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Does choosing the boy or the girl trainer at the beginning of Pokémon Ruby or Pokémon Sapphire make a difference in the way they train? For instance, does the boy train stronger and the girl train easier?

Please…do you honestly think that boys are stronger than girls? Have you ever seen Venus and Serena Williams? There is no difference between the boy and girl trainer in the game (with the exception of their item bag – the boy has a knapsack, and the girl has a belt bag).

What is the typical age group for getting into the whole Pokémon thing? I ask because my fifteen-year-old son and my thirteen-year-old daughter are telling me all about Johto, Kanto, Mudkip, and Typhlosion. I'm starting to watch Pokémon: Master Quest with my kids -- and it's a great show!

First of all, Johto and kanto are worlds in the Pokémon universe – Mudkip is one of the new starting Pokémon in the Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire games, and Typhlosion is an evolved Pokémon from past games. Use this information to show of in front of your kids! Okay, now that we got that straight, we should tell you -- if you love the show, then you fit the age group. The Pokémon phenomenon is timeless and ageless – our fans range from six to sixty! Interestingly, there are different age groups associated with different parts of the Pokémon universe – the movies and television show usually bring in a typically younger audience, while the video games and trading card games bring in older kids. But we have been contacted by fans and collectors from as young as four and as old as eighty!

I heard from friends that Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire were coming out on March 17th, but then I saw websites that were reporting the release date as March 19th. Which one is right?

Actually the street date for the earliest that Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire should be sold is March 19th, which most retailers will abide by. But Pokémon Center New York is throwing a party this weekend, and we're selling it then – on March 15th! If you're in the area, swing by and be one of the first to pick one up – if there are any left!

I am about the only person left at my school who still thinks Pokemon is awesome, and this one kid keeps teasing me about it. He keeps trying to convince me not to like Pokemon anymore, and he keeps saying that Pokemon is stupid. I tried telling him that he shouldn't care that I like Pokemon, but he continues to tease me. What should I do?

Have you tried unleashing a Level 70 Aerodactyl on him? Actually, kids are always finding something to tease other kids about – it may not feel nice, but it happens to everyone. Try asking him what he likes, what he thinks is cool, and tell him that other kids may think that's “uncool”. Then depending on this other kids' size, either stare him down smugly or run for your life.

I want to how many countries besides the US and Japan are currently carrying the Pokemon television series and in how many different languages.

The Pokémon television show broadcasts in 68 countries and 24 languages. That's a lot of Pokémon!

Is there any chance that the Orange Island episodes are going be released on DVD ?

12 episodes are out on one specially packed DVD now. It's called Pokémon: Adventures on Orange Islands 1. This DVD features:

• Pallet Party Panic
• A Scare in the Air
• Pokéball Peril
• The Lost Lapras
• Fit To Be Tide
• Pikachu Re-Volts
• The Crystal Onix
• In the Pink
• Shell Shock!
• Stage Fright!
• Bye Bye Psyduck
• The Joy of Pokémon

You can order this DVD from, or wherever fine DVD's and videos are sold.

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