Pokémon Trading Card Game Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Pokémon Trading Card Game RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 5 Pokemon Spinoffs That Don't Suck https://www.gameskinny.com/hscyp/5-pokemon-spinoffs-that-dont-suck https://www.gameskinny.com/hscyp/5-pokemon-spinoffs-that-dont-suck Fri, 31 Jul 2020 12:26:15 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

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Pokemon Pinball/Pinball Ruby and Sapphire

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Whoever first floated the idea of Pokemon meets pinball was a very smart person. Don’t get me wrong: Regular pinball’s great and all. But the original Pokemon Pinball and the Ruby and Sapphire version took it to another level. In keeping with the version gimmick, you had two table styles to choose from with different layouts and, more importantly, different Pokemon to catch. 

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Instead of space-age bumpers and plain ol’ pins, you had Shroomish or Voltorb to rack up points with, Pikachu to catch the ball — if you were lucky — and Diglett or Psyduck to shake things up and knock the ball around. 

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These were way more than just a Pokemon skin stretched over a pinball table, though. Shooting the ball to the right spot or spinning one of the flippers enough activated several different modes, all built around catching Pokemon (quelle surprise, I know).

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What ‘mon were available depended on the location you started out in. The original would put you in or near cities from Red and Blue, though the R&S version did away with cities for more generic locations only, like caves and such. 

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It was, and still is, an incredibly addictive feature for a pinball game, even if the bumpers did seem to bear some kind of ancient grudge against players and almost always shot the ball somewhere other than where the Pokemon was.

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That's it for our best Pokemon spinoffs. Has another Pokemon spinoff captured your heart that we didn't cover? Let us know over on Twitter, and be sure to hit that share button to spread the Pokemon love.

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Pokemon Colosseum/XD Gale of Darkness

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“I want a Pokemon game with a dark story.” So did Genius Sonority at one point, and that’s how we got Pokemon Colosseum and its very good sequel Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness.

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Well okay, that might only be partly true and mostly conjecture, but I stand on this hill. 

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Regardless, you can see an inkling of that desire in both games anyway. Colosseum builds on Pokemon Stadium’s DNA, only instead of just giving you big, flashy 3D battles and very little else, you get a full Pokemon game. 

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The evil teams in both hearken back to the original Team Rocket’s brutal treatment of Pokemon, and it’s your job to both stop them and bring their abused ‘mon back to the light. Yes, that’s where Shadow Pokemon came from.

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Genius Sonority dialed the zaniness up to 500, too, with some of the most memorably bizarre characters the series has seen. It was a breath of fresh air before Pokemon seemingly became stuck in its own success and couldn’t experiment anymore.

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They weren’t perfect, though. There were a lot of limitations in both stories, with plenty of room for more narrative — and basically more of everything else. Battle Mode was billed as the big draw for Colosseum and was happy to destroy you if you hadn’t trained your transfer Pokemon like a pro. But both were still a promising venture into story-based Pokemon that sadly hasn’t resurfaced. 

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Pokemon GO

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Of course, Pokemon GO is on our list. It’s almost impossible not to include it on any best Pokemon spinoff list. Tons of people love it — even folks who normally wouldn’t touch a Pokemon game.

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Entire communities as large and vibrant as the mainline Pokemon communities have spun up around it. The real success, though, is how GO has developed since launch. 

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Traveling around (safely) to find new ‘mon hanging around your town is fun, and training them is fun. Until it gets old fast. Expanded Gym battles, PvP battles, and regular rollouts of new Pokemon have kept things fresh since GO first released.  Regular events help in a big way too, like the recent Team GO Rocket Shadow Pokemon event.

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And best of all, it’s a live service game that doesn’t try and eat your wallet. It’s totally possible to do and obtain everything you want just by enjoying the game — unless you live in a rural area with terrible service like me, in which case you’re left watching sadly from the outside.

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Probably the most impressive part of GO is how Niantic’s adapted it to work in the coronavirus climate. The get out and walk game can be played and enjoyed at home, which really should have been the case to begin with for accessibility reasons. 

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But regardless, it’s a different way to make Pokemon a fun part of your daily routine and probably does a better job than the mainline games of achieving The Pokémon Company’s goal of uniting everyone around Pokemon.

