Go Classic with the Pokémon Trading Card Game
During the 2023 annual Pokémon Day livestream, the classic trading card game is getting a new release called Pokémon Trading Card Game Classic. The “premium” Pokémon set is “designed to last a lifetime” and contains everything you need to play.
The release features preconstructed decks and gameplay accessories that have been “uniquely designed to be both beautiful and functional to deliver a polished battling experience.”
The set is a collaboration between The Pokémon Company, Creatures Inc., and design firm nendo, and a premium Pokémon TCG set that is designed as a staple playset for any Pokémon TCG fan.
The new release features:
Three Preconstructed Decks:
- Iconic cards from the history of the Pokémon TCG, including Base Set Venusaur, Charizard and Blastoise, headline three specially constructed 60-card decks featuring Grass, Fire and Water Energy types.
- Alongside classic cards, brand-new cards such as Ho-Oh ex, Lugia ex and Suicune ex are included, allowing players to form new strategies.
- Except for Basic Energy cards, cards included in Pokémon Trading Card Game Classic cannot be used for tournament play. However, these static decks are perfect for challenging friends and family to a Pokémon TCG battle at any time.
High-Quality Game Board:
- The foldable and portable two-player game board comes with card placement zones for Active Pokémon, Benched Pokémon, a card deck, discard pile, and Prize cards.
- The game board features a compartment that holds up to three decks, as well as a toolbox complete with all gameplay accessories needed for battling.
- The game board offers a premium fabric surface that allows cards to easily slide across, non-stitched edges to avoid cards getting caught when playing, a fabric hinge eliminating gaps in the board, and built-in magnet to minimize noise during gameplay.
- The black-and-white color scheme of the game board has been designed to match the toolbox and card sleeves while maintaining a visual focus on the cards and tools.
- The toolbox contains enough gameplay accessories for two players to battle, including stackable damage counters, three-dimensional Poison and Burn markers, and metal orbs that take the place of Pokémon coins.
- Players will be able to roll metal orbs down a small chute — if the orb lands in a white-bordered hole, it’s treated as heads, and if it lands in a black-bordered hole, it’s treated as tails — removing the need for dice and coins.
Intuitive Damage Counters and Special Condition Markers:
- The toolbox includes a set of damage counters featuring yellow 10-damage counters, orange 50-damage counters and red 100-damage counters.
- I n addition to the bright colors, each damage counter prominently displays thedamage count on its side, allowing players to quickly calculate the total damage count.
- Designed with a conical shape, the damage counters are stackable to maximize visibility of in-play cards and allow for easy storage.
- Made from aluminum, the damage counters are moderately weighted to prevent falling over when vertically stacked.
- Three-dimensional, ring-shaped Poison and Burn markers are also included in the toolbox to allow players to easily identify these Special Conditions.
Elegant Card Sleeves and Deck Boxes:
- Featuring a Poké Ball motif, three kinds of card sleeves are included to protect the three preconstructed decks.
- Card sleeves have been purposely designed in a black-and-white color scheme to maintain visual focus on the card artwork.
- Three deck boxes featuring the Grass, Fire and Water Energy symbols match the preconstructed decks and allow for easy storage of sleeved cards when not in use
Expected to arrive sometime in 2023 the price is unknown.