Pokemon Booster Packs vs Card Store Websites

By Brian Hsieh

Booster packs are a common way to obtain cards. For around the $4.00 mark, booster packs strengthen one’s collection by adding a set of random cards that one pulls after the purchase. But many websites have been established that sell singles of the card at decent prices. Their philosophy is that you can get what you want without spending more money on a Pokemon booster pack and possibly being disappointed. Take ultra-rare cards; they can be obtained in booster packs but with a low ratio of them being pulled. Even if you actually pull an ultra-rare card, it might not be the one you’re looking for. With card store websites, the hassle of buying many packs just to be possibly disappointed is thrown away. For a fee similar to two to three booster packs, one can obtain an ultra-rare card. For a smaller fee, one can obtain rares, holographic cards, and many others to complete their collection.

Continue reading “Pokemon Booster Packs vs Card Store Websites”

Tags: , , ,

Black And White Sampling Tour: International Centre

By Leo Du

On February 19, 2011, I attended Kid’s Fest at the International Centre.  There were demo versions of Pokemon Black and White being shown there which people can play.  Also, there were face painting stations and coloring stations.  The designs available at the face painting station were Victini and Pikachu.  I got a Victini on my face; I had to wait like 20 minutes for my turn.

Boy Victini Face Painting
A Boy Having A Victini Painted On His Face
Victini On Face
My Face With A Victini Painted On
Pikachu Victini
The Two Pokemon Available At The Face Paint Station. Pikachu & Victini

Continue reading “Black And White Sampling Tour: International Centre”

Tags: , ,

Pokemon Black & White Episode 1: In the shadows of Zekrom

By Joey DiGiacomo

Ash, a Pokemon trainer from Pallet Town sets off for another adventure with his partner Pokemon, Pikachu, but what Ash doesn’t know is that Team Rocket is on the plane Ash is riding.

As soon as Ash lands into the new region, things get fishy. A huge thunderstorm comes towards Ash and Pikachu at a fast pace. While this thunderstorm is hurdling towards them Pikachu gets captured out of nowhere by Team Rocket. They realize Team Rocket is a problem, but Ash and Pikachu panic once lightning strikes. Ash sees a shadow of a Pokemon who is causing these lightning strikes.The mysterious Pokemon in the thunder cloud electrocutes everyone, foiling Team Rocket’s plans once again. Ash tells Pikachu to use thunderbolt into the vortex like cloud, it makes the Pokemon even more mad, the mysterious Pokemon electrocutes Pikachu, making him use all of his electricity. After that something is wrong with Pikachu. He is now unable to use his electric attacks.
Continue reading “Pokemon Black & White Episode 1: In the shadows of Zekrom”

Tags: , , , , , ,

Zoroark: Master of Illusions Movie Review

By Joey DiGiacomo

A must see Pokemon adventure, and one you do not want to miss. This movie brings us back to an earlier generation where Ash and his friends are back to simply have fun, but it soon goes wrong when the new Pokemon is released. The new Pokemon can change into anything that is around it, but seems to have a tail every time. This may be a movie you contemplate seeing, but just keep in mind, it is kind of an intro to the new generation and hopefully newer and better movies.

As we have seen in the earlier movies, the Pokemon are interactive and do not disappoint in the movie. We do not see any of the new Pokemon, but we do see the introduction of an exciting new Pokemon. This new Pokemon is named Zorua, and the evolved form of this is named Zoroark. Both of these new Pokemon show us the sort of Ditto like ability we have seen before, by that I mean they can transform into basically any living thing or object that they are around.
Continue reading “Zoroark: Master of Illusions Movie Review”

Tags: , ,

Two Pokemon Movies Simultaneous Release

By Leo Du

The fact that The Pokemon Company and Nintendo are releasing two Pokemon
movies, Victini and the Black Hero: Zekrom and Victini and the White Hero: Reshiram,
at the same time was that it was the first time ever done.  Maybe that’s why the DVD for
Pokemon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life took so long to release because the company
was working on two movies at the same time.  People could expect that the two new
Pokemon movies could be of lower quality because two projects are going on at the
same time which means that the workforce had to be divided evenly amongst the two
projects, but the overall quality could be made up for by the release of two instead of
one.  If both the two movies are higher quality than usual, then people might just be
Continue reading “Two Pokemon Movies Simultaneous Release”

Tags: , , ,

Pokemon Starters

By Joey DiGiacomo

In the world of Pokemon there has to be new starters all the time. When you play Pokemon games, you will notice that you have to choose a starter every time. Everyone has their favorite starter set; I personally love the set you get in Pokemon Gold. Then you have your older starters, by that I mean Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander. Those were a great set of starters, but they are much better when they are evolved. As I have said I like the old Johto starters, because their evolved form is modern and powerful.

