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Pokémon Trading Card Game Inspires New 'Pokémon


During the recent Pokémon Presents livestream, an exciting announcement emerged – a brand-new animated series titled "Pokémon: Path to the Peak" is set to make its global debut on YouTube come August 11. Inspired by the Pokémon Trading Card Game, this short series will chronicle the journey of Ava and her steadfast partner, Oddish. For a glimpse into what's in store, the introduction and trailer can be found starting at 3:58 in the video below:


The inception of the Pokémon Trading Card Game dates back to its Japanese launch in 1996, with its Western debut following in 1998. Taking up the mantle of publisher and distributor for the TCG in 2003 was The Pokémon Company International.

Meanwhile, The Pokémon Company International is also on the cusp of introducing a fresh unscripted series centered around the Pokémon TCG.

A significant milestone was reached on June 8 with the official launch (beyond the beta phase) of Pokémon Trading Card Live, an innovative free-to-play online app compatible with iOS, Android, PC, and Mac.


The app initially took its beta steps in Canada during February 2022. The app's early soft launch spanned across mobile devices in Canada, with a global open beta for PC and Mac shifting from its intended 2021 window to 2022. By November 2022, the app's beta had reached a worldwide audience.


Within the app, players engage in card collection expansion by scanning code cards, procuring in-game booster packs, and fulfilling daily quests. This card arsenal is then utilized for constructing decks and engaging in battles with opponents scattered across the globe. Personal avatars and accessories are also open to customization, with post-launch updates planned to introduce new content.




Having made its debut in 2011 on web browsers, the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online app expanded to encompass PC and Mac platforms in 2012, iOS devices in 2014, and Android devices in 2016. A user's card collection and progress can be effortlessly transported through the app. The app and its associated online game are accessible for free. Among the array of features offered by the TCG Online are player-versus-computer and player-versus-player online duels, deck creation, card exchanges, avatar personalization, a comprehensive tutorial, and more. The app's service concluded on June 5.

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