Pokemon 5th Generation: The New Generation as a Whole

By Nicholas Alves

As in every five years or so since its release, Pokemon has released another new generation.  As with all new generations we are brought a new Region, a new professor and a surplus of never before seen Pokemon.  As the fifth generation is brought upon us we find the new region is known as Unova and there are 156 never before seen Pokemon. As for the professor we are brought the first women professor known as Professor Juniper. Unlike in most previous generations, none of the Pokemon from any other generation will evolve from or into any of the fifth generation Pokemon.  We are also brought the normal fire, water and grass starters. The Pokemon go by the name of Snivy (grass) Tepig (fire) Oshawott (water). The Fifth generation has also brought us a brand new breed of criminal, Team Plasma! This team maybe more devious then Team Rocket themselves, they want to separate the world of Pokemon and Humans alike. The Region of Unova has several similarities and is most likely based on New York City.
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Traveling Companion

By Pheonixxfoxx

Pokedolls are all the rage, but I never really understood why! Well, not until I got my Giratina Origin Form Pokedoll, whom I named Pickles, almost 2 years ago! Pickles came from Nintendo World in New York, a fellow Pokemon collector decided to do a Pokedoll run, to help fellow collectors get their hands on those long sought after Pokedolls. For some reason, I was compelled to have my name added to the list for both a Giratina Origin Form and Shadow Lugia Pokedoll, though I did not really collect either Pokemon. Sadly, Shadow Lugia was out of stock, but I still gladly paid for Giratina Origin Form.
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Pokemon Serperior Samurott Emboar Pokedoll Plushies

By Brian Grabow

The Pokemon Centers in Japan have just released 3 new Pokedolls today. They are Serperior, Samurott and Emboar. These Pokedolls are larger than normal size. It is about twice the size of a normal Pokedoll and of course about twice the cost. It is one of the large size Pokedolls, similar to Reshiram and Zekrom that were released last month.

Check out my video of the 3 new Pokedolls on youtube if you want to see them up close and the size compared to a normal size Pokedoll.
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Last Minute Event Rush

By Emily

With less than a month to go before Pokemon Black and White is available all over the world, a lot of important Pokemon events are being distributed in a very short time frame. At least one regular year’s worth of events have been crammed into only about two months, and in even less time for some countries.

Almost all of the events currently being distributed are important for getting exclusive Pokemon in Black and White. The shiny Suicune, Entei, and Raikou are necessary for being able to battle Zoroark in Illusion Forest. In the United States these event Pokemon were available at Gamestop stores across the nation. For European countries these Pokemon are being distributed one at a time over Wi-Fi and have a very short distribution time of one week per Pokemon. Since the European versions of the event are available over Wi-Fi, it gives people in the United States a second opportunity to get the events if they missed the Gamestop distributions. While we have the ability to download all three, when these events were available in Japan only one Pokemon could be obtained at a time because each Pokemon required a pre-order ticket to receive.
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Shiny Pokemon Review For Generation Five

By Emily

With so many new Pokemon making an appearance in the fifth generation games Pokemon Black and White, many new shiny Pokemon are able to be collected. But deciding on which ones to go after first can be difficult, since this generation is blessed with so many great shiny characters. However, the games are programmed such that two of the best shiny Pokemon of the generation can not be found shiny naturally.

Victini is one whose shiny form can not be obtained legally. Its bright white body contrasting with its neon orange ears, hands, and feet are very reminiscent of a clown, which seems to suit Victini’s Pokedex-based personality better than its regular coloration. Reshiram, one of the other Pokemon who can not be found shiny in the games, undoubtedly has the best shiny form of all fifth generation Pokemon. The once white rings on its body have been upgraded to gold, as have the plates on its wings. This new gold color combined with the sublime pink of shiny Reshiram’s body is a great combination of colors that show off the gold of the rings in a strong but reserved way.
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New Black & White Pokemon

By Joey DiGiacomo

The new Pokemon in this next generation are amazing. The starters have to be my favorite of all time. They are very crucial characters, because their evolved form is very powerful. The first starter is Snivy.  Snivy is a grass type Pokemon and he evolves into a determined and majestic Pokemon. Another great starter is Tepig that is like a pig type of Pokemon. He is a fire type pokemon, and his evolved form looks nothing like him. For some reason the evolution of Tepig reminds me of an egg. It is shaped very odd, but has good fire moves.

