Monday, December 30, 2013

New music for the week of 12/30/2013

What's up for the last week of 2013? Three tracks from the Pokemon X & Y soundtrack:

-The Kalos Power Plant
-Laverre City
-Route 15

Monday, December 23, 2013

New music for the week of 12/23/2013

Yet more Pokemon X/Y music on the station:

-Coumarine City
-How About a Song? "An Unwavering Heart"

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Pokemon: The First Movie Remastered Showing on Cartoon Network 1/4/2014


Hi everyone, Steven here. So a few days ago Cartoon Network put out a press release announcing the official start of the Pokemon X Y Anime on January 18th. While I'm certainly looking forward to that, what's more interesting to me is the second paragraph, where it states that a digitally remastered version of Mewtwo Strikes Back will be shown on January 4th. This is significant for a few reasons. First of all, those of you that have seen my "Arceus Gap" video will be aware that The First Movie has essentially been out of print in the US since late 2009, and this marks the first major exhibition of the film since that time. This would seem to imply that whatever issues that caused it to go out of print have been resolved, and this could possibly hint at another retail release of the movie sometime in 2014.

Another interesting point is that the movie has been digitally remastered. Now, a remastered version of the Japanese edition has existed for a while, so it's possible that they'll be using that version intercut with the title sequences from the dub. It's also possible that the full English version from 1999 has been restored as well-we just don't know yet. Either way, this will probably end up being the best-looking version of the English dub of the film, so it should be worth checking out.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New music for the week of 12/16/2013

As you might expect, there are three new tracks from Pokemon X & Y:

-Geosenge Town
-Battle! (Successor Korrina)


Saturday, December 14, 2013

New Pokemon TCG League Challenge interview following tomorrow's Top 25

I recently visited a Pokemon TCG League Challenge, and conducted an interview while I was there. We discuss the player's anit-metagame deck, featuring:

-Leafeon (Plasma Freeze)
-Flareon (Plasma Freeze)
-Terrakion (Retaliate-Various Sets)
-Electrode (Plasma Freeze)

The interview will debut following tomorrow's Top 25 Countdown, which starts at 4pm Eastern/3pm Central, so be sure to listen!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

New music for the week of 12/9/2013 + FireRed & LeafGreen soundtrack now on iTunes

As usual, three new Pokemon X & Y tracks:

-Camphrier Town
-Route 8
-Cyllage City

Additionally, the Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen soundtrack is now on iTunes. The collection includes the Japanese vocal tracks.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Monday, December 02, 2013

New Legendary Treasures interview before tonight's Instrumental PIRN

It's taken some time, but I've finally finished an interview from one of last month's Pokemon TCG Legendary Treasures prereleases. That interview debuts before tonight's Instrumental PIRN, which starts at 11pm Eastern/10pm Central. We discuss the following cards:

-Keldeo EX
-Mew EX
-Energy Switch

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New music for the week of 11/25/2013

Three battle themes from X & Y this week:

-Battle! (Wild Pokémon)
-Battle! (Trainer Battle)
-Battle! (Gym Leader)

Monday, November 18, 2013

New music for the week of 11/18/2013

Three more tracks from the Pokemon X & Y soundtrack:

-Friends Theme "A New Meeting"
-Battle! (Friend)
-Santalune City

Thursday, November 14, 2013

New music for the week of 11/11/2013

Pokemon X & Y music starts on the station this week:

-Kalos Region Theme
-Vaniville Town
-Aquacorde Town

Remember the soundtrack is available for purchase on iTunes.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Daylight Savings Time ends today + "Sky Ball" - The parody you'll never hear

Just a friendly reminder that Daylight Savings Time ends today, so the station has moved back one hour from -5 GMT to -6 GMT.

In other news:

Okay, so after about three weeks of owning Pokémon X, I finally got through the main game and beat the champion, and did some of the post-game content. Overall I’d say the game was pretty good, but I do have one major complaint. So, there are these new things called Sky Battles where flying and levitating Pokémon are used. They’re not super different from regular battles, but the part of it I find truly disappointing is that to catch Pokémon for these battles there’s no Sky Ball in the game, and…I really wanted to write that Adele parody. Those of you that know me know that I like to write song parodies, and I wanted to write one for this new generation, so when I heard about Sky Battles, I started to get some ideas on what I could do for a “Skyfall” parody. Prior to the game’s release, I bought the song and started listening to it to see how I could transform the lyrics. I won’t share everything I came up with, but here’s a brief outline:

So, the original song starts with a 25-30 second instrumental passage. In a parody there needs to be some indication that this is not the original song, so rather than leave it as is, I planned on putting in a conversation between two people that goes something like, “Did you hear about the new Pokémon games?”, “No, what are they called this time?”, “X and Y”, “What, did they run out of colors?”, you know, stuff like that, then towards the end it’s, “They’ve got this new thing called ‘Sky Battles’”, “Lemme guess, is there a new Sky Ball you can use to catch Pokémon?”. That would serve as sort of the opening to the piece.

