Nintendo and The Pokémon Company International has announced that Pokkén Tournament will join the Pokémon Championship Series starting in spring.
This year’s tournament series will culminate with the crowning of the Pokkén Tournament World Champions at the 2016 Pokémon World Championships, which are to be held in San Francisco this August.
Helping competitors to prepare, Nintendo is hosting Pokkén Tournament Early Access Competitions at select GameStop locations across the United States on Saturday 27th February. Winners from the regional tournaments will progress to the finals at the Nintendo NY store in New York.
Being held on Thursday 17th March, that will then see the final two winners earn a Wii U, Pokkén Tournament and travel awards to the 2016 Pokémon US National Championships which will take place between Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd July in Columbus, Ohio. There, they will then battle to advance to the 2016 Pokémon World Championships.
GameStop stores in the following cities will host local qualifiers for the Pokkén Tournament Early Access Competition, with registration starting at 10am local time:
- 2201 Preston Road, Plano, TX
- 1841 Chamblee Tucker Road, Chamblee, GA
- 3972 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA
- 8115 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL
- 6451 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL
- 242 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA
- 32 E. 14th St. – Union Square, New York, NY
- 3914 Rivermark Plaza, Santa Clara, CA
The Pokkén Tournament Early Access Competitions are open to the public, and will see participants split into two age brackets: players born in 2001 or later, and players born in 2000 or earlier.
Pokkén Tournament will launch exclusively for Wii U worldwide on March 18th.