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The Pokémon Company has announced that for the first time in nearly two years, Play! Pokémon Live competitions are back and players can earn Championship Points toward an invitation to the 2022 Pokémon World Championships in London, England. Competitors must adhear to the COVID-19 policy which requires that all potential attendees and staff must show proof of vaccination and present a negative COVID-19 test for admittance to Premier Events.

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Play! Pokémon Live Competitions Are Back!

For the first time in nearly two years, Pokémon TCG Championship Series and Pokémon Video Game Championship Series players can sign up to play in live events. Battle to earn Championship Points toward an invitation to the 2022 Pokémon World Championships in London, England. Use the Event Locator to find a Pokémon TCG or video game competition near you and register to play.

Note that large events have limited capacity and require spectators and participants to have badges, as well as comply with our COVID-19 policy.

Take a look at the Pokémon TCG and Video Game Championship Series info pages to prepare for Play! Pokémon events.

Good luck competing at events in the 2022 Pokémon Championship Series!
Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/play-pokemon-live-competitions-are-back/

The Pokémon Company International announced sales data for 2021 in Europe which was also the 25th anniversary of the franchise. The brand had a stellar year especially with the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

THE POKÉMON COMPANY INTERNATIONAL SEES SALES SOAR IN 25TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR FOR POKÉMON TRADING CARD GAME AND TOYS IN EUROPE

London, UK—07 February 2022—The Pokémon Company International announced today that Pokémon celebrated a fantastic year at retail in 2021, seeing a significant increase in sales across Europe for its Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) and toy ranges as it celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Named Best Gaming Licensed Property at the 2021 Licensing Awards, Pokémon was the #1 property for 2021 in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, and saw the highest year-on-year sales increase across all listed properties in the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, according to figures recorded by NPD Group*. Pokémon is the #1 gaining property in 2021 across the EU8** according to NPD, growing by +106% vs. 2020.

Pokémon was the #1 NPD toy property in France with sales almost double that of the #2 brand, achieving 102% growth YOY. Pokémon also had five items in the top 50 toys of the year, including Pokémon TCG Battle Academy, the first-ever board game adaptation of the TCG which won the Best Game category at the 2021 US Toy of the Year Awards, coming in at #7 with over €5m in sales. In 2021, Pokémon achieved its highest-ever annual position in both Germany and the UK. It was #9 in Germany with 100% growth, and #7 in the UK with 78% growth.

Pokémon was #1 in both Belgium and the Netherlands, achieving an amazing 183% growth in the Netherlands and 125% in Belgium, where its sales were almost double those of the #2 brand. In addition to Pokémon’s success in western Europe, TPCi is currently eyeing future growth and is extending its localised marketing efforts for the hugely popular Trading Card Game to Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Israel.

The new Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Brilliant Stars expansion, which introduces the Pokémon VSTAR mechanic, launches on 25 February.

Pokémon offers a fantastic and varied toy range for fans. Latest highlights include Mattel’s Mega Construx Celebration Pikachu, the absorbing strategy game Pokémon Labyrinth from Ravensburger, and the award-winning range from Jazwares including the popular Pokémon Carry Case Volcano Playset backpack.

“2021 was an exceptional year for Pokémon,” said Mathieu Galante, Licensing Director EMEA for The Pokémon Company International. “Our packed programme of exciting activity and new and different best-in-class product launches, including a host of fabulous anniversary items, resulted in huge demand and surging sales. We are delighted with the superb performance at retail which demonstrates the brand’s continued iconic cultural relevance, and we continue to work hard to bring more innovation to fans over the coming months.”

“Pokémon TCG sales were simply sensational in 2021, breaking all previous records,” said Simon Benton, VP Pokémon TCG Sales Europe. “We would like to thank our retail partners and distributors for their continued support in showcasing the products to consumers. Pokémon is the #1 NPD property in three countries and also saw astonishing three-digit year-on-year gains across the majority of our key territories. These figures have cemented the phenomenal success of the brand’s 25th anniversary year. With increased TCG distribution set to launch in Eastern Europe, we look forward to expanding our reach in 2022.”

The global phenomenon of Pokémon was first launched in Japan in 1996 as a role-playing game for Nintendo’s Game Boy system and reached the United States and Europe in 1998–99. Pokémon has since grown into one of the most popular entertainment properties in the world, encompassing video games, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, mobile games and apps, animation and movies, Play! Pokémon competitive events, and licensed products.

