Bulbagarden X/Y Launch Giveaway Closes

Copies of Pokémon X/Y go to 10 lucky winners!
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  • Monday, October 7, 2013

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There is now less than a week to go until the worldwide release of Pokémon X and Y. At the beginning of last week, Bulbagarden gave fans worldwide the chance to win one of ten copies of the new games in the Bulbagarden X/Y Launch Giveaway. The contest is now over, and winners have now been contacted. The ten winners will have 48 hours to reply to their emails, confirming their details so that their prizes can be sent to them. In the event that someone fails to respond to their email within 48 hours, the prize will be reassigned to another person who correctly answered all 5 of our trivia questions. The full list of winners will be published here on Bulbanews following all winners confirming their details.

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As promised, the answers to all 5 of our trivia questions are published below. Thank you everyone for taking part in this competition. We'll have more chances for you to win Pokémon games and merchandise in our regular Christmas contests later this year.

Contest Winners

  1. Evan T. C. (USA)
  2. Y. B. (Canada)
  3. Keit L. (Australia)
  4. Zach M. (USA)
  5. Wilmer R. (USA)
  6. "Yar" (Brazil)
  7. William G. (USA)
  8. Ken S. (Canada)
  9. "Lollo" (Brazil)
  10. Neil H. C. (Philippines)

Trivia Answers

Question 1

What is the full name of this website?

The full name of the website is Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden. This can be found on the very first sentence in the Bulbapedia article for Bulbagarden.

There is no ambiguity in this question, and it has been marked quite strictly. Nevertheless, we have seen a number of people answering this one incorrectly. The most common mistake we have seen was for people to answer not with the name of the site, but with a URL like "bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net" or "bulbanews.bulbagarden.net". Some people also answered with either Bulbapedia or Bulbanews, misunderstanding the intent of the question. Some others answered with "Bulbagarden: The original Pokémon community", however a reading of the Bulbagarden page on Bulbapedia would make it clear that this is incorrect.

Question 2

Name the three female characters in the Pokémon anime who showed feelings for Brock after he first showed interest in them.

The correct 3 characters are Wilhelmina, Pike Queen Lucy, and Holly. This information was noted in the trivia sections of each of their respective Bulbapedia pages.

At the time the contest was posted, the Pike Queen Lucy page incorrectly stated that there were four girls. This was corrected on the afternoon of Monday 30th, and did not impact the contest in any way.

A number of people incorrectly included Lizabeth in the 3. Lizabeth was not judged to satisfy the criteria, in that she did not show feelings to Brock only after he had shown her feelings. Some people also gave answers like "Misty, May, Dawn", which were also not accepted.

Question 3

In Pokémon X and Y, players will start their journey with two different starter Pokémon. Name the other main series Pokémon titles which have allowed players to obtain more than one starter Pokémon in game, without trading for the starter with another Trainer, or obtaining from some other external source such as a distribution or the Dream World.

The correct answer to this question is Pokémon Yellow Version, Pokémon Emerald Version, and Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver Versions. To find this information, contestants would need to read the pages of each main series Pokémon game, and confirm which games fit the criteria.

In Yellow, players obtain the original 3 starters from others within the game. Though these are given to the player, they are not traded for as the question specifies.

In Emerald, Chikorita, Cyndaquil, or Totodile may be acquired from Professor Birch after obtaining every Pokémon in the Hoenn Pokédex. Strict readings of how this question was originally worded may have led people to exclude this game on the basis that you need to trade with other people to obtain all the Pokémon needed to fill the Hoenn Pokédex. People who excluded Emerald in their answer prior to the question being reworded to clarify the intent were not penalized.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions, Starter Pokémon from Kanto and Hoenn can be collected from Professor Oak and Steven Stone, respectively, as appreciation for defeating Red.

The correct answer to this question does not consider the use of glitches to obtain Pokémon, only normal gameplay. When the question was reworded to clarify the situation with Pokémon Emerald, we also took the opportunity to to make clear that we intended to exclude things such as event distributions and the dream world. This rewording did not impact the results in any way.

The most commonly encountered issue with incorrect answers was people failing to include Pokémon Yellow in their answer. Some people also listed only one of HeartGold and SoulSilver, when they were required to list both.

Question 4

There is an unusual card in-game in the Pokémon Trading Card Game (game) for Game Boy which was physically released in Japanese prior to that game being released, but was never physically released in English (in any edition or reprint). How many TCG cards have been based on the same character as that card?

The first part of this question refers to the infamous Imakuni? card. The wording of this question with "character" instead of "Pokémon" was intended as a tip-off. This card should have been quite memorable for those people who played the game. For those who didn't, they could have found this card from the list of cards on the Promotional Card (GB1) page, which was linked from the Pokémon Trading Card Game (game) page.

There are a total of 12 cards (11 + 1 reprint) which have been based on the Imakuni character. The full list of these cards could be found on the Tomoaki Imakuni page on Bulbapedia. We would have accepted either figure.

As originally worded, the question only specified that the card was physically released in Japan, not that the card was available prior to the release of the Pokémon TCG game for Game Boy. The question was reworded to specifically exclude 3 cards originally exclusive to the game which did later receive physical releases in Japan. Two of these cards, Tangela (GB 1) and Electrode (GB 1), received physical releases as part of the Japanese only Pokémon Web set. The other card, Dragonite (GB 1 Promo), was jumped on by many entrants who interpreted the original wording of the question, referring to "A card present in the" game, as referring to this card which was included as a promotional card with Japanese copies of the game. People who gave answers based off any of these 3 cards prior to the question being reworded were not penalized.

A number of entrants also guessed the Mt Fuji Surfing Pikachu card, based on this specific version of the card having not been released in English. However, as a card identical in all aspects other than the art was released in English as a black star promo card, this was not judged to be a valid answer.

Question 5

What was the first Pokémon manga to retain the right-to-left Japanese reading format when published in English?

The correct answer for this question is Ash and Pikachu, which was first published in English in a right-to-left format by Chuang Yi in Singapore in November 2003. However, as this information had mistakenly been left out of the Bulbapedia article at the time the contest went up, which could not be corrected by us without giving away the answer, we are also accepting a further two answers as correct. The first of these is Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys, which was first published by Chuang Yi in December 2003, and which was the earliest English language right-to-left format release which was explicitly mentioned on Bulbapedia. The other answer we are accepting is Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team, which was originally syndicated in Nintendo Power 207-212 (September 2006 - February 2007) in a right-to-left format, and was the first one published in that format in North America by VIZ Media.

Due to us accepting the answer of Ginji's Rescue Team, this was the question that the most entrants were given a mark for. However, there were still quite a few wrong answers submitted. In particular, numerous people incorrectly guessed Pokémon Adventures for this question. VIZ Media started publishing this manga in right-to-left only from 2009, with it's 2nd edition re-releases. Chuang Yi did not publish this manga in right-to-left until Volume 41 in 2013.