After the success of the legendary decks last year, Konami Digital is looking to make lightning strike twice with the upcoming release of Legendary Decks II for the Yu-Gi-Oh Trading Card Game. This will be a box set that will contain three decks based off of the characters Joey, Yugi, and Kaiba in the Duelist Kingdom and Battle City arcs of the anime. They will have iconic cards in each deck like the Exodia cards from Yugi’s deck, the Red Eyes Black Dragon for Joey’s, and of course the Blue Eyes White Dragon for Kaiba’s. There will also be other super rare cards and even Egyptian God cards included in the set. You can read about the release on the YGOrganization site and look forward to it’s release in October of 2016.
The Pokémon Company International would like to announce its excitement over the celebration of the brand’s 20th year. The company has announced that 2016 will be filled with special promotions and product launches, with a special featured ad during the Super Bowl.
The following is the detailed press release:
Pokémon is thrilled to announce that 2016 will be a year-long celebration of the past, present, and future of the 20-year-old brand. First introduced in Japan in 1996 with the video games Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green for the Game Boy system, Pokémon has delighted fans of all ages around the world for two decades. With more than 275 million video games sold worldwide, 21.5 billion TCG cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 18 seasons, Pokémon is one of the most successful entertainment brands in the world.
To kick-start the celebration, The Pokémon Company International announced today that it will air a new ad during Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, February 7, which will encourage fans to Train On. In that spirit, fans are encouraged to share their favorite Pokémon memories on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube using the hashtag #Pokemon20. On Pokémon Day, February 27, fans can join in on the fun at special events at participating retail locations across the country. More details can be found at Pokemon.com/20. Fans visiting the site throughout the year will find information about monthly Mythical Pokémon distributions, retail events, special products, messages from some of Pokémon’s biggest fans, and the upcoming Pokémon Photo Booth app.
In addition to all of these great ways to celebrate 20 years of Pokémon, there is much more to come in 2016. This spring, Pokkén Tournament (Pokemon.com/PokkenTournament) for the Wii U console will bring Pokémon to life in a way never seen before: Pokémon battle in direct response to the player’s actions. Pokémon GO (Pokemon.com/GO), a ground-breaking mobile game that will encourage fans to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon, launches later this year. To coincide with Pokémon Day on February 27, Nintendo will also make some of their best-selling Pokémon amiibo available again, at select retailers only. Fans should be on the lookout for Charizard, Jigglypuff, Greninja, and Lucario to join Pikachu at stores nationwide.
In a fitting tribute to where it all began, Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version, and Pokémon Yellow Version will be released as digital downloads on Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on February 27. Pokémon Red Version andPokémon Blue Version will also be included in a New Nintendo 3DS bundle. The New Nintendo 3DS Pokémon 20th Anniversary bundle will come with Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version pre-installed, two unique cover plates featuring artwork from the original Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version game boxes and the Pokémon 20th logo, and a download code for an exclusive Nintendo 3DS Pokémon HOME Menu theme. The commemorative New Nintendo 3DS bundle will be available on February 27 at retail locations.
Pokémon TCG fans can celebrate 20 years of Pokémon with the Pokémon TCG: Generations expansion (Pokemon.com/20). This special expansion covers every stage of a Trainer’s journey, from the choice of a first partner Pokémon to the most elite of Trainer battles. Featuring Pikachu, Snorlax, Ninetales-EX, Jolteon-EX, plus Mega Charizard-EX, Mega Blastoise-EX, and Mega Venusaur-EX, the Generations expansion will be available in February. Generations booster packs will be available within specially labeled and designed Pokémon TCG products released as part of the Pokémon 20th celebration, starting with the first Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collection coming in late February. A total of 11 Mythical Pokémon Collections will be released throughout 2016, each containing two Generations booster packs. In addition, four Pokémon TCG: Red & Blue Collections focused on the original superstars of the Pokémon world, each containing four Generations booster packs, will be released in 2016.
The celebration continues with special retail events. Four Mythical Pokémon video game character distribution events will take place at participating GameStop locations throughout 2016, with one being distributed each quarter. Fans will need to have Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, or Pokémon Y, and a system from the Nintendo 3DS family to receive Mew, Darkrai, Arceus, and Genesect.