It is one of the most successful video game franchises of all time with more than 368 million video games sold worldwide. In addition, more than 22 billion Pokémon TCG cards have been shipped to 77 countries in 13 languages, while the mobile game sensation Pokémon GO has received more than one billion downloads globally since launch in 2016. More than 1000 episodes of the animated TV series span 24 seasons, licensed for broadcast in 176 countries and regions in more than 30 languages.

*Source: The NPD Group / Toys / Retail Tracking Service / EU8
**UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Spain & Russia

The official Pokémon website has announce the Players Cup 25th Anniversary Invitational will take place on August 13th, 2021 to August 15th, 2021 and will feature the top 8 Video Game and TCG players from around the world.

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Players Cup 25th Anniversary Invitational Features Celebrated Pokémon TCG and Video Game Players

Don't miss a showcase of some of the best players ever when the matches stream in August.
Continuing the celebration of 25 years of Pokémon, an exciting event is on the way spotlighting some of the best competitive Pokémon players ever. The Pokémon Players Cup 25th Anniversary Invitational will feature eight top Pokémon TCG players and eight top video game players from around the world in exciting head-to-head matches. They'll face off in a double-elimination bracket as they seek to prove who is truly the champion of champions!

You won't want to miss some of the biggest names in Pokémon when the action starts in August. It will be broadcast on Twitch.tv/Pokemon on August 13–15.

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/players-cup-25th-anniversary-invitational-features-celebrated-pokemon-tcg-and-video-game-players/

The official Pokémon website has posted a notice that all sanctioned Play! Pokémon events are canceled through May 14, 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus spreading around the world. Our list of COVID-19 canceled Pokémon Events has been updated with this announcement.

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Important Update Regarding Play! Pokémon Events

The safety and well-being of our community, both competitors and organizers, is our top priority.

After discussions with event organizers and pursuant to guidance set forth by local, regional, and national health authorities, as well as the World Health Organization, all Play! Pokémon-sanctioned events through May 14, 2020 in North America, Latin America, South America, Oceania, South Africa, and Europe have been canceled. This includes all Pokémon Regional Championships, Special Events, League Challenges, League Cups, Premier Challenges, Midseason Showdowns, and Prerelease tournaments. No championship points will be awarded during this time. While independent of Pokémon, organizers of these events should act in the best interest of their event and community, including always being mindful of the safety of participants. We appreciate their cooperation and partnership during this challenging time. We are continuing to closely monitor health mandates, guidelines, and recommendations from appropriate government agencies while evaluating all independent and Pokémon-organized events on a case-by-case basis.

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/important-update-regarding-play-pokemon-events/
Posted By: Sunain | Apr 27 2018 13:52:04
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The Pokémon Company International has announced a new Pokémon Carnival at Hong Kong's Times Square where visitors will be able to get their picture taken with Pikachu, play Pokémon themed stall games and also play the Pokémon video games.

Date: May 1st, 2018 until June 10th, 2018
Time: 10am to 10pm Daily
Venue: Times Square, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Pikachu Meet And Greet: Takes place on May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 at 3pm, 4:45pm, and 6pm each day (20 minutes each time) Six Pikachu Dance Show: Takes place on May 26 to 27 and June 2, 3, 9, 10 at 3pm, 4:45pm, and 6pm each day (20 minutes each time)

Source: http://hk.portal-pokemon.com/topics/event/180416180000_post_3.html

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The official Pokémon website has announced that for the 2016 World Championships that take place in San Francisco from August 19th until August 21st, 2016, the general public will be unable to attend due to limited venue space. Fans wishing to see the World Championships are being told to watch the stream of the event.

Also announced were changes to the upcoming Play! Pokémon 2017 Championship Series. More money will be given out to players as well as additional travel certificates to make it easier for players to be able to attend events.

Entry Restrictions at the 2016 World Championships

Please read this important message about new venue entry regulations for the 2016 Pokémon World Championships.

Due to limited venue capacity and overwhelming demand, the 2016 Pokémon World Championships will be closed to the general public in the interest of providing the best possible event experience to our qualified players and their families. While the event has been open to the public in years past, only invited players and their families will be permitted to enter the venue this year, and everyone must have an official event badge.