Another set of starters is Kanto that is as I have said the older set; this set is the oldest set. In all sets I have my recommended starters, but in this one I really can’t decide between Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur. Now when I first liked Pokemon I was a big fan of the Kanto and Johto starters, but my personal favorite set of starters is the Hoenn set.
Continue reading “Pokemon Starters”

Tags: , , , , , ,

Second Generation Shiny Pokemon Review

By Emily

Despite the second generation having the fewest Pokemon of any era past and present, it seems to have a lot of shiny Pokemon associated with it. With Gold and Silver being the first games to actually feature these unique Pokemon, it makes some sense for so many Pokemon from this era being turned into shiny events.

Events aside, many of the Pokemon are stuck with a combination of pink, purple, and blue for their shiny colors. Some Pokemon were lucky enough to have a rather good shiny form.

Starting with events, the first shiny Pokemon from this era is Pichu with the 12th movie. The Pikachu-Colored Pichu wasn’t there just for looks; the notched-ear Pichu from the movie could be obtained only if this event Pokemon was brought to the Ilex Shrine. In addition to the in-game event, the shiny Pichu also had an exclusive attack, Endeavor, which made this Pokemon even more unusual. The gold color of this Pokemon is actually a very good choice since the red of its cheeks and black of its ears and tail have a much nicer contrast.
Continue reading “Second Generation Shiny Pokemon Review”

Tags: , , , , ,

Pokemon Best Wishes episode 004 Review

By Trainer_Auro

Three episodes; three Pokemon. At this rate, Ash’s party will be full in no time. Last time, he caught the adorable water type; Oshawott. Well, technically, he didn’t catch it. It was the Oshawott from Professor Juniper’s lab, which she told Ash to take care of after its escape. Watching Pikachu and Oshawott interact was amusing, but now we should get a better idea of Oshawott’s character. We start off this fourth episode with Ash approaching a city, excited for his first Gym battle.

Introductions aside, it’s time for a play-by-play review. Warning, the following WILL contain spoilers. I recommend you watch this series on your own, but if you’re in a hurry, want another opinion, or just don’t feel like watching, this will be quick, and to the point without losing the details.
Continue reading “Pokemon Best Wishes episode 004 Review”

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Pokemon Best Wishes Episode 003 Review

By Trainer_Auro

After two episodes, Ash already has two Pokemon; Pikachu and Pidove. Hopefully he doesn’t fill out his party too soon, and stick us with the same six for the rest of the season. It would be even better if he caught more than six, and switched some things around every now and then. Something I’ve noticed about Team Rocket is that in both the episodes we’ve seen them in, they’ve used their classic mechanical arms to grab Pikachu, and yet they seem so different. But enough about Team Rocket for now.

This time, we start off with Ash and Iris heading towards Striaton (Sanyou city) to challenge the gym.

Introductions aside, it’s time for a play-by-play review. Warning, the following WILL contain spoilers. I recommend you watch this series on your own, but if you’re in a hurry, want another opinion, or just don’t feel like watching, this will be quick, and to the point without losing the details.
Continue reading “Pokemon Best Wishes Episode 003 Review”

Tags: , , , , , ,

New Call Of Legends Pokemon Cards

By Joey DiGiacomo

Reprints! That’s right the new Pokemon cards will be nothing but reprints. They have been out for just a few days, and I have opened about five packs. I did not get one holographic card. I hope this does not happen to people that always buy cards. There is a lack of new artwork, but I am sure there is some. The starters that are common in this set are Totodile, Chikorita, and Cyndaquil. The artwork in these cards can not be any older than two years. The holographic card that I am looking for is a card that I already got in reverse holographic form, it is Deoxys. That card has great and very detailed artwork, and looks amazing.
Continue reading “New Call Of Legends Pokemon Cards”