Post by tony aka delibird_deals on Mar 8, 2019 17:34:39 GMT -6
word on the street is Nintendo allowed funskool to manufacture their own Pokemon cards to distribute in India. I've yet to see concrete evidence of this but there are collectors who swear by it. I believe they could be legitimate licensed product but I haven't seen any evidence so far. That being said my gut feeling is that they are officially licensed. But we all know gut feelings can be wrong D:
These have been discussed before, and there has yet to be any definitive evidence they are "licensed".
If Nintendo licensed the cards, they don't make sense at all. They look like quintessential bootlegs, with completely incorrect cardstock. Also, other language pokemon cards existed in the mid 2000's, and they all had the Nintendo card design. Furthermore, if you look at all recent language expansions (Russian, Korean, Thai) they are the same overall template.
If people want to collect these, go for it. But the claim they are "licensed" by Nintendo is unverified.
Last Edit: Mar 8, 2019 18:25:02 GMT -6 by smpratte
rustedharmony, I have seen that before and unfortunately it doesn't prove they were officially licensed nintendo product.
The fact this occurred in 2004 and quotes "Nintendo" as the owner makes it worse. The cards are straight WOTC ripoffs. The mewtwo has the identical hp and attacks from wotc, with just enough wrong to blur copyright infringement. Hell even the artwork is subtly wrong while attempting to resemble the original sugimori wotc base design.
There is nothing parallel in this release to any other actually licensed nintendo product. Literally everything from the design, cardstock, artwork is completely off. Nintendo would never sanction a company to do a classic bootleg rip of WOTC design.
Also, there were plenty of bootleg cards/sets released in Japan. Some even mistakenly graded by PSA. Ultimately if people want to collect those, feel free. But they are unverified at best.
Last Edit: Mar 8, 2019 20:12:02 GMT -6 by smpratte
This source states Nintendo as owning Pokémon. The next sentence states that the Indian cards were produced by Funskool with Verghese (2004) as the source. The implication that Nintendo licensed the Funskool cards is implied/assumed by the author and the reader. However, these citations back to back are not evidence that Nintend sanctioned these cards. It’s more like:
Pokémon is owned by Nintendo (SOURCE). Funskool printed Pokémon cards (DIFFERENT SOURCE).
The second source is not making any claim about whether Funskool was licensed to do so. In other words, the source is saying that Funskool literally printed cards with pokemon on the cards, which is not the same as Pokémon® cards.
Edit: The context of these citations is also important and lends to the way the sources are working in the text. The book is about youth identity and globalization, and this particular paragraph is dedicated to establishing the significance of Pokémon. This paragraph doesn’t care about “official license,” the goal is just to establish that someone in India was a part of the craze printing a foreign game that spurred globalization in the area.
The new photo from virbank is also not an official source, and is more unverified speculation.
Regardless, this simply isn't how licensing works with Nintendo. Legend Maker was release in China, and was imported by Pokemon USA. Literally the worlds largest manufacturer (China) didn't manufacture the cards.
More specifically, the current company that owns the Master License for pokemon is only allowed to produce certain plush/figures. TCG is off limits. No type of card is allowed whatsoever.
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