Monday, April 29, 2013

Pokemon DS Games

Besides the Pokemon card game being really popular one thing which has been very popular in more recent times is that of the Pokemon ds games. Pokemon on the ds replaced the older gameboy games and the gameboy color with a dual screen handheld game.  The dual screen nintendo ds was remade a few different times with different designs to be more appealing with players brighter screen and also more slim designs.

The release date of the Nintendo ds was November 21, 2004 and the Nintendo ds comes with the ability to connect wireless to open internet Wi-Fi internet unlike the older gameboy and gameboy advanced models. The Nintendo ds is also backwards compatible with cartridges from gameboy advanced.

Over the past few years Pokemon ds games have also been releases the very first was Pokemon Diamond and Pearl which released  April 22, 2007 for the US.

 The next Pokemon ds game released was Pokemon Platinum that released March 22, 2009. Then during March 14, 2010 the Pokemon ds game HeartGold and SoulSilver was released which was a remake of Pokemon Gold and Silver.

Pokemon Black and White was released March 6, 2011 which was the fifth generation of Pokemon and the fourth Pokemon ds game to be released. It was later followed by Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 during October 7, 2012 which had the same world map but added locations and various changes added.

The current and newest Pokemon ds game to be released will be Pokemon X and Y which is scheduled to be released some time in October on the Nintendo 3DS. Pokemon X and Y was announced during January 2013.

The only difference from the type of Pokemon ds games which are released currently is the difference in quality of graphics the older gameboy games are played the same way which include you playing as a main character in the world of Pokemon following a storyline and catching and raising Pokemon as well as the battle system which still allows you to play against other friends and battle or trade.

Some other types of Pokemon ds game where also released which contained slightly different style of play for example Pokemon Dash which was released March 13, 2005 which was a racing game Pokemon themed and was the very first Pokemon game to be released on the Nintendo DS. The object of the game was to control Pikachu and move through checkpoints in the game to complete the course. It allowed up to 6 players to connect and play multi-player.

Pokemon Trozei which was released March 6, 2006 contained many puzzles that where Pokemon themed. This Pokemon ds game is similar to a tetris style game and has gameplay which might remind you of Yoshi's Cookie from Super Nintendo.

Learn with Pokemon: Typing Adventure never was released for the US but it came out for Europe September 21, 2012 which allowed players to capture Pokemon by typing the name of the Pokemon  into a wireless keyboard that was given with the game. At the end of each stage a boss Pokemon appeared like Cobalion or a legendary Pokemon like Zekrom.

Pokemon Rumble Blast was released October 24, 2011 which followed Pokemon Rumble which came out on the WiiWare in 2009. The players Pokemon are used to explore different area's and must battle enemy Pokemon and a boss at the end of each stage of a dungeon. Difficulty of the game increases the farther you play into Pokemon Rumble Blast.

Pokemon Conquest was released June 18, 2012 which is a role-playing strategy Pokemon ds game developed by Tecmo Koei. The player is teamed with an Eevee Pokemon and travels through the Ransei Region making other Pokemon friends and battling warlords and warriors to defeat the region. The game is a turn based strategy and works like a tactical RPG instead of the normal main Pokemon games.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

All Pokemon Cards

Every few months there are new Pokémon cards coming out with brand new expansions. They come out to Japan first and Japan is of course ahead since all Pokemon cards come from them first before they come to the US. We usually have to wait a few months before all the Pokémon cards are translated to English and then brought to America. These cards come with different rarities the earliest Pokémon cards included first edition Pokemon cards and the newer series have reverse holographic cards, shiny or secret Pokemon cards and of course the EX Pokemon cards too. Some of all Pokemon cards also include some error cards these cards are factory mistakes and are usually pretty rare and valuable.
Since Pokémon is a playable game most of all Pokemon cards are legal to use in decks but this does not speak for all Pokemon cards since some of them have eventually been banned from decks because they are too strong and have abilities that give users of them an unfair advantage. It never hurts to know whether a card is banned from a tournament before you end up going so you are not disappointed when you are unable to play with that card and must remove it from a deck. That actually happened to me once before as well. I was with friends going to the Pokemon center in New York City. The deck I was using relied mostly on the Pokémon fortress with a special Pokemon power that whenever Pokemon switched from being active to the bench they would take 10 damage. The Pokémon power was spike. The problem with this card was they banned it from the tournaments because of how nasty of an effect it was. And the strategy of play was really easy since you could set up 4 on your bench and then anything switching would take 40 damage just for switching. That is also why gust of wind was changed so that the opponent was to pick one of his Pokemon that gets switched. So when I got there I couldn't participate because my deck had been banned from usage during the tournament which was pretty depressing.

So besides having an all Pokemon cards list you would also want to make sure you have all of the most updated information about what is legal for using in various tournaments. I can't say if they still hold as many tournaments as they used to at conventions or at the Pokémon centers since I know they have the Pokémon online play as well. And it has been quite a number of years since I played back in 2003.

Pokemon cards can still be a good investment in the future since many of the original base set Pokémon cards are very valuable now especially the first edition ones that are in really premium condition. As more Pokemon cards get older they too will see an increase in value as they get harder to find making them valuable to collectors. Having lists of all Pokemon cards is a good guide to a collector that doesn't know enough about what cards each set actually had. I also provide information on error cards since many error cards are still considered part of the set and it makes it even more rare if you have a completed set with all the error cards.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Rare Plasma Storm Pokemon Cards

This page is dedicated to the rare pokemon cards found in the plasma storm expansion. The low end price would be the lowest price you might find it for without going to buy it from a retail card seller. And the highest price would be buying it outside of an auction. It might still be possible to buy plasma storm cards at a cheaper price then what is listed so keep that in mind when shopping.

Card NameEditionConditionLow end PriceHigh End Price

Articuno EX
N/A Mint $6.00 $26.00
Victini EX Full Art Holofoil Rare Pokemon Card N/A Mint $9.00 $26.00
Lugia EX Full Art Holofoil Rare Pokemon Card N/A Mint $15.00 $41.00
Error Secret/Shiny Charizard Holofoil Rare Pokemon Card N/A Mint $35.00 $74.00
Landorus Ex Full Art Holofoil Rare Pokemon Card N/A Mint $15.00 $54.00
Blastoise Shiny Secret Pokemon Card N/A Mint $18.00 $40.00
Victory Piece AceSpec Holographic Trainer Card Pokemon Card N/A Mint $5.00 $20.00
Colress Holographic Trainer Card Pokemon Card N/A Mint $4.00 $30.00
Black Kyurem Ex Holofoil Rare Pokemon Card N/A Mint $15.00 $24.00
Cobalion Ex Full Art Holofoil Rare Pokemon Card N/A Mint $11.00 $27.00
Random Receiver Shiny Secret Pokemon Card N/A Mint $15.00 $20.00
Moltres Ex Holofoil Rare Pokemon Card N/A Mint $7.00 $15.00
Zapdos Ex Holofoil Rare Pokemon Card N/A Mint $7.00 $15.00
White Kyurem Ex Holofoil Rare Pokemon Card N/A Mint $12.00 $27.00