Each invited player will be given a Player badge. Each invited player under 18 years of age will be guaranteed one Guest badge at check-in, to allow one parent or guardian into the event venue. We will do our best to accommodate additional family members of invited players, but attendees should note that additional Guest badges are not guaranteed. Any additional Guest badges will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and supplies are limited. An email with these details is being sent to invited players.

Fans who want to follow the action from the 2016 Pokémon World Championships can head to Pokemon.com/Live, where we'll be broadcasting Pokémon Trading Card Game, video game, and Pokkén Tournament matches all weekend long. Thank you for understanding the changes to the event's attendance in 2016.

Source: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/entry-restrictions-at-the-2016-world-championships/

Big Play! Pokémon Changes on the Way for 2017

Check out the major revisions coming to the world of competitive Pokémon gaming.

Get ready for an epic year of competitive Pokémon TCG and video game battling at all levels—including the Championship Series—with all-new events in the 2017 Play! Pokémon season. We're making significant changes to the program to improve players' chances to compete and win across the world. Take a look.

This year, we're introducing a new Championship Series event in each of the four core rating zones. The European Championships, North American Championships, Latin American Championships, and Asia Pacific Championships will take place throughout the season and are open to all players worldwide. These amazing events will feature high Championship Point payouts and a total prize pool of nearly $250,000 per event. In addition, Travel Awards and Stipends will be available to players worldwide based on Championship Point performance in their home rating zone. Travel Awards and Stipends available for each of these events may vary by rating zone and by age division. Stay tuned for more details closer to the events.

Pokémon Regional Championships will now be more accessible to players around the world and will feature bigger prizes. Every Regionals will offer more than $50,000 in prize money, scholarships, and Travel Certificates based on attendance. These competitions will be spread more evenly throughout the 2017 Championship Series season instead of clustered over several weekends during the year, making it easier for players to attend multiple Regionals throughout the season. There are no residency restrictions for 2017 Pokémon Regional Championships; players are free to travel to foreign events. Travel Certificates earned at Regionals will be deposited to a travel account that winners may use as they wish.

City Championships will now be known as League Cup events. Participating hobby stores will be eligible to host one League Cup event per quarter, giving Pokémon TCG players more opportunities to play in their local area. The Championship Points structure for top finishers at a League Cup event will be the same as for the former City Championships. Also, Pokémon League Challenges will return as entry-level events, giving Pokémon TCG players a great place to get started and even more opportunities to compete in local events.

The Premier Challenge and Midseason Showdown events will return in the 2017 Championship Series season as local events for Pokémon video game players. Premier Challenges will provide players with frequent opportunities to play at local events and to try out new strategies in smaller events. Midseason Showdowns are larger events that will give players the opportunity to compete for a greater number of Championship Points in their local area.

At every event listed above, players can earn Championship Points to qualify for the most prestigious event in the Championship Series: the Pokémon World Championships. Championship Point totals needed to qualify for the 2017 World Championships will be announced in September.

Play! Pokémon will no longer host Pokémon State or National Championships. The Play! Pokémon team may approve independently operated National Championships on a case-by-case basis. The Championship Points and prizes available at these events will vary.

We look forward to seeing you at Play! Pokémon events during the 2017 season. Good luck throughout the year on your climb toward the title of Pokémon World Champion.

Stay tuned for more information on specific events during the 2017 Championship Series season.

Source: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/big-play-pokemon-changes-on-the-way-for-2017/

The official English Pokémon website has announced that an official Pokémon area will be setup at the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio from June 15th until June 19th, 2016. Attendees will be able to play in official Video Game and TCG tournaments and can earn Championship Points in some of the competitions.

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Press Release - Play Pokémon at Origins!

Compete for a trip to San Francisco at the Origins Game Fair in Ohio this June!

Pokémon returns to Origins in Columbus, OH, from June 15–19, 2016, with exciting Pokémon TCG and video game competitions throughout the event! The Origins Game Fair is held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and is open to players of all ages with paid admission.

With seven Pokémon TCG formats and six Pokémon video game formats being played, there will certainly be a tournament that suits you. There are even fun beginner events for players new to Pokémon competitive play! Prizes will be awarded to top players, including Championship Points for some of the competitions.

