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Trip to Japan is Up for Grabs as the Pokemon X and Pokemon Y Battle Tournament 2014 Brought to You by Nintendo Kicks Off on 1st March

Select winners can also take part in the official Play! Pokemon Video Game Championship series (February 21, 2014)

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 02/21/14 -- Calling all Pokemon players! The search for the best Pokemon X and Pokemon Y video game experts in the country is now on - as the Nintendo Pokemon X and Pokemon Y Battle Tournament 2014 is announced. As well as a quest to find some of the best Pokemon Trainers, Nintendo is also on the hunt for any new Pokemon players who want to test their skills and battle with their ultimate Pokemon teams. Great prizes for winners include a trip to Tokyo and Nintendo products. Four players will also receive fast track entry to take part in the UK Pokemon Video Game Championship series, organised by The Pokemon Company International, taking place in May.

The qualifying events kicking off on 1st March at selected GAME stores and shopping centres across Great Britain, will then lead to a Grand Final taking place in London in April. The two top placing Trainers from the 'Ultimate Pokemon Expert' and 'Junior Expert' age categories at the Grand Final will then be offered fast track entry to the Pokemon UK Video Game Championships event this coming Spring, meaning they skip straight to the second round.

Qualifying regional events will start at the Birmingham Bullring and at GAME Brighton on 1st March. Pokemon fans of all experience levels can battle, enjoy StreetPass with other attendees and prove their prowess on Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, available now on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

If you think you have the skills to take on some of the best Trainers from across Great Britain, or simply want to have a go to try to win one of the exciting prize packages, then register to enter at www.nintendo.co.uk/pokemontournament. Do you have what it takes?


The four titles up for grabs include:

Ultimate Pokemon Expert - The winner of the prestigious "Ultimate Pokemon 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 Pokemon. They'll be able to immerse themselves in the Pokemon world by visiting the Pokemon Center and also explore all of the sights of Tokyo. Recommended for seasoned Pokemon players the "Ultimate Pokemon Expert" title will test your Pokemon skills to the limit. The first and second place winners in the Ultimate Pokemon Expert category will receive fast track entry to the second round of the official Play! Pokemon UK VGC event this Spring.

Junior Expert - Younger Pokemon 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 Pokemon Video Game Championships event this Spring.

Ultimate Team - 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 GBP 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.

Pokemon Apprentice - New enthusiasts can enter the "Pokemon Apprentice" title; where complete newcomers to Pokemon X and Pokemon Y can battle it out to receive a mega bundle of Nintendo 3DS games up to the value of GBP 300.

The winners of each category will be crowned at the Nintendo Grand Final in London on 26th April.

Whether you're young or old, novice or expert, the Pokemon X & Pokemon Y Battle Tournament 2014 is calling on you to show you've got what it takes to win the title.

Notes to editors

Full event details and T&Cs can be found at - www.nintendo.co.uk/pokemontournament

Tour dates

Event dates

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

N.B. all location details can be found here - http://www.nintendo.co.uk/News/Events/Events-659914.html

Regional Heats - Overview

Qualifying formats are single elimination knock-out for each tournament.

All tournament rules will adhere to the official rules for the VGC 2014 Season, as written by The Pokemon Company International, unless stated otherwise.

The winner of each tournament heat will be entered into the Grand Final in London on 26th April.

Grand Final - Overview

The final event will take place at a London location on 26th April 2014. The final is date specific and cannot be transferred or postponed to a later date. Finalists should ensure availability on this date.

The regional finalists will be the winner of each regional heat; finalists will be notified by the event team immediately after each regional heat, and will be confirmed via telephone or email by 7th April 2014. Winners must confirm their attendance at the final by replying to the notification email with confirmation of receipt by 14th April 2014.

In the event of a regional winner not replying by 14th April 2014 to the notification of winning, the runner-up from that heat will be invited to the final and the previous winners shall forfeit their position in the final and corresponding prize.

In the event that a finalist drops out within 48 hours of the final, the number of finalists will be reduced accordingly.

Additional terms and conditions will apply for the tournament final and these will be presented to all finalists in advance of the final taking place.

Ultimate Pokemon Expert

For players aged 13+.

Players must bring their own console and copy of Pokemon X or Pokemon Y for use in the tournament.

Battles are conducted under Double Battle Flat Rules.

The Grand Final prize is a trip to Tokyo for two people (to include one adult) for seven nights, including flights, accommodation and a trip to the Pokemon Centre.

The first and second place winners in the Ultimate Pokemon Expert category will receive fast rack entry (first round byes) at the Official Play! Pokemon UK VGC event in May. Winners will be placed in the appropriate age category for the Play! Pokemon series events based on The Pokemon Company International rule set for the season.

Junior Pokemon Expert

For players aged 12 or under.

Players must bring their own console and copy of Pokemon X or Pokemon Y for use in the tournament.

Battles are conducted under Double Battle Flat Rules.

The Grand Final prize is a family trip for four to The Alton Towers Theme Park & Resort, including 3 nights' accommodation and weekend access to the theme park.

The first and second place winners in the Junior Pokemon Expert category will receive fast track entry (first round byes) at the Official Play! Pokemon UK VGC event in May. Winners will be placed in the appropriate age category for the Play! Pokemon series events based on The Pokemon Company International rule set for the season.

Pokemon Apprentice

Players can bring their own console and copy of Pokemon X or Pokemon Y for use in the tournament, or we will provide you with a console and game with a pre-set team.

Battles are conducted under Double Battle Normal Rules.

All Pokemon entered as part of the team may not hold items, including Mega Stones, or exceed Level 50 in their normal state.

The Grand Final prize is a bundle of Nintendo 3DS games coming out in 2014, plus a collection of Pokemon Trading Card Game packs.

Ultimate Pokemon Team

For family teams of two. The older player must be aged 16+, and the younger aged 12 or under.

Players can bring their own console and copy of Pokemon X or Pokemon Y for use in the tournament, or we will provide you with a console and game with a pre-set team.

Battles are conducted under Four Player, Double Battle Normal Rules.

All Pokemon entered as part of the team may not hold items, including Mega Stones.

The younger team member's Pokemon may not exceed Level 50 in their normal state. The older team member can enter Pokemon at any level.

The Grand Final prize is GBP 250 of Nintendo UK Online Store Vouchers, plus a trip for four to London including tickets to the EGX London exhibition.

About Nintendo:

The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.2 billion video games and more than 669 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokemon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in Europe.

About Nintendo 3DS family:

Nintendo 3DS family consists of a Nintendo 3DS system, Nintendo 3DS XL system (both with a 3D feature) and a Nintendo 2DS system (no 3D feature). Nintendo 3DS family offers Parental Controls so that parents can control the content their children can access and the games they can play. Additionally, devices with a 3D feature allow parents to control the level of 3D their children can view and also provide a 3D depth slider which lets players turn off or adjust the level of 3D they want on the 3D Screen. Nintendo 3DS family also features two built-in screens for different functionality, a Circle Pad which provides a full 360 degrees of direction, a built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor. It is equipped with three cameras (two of which are facing outwards to allow the taking of 3D pictures), houses a 2GB/4GB SD Memory Card and is compatible with AR Cards which come packaged with Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo 3DS family is also backwards compatible with all existing Nintendo DS games, which can be played in 2D on your Nintendo 3DS system. www.nintendo3ds.co.uk

About Pokemon:

The Pokemon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokemon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokemon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokemon website. Pokemon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children's entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.pokemon.co.uk.

About GAME

GAME Retail Ltd. is the UK's leading high-street videogames retailer. Formed in April 2012, GAME is committed to delivering for the gaming communities of the UK online, in-store, on mobile and through their app. With a market-leading reward proposition, incredible exclusive content and great deals, GAME is the number one destination for all gaming needs. For more information, please visit www.game.co.uk.

Contacts:
Nintendo UK
http://nintendo.co.uk/


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