being one of the most absent pokemon from this country since Gold/Silver came out. Especially when the rest of the world seems to be having a fair deal on how/when they’re getting thier Celebi’s

Anyway, enough of my opinionated ranting, here’s the dates for the Celebi tour in the UK:

On Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th Feb 2011
Meadowhall – Unit 29 (High Street), Sheffield S9 1EN
Oxford Street – 100 Oxford Street, London W1D 9LL
Liverpool – Unit 44, South John Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 8BU
Cabot Circus – SU16 Cabot Circus, Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 3BH
Bedford – 27-29 Midland Road, Bedfordshire, MK40 1PL

On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th Feb 2011
Glasgow Fort – 285 Provan Walk, Glasgow Fort Shopping Centre, Junction 10 – M8, G34 9DY
Brighton – 43-44 Western Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2EB
Preston – Unit 8, Fishergate Centre, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 8HJ
London Hamleys – 188-196 Regent Street, London, W1B 5BT
Reading – Unit 8, Oracle Shopping Centre Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2AQ

We’ll bring you more news when we learn it… assuming it doesnt come out too late to be of any use to anybody

Another News Round Up…

Once again I suffered a few bad days preventing me from posting news… Sorry. I try to keep on top of this but its tough to do when its just me and I’ve got my own life to deal with. In this news update, news on a UK Black and White preview tour (most of which coming after the release of the game) and a whole load of Translated names for Black and White

But first, dont forget that a Shiny Raikou is available over Wi-Fi until Sunday 13th March, when Entei will be available from the 14th for a week and Suicune the week after. This can be downloaded onto ANY English version of the game, North American, European or Australian (and yes, still works even if the game isnt set on English mode). You’ll only need one of the Dogs to activate the Zoroark event in Black or White, but if you want the whole set you better hurry and download Raikou now.

Similar to the Mall Tour going across America currently, there is news that a UK version is soon to be underway. Featuring demo’s of Black and White, Scavenger hunts, the chance to meet the new starter pokemon, activities and Pokemon Center Store offering unique merchandice (the last one is the one i’m interested in) – the tour however wont be screening the 13th movie like America is, nor will it be distributing Celebi (which we are still awaiting details on where/when we in the UK will be getting that). The tour dates are as follows (thanks to pokemonworld and bulbapedia for this info):
Sat 26th & Sun 27th February: Westfield London (Site GE1), London, W12 7GF
Sat 5th & Sun 6th March: Silverburn Glasgow (Site Main Entrance – Debenhams), Barrhead Road, GLASGOW, G53 6QR
Sat 12th & Sun 13th March: Birmingham (Site – outside Selfridges), Birmingham Bullring, B5
Sat 19th & Sun 20th March: Metrocentre, Newcastle (Site – Town Square), Metrocentre, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE11 9YG
Sat 2nd & Sunday 3rd April: X Factor Live, Glasgow SECC, Exhibition Way, Glasgow, G3 8YW

Ok, now for the big one: Translation news. IGN and the UK’s Official Nintendo Magazine revealed more English Pokémon names recently… this only further confirmed the leak list, which almost every site now believes in… and since we’re amongst the almost – click here for the full list of Black/White Pokemon, with English names, Broken up into each Evolution Chain

As for the rest, well for the attacks we know that:
Grass Mixer is now known as Leaf Tornado
Nitro Charge is now known as Flame Charge
Shell Blade is now known as Razor Shell
Incinerate keeps its Japanese names
Elecball is now knows as Electro Ball
Dragon Tail keeps its Japanese Name
Flame Burst Also keeps its Japanese name
Healing Wave is now known as Heal Pulse
Evil Eye is now known as Hex
Wood Horn is now known as Horn Leech
Sing a Round is now known as Round
Retaliation is now known as Retaliate
Boiling Water is now known as Scald

New names for abilities are:
Regeneration is now known as Regenerator
Tension is now known as Unnerve

Locations:
Raimon City, where the Musical hall and the 4th Gym is, is now known as Nimbassa City
Sekka City, one of the main locations in the Demo version of the game, is now known as Icirrus City
Dragon Spiral Tower, which is near Icirrus city and also features in the demo, is now Dragonsprial Tower
Yagaruma Forest, which is just after the 2nd gym and before the long bridge into Castelia City, is now known as Pinwheel Forest

Names:
Anole, the 2nd Gym leader’s name, has now been confirmed to be called Lenora

In addition to the above, a leaked list of other locations and Gym leader names has been released. These arent 100% confirmed, but like the leaked Pokemon names list a month or two back, its most likey true.

