Avid Pokémon card collector Linkdu83 has graciously provided us with a dump of yet another very rare Nintendo e-reader card… Pokémon-e TCG – Battle Road 2002 Trophy Cards – No. 3 Trainer Boy Version Summer Version! Special thanks for Qwachansey for the video.
This card was the 3rd prize prize given out to winners of the Pokémon Battle Road competition that took place during spring and summer of 2002 in Japan. This one is quite rare as only 100 No. 3 Trainer cards were given out to guys.
The rough translation of the message that is displayed when the card is loaded is as follows –
Words of Encouragement Here are some words of encouragement from Imakuni? to you, the newest arrival. OK! Third place! Congratulations! Anyway, just be happy for now! Out of all these trainers you came out on top! Now let’s aim higher! Can you get even higher!?
おゆわいのことば イマクニから入党者のアナタにおくるおゆわいのことばです。 オッケー！3位だな！おめでとう！とにかく今は喜んでおこうぜ！たくさんのトレーナーの中からオマエは勝ち上がったんだからな！
With help from funding by the non-profit Hit Save! the e-Reader Preservation Project was able to develop a way to safely preserve cards like this and acquire some of the rarer ones. You can read all about the process on some of the Hit Save blog postings here and here for an in-depth look at the project and what has been accomplished.
Consider donating as well to help fund more work like this in the future! Here’s an excerpt from one of their blog posts about this card:
The 2002 Battle Road trophy cards were a set of Trainer cards that were awarded to competitors placing in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd positions in the 2002 Battle Road Trading Card Game tournaments in Japan.
The tournaments were held during both the Spring and Summer of that year in several locations: Hokkaidō, Tōhoku, Kantō, Chūbu, Kansai, Chūgoku/Shikoku, Kyūshū, and Tokyo.
The tournaments were open to both men and women, and boys and girls, and the cards awarded to these competitors would reflect this.
Women and girls would receive a female variant card, while men and boys would receive a male variant.
The text on the trophy cards would also note which season (Spring or Summer), region, and tournament position the winner competed for.
The artwork on the card also featured more Pokémon the higher the position the winner placed in.
According to a post by user chok on the popular Pokémon Trading Card forum ‘Elite Fourum’ (or ‘efour’/’E4’ for short), here are the total number of 2002 Battle Road Trainer trophy cards that were officially distributed:
- No.1 Trainer: 4 Female cards | 50 Male cards
- No.2 Trainer: 3 Female cards | 51 Male cards
- No.3 Trainer: 8 Female cards | 100 Male cards
Download the ROM here.