Nintendo UK have signalled the start of their search for the best Pokémon X and Y players across the country, having today announced the ‘Nintendo Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Battle Tournament 2014.’
Players will lead their team against their opponents in four categories – Ultimate Pokémon Expert, Junior Expert, Ultimate Team, and Pokémon Apprentice – with eventual prizes for winners including a trip to Tokyo and Nintendo products, with four players receiving fast track entry to take part in the UK Pokémon Video Game Championship series in May.
Those interested should be sure to register ahead of the qualifying events, which will start on Saturday 1st March at selected GAME stores and shopping centres across Great Britain (full list below), leading to a Grand Final taking place in London in April.
More information about the competition’s four categories is as follows:
Ultimate Pokémon Expert
The winner of the prestigious “Ultimate Pokémon Expert” title – a category open to those aged thirteen years or older – will earn themselves a week-long trip for two to Japan, the birthplace of Pokémon. They’ll be able to immerse themselves in the Pokémon world by visiting the Pokémon Center and also explore all of the sights of Tokyo. Recommended for seasoned Pokémon players the “Ultimate Pokémon Expert” title will test your Pokémon skills to the limit. The first and second place winners in the Ultimate Pokémon Expert category will receive fast track entry to the second round of the official Play! Pokémon UK VGC event this Spring.
Younger Pokémon Trainers (12 or under) itching to compete can enter the “Junior Expert” category. In this competition, a weekend trip for the whole family to Alton Towers theme park with hotel stay is up for grabs, for whoever comes out victorious. The first and second place winners in the Junior Expert age category will receive fast track entry to the second round of the UK Pokémon Video Game Championships event this Spring.
The “Ultimate Team” competition is exclusively for two family members (one aged 16 or older, and one 12 or under) who want to team up and take on other families in a four-player Double Battle. Successful teams will have the chance to win a £250 Nintendo UK Online Store voucher and a group trip for four to one of the world’s best gaming shows: EGX London 2014. This event takes place in Earls Court London, from 25th – 28th September and offers visitors the chance to play the biggest games before they are released.
New enthusiasts can enter the “Pokémon Apprentice” title; where complete newcomers to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y can battle it out to receive a mega bundle of Nintendo 3DS games up to the value of £300.
Winners from each category will be crowned at the Nintendo Grand Final in London on Saturday 26th April, with terms and conditions available here.
Bullring, Birmingham – 1st March
GAME Churchill Square, Brighton – 1st March
GAME Murraygate, Dundee – 2nd March
Intu Eldon Square, Newcastle – 8th March
GAME Hamleys, London – 8th March
GAME St. David’s Centre, Cardiff – 8th March
WestQuay, Southampton – 15th March
GAME Meadowhall, Sheffield – 15th March
GAME Castle Street, Banbury – 15th March
Bluewater, Kent – 22nd March
GAME Back Of The Inns, Norwich – 22nd March
GAME Victoria Centre, Nottingham – 22nd March
Intu Trafford Centre, Manchester – 29th March
GAME Westfield Stratford City, London – 29th March
Intu Braehead, Glasgow – 5th April
GAME Cribbs Causeway, Bristol – 5th April