On Pokémon Day, February 27, at participating Toys“R”Us locations, fans can receive special foil Pokémon TCG cards featuring Pikachu and Magikarp from the Generations expansion, a Pokémon activity book, and a poster of the original 151 Pokémon, while supplies last. Toys“R”Us will also have an exclusive Generations-themed folio available for purchase to collect the new expansion.
Beginning in January and continuing throughout the year, 12 full-length Pokémon feature films will be available for digital download from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. Among the releases will be digitally remastered versions of Pokémon: The First Movie and Pokémon the Movie 2000 and Pokémon 3: The Movie. In addition, Pokémon TV, available on Pokemon.com, Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire platforms, will feature one film title per month to align with other Pokémon brand activities. The first three Pokémon films will also be available in both DVD and Blu-ray formatted bundles from licensee Viz Media.
A 48-page interactive digital reader will accompany Pokémon: The First Movie and can be viewed on any device that supports iBooks, including Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
Fans can celebrate 20 years of Pokémon in style with new apparel, accessories, and souvenirs available only at PokemonCenter.com. They can find everything from a special Pokémon 20th baseball cap by New Era to a commemorative pin and lanyard set. Pokémon 20th TCG accessories, such as card sleeves, deck boxes, playmats, and much more, are available for fans of all ages. Limited-edition Pokémon 20th figures and plush items from TOMY International, Pokémon’s master toy licensee, will also be available at participating retail locations.
For more information on the Pokémon franchise and other plans for their 20th Anniversary year, visit the company’s USA website here.
Hot on the heels of The Spoils winning the fan favorite award for trading card game at Origins 2015, Arcane Tinmen has announced the next expansion for the card game, Seed Saga, the Descent of Gideon. The Spoils is a trading card game incorporating elements of Magic and Magi-nation while still adding it own ideas like faction specific abilities and actions, making it an award winning stand out from the typical TCG fare. The object of the game is to take your opponent down to 0 influence through clever card play and strategy. Cards come in the form of Characters that can be used to attack the opponent, Locations and Items that bring continuous advantages to the table, or Tactics that are one-time use cards with powerful effects.
Seed Saga is a 350 card set that continues to expand the universe with 50 brand new cards as well as alternate art cards for fan favorite from previous sets. You will be able to purchase 14 card booster packs of the new set when it releases on August 22nd or you can pre-order packs from retailers that carry The Spoils TCG. Head on over the The Spoils site to find a retailer near you.
As of this month (May) Cryptozoic is opting to stop sales of their trading cards and binders in their online store. In a press release on May 4th they announced this change as a shift to drive more business to the retailers and distributors. So while you won’t be able to buy directly from Cryptozoic anymore, you will be able to buy it from retailers, and since they no longer have to hold stock back for their own store, there will be more available to the retailers. In short, you can only get Cryptozoic TCG products from retailers, and supporting retailers is always a good thing.
Read the full notice HERE, they have also included a link to help find retailers near you that carry Cryptozoic products.
Last year Wizards of the Coast announced major changes to their distribution model for Magic: The Gathering. Now players of the mega-popular collectible card game finally have the title and some details regarding the first release in this new two block set format.
Battle for Zendikar will be packaged in Booster Packs, Intro Packs, Fat Packs, and Event Decks. Conspicuous by its absence is a Core Set which will no longer exist in the new distribution model.
Long time M:TG veteran and Making Magic columnist Mark Rosewater headed the initial concept and design team for the upcoming release. The project was then taken over by another well known M:TG veteran Eric Lauer who lead the final game design and development team. With these two minds molding Battle for Zendikar, along with multiple other talented individuals following their lead, there is no reason to believe this new era in M:TG distribution will do anything other than continue the success of the franchise.
Fans can first expect to see Modern Masters in stores May, 2015 before Battle for Zendikar arrives on October 2, 2015. Pre release events will be held September 26-27 and the official Game Day for the release is October 24-25.