Be sure to compete in the featured Pokémon TCG and Pokémon video game Win-a-Trip tournaments at Origins, where the top prize in all three age divisions is a trip to San Francisco during the weekend of the Pokémon World Championships in August! The Pokémon TCG event will be played using the Standard format, and the Pokémon video game event will use the 2016 Video Game Championships format. Entry requires one tournament ticket, available at Origins.

A minimum of six players is required to hold a tournament, and only Win-a-Trip tournaments with 30 or more players can award a trip. Any Win-a-Trip tournament that doesn't meet this attendance threshold will instead award two boxes of Pokémon TCG booster packs from the latest expansion to the winner.

Good luck to everyone competing in Pokémon TCG and video game competitions at Origins this June!

Sources: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/play-pokemon-at-origins/ and http://originsgamefair.com/

The Summer 15 Shiny Rayquaza that was distributed in Singapore from May 5th, 2015 until July 31st, 2015 via serial codes has been banned from official Video Game tournaments and events. The official Japanese Pokémon Global Link website made the announcement on January 21st, 2016 but it had previously been noticed that it couldn't be traded over the Internet. The single quote in the OT before 15 triggers the hack check system. The ban does not affect other distributed event Rayquaza's from participating in official events though. Despite being distributed in Singapore, Japanese or North American region copies of X, Y, Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire could obtain it. Further details on this Shiny Rayquaza are available in our Event Pokémon Database.

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Source: http://3ds.pokemon-gl.com/information/42dcc13e-bea9-4c67-9956-7f677bf2e488

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Pokémon Celebrates 20 Years with Ad in Super Bowl 50

Celebration of iconic brand will continue throughout 2016 with special products and events BELLEVUE, Wash.—January 12, 2016— Pokémon is thrilled to announce that 2016 will be a year-long celebration of the past, present, and future of the 20 year-old brand. First introduced in Japan in 1996 with the video games Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green for the Game Boy system, Pokémon has delighted fans of all ages around the world for two decades. With more than 275 million video games sold worldwide, 21.5 billion TCG cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 18 seasons, Pokémon is one of the most successful entertainment brands in the world.

To kick start the celebration, The Pokémon Company International announced today that it will air a new ad during Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, February 7, which will encourage fans to Train On. In that spirit, fans are encouraged to share their favorite Pokémon memories on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube using the hashtag #Pokemon20. On Pokémon Day, February 27, fans can join in on the fun at special events at participating retail locations across the country. More details can be found at Pokemon.com/20. Fans visiting the site throughout the year will find information about monthly Mythical Pokémon character distributions, retail events, special products, messages from some of Pokémon’s biggest fans, and the upcoming Pokémon Photo Booth app.

In addition to all of the great ways to celebrate 20 years of Pokémon, there is much more to come in 2016. This spring, Pokkén Tournament (Pokemon.com/PokkenTournament) for the Wii U console will bring Pokémon to life in a way never seen before, where Pokémon battle in direct response to the player’s actions. Pokémon GO (Pokemon.com/GO), a ground breaking mobile game that will encourage fans to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon, launches later this year. To coincide with Pokemon Day on February 27, Nintendo will also make some of their best-selling Pokémon amiibo available again, at select retailers only. Fans should be on the look-out for Charizard, Jigglypuff, Greninja, and Lucario to join Pikachu at stores nationwide.

VIDEO GAMES

In a fitting tribute to where it all began, Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version and Pokémon Yellow Version will be released as digital downloads on the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on February 27 . Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version will also be included in a New Nintendo 3DS bundle. The New Nintendo 3DS Pokémon 20th Anniversary bundle will come with Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version pre-installed, two unique cover plates featuring artwork from the original Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version game boxes and the Pokémon 20th logo, and a download code for an exclusive Nintendo 3DS Pokémon HOME Menu theme. The commemorative New Nintendo 3DS bundle will be available on February 27 at retail locations.

POKÉMON TCG

Pokémon TCG fans can celebrate 20 years of Pokémon with the Pokémon TCG: Generations expansion Pokemon.com/20. This special expansion covers every stage of a Trainer’s journey, from the choice of a first partner Pokémon to the most elite of Trainer battles. Featuring Pikachu, Snorlax, Ninetales-EX, and Jolteon-EX, plus Mega Charizard-EX, Mega Blastoise-EX, and Mega Venusaur-EX, the Generations expansion will be available in February. Generations booster packs will be available within specially labeled and designed Pokémon TCG products released as part of the Pokémon 20th celebration, starting with the first Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collection coming in late February. A total of 11 Mythical Pokémon Collections will be released throughout 2016, each containing two Generations booster packs. In addition, four Pokémon TCG: Red & Blue Collections focused on the original superstars of the Pokémon world, each containing four Generations booster packs, will be released in 2016.

