January 4th 2004:
- IMPORTANT UPDATE! PLEASE READ! For reasons that
escape me, I am currently unable to send e-mail to anyone with an "@aol.com"
address. So to those AOLers who tried to contact me during the past 24 hours,
rest assured that I tried to reply to your messages, but since AOL blocks my
replies (apparently for spam-related reasons), I will not try to send any more
e-mail to any AOL member until I've received firm confirmation from my
internet provider that the problem has been fixed. (Hint: This might be a
good time to call AOL and complain...)
- According to Pokémon
Aaah, the e-Card series compatible with the japanese version of
Pokémon Colosseum (for Game Cube) is now out in Japan.
Apparently, you can only use these e-Cards once you've beaten the "Story"
mode, and these Double
Battle-e cards allow you to fight trainers and even capture certain
Pokémon. It is not known yet if the same e-Reader features will be
included in the american version of the game.
- I've been informed that there is one other variant of the "Bagon (50/97)"
promo, which I added to the e-Card Catalog. This promo is identical to
the Scrye/InQuest/GenCon variants, but this one doesn't have any stamp on it.
It does have the "Black Star Promo" symbol at the bottom of the card however.
Gosh, how many variants of this "Bagon" promo do we need?
- The news items for December 2003 have been moved to the News
January 10th 2004:
- The card scan of the "Bagon" Gen Con promo has been added to the e-Card
- Earlier this week, Planet
Mega Man reported on some new information concerning the e-Reader features
of Mega Man Battle Network 4: There will be 47 cards in the first series
(30 "modification" cards and 17 "character" cards) and a second series is
supposedly planned. Click here
for all the available info. I hope the same e-Reader features will be included
in the american version of the game... (Thanks go to Mega Boy for the
January 17th 2004:
- I'm not 100% sure, but it would seem I can once again send e-mail to
AOL members. So feel free to e-mail me. ;-)
- Once again, I've got more news to report this week about the e-Reader
support in Mega Man Battle Network 4, courtesy of
Planet Mega Man:
The first series of cards will be released on February 12th in Japan, and
some details have been released in the latest issue of Korokoro magazine
about the "modification" cards in this series. Click
to see the full article, and here
to see the related magazine scan. Thanks go to Mega Boy for the news!
- Earlier this week, I contacted Nintendo in an attempt to get the new
release date for Series 3 and 4 of the Super Mario Advance 4-e cards.
All I got for an answer was "first quarter of 2004". This may mean that we'll
have to wait many more weeks for these cards, so if you're bitting your nails
waiting for them, you better stop now or you may not have any fingers left by
the time the cards are finally released. Amazon.com says they will be
on January 21st, but somehow I doubt it. Anyway, if I hear anything new,
rest assured I'll let you all know. :-)
- According to Pokémon
Labs, the next expansion set of the Pokémon-e Trading Card Game will
be called Pokémon-e EX: Team Aqua & Team Magma. It will feature
over 120 cards and will be released next March. I added this information to the
Future Releases section.
- And speaking of the Future Releases section, I removed the info
concerning the Pokémon Channel-e series, because I still don't
have any solid evidence that this series is actually coming, and from the bad
reviews the Game Cube game received in certain magazines, I'd say the chances
of this series of e-Cards being eventually released might be rather slim...
- I recently received a message from an anonymous hacker who's apparently
been tinkering with his e-Reader, and he showed me something interesting:
This "Construction Escape" game (which is apparently a configurable generic
clone of the old Game Boy game Alleyway) is a hidden application built
into the e-Reader, like the "Pokémon Melody Box" and the "Pokémon
Construction Action" application. I'm not sure if this screenshot is fake or
not, but even if this is legit, it doesn't really matter, because I would say
the odds of Nintendo ever making e-Cards designed to work with this hidden
application are astronomically low...
- As a footnote unrelated to the e-Reader, I would like to trade my sealed
copy of the GBA game Ninja Five-O for a sealed copy of
Activision Anthology (also for GBA). If you can help me with
this, please let me know.
January 24th 2004:
- To mark the release of "Pokémon Heroes" on DVD, I added the
promotional "Latias (014)" and "Latios (015)" e-Cards to the e-Card
Catalog. Rest assured I'll have the scans up real soon.
- I also added the card scan of the latest "Bagon" promo to the catalog.
- I fixed a little rarity rating error in the Pokémon
Battle-e checklist (in the Checklists section). The checklist
itself is unchanged, I just fixed the note at the top of the file. Thanks
go to Mark Raby for pointing this out to me.
- Just in case you live in Canada and are considering buying an e-Reader
for yourself or someone else, Radio
Shack is having a sale right now. I don't know when this sale ends, so you
better hop to it. :-)
- Okay, I think now should be a good time to set the record straight about
something that people have been contacting me about over the last couple
of weeks: Yes, I am aware that there are hackers out there who are "studying"
the e-Reader, and I know that they found a way to dump the e-Reader data
strips into files, etc., etc., but I'm not about to start promoting e-Reader
piracy on this web site, so please don't bother me with this. Thanks.
- By the way, please disregard last week's offer to trade Ninja Five-O
for Activision Anthology on GBA. My good friend Tena was kind enough to
buy me a copy of A.A. at her local video game boutique (but unlike the
Wal-Mart edition of SMA4 she bought me a few months ago, I'll have to pay for
it this time!) ;-P
January 31st 2004:
- The card scans of the "Latias" and "Latios" Pokémon-e promos have
been added to the e-Card Catalog.
- Rumors of the e-Reader being released in Europe in 2004 are once again
heating up, following the news reported by GameCube
Europe that the "Eon Ticket" e-Card would be included with the next issue
of Fox Kids Magazine in Belgium on January 29th (click here
to see the article). As it turns out, all you'll find in this magazine is
a coupon which you can send to the magazine's HQ along with your copy of
Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire, and they will upload the Eon Ticket to
your GBA cart, and then send the cart back to you by mail. There's no e-Reader
involved, except maybe for the guys who work at the magazine. Thanks go to Mark
Raby for the report.
- Earlier this week, Capcom held a major press event where the company
presented the games that it will release later this year. Among them was
Mega Man Battle Network 4, and sadly, there was no mention made of
any e-Reader support in the american version of the game, which is scheduled
for release this summer. So unless we hear some official news to the contrary,
I'd say we should assume that the e-Reader support in MMBN4 will be a
Japan-only thing. Bummer...