Then the actual song would start with, “There is no end. Hold your breath here comes 6th gen.” Throughout the first verse the theme was going to be, “Here comes more Pokémon-there’s nothing you can do about it-I’ve come to dread this moment-I love it and I loathe it”, which leads into the chorus, “here’s a Sky Ball, for your trouble, we will stand tall, and catch ‘em all-together”, and so on.

The second verse was going to focus on the singer adjusting to the new game’s features and such. I didn’t have too many ideas here-“so why is Honedge weak to dark?” was one of them, but leading into the second chorus I was thinking of using something like, “here’s my charge card number, you can take my cash, ‘cuz we’ll never grow apart!” As if the singer was giving in to their love of Pokémon and buying the game.

After the second chorus, the original song goes into this mostly quiet portion for about 20-25 seconds. I was planning on using it for more exposition-most likely another conversation between the characters from the beginning. After that you have the bridge and the final chorus, and my plan there was to wrap up and have the singer express how they liked the game and how it made them feel as a Pokémon fan, but by this time I really was pretty sure there was no Sky Ball in the game and I put this parody on the back burner, and to be honest, unless the TCG bails me out with a Sky Ball card in one of the first few XY sets it’s just not going to happen.

So, that’s “Sky Ball”, a parody you’ll probably never hear. On a happier note, be sure to check out my interview with Jess Domain from last week if you haven’t already. Thanks.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Two-part Jess Domain interview following today's Top 25 Countdown

I recently conducted an interview with Jess Domain, writer and performer of "We're Coming Home" the ending theme of Pokemon Movie 16. That interview will debut following today's Top 25 Countdown, which starts at 4pm Eastern/3pm Central. In the interview, we discuss her background as an artist, the song, and some of her other work.

Missed it?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

New music for the week of 10/21/2013

It's a bit late in getting added, but there's a new song on the station this week:

-We're Coming Home

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Pokemon Movie 16 DVD Releases December 3rd

Amazon has recently posted a listing for a DVD of the 16th Pokemon movie. According to the listing, the DVD will be released December 3rd, roughly a month-and-a-half after its debut on Cartoon Network on the 19th of this month. This marks the shortest gap between the premiere of a Pokemon Movie in the US and its DVD release in the post-Arceus Gap era.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Saturday, September 14, 2013

New Pokemon TCG Plasma Blast interview following tomorrow's Top 25

Plasma Blast has been out for a while, but we do have an interview from one of the prereleases debuting following tomorrow's Top 25 Countdown. Cards you can look forward to being discussed:

-Kyurem EX

The countdown starts at 4pm Eastern/3pm Central, so be sure to listen!

Missed it?

Monday, September 09, 2013

New music for the week of 9/9/2013

Five new tracks this week. Three from movie 16:

-Sylveon and Hide and Seek
-Welcome to the Celestial Show
-Good Night

In case you haven't heard, movie 16 will be shown on Cartoon Network next month, though it's likely it won't include the short that these three songs are from (since their showing of movie 15 didn't include that movie's short).

We also have two tracks from Mystery Dungeon:

-The Frism
-The End

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Two-part Pokemon Worlds 2013 interview debuts following tomorrow's Top 25

We've got a new two-part Pokemon Worlds 2013 interview debuting following tomorrow's Top 25 Countdown. The interview is with Kaiwen Cabbabe, winner of the Senior Division of the TCG event. The countdown starts at 4pm Eastern/3pm Central, so be sure to tune in!

Need it now?

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

New music for the week of 9/2/2013

Six new tracks this week. Three from Pokemon Movie 16:

-To Our Home
-The Place where the Oltus Flower Blooms

Two from Mystery Dungeon:

-Celebration of Peace
-Wrapped in Light

And one classic track:


Monday, August 26, 2013

New music for the week of 8/26/2013

Seven new tracks this week. As usual, three from Pokemon Movie 16:

-The Battle and the Oltus Flower...
-Everyone Put Out the Fire!
-A Promise

Two from Mystery Dungeon for 3DS:

-We're Back... And Now...
-The Rainbows of Hope

One from a recent OC ReMix EP:

-The Destiny Infinite ~Eevee~ (Road to Cerulean - From Mt. Moon)

And one from the original games:

-Game Corner

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

New music for the week of 8/19/2013 + new poll-Pokemon X & Y soundtrack

Five new tracks this week. Three from Pokemon movie 16:

-Mewtwo VS Red Genesect
-Eliminate Them!

