The Safari Zone HD Remaster project is a way to recreate the original “Safari Zone Guesstimation Card List” I made many years back, but to also bring a fresh new look to the original Vending Machine set! Afterall, the original Vending cards were never released as a whole in English (not counting a few Black Star Promos), and my original English version cards are definitely looking a bit long in the tooth after all this time.
This project originally started with GC|Linkinboss—a regular on the PA! Discord—posting a few Vending cards using my Neo Gendai blanks… which I then thought that maybe they’d like to straight-up help remake the original Safari Zone? GC|L was totally onboard, and so here we are!
To get an idea of how much has changed since the original Safari Zone Guesstimation Card List release and this Safari Zone HD Remaster project, take a look at these Weezing cards:
Now as with the original version, the goal is to reproduce what Wizards might have done had they released the Vending Machine cards in an actual English set. For this we would try to reproduce not just the card text based on how game text would’ve been written back then (so no text stating “Special Conditions”) but also updating card rarity and giving them card numbers based on that rarity. To add one more bit of realism, we’re pretending this set was released in between Neo Destiny and Expedition, and thus between February and September 2002; this means some Vending cards which were turned into promos may not appear in this set. There may be other surprises and minor adjustments as well, but these will also be based on what we felt Wizards might have done with the cards that they had access to… as a reminder, Wizards had rights to every Japanese card released at the time, even if they never actually released them in the end.
This page will cover all the cards released thus far. They are ideally being released weekly, between two to four (or so) at a time. Thus every card released will appear here. Easy-peasy, huh? So wait, why is this set out of 134 cards when the original Safari Zone was only out of 108? I guess you’ll just have to wait and find out, won’t you??
|Card №||Pokémon||Rarity||Original Set|
|4||Blastoise LV. 52||☆||Please Trade|
|5||Charizard LV. 76||☆||Please Trade|
|13||Mewtwo LV. 67||☆||Vending Series|
|15||Omastar LV. 36||☆||Vending Series|
|19||Venusaur LV. 67||☆||Please Trade|
|20||Weezing LV. 26||☆||Vending Series|
|47||Bulbasaur LV. 15||◆||Vending Series|
|48||Charmeleon LV. 38||◆||Base Set (Yes, a Base Set reprint, only because there is literally NO OTHER Charmeleon card we could’ve used!)|
|58||Ivysaur LV. 26||◆||Bulbasaur Intro Deck|
|63||Koffing LV. 16||◆||Vending Series|
|70||Omanyte LV. 22||◆||Vending Series|
|77||Squirtle LV. 15||◆||Vending Series|
|78||Wartortle LV. 78||◆||Squrtle Intro Deck|
|82||Bulbasaur LV. 12||●||Bulbasaur Intro Deck|
|84||Charmander LV. 10||●||Vending Series|
|103||Omanyte LV. 20||●||Vending Series|
|117||Squirtle LV. 14||●||Squirtle Intro Deck|
|132||Pokémon Retransfer||◆||Vending Series|
|133||Fossil Excavation||●||Vending Series|
|134||Mysterious Fossil||●||Vending Series|
- ☆ = Rare Holo
- ★ = Rare
- ◆ = Uncommon
- ● = Common
Finally, at some point in the future, we MAY have a physical, proxy release of Safari Zone cards. Like, if you ever wanted to play with original Japanese Vending Machine cards in your deck, but can’t read Japanese… well, we might have a solution for you! GC|Linkinboss whipped these up for kicks and giggles, and they look awesome! Maybe one day they’ll be in your hands as well?