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Pokemon Snap

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With the recent New Pokemon Snap announcement, it’s the perfect time to sing the praises of the original Pokemon Snap once more. Snap really was ahead of its time. Just look back at other games that released in 1999 and think about it. 

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Tomorrow Never Dies and Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation released alongside the likes of Legacy of Kain and Shenmue. There were cartoony “kids” games too, of course. Donkey Kong 64, Tarzan, and Spyro 2 all came out that year.

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But they all ask something of you, want you to do something. Save A. Smack B. Accomplish C. What does Pokemon Snap want you to do? Chill out and take pictures of Pokemon doing adorable things in their natural habitats.

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Yeah, you’ve got objectives to complete. Yet you’re still free to enjoy the scenery and not even worry about moving yourself around. Mock its chunky pixels if you will, but it was fresh and new at the time. 

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It’s the sort of alternative gaming experience Harvest Moon started pioneering, but that’s only recently gained a lot of momentum thanks in large part to indie games. It’s not really a stretch to say games like Bird Alone found their roots because of the experience Pokemon Snap pushed for.

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Pokemon Trading Card Game (Game Boy Color)

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On paper, the Pokemon Trading Card Game for Game Boy sounds like a gimmick at best and an exploitative rabbit hole forcing kids to buy Pokemon cards at worst. You learn the basics of the game, see how all the cards work, collect them all, and battle with virtual opponents to become the best.

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“Doesn’t that sound like something fun to do with real friends and cards that cost money?” No. You don’t need friends. Just play the game instead. You've already spent your money. 

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And oh, is it brutal. Like Shin Megami Tensei levels of brutal. But the idea of introducing folks to the card game worked wonders. Even with the basic card sets available at the time, you can't help but play over and over again. 

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Strategizing is mixed in with a good reward system as well. Win a fight, get some snazzy new cards to start the cycle all over again.

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Japan got a sequel. Sadly, the West didn’t, and this sub-series also died quietly, which is odd considering how the TCG just keeps expanding. I'm not salty. Not salty at all. 

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After more than 20 years, Pokemon’s spawned plenty of mainline games and remakes — and even more spinoffs. Like most, Pokemon spinoffs aren’t exactly uniform in quality.

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Some are great, like the Pokemon Pinball games (more please). Some have good ideas that never quite reach full their full potential (Pokemon Channel and Conquest). And some should just be locked in Mimikyu’s storeroom and left to their fate (lookin’ at you, Pokemon Dash).

We don’t care about the crappy ones, though. We’ve rounded up five of the best Pokemon spinoffs from the classic to the more recent and reminisce about what makes them so great.

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Pokemon Trading Card Game Battle Academy Will Take You to School https://www.gameskinny.com/ll50v/pokemon-trading-card-game-battle-academy-will-take-you-to-school https://www.gameskinny.com/ll50v/pokemon-trading-card-game-battle-academy-will-take-you-to-school Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:11:02 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG) has evolved into a powerhouse since it first appeared in the late 1990s, and like all long-lived card games, it can be tough to jump into. But The Pokemon Company says it has a solution to help introduce new players to the game: Pokemon Trading Card Game Battle Academy.

Battle Academy is actually a board-game version of Pokemon TCG, and it's set to launch at Target starting June 21 and everywhere else from July 31.

The Pokemon Company International's Senior Director of Consumer Marketing, J.C. Smith, said:

Battle Academy is designed to be easy to learn and fun to play for all types of Trainers, including children and parents that may be new to the Pokmon TCG.

Battle Academy introduces new players to the game by walking them through the basics with tutorials and guides. So if you or anyone you know has ever wondered how to play the game, this is a great place to learn the rules. 

But there's also advanced rule books and deck advice for veteran players, as well as a number of as-yet-unannounced "accessories" to help you expand your experience. However, details on that last bit are currently sparse.

In addition to those guides and accessories, Battle Academy comes with three decks of 60 cards each and a board that can accommodate two players. It's not certain yet what each deck consists of, but from the game's promo site, it seems they'll be a Pikachu GX deck, Charizard GX deck, and Mewtwo GX deck.

Finally, there's a code card that lets players enjoy the Pokemon Trading Card Game app download on iOS and Android.

And if all this sounds very appealing indeed, make sure to check out our starter guide for the Pokemon Sword and Shield trading card game expansion sets. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon news as it develops.

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Pokemon Sun/Moon & Ultra Sun/Moon Players Can Get a Free Legendary a Month https://www.gameskinny.com/uvln5/pokemon-sunmoon-ultra-sunmoon-players-can-get-a-free-legendary-a-month https://www.gameskinny.com/uvln5/pokemon-sunmoon-ultra-sunmoon-players-can-get-a-free-legendary-a-month Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:43:48 -0500 Kerry-Lee Copsey

To kick off the year, The Pokemon Company has announced a new promotion for Pokemon Sun/Moon and Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon players. Owners of the 3DS games will be able to pick up a free Legendary Pokémon nearly every month throughout 2018.

The “Year of Legendary” promotion starts in February and will run through November. Further details on how to claim the free Pokemon will be released closer to the time. If previous events are anything to go by, Nintendo will partner with retailers to distribute the freebies or make them available via online redeemable codes.

Get ready to fill out your Pokedex here's the full list of Legendaries up for grabs each month:

  • February: Dialga or Palkia (Sinnoh)
  • March: Regigigas or Heatran (Hoenn/Sinnoh)
  • April: Raikou or Entei (Johto)
  • May: Xerneas or Yveltal (Kalos)
  • June: Zygarde (with Kalos and Alola Formes)
  • July: Tornadus or Thundurus (Unova)
  • August: Groudon or Kyogre (Hoenn)
  • September: Latios or Latias (Hoenn)
  • October: Reshiram or Zekrom (Unova)
  • November: Ho-Oh or Lugia (Johto)

To celebrate further, the company will be launching new Legendary-themed collections and GX cards for the Pokemon Trading Card Game. Additional details can be expected in the near future.

In the meantime, check out our guide for 20 things to do after you’ve beaten Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

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The 5 Best CCGs on PC Right Now That Aren't Hearthstone https://www.gameskinny.com/ojc3l/the-5-best-ccgs-on-pc-right-now-that-arent-hearthstone https://www.gameskinny.com/ojc3l/the-5-best-ccgs-on-pc-right-now-that-arent-hearthstone Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:00:01 -0500 Michael Llewellyn

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Magic Duels
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Magic: The Gathering is probably the game that will draw the most comparisons to the Hearthstone, as it has been the most well known and dominant game in the CCG genre for over a decade.

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Magic Duels is the newest iteration of the series and it expands on the strategy elements that the series has become known for.

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Duels adds in a new story campaign, 126 new cards -- with over 1000 earnable total -- and players are able to take their card battles online, and are able to compete in a four-player Two-Headed Giant battle.

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Get Magic Duels on Steam.

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Are there any other CCG's that you love or prefer much more than the ones I've added here? Let us know in the comments below!

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Duelyst
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Duelyst is another great and addictive alternative to Hearthstone, and while it may not have the huge following of other games mentioned here, it is a worthy addition for anyone that enjoys the CCG genre and definitely deserves to be on this list.

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The game boasts over 400 battle units -- offering variety and different strategies every match. The battles are fast paced, lasting between 5 and 10 minutes offering a faster way to get in and out of matches.

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Duelyst offers up a nice visual art style and a good campaign mode, with a deep historical lore that spans over 30,000 years to help immerse you into the story.

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Get Duelyst on Steam.

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Solforge
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Solforge is a great alternative to games like Hearthstone, as it adds in some new game mechanics. Cards are played in lanes, rather than having the ability to attack any card in your opponent's deck. This brings in an extra level of strategy because you will need to make sure you choose the correct lanes to play a card in, in order to succeed.

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A players cards also have the ability to upgrade, and evolve into stronger versions of themselves as the game progresses, plus gaining new abilities at the same time -- they level up like in an RPG.

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Players in Solforge have an equal number of cards per turn instead of relying on resources.

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There is a story campaign, an online versus mode with tournament and draft modes for players to get to grips with.

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Get Solforge on Steam.

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Pokemon TCG Online
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Pokemon TCG Online is a game that brings the well known trading card game to both desktop PC's and mobile, allowing players the opportunity to compete with other opponents across the world.

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The game provides you with a single player campaign called Trainer Challenge, where players can work through a number of 'cups' and battles with various decks, as the game gets more challenging at higher difficulties.

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Online Versus, mode offers both practice and ranked card battles, and there are various options for tournament events that unlock Trainer Tokens for more card unlocks.

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Get Pokemon TCG Online on the official website.

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Spellstone 
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Spellstone which can played on both the PC and mobile devices, is a much simpler game than others mentioned here, but those looking for an easier, yet fast paced introduction to the CCG genre can't go wrong with this game.

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The story for the game is set in a fantasy universe and it takes players through the mechanics of the game very quickly. The campaign will teach players to adapt by using varying strategies to defeat their opponents as well as battle defensively using armor sets to match up against other players' attacking cards.

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Other features include the ability to join guilds and participate in events with other players from around the world.

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Get Spellstone on Steam.

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Many gamers are currently addicted to Blizzard's Hearthstone Computer Card Game (CCG), as for many players, and perhaps unsurprisingly, it more than excelled in the genre with addictive gameplay and fun mechanics.

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Blizzard made the game inviting, easy to pick and play, but at the same time has a great deal of depth and strategy which will keep players returning for a long time to come.

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Gamers who have played Hearthstone to death by now, or are just looking to expand their CCG library and with other good games in the genre, may find something new here in the four that I have listed here.

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The 5 Best Pokemon Spin-Off Games https://www.gameskinny.com/wrwos/the-5-best-pokemon-spin-off-games https://www.gameskinny.com/wrwos/the-5-best-pokemon-spin-off-games Mon, 21 Nov 2016 05:12:32 -0500 Pablo Seara

Pokémon is one of the most beloved franchises in the world. Most of the Pokémon games are masterpieces, with great, solid game play, addicting collection system, and an interesting, cute world. The main games are a must-play, at least once in our life time, but what about other Pokémon games?

Pokémon offers a lot of different spin-offs, with alternative approaches and new mechanics. They explore genres that the franchise have not touched before, and many of them are as good as the main Pokémon games. In this list, you will find the best 5 Pokémon Spin-Off Games for any console.

5. Pokkén Tournament

The most recent Pokémon title for consoles is a hybrid between Pokémon and Tekken, a classic fighting game with a small but solid roster of powerful pokémon, which includes Pikáchu, Charizard, Shadow Mewtwo, Suicune, Lucario, and more. The game play is unique to the franchise, a fresh take on the typical turn-based battles, adding more dynamism and activity to the combat system. It is also really accessible, but deeper than it seems.

The battles consists in two different phases: an open one, Tenkaichi-ish style, with free, three dimensional movement, and a more classic take, like Tekken. The extensive League system, and a strong online component, make this title a must-have for Wii U owners. 

4. Pokémon Snap

A Pokémon game where you do not have to catch them, but take pictures of them instead? That is right, and it is incredibly good. Our main character is Todd (a recurring photographer in the first Pokémon seasons) and our main objective is to photograph a rare Mew. We will have to ride on a machine created by Professor Oak through multiple landscapes, catching as many Pokémon as we can in our photographs.

These pictures can be better or worse depending on some conditions: if the Pokémon is centered or not, if it is performing a special move, etc. At the end of each level, Professor Oak will evaluate them, granting us points that we will need to unlock new areas. There are some items we can use to cause different effects on the Pokémon, helping us to photograph them with more quality. A surprising, original Pokémon spin-off.

3. Pokémon Trading Card Game

One of the best hanheld Pokémon spin-offs, Pokémon Trading Card Game was perfect for the time, when Pokémon cards were popular in the real world. It functions as a classic battle-card game, with one-vs-one matches. The cards work similar to the normal Pokémon games: you have to take into account the type of the Pokémon, as well as the attacks.

The in-game progession is as usual, conquering the eight gyms to gain access to the Pokémon League. By defeating the champions and gym leaders, you win legendary cards you can add to your collection. Trading cards and engaging into battle with your friends through Link Cable was an awesome experience, as thrilling and addicting as a main Pokémon game.