Two from Mystery Dungeon 3DS:

-Winds of Despair
-The Bittercold (Second Battle)

In addition, a few classic tracks have been added from the original games:

-Pallet Town

And an entry from the "Singing Pokémon Encyclopedia":

-Normal Pokémon Part 2

In addition, we have a new poll regarding the Pokemon X & Y soundtrack slated for release later this year. Will you be buying it? Your choices are:

-I'll import the CD set
-I'll buy it on iTunes
-I'll just listen to it on the station

Saturday, August 17, 2013

New Pokemon Worlds 2013 interview following tomorrow's Top 25

I've got an interview with one of the VGC winners from last weekend's Pokemon World Championships. That interview debuts on the station following tomorrow's Top 25 Countdown. We discuss the player's team, strategy, and his brother who also participated in the World Championships. The countdown starts at 4pm Eastern/3pm Central.

Can't wait?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New music for the week of 8/12/2013 + Pokemon X/Y soundtrack news

Five new tracks. Three from movie 16:

-The Closed Heart
-It's Terrible! It's Terrible!
-Mewtwo's Past

And two from Mystery Dungeon 3DS:

-Glacier Palace (Western Spire)
-The Bittercold (First Battle)

Additionally, here's some info on the Pokemon X/Y soundtrack straight from the Pokemon World Championships opening ceremony:

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

New music for the week of 8/5/2013

Five new tracks this week. Two from the 3DS Mystery Dungeon game:

-Confronting Kyurem
-Tyrian Maze (Inner Chamber)

And our first three from the 16th movie soundtrack:

-I Want... To Go Home
-Genesect and Ash

Sunday, August 04, 2013

New Pokemon TCG Plasma Blast interview following today's Top 25 Countdown

I recently attended a Plasma Blast Prerelease and conducted an interview there, that interview will debut following today's Top 25 Countdown. The countdown starts at 4pm Eastern/3pm Central, so be sure to tune in!

Missed it?

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

New Pokemon VGC US Nationals interview following tomorrow's Top 25

I've got one more interview from US Nationals, and it's with one of the champions of the VGC event. That interview debuts following today's Top 25 Countdown, which starts at 4pm ET, 3pm Central.

Or you can just watch it here:

Saturday, July 13, 2013

New Pokemon TCG US Nationals interview following tomorrow's Top 25

At last weekend's Pokemon US Nationals, I got a chance to interview one of the champions of the TCG event. That interview debuts following tomorrow's Top 25 Countdown. The countdown starts at 4pm Eastern/3pm Central. You can also check the interview out here:

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

New music for the week of 7/8/2013

Five new tracks this week. Two from Mystery Dungeon:

-Kilionea Road
-It's a Monster House!

Two from a single I previously missed:

-ONE (Karaoke)

And one more:

-Summerly Slope

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Lucario and the Mystery of Mew to be re-released on DVD September 24th

Amazon has put up a listing for a re-release of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, with a release date on September 24th. This may be related to the inclusion of Mewtwo in Pokemon Movie 16. It is not known whether the DVD will include the Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon special that was included in the original release.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

New music for the week of 7/1/2013 + looking for help at Nationals

Two more Mystery Dungeon tracks:

-Glacier Palace (Reaches)
-Sympathy and Sincerity

Also, I'm looking for some help at US Nationals this week:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New music for the week of 6/24/2013

Summer's heating up, so here are two new Mystery Dungeon tracks to cool you down:

-Glacial Underpass
-Glacier Palace

Saturday, June 22, 2013

First volume of Pokemon: Rival Destinies on DVD releases September 10th

The latest Pokemon DVD set has appeared on Amazon.The set is slated to be released on September 10th, representing a nearly four-month gap from the last volume of Black & White. By comparison, the four volumes of Black & White were released at approximately two-month intervals.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Nintendo Experience-Greenfield, WI

On Saturday, June 15th, I got a chance to head over to the Best Buy in Greenfield, WI for the “Nintendo Experience” event. Attendees at this event got a chance to try one of the following games: 

-Super Mario 3D World
-Zelda Wind Waker HD
-Mario Kart 8
-Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

I arrived at the store at around 11:15 am, at which point there were a handful of people already waiting in line. This Best Buy featured Nintendo Zone Wireless, so while waiting I was able to watch an episode of Pokémon: Rival Destinies and browse the 3DS eShop. I also talked about some of the games with people who had been there on Wednesday. The Nintendo representatives (there appeared to be three-two male, one female) set up the console, as well as some 3DS systems with previously released games.