Leaked Locations:
Kanoko Town, starting location, Nuvema Town
Sazanami Town, Undella Town
Kagome Town, Lacunosa Town
Souryuu City, Opelucid City
Fukiyose City, Mistralton City
Hodomoe City, Driftveil City

Leaked Gym Leaders:
3rd: Arti [Bug] – Burgh
4th Kamitsure [Electric] – Elesa
5th Yacon [Ground] – Clay
6th Fuuro [Flying] – Skyla
7th Hachiku [Ice] – Brycen
8th (black only) Shaga [Dragon] – Drayden

the 1st, 2nd and 8th for white have already been announced, in case you were wondering

Leaked Elite 4:
Shikimi [Ghost] – Shauntal
Giima [Dark] – Grimsley
Renbuu [Fighting] – Marshal
Katorea [Psychic] – Caitlin (this IS the same Caitlin from the battle castle facility)
Champion: Adeku – Alder

Leaked names, other:
Geechisu, Plasma head/admin/Sage – Ghetsis
Black, Male Trainer’s Default name, Blair
White, Female Trainer’s Default name, Whitlea

And that’s it… for now – at the rate this info is leaking/being revealed, i’m sure there will be more to post in an hour or two

That’s all we have for now, we’ll bring you more as soon as we can

More English Black & White info… Plus US Celebi!

Black and White are around a month away from being released in English (along with French, German, Spanish, Italian…) – So the news about various features of the game are going to keep coming over the next few weeks.

First up is news about the Dream World. This feature sees you uploading a pokemon to a website where you can catch more pokemon and grow berries. Well the guy in charge of the English version has said that to avoid the problems that the Japanese version had (so much demand on day one of release, it crashed) the English version of the Dream World won’t be up for about a month AFTER the games are released. We’ll let you know exactly when it’s up as soon as we know.

In other international news, Official Nintendo Magazine in the UK once more announced some more English names. Revealing info on the first gym, its located in Striaton City, the first gym varies in type depending on your starter. We already knew that if you start with Oshawott, you’ll be facing Cilan and his grass type Pansage, as he appears as one of Ash’s new travelling companions in the forthcoming Anime Series. Start with Snivy and you’ll be facing Chili and his fire type Pansear. And of course, start with Tepig and you’ll end up fighting Cress and his water type Panpour. You’ll get the Trio Badge for wining along with TM83 – Work Up (formerly Cheer Up).

The magazine also revealed some more Pokemon names (further confirming the leaked list). In relation to the first gym info, it mentions that while each leader uses its elemental monkey, all 3 use a Lillipup

This normal type pokemon is a great pokemon to start the game off with – get one as soon as you can.

Also mentioned was Tympole

A water type that evolves into a Water/Ground type – If you dont start with Oshawott this is the water type you want in your squad

And here’s Timburr

This fighting type is a good addition to your squad for the second gym, which specialises in normal type Pokemon – it’s located in another city the magazine revealed the name of: Nacrene City

Going beyond English names for Black and White things, details on the Celebi distrabution in the US has been revealed. Available from Gamestop stores between Febuary 21st and March 6th, the Celebi can be downloaded to any 4th Gen games. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Celebi will activate a Time Travel event while when its transferred to Black/White it will allow you to get a Zorua in Castelia City. No details on the UK distribution yet, but with only a few weeks to go we should hear something soon.

That’s all we have for now – we’ll bring you more when we learn it.

news roundup…

oh man – i have a few lousy days and the news just keeps flying off… ok i’m going to try and recap all of it in this news post – oh boy!

Anime News:
Febuary 5th sees the Cartoon Network in the USA premier the 13th Pokemon Movie, Zoroark: Masters of Illusions (check your local listings). One week later on Febuary 12th sees the same channel debut the latest pokemon series, Pokémon: Black & White. When announcing the new show, it announced the English names for Ash’s new companions. Iris keeps her Japanese name while Dento becomes Cilan – these names are important to the new Black/White games as both characters appear. Cilan is one of 3 possible Gym leaders at the first Gym, you’ll fight him if you start with Oshawott as your starter. Iris appears in both games, but in White version she’s the 8th Gym leader.

TCG News:
Not something i seem to post often around here, which is both a shame and something I plan to rectify in future. Following on from the next TCG set, Call of Legends, out on Febuary 9th – The first set to be based on Black and White will be released in April. This is a month earlier than the usual schedule the TCG sets get released, so whether the second B/W set will be released a month earlier or whether there will be a month longer gap is currently unknown – we’ll let you know all we can when we can.

Game News:
Ok, here’s the bulk of the news and we’ve got a lot to get through. First up, Victini, while keeping its Japanese name, has been announced for distrabution outside of Japan. While announced for the UK specifically, the info will most likely apply to the US as well. The Liberty Pass is an item allowed to catch a boat from Castelia City to Liberty Island where you’ll fight a couple of Team Plazma members before having a chance to fight and capture Victini. This item is set to be downloaded via Wi-Fi between March 4th and April 22nd

The Pokemon Company International has announced details on how the Global Link will work outside of Japan. Featuring the same features the Japanese version uses, Global Battle Union (keeps track of your online Battle stats), Global Trade Station (similar to the old GTS site) and the Dream World (allowing you to play with your pokemon away from the game, obtain berries and pokemon with abilities unobtainable via any other method). The Gloabll Link will be accessed using Pokemon Trainer Club Accounts, the account system used at Pokémon.com (which recenly launched reigon variation sites, so now pokemon.com is the official site of not only america, but the UK, Australia and other european countries). If you dont have a Trainer Club account yet – you might want to pop along to pokemon.com to get one now in preperation. We’ll let you know when the Global Link site launches for USA/Europe

Right – last thing, i hope, is that IGN has once again annouced some more pokemon names. All of these names apeared on the leaked list that appeared a few weeks ago – i will be updating the unova dex we have on this site will be updated with these names over the weekend. For now, here’s the new pokemon (with sprites, not sugimori artwork, i dont have time to upload the cooler artwork)

the first 2 pokemon they announced were Pansage, the grass elemental monkey who’s name was revealed on the back of the B/W box art already, and Victini, who’s name was confirmed in the Wi-Fi event above. They did annouce the english name for Pansage’s attack that can hit anybody on the opposing team in a 3v3 match regardless of where Pansage is placed. The attack is called Acrobatics. Meanwhile, Victini’s ability ‘Victory Star’ keeps its Japanese name.

Shikijinka:

Deerling is a pokemon who changes his image depending on the season. it’s herbivore ability is now called Sap Sipper

Basuro:

Basculin has 2 different looks, depending on the version your playing, one type is very common while the other is very rare

Swanna:

Swanna keeps its Japanese name. it’s Gale attack is now called Hurricane

Miruhoggu:

Watchog is the evolved form of Patrat.

IGN also featured Alomomola and Sewaddle as well.

That’s it for the news for now – hopefully we’ll bring you more news as soon as we learn of it.

News, News, More News and Even More News

Lot to get through today, so lets start off with:

NEW BLACK AND WHITE ENGLISH NAMES

The official nintendo magazine from the UK has annouced a couple more new English pokemon names, they are as follows:

From Doryuuzu, this guy’s name is now Excadrill

This used to be Kurumiru, now its Sewaddle

Lastly, this was Mamanbou and now its Alomomola

Also revealed in the article… the move Bug Opposition is now Struggle Bug, while Drill liner now becomes Drill Run. The Highlink feature (which allows you to head to other players games for some quests and fun) is being called Entralink. The DSi feature that allows for video communication between players (which is also used somewhat during the main story) is now known as Xtransceiver (which should techically be called the cross transceiver – but who will honestly call it that)

US TOYS ‘R’ US PIKACHU DOWNLOAD

News the second: So while the legendary dogs are being made available gamestop (and celebi will be available soon there as well), Toys ‘R’ Us are about to hold thier own download event. From Jan 30th from Feb 13th, you’ll be able to get Ash’s Pikachu. Being the same one that Japanese players were able to download a few months back, it will be level 50, holding a light ball and know the moves Thunderbolt, Quick Attack, Volt Tackle and Iron Tail (the main 4 moves Ash’s Pikachu uses in the anime) – the OT will even be Ash!

NEW ANIME SERIES HEADING TO USA
As expected, the latest series of the Anime following Ash’s adventures in the Unnova Region is heading to the US. In Japan, this series is cleverly titled Pokemon Best Wishes – which initials, BW is the same as Black and White – Clever huh? In America this series will also be cleverly titled as Pokemon Black & White… oh well, maybe being straight forward is the new ‘in’ thing.

BIG NINTENDO ANNOUNCEMENT
So, today was a big announcement day today for Nintendo – the big N held Simultanious press confrences on either side of the Atlantic today anouncing the one thing we all want to know…

Also available in blue

When does the Nintendo 3DS come out over here and how much will it cost?

Ok, so that was 2 things… But we got the answers to both along with a preview of a few of the games coming to the system (that any future Pokemon games will most likely be made for) and a few peices of technical info about the console

Between the launch day and E3 in eary June, Nintendo expect 30 games to be released, and that’s both first and 3rd party games. The launch day line up however is a bit vague, with no exact details on what games will be available on either side of the pond.

As for the console itself, there’s some pretty impressive stuff announced. Along with the stuff we already knew of (anolgue stick like controler, 3D slider to adjust/turn off 3D effect, SD card reader (with a 2GB SD card coming with the console) 3 cameras (one on the inside, 2 on the outside, allowing you to take 3D pictures) and an inbuilt tag mode, allowing you to transfer tag mode data even if the game is not in the console) we also lernt that the system will have inbuilt AR games, allowing you to play with the enviroment as you view it and an inbuilt game which allows you to shoot and a funny depiction of your face (or anybody else you’ve taken photo’s of), a Mii creater will allow you to make Mii’s again, although this time you can take a photo of yourself and it will then use that to make a base (which you can edit afterwards, dont worry) – Mii’s can be traded via the tag mode automatically… the 3DS will also have a pedometer, so you can see how far your walking when your trying to pick up new mii’s and swap tag mode data for various games.

Later on in the consoles life, an update will release a Web Browser and open up an eShop, with old Gameboy and Gameboy colour games, plus original stuff as well – will it also carry on the DSi’s Demo service, we can only hope.

The most exciting news about the console (after release date and price, obviously) is the new Friend Codes system – working more like Xbox and PS3’s internet systems, your console will have a Friends Code you can pass to other people – again, you’ll both need to register each other’s code before you can play with each other… but unlike the Wii – each game will not require another friends code. That’s right, only 1 code per customer. Upon registering each other code, not only will you be able to play with each other on any game you’ve (each) got – but its said that you’ll also be able to browes a list of all the games your friends have been playing – its how the big consoles currently work anyway, so it shouldnt be too much of a worry.

If you are worried about what your child is doing on the console, there will be parent controls that will limit the time playing on the web or completly turn off the 3D effect (amongst others, probably) -just make sure that the pin code you use to program these doesnt fall into your childs hands… that would defy the point!

But when is the console coming out? Well Americans can buy this new console on Sunday, March 27th (3 weeks after Black and White is released). It will be priced at $249.99 (save now and save quick). Us Europeans however also get the system 3 weeks after Black and white, on Friday March 25th. The price wasnt announced at the confrence, instead they said it will be up to retailers. Most European contries seem to be setting the console at €249.99 while the major UK Games shops are pricing at around £229.99 – which seems around standard compared to the other prices set.

Well – that was a lot of news… and we’ll bring you more when we find it out!

Update on Euro Wi-Fi Event

The official uk site for HG/SS has updated with details on the Shiny Legendary Dogs Wi-Fi event starting next month. Like the US, we’ll be getting an oppertunity to gain all 3 dogs

The event kicks of on Feb 7th, When Raikou will be available until the 13th
From Valentines day on the 14th, Entei will be available to download until Feb 20th
And Suicune rounds of the event, available between Feb 21st and Feb 27th

All are Shiny and learn a move that they wouldnt ordinarily know. When one of them is traded to Black/White, it will unlock the event where you can catch Zoroark. You will not be able to encounter Zorua or Zoroark in the wild, so you may want to take this oppertunity.

You’ll need a European copy of either Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold or SoulSilver. We don’t know if these will also be able to download on American copies of the games as they have a ‘live’ event at Gamestop stores to get these Pokémon

Information on Celebi has not been released yet, it most likely wont be until next month

That’s all we have for now – we’ll bring you more when we learn it

Events A-Plenty

To celebrate the fact that the greatest Pokémon games are about to be released on western shores, several events have been announced on both sides of the pond.

In addition to getting the Shiny Legendary Dogs Downloadable at gamestop, Nintendo are heading across the USA on thier grand Mall Tour. Kicking off Febuary 5th, The tour features playable demo’s of Black/White, special screenings of Movie 13, Zoroark – Masters of Illusions, Scavanger Hunts and cool Prizes. To see where and when the tour is going across the states click to see the pokemon.com news article here

Also mentioned for the US, Celebi will be distributed via Gamestop Stores. Originally rumoured to be handed out after the shiny beasts during the week of 27th February to 5th March, the actual dates of this event arent yet mentioned. It could be that week, or it could be during the entire of the Mall Tour… or it could even just be in the gamestop stores at the mall when the tour rocks up there. We just dont know.

Meanwhile, over in the UK… Those shiny beasts have been confirmed to be coming to our Wi-Fi… From Febuary 7th, Connecting to Wi-Fi with any European Version of a 4th Gen Game will get you a Shiny beast that will, once transfered to Black/White will allow you to catch a Zoroark. What we dont know is how long the event will last and if we’ll be getting one of the beasts at random or if we’ll have the oppertunity to download all 3. Also unknown is if, like all Wi-fi events of the past year or so, American Versions of the game will also be able to download these beasts as well, despite already had them distributed in Gamestop stores…

Also confirmed, Celebi will be heading to the UK [Finally!] – details on when and where are unknown, but its possible it will be the same as Arceus last year, in which a couple of weekends before the release of the new games, Selected Game stores will have this illusive pokemon to download, along with other pokemon related stuff going on… This will be the first time Celebi has been available in the UK for 10 years, when a small, under publisied tour was done for Gold and Silver… how times have changed.

That’s all we know on all these events – as soon as we have more details – we’ll bring them to you.