RETAIL

The celebration continues with special retail events. Four Mythical Pokémon video game character distribution events will take place at participating GameStop locations throughout 2016, with one being distributed each quarter. Fans will need to have Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, or Pokémon Y, and a system from the Nintendo 3DS family to receive Mew, Darkrai, Arceus, and Genesect.

On Pokémon Day, February 27, at participating Toys“R”Us locations, fans can receive special foil Pokémon TCG cards featuring Pikachu and Magikarp from the Generations expansion, a Pokémon activity book, and a poster of the original 151 Pokémon, while supplies last. Toys“R”Us will also have an exclusive Generations-themed folio available for purchase to collect the new expansion.

ANIMATION

Beginning in January and continuing throughout the year, 12 full-length Pokémon feature films will be available for digital download from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. The first two releases will be Pokémon: The First Movie and Pokémon the Movie 2000, both digitally remastered. In addition, Pokémon TV, available on Pokemon.com, Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire platforms, will feature one film title per month to align with other Pokémon brand activities. The first three Pokémon films will also be available in both DVD and Blu-ray formatted bundles from licensee Viz Media.

A 48-page interactive digital reader will accompany Pokémon: The First Movie and can be viewed on any device that supports iBooks, including Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

MERCHANDISE

Fans can celebrate 20 years of Pokémon in style with new apparel, accessories, and souvenirs available only at PokemonCenter.com. They can find everything from a special Pokémon 20th baseball cap by New Era to a commemorative pin and lanyard set. Pokémon 20th TCG accessories, such as card sleeves, deck boxes, playmats, and much more, are available for fans of all ages. Limited-edition Pokémon 20th figures and plush items from TOMY International, Pokémon’s master toy licensee, will also be available at participating retail locations.

Pokémon. Twenty years. Train On.

Press Release - Europe UK - Pokémon Celebrates 20 Years of Gotta Catch ’Em All

Pokémon. Twenty Years. Train On. The Pokémon Company International announces a collection of activities to celebrate 20 years of the iconic brand

2016 will be a landmark year for the Pokémon Company International. On February 27, Pokémon celebrates 20 years since the first games launched in Japan. The company is gearing up for a period of festivities centered around the best-known Pokémon experiences—video games, Trading Card Game (TCG) and animation…plus much more!

Since the video games Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green were first launched in Japan for the Nintendo Game Boy in 1996, Pokémon has delighted fans around the world. Over the past two decades it has become a hugely successful and popular entertainment brand and continues to be held dear by fans of all ages. More than 275 million copies of Pokémon video games have been sold worldwide, 21.5 billion TCG cards have been shipped to 74 countries in 11 languages and over 450,000 players take part in Pokémon events every year. There are also more than 800 episodes spanning 18 seasons of the animated TV show.

Pokémon fans can follow all the 2016 celebrations at Pokemon.co.uk/20, where they’ll find information about events, product details, and video messages from some of Pokémon’s best-known followers. They are also encouraged to join the conversation by sharing their own memories of Pokémon using the hashtag #Pokemon20 on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

To kick off the year-long celebrations in style, a new TV commercial will air during the US Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, February 7. From then on, a series of exciting activities are planned to mark Pokémon’s milestone year. A special app—Pokémon Photo Booth—has been designed for the occasion and will be available to download at no charge for iPhone and Android later this year. Numerous limited-edition toys, figurines and plush items from TOMY will be available to be discovered and collected at participating retail locations. The fun will continue throughout 2016 with new video game releases, TCG expansions, movies and more.

VIDEO GAME

Timed to coincide with the birth date of Pokémon on February 27, the games that started it all—Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow—will be relaunched on Nintendo eShop for systems in the Nintendo 3DS family .

On the same day, three new Nintendo 2DS Special Edition bundles, sure to trigger warm feelings of nostalgia, will also launch. The Special Edition bundles include a Nintendo 2DS system in transparent red, blue or yellow and are pre-installed with Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue or Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition, corresponding to the system’s colour. These Nintendo 2DS Special Edition bundles feature classic packaging reminiscent of the original Game Boy games, a sheet of 15 stickers that can be used to customise the system and a download code for a HOME Menu theme.