My personal favorite starter is Oshawatt, he is kind of like a gothic sea otter. He never smiles, but has amazing moves. He is a water type Pokemon, and his moves do not really revolve around that. His moves have the power of a common attack or scratch like the old generations. Overall the moves are pretty amazing, and do have room for improvement. His evolved form likeTepig, looks nothing like the pre-evolved form.
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Pokemon Black & White Tour

By Joey DiGiacomo

When I first heard that there would be a tour for the new games and cards coming out my excitement went up, and changed my view entirely about the new series. I am lucky enough to live in Ohio, so we were the first stop on the mall tour. Now I will go in to the best part, the details and my personal experience.

When you first walk in to the mall you will go to the in formation booth, that is where you can get movie tickets and information. The movie you will see is Zoroark: Master of Illusions. I will not give my personal rating, but it does bring back Pokemon memories. I do not want to spoil it for you and just say what you get for free, but there is a good amount of free items.
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Pokemon Black & White Game Review

By Joey DiGiacomo

Moderate graphics, exciting game play, and new Pokemon… all things that describe the Pokemon Black & White game. Now if you are one of the many people like me that have already played Black & White you should be as astonished as me. The fact that I got the games in Japanese that is a personal high point, but when you get down to the game you see the exciting features.

First, you have to look at the best feature, new Pokemon. The new Pokemon have many words to describe them, cute, small, large, and most of them are very powerful. We are all familiar with the “Legendary Pokemon,” and this game does not lack them. Since I do not want to give anything to big away, I will just say that there is one legendary for each game.
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Minccino And Emolga Large Size Pokemon Plushies

By Brian Grabow

The Pokemon Centers in Japan have just released two new large size plushies. They are Minccino and Emolga, or Chillarmy and Emonga as they are commonly known in Japanese.

Chillarmy Large Plush
Minccino Giant Size Plush Toy

These are only sold in Japan at the Pokemon Centers and not at any toy stores. These two large plush toys are bigger than most large size plush toys, but smaller than the lifesize plushies.They both have incredibly soft fur that is like velvet. Very soft to the touch. They are very nicely detailed too.  Both of their faces have nice stitching and are very adorable. The eyes are really nicely made and Minccino’s ears are also really cool. Very nice quality I think.

Both plushes are about 14-15 inches tall (about 35-38cm), so they are quite big. Not as big as the lifesize plushies, but pretty big.  The Minccino plushie is alot wider than Emolga Pokemon plush because of its gigantic ears, but they are both similar in height.
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The Two Great Ground Pokemon of Generation Five

By Emily

Note: this contains spoilers, which some people may not like.

Pokemon Black and White have definitely improved the difficulty of Pokemon battles, and going in unprepared is a very bad idea. Especially with your final battle against N and Ghetsis. The legendary dragon N controls and many of the Pokemon on Ghetsis’ team are incredibly strong and can easily destroy an entire team of Pokemon.

However, two ground type Pokemon stand out as being near-essential in helping you win. Excadrill for Black and Krookodile for White are possibly the best Pokemon you can use in the two final battles of the main story.
Excadrill is very useful in Pokemon Black because it has immunity to Zekrom’s strongest attack, Cross Thunder. Excadrill has a very high attack stat and can learn both Earthquake and Drill Run, which will be able to faint Zekrom in only one or two attacks. Because Excadrill can learn both X-scissor and Brick Break, it will also be useful against Ghetsis’ strongest Pokemon, Hydreigon.
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