Since I was only able to play one game (Super Mario 3D World), most of my comments will be based on observing other players. To give some context, here is a list of how many sessions (counting my own) were run for each game while I was present:

Super Mario 3D World: 3
Zelda Wind Waker HD: 6
Mario Kart 8: 9
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: 2

It should be noted that the number of players also varies by demo. 3D World used four players, Mario Kart and Donkey Kong each used two, and Zelda only used one. Adjusting for that:

Zelda Wind Waker HD

Author’s note-I did not play the original game on GameCube, so my familiarity with that version is quite limited.

There were two options for demos of this game. Players could choose to either play a tutorial from early in the game, or fight the boss battle against Helmaroc King. The tutorial shows off excellent lighting effects, with sunlight coming in through windows and a wonderful haze effect over the ocean. The boss fight showed off the ability to have a large number of feathers on screen simultaneously, much like in the original. In both demos, controls appeared to be easily understood by the players.

Mario Kart 8

This demo consisted of the first two tracks from a GP race. Players were allowed to select from twelve available characters (notable returning characters include Waluigi and Toadette), and each race contained twelve participants and two laps. As shown in the trailer, players could race on the walls or upside down, depending on the layout of the track. Lighting and coloring were both very good (the exhaust from a boost was particularly well done). Most of the standard power-ups were present, but I did not see lightning or the blue shell, though those may still be in the final game. One notable change is that when a player fell off the course, they were placed back on without a fade to black (similar to the original SNES game).

Super Mario 3D World

For this game, participants were allowed to sample two levels from a selection of five. The first level I played featured a number of rotating cylinders, as well as the Cat Mario power-up, which I found intuitive to use. Unlike in the New Super Mario Bros games, where the power-ups pop out all at once, in this game each hit on the block generates a power-up. Additional power-ups can be stored reserve that players can access by pressing a button on the controller.

The second level I played used the clear pipe mechanic where players can guide their character . At one point we entered a "Coin Heaven" area in which I encountered a potted sleeping Piranha Plant. I picked it up (somewhat unintentionally), and as I carried it along it ate additional plants and eventually a green star (similar to the Star Coins in other Mario games) at the end of the area.

Other notes:

-Starmen are now "infectious", in that if an invincible player touches another player, that player will also become invincible.
-One of the isometric bonus areas had a baseball that could be picked up and thrown.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

This demo was played using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. There were four levels to choose from (both sessions I observed played the same level). As shown in the trailer, players are required at times to pull objects out of the ground (the players I observed seemed to be unaware of this mechanic). In the case of the level I saw, it was used to manipulate the field so that some platforms would come down. The level also featured a water segment and a portion traveling through trees via a series of barrels. At the end of the level, there was a barrel that cycled between various items. When it was hit, the level was completed and the player received the bonus shown.

Other notes on the event:

-The staff was well-trained and very knowledgeable (the female seemed to have actually met Reggie from NOA).
-Following the demo, players were allowed to pick either a foam Luigi hat or a Luigi coin as a gift.
-All four games looked considerably better than their video versions on the eShop (probably a result of the constraints put on internet video-it's also likely the TV at the store is better than the one I have at home).

Monday, June 17, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

Saturday, June 08, 2013

New music for the week of 6/3/2013-bonus edition!

Here's some more new music this week:

-Let's Join Hands (手をつなごう)
-Sakura Go-Round (サクラ・ゴーラウンド)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Saturday, May 25, 2013

New Pokemon TCG Spring 2013 Battle Road interview following tomorrow's Top 25

I conducted an interview at a recent Pokemon TCG Spring Battle Road tournament, and that interview will debut following tomorrow's Top 25 Countdown. The interview covers the player's Team Plasma-based deck. The countdown starts at 4pm Eastern/3pm Central, so be sure to listen!

Missed it?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

New music for the week of 5/20/2013

Another two Gates to Infinity tracks this week:

-Stirrings of Hope
-Stirrings of Hope: March


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Are we entering the “Rival Destinies Gap”?

This article is a follow-up to the “Arceus Gap” video I posted last year. Like in that video, I am not attempting to blame or vilify anyone for this apparent delay.