Numerous collectible Pokémon characters will be distributed to owners of the hugely successful Nintendo 3DS games Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y throughout the year . Mew, Darkrai, Arceus and other popular Pokémon will be distributed via various methods in Europe, bringing fans a number of Pokémon to collect throughout the 2016 celebrations!

POKÉMON TRADING CARD GAME (TCG)

Pokémon TCG fans can celebrate 20 years of Pokémon with the Pokémon TCG: Generations expansion. It contains more than 110 cards to collect and play with, including Pikachu, Snorlax, Ninetales-EX, Jolteon-EX, plus Mega Charizard-EX, Mega Blastoise-EX and Mega Venusaur-EX. The expansion covers every stage of a Trainer’s journey, from the choice of a first partner Pokémon to the most elite of Trainer battles.

Pokémon TCG: Generations boosters will be available within the specially labelled and designed range for this special year, starting with the first Mythical Collection released in late February in the UK and Germany and slightly later in other European countries. New Mythical Pokémon Collections will be released throughout 2016, each containing additional Pokémon TCG: Generations boosters, and four Red & Blue Collection boxes will be released containing even more boosters.

TV ANIMATION

Pokémon fans can look forward to a programme of promotional stunts with broadcast and video-on-demand (VOD) platform partners screening the animated series and movies to celebrate 20 years of Pokémon. Beginning early 2016 and continuing throughout the year, several Pokémon full-length feature films will be screened by key broadcasting partners across Europe. The same films will also become available for digital download from key VOD platforms such as iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.* Pokémon movies will also be featured on Pokémon TV each month.

An interactive iBook will accompany the release of Pokémon: The First Movie on iTunes and can be viewed in English on any device that supports iBooks, including Mac, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

The year-long programme of screenings will kick off with digitally remastered versions of the first two feature-length Pokémon movies, Pokémon: The First Movie and Pokémon: The Movie 2000, with more slated to follow throughout the celebrations.

20 YEARS OF POKÉMON: IT’S JUST THE BEGINNING!

Pokémon is respected for its quality, adaptability and attention to detail. The joy of collecting, battling and trading runs through everything the company does. Consistently innovating and moving with the times, Pokémon is a brand that combines a deep and respected heritage with a strong and exciting future. Pokémon fans are a unique band, spanning a range of ages and interests; they have been—and continue to be—a positive, committed, sociable and interactive community like no other fan base.

2016 will be a landmark year for Pokémon in many ways. Not only will the Pokémon Company International celebrate a rich 20 years of history, it will also evolve by developing plans for a bright future!

New video game titles are slated for release during early 2016—Pokkén Tournament arrives in spring 2016 for Wii U, Pokémon Rumble World releases on January 22 and Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon releases on February 19 for the Nintendo 3DS family systems. 2016 will also see Pokémon fans catching ’em all in the real world with the release of Pokémon GO, a game for mobile devices which was announced in September 2015. The project is a collaboration between the Pokémon Company, Niantic, Inc., and Nintendo Co., Ltd. It is a groundbreaking mobile game designed to encourage fans to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon. Pokémon GO will be available for download at no charge on the App Store and Google Play in 2016.
Posted By: Sunain | Dec 10 2015 00:38:31
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The format for the 2016 Video Game Championship season was announced on the official Pokémon website on December 9th, 2015. As of January 1, 2016, players competing in Play! Pokémon video game competitions will need to follow these new rules and regulations when building their teams and during battle. This will be the official format for the 2016 Pokémon World Championships in San Francisco, CA.

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Basic 2016 Video Game Championship Format Details:

  • All battles will be Double Battles played in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.
  • Time limits for battles will vary by event. At major events (Regional Championships and above), battles will have a 15-minute time limit, 45-second move timer, and a 90-second Team Preview.
  • Pokémon brought in via Poké Transporter will not be permitted (the blue pentagon is required).
  • All discovered Pokémon will be allowed except the following Mythical Pokémon: Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Diancie, and Hoopa.
  • Teams may have no more than two of the following Pokémon: Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Xerneas, Yveltal, and Zygarde.
  • All items will be allowed except Soul Dew. Each Pokémon must hold a different item.

Source: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/the-2016-video-game-championship-format-has-been-announced/
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