The Actual News:
OK so, it took me forever, but I FINALLY found my Nintendo e-Reader. Why? Well, I’ve recently realized that information about the Pokémon TCG during the e-Reader era is pretty slim, and plus, enough time has passed since the original e-Reader era that it’s less a disappointing release and more of a mysterious, not-very-documented part of Pokémon history… and so, why not try to document it a bit better? There’s a whole slew of sprites and other artwork and info which, frankly, doesn’t seem to exist ANYWHERE online, apart from a “Longplay” from a few years back. So that said, I spent my time yesterday and today working on the foundation of a Pokémon TCG Card-E Era… which I just brought online. Yay! I even made a quick YouTube video about the Celebi promo: take a look!
The page itself, for now, goes over the basics about the e-Reader and Dot Code formats, like what the code format actually is, how much data is actually encoded on it… and even one fun fact: apparently it’s theoretically possible for a Dot Code bar to be about half a football field in length (American or Association, take your pick), yet only encode about 2MB of data. That’s right: some 140ft or 43m of Dot Code will barely get you a 2 minute MP3 song. Two 1.44 MB floppy disks would hold more data than that Dot Code. Crazy stuff!
Anyways, more info like that can be found on the Pokémon TCG Card-E Era page, and it’s also still a work in progress as I’ll be adding a lot more to it over the next while. Keep an eye on it!
Finally, I’ve still been going to McDonalds for lunch… haven’t skipped a day! I’m still able to get Pokémon Happy Meals, but for the last five days I’ve literally gotten the exact same toy: the Green #4’s. Well, I don’t mean to complain, because actually I’m still able to get cards from it, and that actually has helped me fill out my card placement data sheet some more. I’m actually only missing ONE card now: Snivy. Incidentally, yesterday I was missing FIVE cards: Grookey, Torchic, Mudkip, Sobble and Snivy… and in two packs today I managed to get FOUR of those cards I’ve been missing. So yay!
The point here is, I’ve basically got the card slot position list worked out, save for Snivy… and even then, based on the numbers, I suspect that it’ll be in the first position in the pack (behind the holo card). Here’s my updated list:
I guess my next question is to see if there are any common connections with what cards you get… like, Charmander/Fennekin and Charmander/Chikorita packs happened twice, so… But, I only have 17 packs catalogued, so who knows.
Anyways, that’s all I have to update you guys on right now. I really should move onto more creative endevours, but I like food.