Last Tuesday, volume four of Pokémon Black and White was released on DVD. Unlike previous seasons, which had been released over the course of a year, these four volumes were released in a seven-month span. I theorized that they were trying to make up for the “Arceus Gap” and get closer to the pre-Galactic Battles trend of releasing the first set of a season toward the end of that season’s run. Following this pattern, volume one of Rival Destinies should be slated for release in July, however a search of Amazon,, and shows nothing on the horizon.

What happened? Well, there are a number of possibilities, but the theory I have goes back to February of this year, when it was announced that Mewtwo would be showing up in movie sixteen. This may have prompted Warner Bros. to attempt to get the first movie back on the market (as you may recall, the first three movies have been out of print in North America for several years), which may be responsible for the delay in getting Rival Destinies out. All of this is supposition, but it seems like a reasonable explanation to me. Of course, it’s also possible that this is just a planned momentary pause between seasons and DVDs will resume later this summer-only time will tell.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Another Pokemon TCG Plasma Freeze interview following today's Top 25

I've got yet another Pokemon TCG Plasma Freeze Prerelease interview, which debuts following today's Top 25 Countdown. We talk about the following cards:

-Shadow Triad
-Team Plasma Badge
-Float Stone

The countdown starts at 4pm Eastern/3pm Central, so be sure to listen!

Missed it?  

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

New music for the week of 5/6/2013-Bonus Edition!

Those of you listening to the station may already be aware of it, but there's one more new song on the station this week:

Monday, May 06, 2013

New music for the week of 5/6/2013 + help with Live365 audio cutting out

Another two tracks from Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity:

-Hazy Pass
-Stompstump Peak

Additionally, some of you may have recently encountered a problem where the station audio stops after about half an hour. The issue appears to be tied to a specific version of Adobe Flash Player. For more details and instructions on how to get a beta version of Flash that does not appear to suffer from this issue, look here.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

New Pokemon TCG Plasma Freeze interview following tomorrow's Top 25

At a recent Pokemon TCG Plasma Freeze Prerelease, I got a chance to interview one of the participants about a couple of the cards from the set. That interview premieres tomorrow following the Top 25 Countdown. The countdown starts at 4pm Eastern/3pm Central, so be sure to tune in!

Interview: Melissa Lefton (“Dance, Dance, Dance” from “Meloetta’s Moonlight Serenade”)

Me: Hi, I’m Steven Reich, here at the PokéPress/PIRN studios in Madison, Wisconsin. I’m on the phone with Melissa Lefton, who is the performer of “Dance, Dance, Dance”, the ending theme song from the Pokémon movie short, “Meloetta’s Moonlight Serenade”, and Melissa we just have a few questions. First off, where are you from originally, and how did you get into music?

Melissa: I am for Chicago, Illinois, and I started to do music, because one day during my last year of college I was looking through the Village Voice, and I found this ad that a producer had placed. He wanted to create the next big act, and I answered it, and I feigned enough self-possession and confidence to land the gig, and a year later we [the band was called “Product”] were signed to Arista Records.

Me: However, that didn’t quite work out the way you had hoped-you sort of floated around a bit-how did that go?

Melissa: Well, our record was shelved because the music was too controversial-it was for kids, but it was about all sorts of unsavory subject matter. Then there was a period of kind of trying to figure out what to do next, and then I became a solo act and made a new demo with my boyfriend at the time, who was also a producer. Then I got signed by Jive, based on again a feigned-or perhaps maybe by this point maybe some degree of actual talent. Then there was about three years of not knowing how to market me because again I stuck to my guns, and I was making it very controversial-it had sort of sarcastic, dry, dark subject matter, and they didn’t know how to place it. So, they sent me to LA to be an actress and to sort of create a context around this personality that was a bit incoherent sonically. So I ended up in some ”Dawson’s Creek” type stuff, and that didn’t work, and then record deal number two just died on September 11th 2001.

Me: Yeah, that was definitely a tough time to be a pop act. Since then, however, you’ve still certainly still been doing music. What have you kept yourself busy with in the years after?

Melissa: Well, my failed attempt to become a rock star kind of phased into a fairly thriving career in the jingle industry, just endorsing some major products like Gillette, McDonald’s and Chevy-whatever was tossed my way, and I was pretty good at that, so it worked well.

Me: What’s the recording process like?

Melissa: It’s absurd, and ridiculous, and fun, because there are no great overarching consequences. So coming from where all this importance is put on your career as an artist, it just didn’t matter when you’re endorsing products-it’s more fun and light.

Me: All right, and moving on to the actual song, “Dance, Dance, Dance”. First of all, how did you find out you we’re going to get to do it?

Melissa: My jingle agent-she sent me the work. I get my three or four things a year, my work from her, which is pretty scarce in today’s turbulent economy, so I take it when I can get it, I hop to it, and that’s what it was.

Me: What are some of your favorite parts of it?

Melissa: I think it’s the part where I go “Dance, Dance, Dance! I wanna dance forever!”

Me: Any particular reason, or was it just fun?

Melissa: Well, it’s to the point, you know? “I wanna dance forever”? You kinda can’t beat it as a sentiment.

Me: You definitely had a good time there, glad to hear that. What else do you work on in your spare time when you’re not busy doing jingle work?

Melissa: Well at this point I’m pretty much an “old hag” who’s given up on all her ambitions, so I’m content to sit with a cup of tea and make small, impactful decorative changes to my apartment. In terms of music I still have this sort of finger-picking guitar stuff that I do and I have no idea what I’m gonna do with it, but it is a hobby-quite a hobby-I like it. I’m also investing a bit in gold-I think the sector is due for a comeback. The gold miners have been hit really hard, but I expect to see a recovery in the not-to-distant future.

Me: All right, thank you very much Melissa. We certainly look forward to hearing you again either on Pokémon or in your other work.

Melissa: Thank you.

Me: This has been Steven Reich from the PokéPress/PIRN studios in Madison, Wisconsin, on the phone with Melissa Lefton, the performer of “Dance, Dance, Dance”, the ending song from the Meloetta short.

Monday, April 29, 2013

New music for the week of 4/29/2013

Two new tracks from Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity:

-Come on in to Post Town!
-Stony Cave

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Pokemon VG Midwest Regional 2013: Masters Division Winner

Cory Moeller
Me: Hi, I’m Steven Reich, here at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, WI, at the Pokémon Video Game Midwest Regionals 2013. I’m here with Cory Moeller, who is the winner of the Masters division of the regional video game competition, and Cory, we have a few questions. First off, what was your team?

Cory: Garchomp, Cresselia, Tyranitar, Scizor, Ludicolo, and Gyrados.

Me: And it turns out you threw all of that together kind of hastily, but you had some help, some tools that you used to decide which Pokémon to put in, how did that all come together?

Cory: [I built my team] very early this morning-I went to bed around 6:00 pm after the TCG event yesterday-I used the team builder on Marriland’s website.

Me: And, as it turns out, the player you had to face in the finals actually was one of your losses in the swiss rounds, how did that play out in your first meeting?

Cory: He absolutely beat me in the swiss rounds-I couldn’t do anything.

Me: What was his team like?

Cory: He had a Thundurus-T [Therian Forme], which I’ve never faced before; he also had a Heracross, Cresselia, Excadrill, and Tyranitar on his team.

Me: What did you learn from the first time that helped you pull it out in the finals?

Cory: I realized that Thundurus Therian Forme doesn’t come with Prankster, so I could use my Tyranitar a little bit more. I also used Gyrados a little bit differently-I used him for his intimidate support and switching ability, rather than using him as a solid attacker.

Me: All right, well, thank you very much Cory, this has been Steven Reich, from the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, WI, at the Pokémon Video Game Midwest Regionals 2013.

Item: Expert Belt
Nature: Calm
Ability: Levitate
Hidden Power (Fire)
Ice Beam
Thunder Wave

Item: Steel Gem
Nature: Adamant
Ability: Technician
Bullet Punch
Bug Bite
Swords Dance

Item: Haban Berry
Nature: Jolly
Ability: Sand Veil
Dragon Claw

Item: Choice Scarf
Nature: Jolly
Ability: Sand Stream
Rock Slide
Fire punch
Low Kick

Item: Sitrus Berry
Nature: Adamant
Ability: Intimitate
Thunder Wave

Item: Leftovers
Nature: Calm
Ability: Rain Dish
Leech Seed
Giga Drain

Monday, April 22, 2013

New music for the week of 4/22/2013

This week, we have our first tracks from Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity:

-Our First Meeting
-Ragged Mountain

Saturday, April 20, 2013

New Pokemon TCG Midwest Regionals 2013 interview on the station

I've got an interview from last weekend's Pokemon TCG Midwest Regional on the station. We discuss the player's "Big Basics" deck. Be sure to listen!

...or you can get it here:

Cards featured in this interview:

-Scramble Switch (PS)
-Energy Switch (BW)
-Revive (BW)
-Hypnotoxic Laser (PS)
-Max Potion (EP)
-Super Rod (NV)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Neal Coomer ("It's Always You and Me") interview following tomorrow's Top 25

I recently conducted an interview with Neal Coomer, one of the performers of "It's Always You and Me", the opening theme for "Adventures in Unova". As usual, we discuss his background as an artist, the song itself, and his other work. This 2-part interview will debut following tomorrow's Top 25 Countdown. The countdown starts at 5pm Eastern/4pm Central, so be sure to tune in.

Missed it?

Monday, March 18, 2013

New Pokemon TCG States interview before tomorrow's Remix PIRN

I conducted an interview at the recent Pokemon TCG Wisconsin State Championships, and that interview debuts right before tomorrow's Remix PIRN (11pm Eastern/10pm Central). We discuss the player's Pokedex/Ether deck, and his experience using it at the tournament.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Anime Milwaukee 2013-Pokemon Video Game Tournament

John William

Me: Hi, I’m Steven Reich, here at the Milwaukee Hyatt Regency in downtown Milwaukee at Anime Milwaukee 2013. I’m here with John Williams-no, not that John Williams-one of the participants-he actually placed second-in the “Elite Four” Pokémon video game challenge here. First off John, this is sort of a specialty tournament-it doesn’t strictly follow the VGC rules. What were the basic rules for this tournament?

John: Well, they banned [some] legendaries, like Palkia, Dialga, Manaphy-you know, the casual legendaries that you’ll meet in game. They did allow Keldeo however, which I thought was pretty cool-I didn’t really use it, but going on, some of the rules were you couldn’t have a Drizzle team-you couldn’t have Drizzle and Swift Swim on the same team. Also, they didn’t have an item clause, which I thought was pretty interesting, and I did take that into consideration. Another thing is that you could use as many of each Pokémon as you like-you could use a full team of Tauros if you wanted to.

Me: Definitely some interesting rules there. So basically there was a preliminary stage where you had to battle against some of the [convention] staff members. What was that like and how did that go?

John: It went pretty well. I did have a close encounter with the psychic Elite Four person. It actually came down to me having [Impostor] Ditto. I ended up copying his Reuniclus, and my Ditto is Scarfed, so I ended up going first [and taking his Reuniclus out]. After that, we were both down to our last Pokémon, his last Pokémon Gallade had Shadow Sneak, but it didn’t do enough to KO Ditto, so I ended up Shadow Balling him and winning that match. I think Ditto was probably my VIP for this tournament.

Me: And after you finished off the convention’s Elite Four, you then had to face off against other people who had beaten them, how did that work?

John: Yes, what had happened was there was actually only one other person who had done it, so we had to face off for the champion’s spot. It could have gone better if I had led [with a better Pokémon]. He led with a Salamence with Intimidate, and I led with my Therian forme Landorus which also had intimidate, and it just got kind of messy.

Me: If you had a chance to do it over again, would you change anything on your team or something like that?

John: I probably should have led with my Zapdos, because it has Hidden Power ice, and I almost guaranteed would have been able to take out both of his Salamence with it.

Me: Well, all right, thank you very much John. This has been Steven Reich, at Anime Milwaukee 2013, with John, one of the top finishers of the Trainers Rendezvous  Pokémon Video Game Tournament.

John’s Team:

Landorus ~Therian Forme~
Stone Edge
Item: Lum Berry

Sucker Punch
Item: Focus Sash

-Storm Drain-
Earth Power
Item: Brightpowder

Hidden Power -Ice-
Heat Wave
Item: Choice Scarf

Fake Out
Close Combat
Mach Punch
Flare Blitz
Item: Focus Sash

Item: Choice Scarf

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Daylight savings time starts today

Daylight savings time starts today in the US, meaning that the station has moved from -6 GMT to -5 GMT. As such, if you don't use daylight savings time where you live, programming has moved one hour earlier.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Ode to Arino (Parody of “Angry Video Game Nerd Theme” by Kyle Justin)

-Song is referring to this.
-For the unaware, “Nihon” (pronounced “knee-hone”) is the Japanese word for Japan (much like how “Deutschland” is the German word for Germany).

Ode to Arino
Parody of “Angry Video Game Nerd Theme” by Kyle Justin
With new lyrics by Steven “PokePress” Reich

He’s gonna take you back to the past,
To play the classic games he #*! at.
He’d rather fight a buffalo
Than watch Dhalsim getting punched in his ear
He’s gonna fall for every trap hole
If you think he's sunk, I guess you're new here

It’s the gamiest center you’ve ever heard,
He’s the Nihon Nintendo nerd
He’s the Nihon Konami Sega nerd
He’s the Nihon video game nerd

Don’t you turn off your TV
He’s gonna make it-wait and see!
Arino’s thumbs may hurt, he may break a sweat
Although he’s cornered our guy will never back down
He’ll grab a cooling pad, no he ain’t done yet
Armed with his helpers he will take these games down

It’s the gamiest center you’ve ever heard,
He’s the Nihon Nintendo nerd
He’s the Nihon SNK Capcom nerd
He’s the Nihon video game nerd

He brings the worst game of all time
Pitiful annihilations blow my mind
But when he starts each marathon, he says:
Arino: GameCenter CX! Kacho-On!

