So really... what
is Pokémon VS? Here are the facts:
141 in Japan
Order: 12th set in Japan
It's official. This set will NOT be released in English.
Date: July 19th, 2001 in Japan
Oh sweet merciful Lord.... this has got to be
absolute WORST set ever created in the existance of the
Pokémon TCG. "Worse than Detroit?" I'm afraid so. No
Pokémon Powers, no regular attack that does more than
50 damage, no evolutions. I'd use an explicit word right now
if this wasn't a kid site. (So in that case, use your
Oh, and to show that Wizards of the Coast actually
DOES know what it's doing with the game (and neither
Media Factory or TPC), here's a list of things new to the
Japanese version of the Pokémon TCG;
promos have been catelogized (and they also began using a
Promo symbol [star])
a 1st Edition Print run of their sets
numbering their cards in their set
putting them in a rarity-based order (Holo-Rares,
Rares, Uncommons, Commons)
making a holo and nonholo version of a rare
Heck, they even changed the backsides of the cards
to make that of their Wizards counterparts (thus forcing
Japanese players to forever use opaque sleeves on their
It should; these are all the things Wizards introduced to
the game. Thus showing that Wizards does know what
they're doing to the game.
VS was probably the first, best example of TPC's illogic and idiocy when running this game.
Not only did they change their card backs, but they fashioned this set and all other sets made since
to be a totally "new" game. As in they don't want YOU to use old cards with the new cards. They've
even tried to force Wizards to not support mixing cards made before Expedition with cards made
after Expedition, even though technically it's all still the same game here. Bah.
The art is
cool, but it hardly makes up for the worst game play in a
set since... ever. Nick15 believes that they used up all
their creativity on the art and not on game play.
And it's been confirmed by Dark Master Trainer Mike
and just about anyone else working at Wizards... Wizards
will NEVER produce an English version of this set.
GOOD! (And even if they did, calling VS an
"Expert-level" set would have have fans screaming bloody murder!)
... Despite it having about a 90% crap-card level, there
were a few good cards. Sadly, not enough to convince Wizards
in making it. .... VS also introduced a new Trainer type;
Technical Machines (TMs). It didn't help much that fans have
been making them for years now, and that TPC JUST finally decided to add it to the
The symbol for VS is a huge VS symbol.