New Pokemon TCG Collections Detailed

New Pokemon TCG Collections Detailed

With new Pokemon games on the horizon and the holidays approaching, the Pokemon TCG is gearing up for a handful of expansions. Sun and Moon – Burning Shadows and Shining Legends have already hit store shelves, and Sun and Moon – Crimson Invasion is just a few short days away. To commemorate this, The Pokemon Company detailed some collections of boosters and promotional cards they’ll be releasing in the future.

A handful of these have already seen release, such as the Mewtwo pin collection, Team Skull pin set, and Ho-Oh Super Premium set. The Mewtwo pin and Ho-Oh collection are based around the new Shining Legends set, which focuses on the rare and sought-after shiny Pokemon from the games. The Team Skull set carries on the legacy of Burning Shadows, but isn’t really worth the 50$ CDN you’d have to pay for it.

On the 3rd of November, however, a brand new set releases, and with it comes new box sets. The standard Elite Trainer Box of this set is the Sivally box, featuring a Silvally-EX design on the sleeves included in the box. Promo packs include the Ultra Beast-GX premium collections starring Buzzswole and Primarina, and the Zoroark-GX pin set. Elite Trainer Boxes are only useful for the initial release of a set, as afterwards you shouldn’t have to buy new Energy cards or other ephemera. The best value otherwise would have to be the Ultra Beast collections, even if they make it more expensive with those useless oversized cards that just take up room.

The last big push shown so far is on the 17th of November, where a variety of collections will be released. A finale to X/Y‘s trading card dominance comes in the form of a Premium Trainer’s Collection featuring promos of the legendaries from those games. It’s a good way to catch up on the set if you missed out, and those promos are really nice. There are also two Sivally sets, one with a figure and one based on the shiny version of the Pokemon, which lines up with the current Gamestop promotion. I’d say get the shiny set, as the statue may be nice, but you can’t play the game with that, can you? There’s also a figure set based on Marshadow, and a lunch box you could potentially brain someone with if you’re not careful. Finally, an official release of decks based on the ones used by this year’s TCG world champions will launch, in case you want an unfair advantage over your friends (and only your friends, as these decks aren’t legal in competition).

These sets are touch and go. It’s a bit unfair to say “it’s all up to your taste”, but most of these sets have goodies that you definitely don’t need if you’re just planning to play the game or collect the cards. If you’re interested in a specific strategy or Pokemon, look into getting the promo boxes for that release. If not, an Elite Trainer Box and some boosters would be plenty. Whatever you do, don’t buy those expensive Target Pokemon card cubes: they’re a complete ripoff.


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Nintendo Direct Recap: Pokemon, Kirby, Wolfenstein, and More

Nintendo Direct Recap: Pokemon, Kirby, Wolfenstein, and More

Updates to Fire Emblem Warriors and Splatoon 2 are just some of the announcements that were released through today’s Nintendo Direct presentation.

Kirby: Battle Royale is a new 3D brawler that throws you and your friends into a variety of multiplayer modes. Expect this title to release on January 19 on the Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo is rounding up the top minigames from the main Mario Party series and throwing them into Mario Party: The Top 100. The update’s assortment of minigames is set to release on November 10 for the 3DS.

Minecraft is headed to the 3DS! The portable version will come with both the Survival and Creative modes, along with five skin packs and two texture packs. The game is currently available on the eShop and is exclusive to New Nintendo 3DS systems.

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is still set for its November 3 release, but we did get some new updates. The story will primarily feature Necrozma as it takes over Solgaleo and Lunala, the legendaries of the Generation 7. Pre-ordering will get you a Rockruff that can evolve into the new Dusk Form Lycanroc. New clothing and style options were also shown off.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is still set for its December 1 release on the Nintendo Switch. A new Pro Controller themed after the title was announced, along with a special edition that includes a soundtrack CD, a metal case, and an art book.

DOOM and Wolfenstein II will see a release on the Switch. No word on whether or not these editions will have special features. DOOM will be released this holiday while Wolfenstein II is set for 2018.

Fire Emblem Warriors is getting a new playable character in the form of the classic hero Lyn.

Kirby Star Allies is the name of the new Kirby title announced at E3 2017. The Switch title will allow characters to recruit enemies while playing cooperatively with up to three friends. Kirby is set to release next spring.

Splatoon 2 and ARMS are both getting free content updates. Splatoon 2 will get two new stages while ARMS will get the new playable fighter, Lola Pop.

The new Champions amiibo figures based on the characters from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are set to release on November 10.

Super Mario Odyssey got a ton of new announcements, all of which you can read here.

New Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon Trailer

New Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon Trailer

New details have emerged surrounding Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon.

Nintendo just dropped a new trailer for the forthcoming definitive editions of Pokémon Sun and Moon for the Nintendo 3DS.

The biggest changes in the upcoming titles include a brand new story mode, a new “Z Power Ring” item and a plethora of new customization options for the player character.

In the original Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, the narrative focused on telling the story of the Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala. In Ultra Sun and Moon, the mysterious and ominous Necroza join the two guardian Pokémon in an all new adventure.

Additionally, the main playable characters—both female and male—have received an update, which in the trailer seem to include the likes of new hairstyles, clothing options, and accessories.

The trailer also seems to hint at the possibility of having Pokémon follow the player around in the over world. This feature was first seen in the 1998 Pokémon Yellow game, in which Pikachu followed the player trainer around, emulating the famous electric mouse from the popular anime series.

It wasn’t until the release of Pokémon Heart Gold and Pokémon Soul Silver in 2009, that we saw the return of this feature (it was greatly expanded, allowing any Pokémon to follow the trainer, instead of just Pikachu). Since then the feature has been absent in mainline Pokémon games.

Like the original release, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon will offer players the option of purchasing a toy replica of the in-game Z Power Ring. The device will feature NFC technology that can communicate with the Nintendo 3DS and unlock cool perks during battles.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon will be out November 17, 2017, exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS family of handhelds. A special Ultra Dual Edition will also be available, which dons exclusive artwork and packaging.

Eagle-eyed fans have taken to Twitter, after noticing a particularly interesting segment from the trailer. The 0:14 second mark seems to depict the player character in a Pokémon Gym reminiscent of an iconic Kanto region location.

As reported by Polygon, the implications of a Kanto Gym could imply that the Generation I region may be playable in the upcoming Sun and Moon iterations.

The standard edition of each game will retail for $59.99 CAD and $38.88 USD, with the special Dual Edition going for $99.99 CAD and $79.99 USD.

Pokemon Go Players Welcome Mewtwo, Say Goodbye To Lugia

Pokemon Go Players Welcome Mewtwo, Say Goodbye To Lugia

The official North American website for Pokémon recently announced that Lugia will depart Pokémon Go alongside the other Legendary Bird Pokémon come September.

The news of Lugia and the other Legendary Birds departing was announced with a notification of the arrival of the Legendary Pokémon, Mewtwo. Additionally, the report posted on the official website also announced the return of Articuno and Moltres (who along with Lugia will be available till the end of this month).

A copy of the announcement has been included below:

“While you await the arrival of Mewtwo, you can use those powerful Pokémon of yours to take on and catch Lugia—and Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres!” the article read. “That’s right, those mighty Legendary Kanto Pokémon are sticking around for one more week. Starting today and lasting until August 31, 2017, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres will be appearing in Raid Battles for Trainers to challenge. August 31 will also be your last opportunity to catch Lugia, for now. Be sure to coordinate with other Trainers and make your move!”

Lugia is currently the hardest Legendary Pokémon to capture with a catch rate of 2%. Additionally, Lugia is the hardest Raid level encounter in the popular mobile game.

One reason Lugia is such a hard Pokémon to capture is due to the Legendary Bird’s resistance to Rock type Pokémon, which normally deal extra damage. Lugia’s Hydro Pump is also considered to be one of the deadlier moves in the game, which can attributed to the high difficulty.

It is speculated that the Legendary Birds Raids will be the last free-for-all Raid event, as Pokémon Go is set to get Exclusive Raids for high-profile players who have already participated in previous events. Lugia and the other Legendary Bird Pokémon were the first Legendary level Pokémon to be introduced to Pokémon Go, they were initially given out prematurely after a disastrous start to the Pokémon Go Fest, which took place in July.

Pokémon Direct Drops Three Big Announcements

Pokémon Direct Drops Three Big Announcements

Nintendo held a small direct for Pokémon on June 6, 2017, but the news was anything but small. As most would guess, Nintendo continues their trend of releasing updated versions of Wii U games on the Switch with Pokken Tournament Deluxe.

The game features all of the Pokémon previously released for the arcade version in Japan on the home console system. Those Pokémon include Scizor, Darkrai, and Decidueye to name of few. Coming alongside the new Pokémon is a new way to battle. A 3 vs 3 team battle mode was also announced for the new game. Pokken Tournament Deluxe can be played across all three of the Switch’s different modes. Trainers can battle online in new ranked and unranked modes that are going to be introduced alongside the release of the game on Sept. 22, 2017.

Following alongside the release of Pokken Tournament Deluxe, it was also announced that Pokémon Gold and Silver versions were going to be released on the 3DS virtual console. These versions are going to be compatible with the Pokémon Bank service so trainers will be able to transfer their Pokémon to the other game that was announced today.

Following the end of the Pokken trailer, a small trailer was shown announcing the release of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. The games are sequels to the original Sun and Moon and are set to feature a new storyline and new Pokémon that were not in previous games. These games are set to release worldwide on Nov. 17, 2017 on the 3DS.