From eight on up to sixty-four bit
This show is huge you know it’s a hit
Where did he learn to swim?
Why can’t he land a plane?
What were they thinking when they gave him this game?
His strategy’s always wrong
Let’s help him get along
Come on now ADs go do your thing!

It’s the gamiest center you’ve ever heard,
His game #*! so bad-hey watch out for that bird!
He’s the genkiiest most retro gaming nerd
He’s the Nihon Irem Namco Tecmo Sunsoft Hudson Soft
Sony Neo Geo Falcom Quintet Data East Vic Tokai Game Freak Nintendo Nerd
He’s the Nihon video game nerd

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Preview: Anime Milwaukee 2013

We recently got a chance to ask Crystal Hampton a few questions about this weekend's Anime Milwaukee 2013:

PokePress: How did Anime Milwaukee get started?

Crystal: In 2007, the Anime Milwaukee convention was formed by the Japanese Animation Association, which is an anime club at UW-Milwaukee. It started off as a one day convention on the day of a blizzard. Only about 50 people attended. Since then, the convention has blossomed! The UW-Milwaukee club members, with the help of local anime clubs in Milwaukee and staff from nearby anime conventions helped the con grow to 3,500 attendees by 2012. Too large for campus, Anime Milwaukee moved to the Hyatt Regency hotel and Delta Convention Center in 2011. Anime Milwaukee is now the 6th largest of all conventions in Milwaukee and the largest anime convention in Wisconsin.

PokePress: What activities might be of interest to Pokemon fans?

Crystal: You will find tons of fun Pokemon related events in the Pokemon Trainers Rendezvous room, all weekend long! Wear your Pokemon cosplays because there is a cosplay contest! There will be a Pokemon Elite Four and Snap tournament, fun panels, and lots of gaming. Even challenge the Anime Milwaukee convention chair to the Pokemon Trading Card Game! Outside of the Trainers Rendezvous room, find more Pokemon fans at the cosplay meet-up at 1pm on Sunday.

PokePress: What are some of the other things going on at the convention? Which guests are back, and who are the new ones for this year?

Crystal: Anime Milwaukee partnered with the Distant Worlds Concert to welcome Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy composer) as a special guest. Special guest voice actors are Chris Cason, Todd Haberkorn, Alexis Tipton, and Ian Sinclair. Special guest comic artists are Trevor A. Mueller, Alan Evans, and Russell Lissau.

The Anime Milwaukee Rave has been extended and has more DJs for you to party with, Saturday night! Another dance option is the charity Masquerade Ball on Friday night! Continue to groove to the beat with the Pillowcases (The Pillows cover band) and Arc Impulse (video game rock synth). If you like chess, you're going to love Cosplay Combat Chess! Check out the Anime Milwaukee website to find out how to participate.

PokePress: Where can people find more information about the convention?

Crystal: Find out more information, check out the schedule and map, and more on the Anime Milwaukee website. To find out more about Pokemon Trainers Rendezvous, check out their website!

Saturday, February 09, 2013

New Pokemon TCG Plasma Storm interviews now on the station

I attended several Pokemon TCG Plasma Storm Prereleases over the last few weeks, and interviews from those events are now on the station.  You can also see them here:

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013

Special Pokemon episode of the Super Marcato Bros. podcast-guest starring me!

For those of you who aren't aware, Super Marcato Bros. is a  podcast that goes over some of the technical and stylistic details of video game music. As it turns out, they just put out a Pokemon episode, and I'm actually on part of it as a guest! Be sure to listen in for some great tunes and some cool insights into the music of the games.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

New Pokemon TCG City Championships interview following tomorrow's Top 25

I've got another Pokemon TCG City Championships interview, and it will debut following tomorrow's Top 25 Countdown. The countdown starts at 4pm Eastern/3pm Central.

Missed the interview?

Friday, January 04, 2013

New Pokemon TCG City Championships Interview on the Station

A few days ago, I conducted an interview at a Pokemon TCG City Championship in Janesville, WI. In the interview, we discuss the player's Roserade-based deck. That interview is now on the station.

Can't wait? Check it out here: