NEW REGION IN POKÉMON TRADING CARD GAME: EX DELTA SPECIES EVOLVES GAME INTO SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST
Powerful forces transform and interact with Pokémon to intensify new strategic and deck building options.
REDMOND, WA, October 6, 2005 – Nintendo of America Inc., distributor of both video and trading card games for the Pokémon franchise, magnetizes the gaming world with the announcement of the October 31 release of the Pokémon Trading Card Game: EX Delta Species, the latest expansion of the popular Pokémon TCG. The strange forces in the Holon region energize the game with unprecedented effects on the Pokémon themselves, as well as creating a new subset of Pokémon able to be used as Energy cards, and boosting abilities with the new Holon Energy.
Within the mysterious Pokémon region of Holon, interaction with the mysterious forces there transforms existing Pokémon. Game play and strategies evolve as these magnetic forces add and change Energy Types to make the Delta Species Pokémon into new, Dual Energy Type Pokémon.
Holon’s Pokémon display astonishing new abilities. These special Pokémon can be used as regular Pokémon, or as Energy cards -- giving them a unique flexibility in game play. Holon Energy cards awaken surprising new effects in Pokémon from this and previous expansions, making the game more dynamic than ever.
Stunning new CG art adds a punch to the magnetic appeal of the EX Delta Species expansion. Over 100 new cards electrify the set, including new Trainer and Stadium cards. Along with new Special Energy cards, new Pokémon-ex and Pokémon * cards, the Delta Species of Pokémon are ready to prove each battle will be one of survival of the fittest.
The expansion will be available in two 60-card theme decks, Pokémon TCG: EX Delta Species Breakthrough and Pokémon TCG: EX Delta Species Steeplechase as well as nine-card booster packs.
“The Pokémon Trading Card Game truly evolves with this expansion,” says Gail Tilden, Nintendo’s Vice President, Brand Management. “EX Delta Species will generate a new stage of excitement among all levels of players.”
Pokémon TCG: EX Delta Species theme decks and booster packs go on sale October 31, with a MSRP of $10.99 for the theme decks and $3.29 for the booster packs. Each pack features nine randomly inserted game cards (five common, two uncommon, one rare, one holographic card). Theme decks include a 60-card deck, including one holographic card, a card list, game coin, damage counters, an updated rulebook (including deck construction tips and card list) and a oneplayer playmat.
Pokémon USA, Inc., a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages and oversees the property outside of Asia, which includes licensing, brand promotions, publication of the trading card game, TV animation, home video entertainment, the official Pokémon website, and pokemoncenter.com, an e-commerce site. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 for play on Nintendo’s Game Boy® and has evolved into a global cultural phenomenon. Pokémon was introduced in North America in September of 1998 and has since generated over $15 billion in worldwide retail sales. The trading card game, fueled by organized play programs around the world, has spurred global sales of more than 13 billion cards to date, while the Pokémon animated series on Kids’ WB!, now in its seventh season, consistently ranks within the top three shows for boys ages 6-11.
The worldwide leader and innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home and portable video game systems. Each year, hundreds of all-new titles for the best-selling Game Boy® Advance SP, Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems extend Nintendo's vast game library and continue the tradition of delivering a rich, diverse mix of quality video games for players of all ages. Since the release of its first home video game system in 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 2 billion video games and more than 353 million hardware units globally, creating enduring industry icons such as Mario™ and Donkey Kong® and launching popular culture franchise phenomena such as Metroid®, Zelda™ and Pokémon®. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere.