Japan is going a bit copyright crazy of late. It’s not cool to sell customised figures online, it’s not cool to rent video games in love hotels, and now, it’s apparently not cool to sell Pokémon save data.On Japan’s Yahoo! Auctions, there is a cottage industry in which saved in-game Pokémon are bought and sold. Instead of players collecting their own Pokémon, they can just buy 500 or so from a Pokémon for a price.Pokémon and in turn Nintendo are not pleased. This is currently unregulated as games are not being sold, but rather, game data. Thus, it falls into a grey zone. Complicating issues is that players would technically need a ROM to save on, which brings the specter of piracy into the picture.
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Enterbrain already confirmed what many would have assumed: The Japanese DS debut for Pokemon Black and White was hugely successful. So while the pair’s combined sales of nearly 2.6 million was certain to land it atop Media Create’s Japanese sales charts for the week of September 13-19, the remainder of the top 10 held some interesting results.Pokemon Black and White cast a large shadow over the Japanese sales charts.Chief among those was Square Enix’s Front Mission Evolved, which placed second on the chart in its week of release. The game marks a drastic departure for the series, as it featured 3D shooter mechanics rather than the turn-based tactics for which the Front Mission series had been known. Development duties for Front Mission Evolved were entrusted to California-based Double Helix, which previously offered a Western spin on an Eastern franchise with 2008’s Silent Hill: Homecoming. While Front Mission Evolved couldn’t hold a candle to the Pokemon launches, the game’s 51,084-selling debut was enough to stave off two other big new releases, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Tag Force 5 for the PSP third place with 45,879 sold and Halo: Reach fourth place with 44,413 sold.
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The new Pokemon Black and White Starters is wildly generating anticipation among kids and adults who love the Pokemon series. The game is expected to come out in 2011, pictures already have been seen and now there is a video leak with even more pictures and details on the upcoming Pokemon video game.
The new Pokemon that will be appearing on these games are Zorua and Zoroark. This game is expected to be released for the Nintendo DSi, but there are rumors that there will be a version for the new Nintendo handheld, the Nintendo 3DS.
The new Pokemon movie is a tale of healing.
One of the main ‘new’ characters who appears in the story, Shina, has the power to enter into the hearts of the Pokemons (Pocket Monsters).
She and Satoshi, Hikari, and Pikachu go on an adventure back in time. Together, they find the way to Aruseus–a larger-than-pocket-sized pocket monster (320 kg., 3.2 m.)— a God of the Pokemons.
Through healing his heart, they bring harmony back into the present time.
It’s no surprise that a story that has such wide appeal to children goes deep into the heart of things.
Story by JGY from AIKAWARAZU LIFE IN JAPAN