2. Pokémon Colosseum

Both Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, are the closest we have ever been to get a main Pokémon console game. It follows the spirit of the great Pokémon Stadium One and Two for Nintendo 64. Pokémon Colosseum has a more developed and original story than most of the Pokémon games, with its own art style and mechanics.

The main character is a Pokémon thief, a deserter of a criminal organization known as Team Snagem. Your objective is to rescue Shadow Pokémon, who have had their hearts taken by the evil organization Cipher. As you can see, it isn't anything extreme, but it feels different and unique. You can capture Pokémon from your rivals, as well as purify Shadow Pokémon and add them to your team.

1. Pokémon Conquest

This is by far the most unique, deep and interesting spin-off Pokémon has to offer. Pokémon Conquest is a crossover between Pokémon and Nobunaga's Ambition, an unlikely combination that results in a great game.

The premise is as follows: in the ancient country of Ransei, lords and warriors fight for the glory and their territories with their Pokémon. This is a result of a legend that states that, whoever conquers the seventeen kingdoms that conform Ransei, will meet a legendary Pokémon, which will bring destruction or enlightenment to the world.

The game play consists of strategy, turn-based combats, that take place in two different planes. One of them is the seventeen different kingdoms, were warriors move and encounter their enemies. The second one is the Pokémon battles, similar to Final Fantasy Tactics. The originality and vision of this title is unique, a surprising mix that creates the best Pokémon spin-off.

What do you think of these games? Have you played them? Would you change any of them? Tell me your thoughts on the comment section below!

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Pokemon Announces Latest and Last TCG Expansion for XY https://www.gameskinny.com/d9igb/pokemon-announces-latest-and-last-tcg-expansion-for-xy https://www.gameskinny.com/d9igb/pokemon-announces-latest-and-last-tcg-expansion-for-xy Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:20:01 -0400 Glitchieetv

Pokemon announced its latest expansion for the Trading Card Game XY series. Titled "Evolutions" and available for purchase on November 2, Pokemon continues to celebrate its 20 year anniversary by bringing back its original trading cards from the Base Set.

Mixing old and new, the cards are packed with nostalgia in appearance, but redone stats give them all the power they need to compete with modern-day decks. The often sought-after Charizard is once again searching for hands to wield its power. 

With EX cards such as Mega Venasuar-EX and Dragonite-EX still in the mix, there are various ways to pummel opponents. Over 100 cards are available in the set. Booster packs and two new theme decks, Pikachu Power and Mewtwo Mayhem, will be available at retailers once the set is out.

Along with the EX cards comes four new BREAK cards, including Machamp BREAK, there is a plethora of variety when it comes to choosing cards and enhancing decks. 

Will you be attending pre-releases to add these cards to your collection early, or waiting to hit the stores when the set releases? Let us know your favorite way to collect new cards in the comments!

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Get Steamed Up for Volcanion in the New Pokemon TCG Pack and the New Movie! https://www.gameskinny.com/hbx3r/get-steamed-up-for-volcanion-in-the-new-pokemon-tcg-pack-and-the-new-movie https://www.gameskinny.com/hbx3r/get-steamed-up-for-volcanion-in-the-new-pokemon-tcg-pack-and-the-new-movie Thu, 04 Aug 2016 05:11:58 -0400 Alex Anderson_0905

Volcanion, the mythical steam Pokemon, is making its debut in the new Pokemon: The Trading Card Game expansion: XY-Steam Siege. As of today, Pokemon enthusiasts can venture to major retailers to pick up the new expansion.

Along with featuring over 110 new cards, XY-Steam Siege also ushers in the new BREAK mechanic. The known cards to utilize this mechanic are:

  • Xerneas BREAK
  • Yveltal BREAK
  • Yanmega BREAK
  • Talonflame BREAK
  • Pyroar BREAK
  • Clawitzer BREAK
  • Hydreigon BREAK

The new expansion will also feature Shiny Mega Gardevoir-EX.

The Pokemon gears keep spinning with the first look at the new movie: Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel. The movie will mark the debut of not only Volcanion, but also the artificial Pokémon Magearna, a creature created 500 years ago in a city of cogs and gears. An animated teaser was released along with a brief summary earlier today:

The movie will be released in North America and Europe later this year.

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