The Pokémon Trading Card Game has been a staple pillar of the Pokémon franchise dating back to the late ’90s, but through a new collaboration between The Pokémon Company, Ceatures Inc., and Nendo, the team behind the TCG hopes to deliver the definitive way to play. Pokémon Trading Card Game Classic delivers everything you need to play, including preconstructed decks and various elegantly redesigned gameplay accessories.
The content of this premium set kick off with three specially designed 60-card decks. These decks are headlined by Base Set Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise but feature cards from the history of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. In addition to those classic cards, players can also look forward to all-new cards like Ho-Oh EX, Lugia EX, and Suicune EX. Cards included in this set are ineligible for tournament play, as these decks and cards were designed for balanced play within this set.
The high-quality game board folds up to fit into a special case that houses the entire set. The board features card-placement zones for active Pokémon, benched Pokémon, a card deck, discard pile, and prize cards. This board also features a compartment that can hold up to three decks, plus a toolbox with various gameplay accessories that are needed to play. The play area itself features a premium fabric surface that allows cards to slide across without getting caught, and a fabric hinge eliminates gaps in the folds. The black-and-white color scheme adds an air of elegance while allowing the cards to be the visual focus.
Included in the accessories are stackable damage counters, three-dimensional poison and burn markers, and metal orbs that replace the traditional Pokémon coins. On top of that, players roll metal orbs down a chute instead of rolling dice. The set includes heavy aluminum damage counters and Poké Ball card sleeves to match the visual aesthetics of the game board.
We don’t yet know when Pokémon Trading Card Game Classic will be available or how much it will cost, but given the quality of the set, it’s probably safe to say that it won’t be the cheapest addition to your Pokémon TCG collection. All we know so far is that Pokémon Trading Card Game Classic will arrive at some point in late 2023, making it a potential hot item for the holidays. For more on the Pokémon Trading Card Game – including galleries of the recent expansions – be sure to click the banner below to visit our hub!