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The 2017 Pokémon World Champions were crowned on the final day of competition during the closing ceremonies and the 2018 Worlds were announced to be held in Nashville, TN, United States. Congratulations to all those that participated in the tournament.

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THE VERY BEST POKÉMON PLAYERS ARE CROWNED AT THE 2017 POKÉMON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Trainers from more than 35 countries converged in Anaheim to compete in annual Pokémon TCG and video game tournaments

The 2017 Pokémon World Championships concluded yesterday following three days of fierce matchups and friendly competition in Anaheim, Calif. The best Trainers from around the globe gathered for the 13th annual event to compete in the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG), video game battles in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, and Pokkén Tournament. More than 3,500 players, fans, and supporters gathered at the Anaheim Convention Center, while more than 1.5 million Pokémon fans watched the action from home via Pokemon.com and Twitch.tv/Pokemon.

The 2017 Pokémon World Champions are:

2017 Pokémon TCG Junior Division World Champion Tobias Strømdahl of Norway.
2017 Pokémon TCG Senior Division World Champion Zachary Bokhari of The USA.
2017 Pokémon TCG Masters Division World Champion Diego Cassiraga of Argentina.
2017 Pokémon Video Game Junior Division World Champion Nicholas Kan of Australia.
2017 Pokémon Video Game Senior Division World Champion Hong Juyoung of South Korea.
2017 Pokémon Video Game Masters Division World Champion Ryota Otsubo of Japan.
2017 Pokkén Tournament World Champion Tonosama of Japan.

The event is an invitation-only tournament, and players have been working to qualify for it through local, regional, and international tournaments over the past year. This year’s champions earned a special Pokémon World Championships trophy and an invitation to the 2018 Pokémon World Championships, and collected a monetary prize in the form of a scholarship, cash prize, or Travel Certificate. The Pokémon Company International awarded more than $500,000 in prizes to top finishers at the 2017 World Championships and has granted over $3.5 million in scholarships since it began hosting tournaments 13 years ago.

2017 POKÉMON TRADING CARD GAME WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Junior Division Finalists (born in 2006 or later)
World Champion: Tobias Strømdahl of Norway
Runner-Up: Minaki Hasegawa of Japan

Senior Division Finalists (born in 2002–2005)
World Champion: Zachary Bokhari of the United States
Runner-Up: Michael Long of Canada

Masters Division Finalists (born in 2001 or earlier)
World Champion: Diego Cassiraga of Argentina
Runner-Up: Naoto Suzuki of Japan

2017 POKÉMON VIDEO GAME WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Junior Division Finalists (born in 2006 or later)
World Champion: Nicholas Kan of Australia
Runner-Up: Tomás Serrano of Spain

Senior Division Finalists (born in 2002–2005)
World Champion: Hong Juyoung of South Korea
Runner-Up: Yukio Wata of Japan

Masters Division Finalists (born in 2001 or earlier)
World Champion: Ryota Otsubo from Japan
Runner-Up: Sam Pandelis from Australia

2017 POKKÉN TOURNAMENT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Finalists
World Champion: Tonosama of Japan
Runner-Up: Mikukey_HOMURA of Japan

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THE 2017 POKÉMON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS KICK OFF THIS FRIDAY WITH LIVE ONLINE COVERAGE

This weekend, August 18–20, at the 2017 Pokémon World Championships, hundreds of the world’s best Pokémon Trading Card Game, video game, and Pokkén Tournament players will compete in Anaheim, CA, for the title of Pokémon World Champion. The 2017 Pokémon World Championships will be streamed online at Pokemon.com/Live across four different channels, so viewers can watch their favorite players and events all weekend long. Commentators will provide coverage and analysis for all the action.

Please see below for a full streaming schedule (all times are PDT):

Main Channel

Friday:

9 a.m.: Opening Ceremony
10 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Pokémon TCG Swiss Rounds
2–6 p.m.: Pokémon VGC Swiss Rounds

Saturday:

9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Pokémon TCG Swiss Rounds
3:30–5 p.m.: Pokkén Tournament Top 4 & Finals
5:30–10 p.m.: Pokémon VGC Top Cut

Sunday:

9 a.m.: Pokémon TCG Junior Division Finals
Immediately following: Pokémon TCG Senior Division Finals
Immediately following: Pokémon TCG Masters Division Finals
30-minute break
Immediately following: Pokémon VGC Junior Division Finals
Immediately following: Pokémon VGC Senior Division Finals
Immediately following: Pokémon VGC Masters Division Finals
Immediately following: Closing Ceremony

Pokémon TCG Channel

Friday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.: Pokémon TCG Swiss Rounds
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Pokémon TCG Swiss Rounds
6–10 p.m.: Pokémon TCG Top Cut

Sunday: Off air

Pokémon Video Game Channel

Friday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.: Pokémon VGC Swiss Rounds
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Pokémon VGC Swiss Rounds
4:30–8:30 p.m.: Pokémon VGC Top Cut

Sunday: Off air

Pokkén Tournament Channel

Friday: 10 a.m. – Noon: Pokkén Tournament Last Chance Qualifier
1–5 p.m.: Pokkén Tournament Last Chance Qualifier (as needed)

Saturday: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Pokkén Tournament World Championships
Sunday: Off air

The official Pokémon movie website has updated. Translations follow:

A Status Report from the Next Generation World Hobby Fair '17 Summer!




The Next Generation World Hobby Fair '17 Summer was held at Makuhari Messe Saturday June 24th and Sunday June 25th.
Since the movie is going to premiere soon,
the Pokémon Booth was filled with tons and tons of info on "Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You!"
The "Latest Pokémon Movie News Stage Show" was hosted by Abareru-kun and Rinka Otani on day 1,
and by Shoko Nakagawa and Rinka Otani on day 2.
These shows were packed with content: They'd play "Fully Powered Pose 1-2-3!" with the visitors,
hold quizzes, occasionally have concerts... and lots more.
When they asked "Are there any dads or moms here that watched the first movie,
"Mewtwo Strikes Back!", as a kid?"
several people raised their hands,
truly letting you relive the 20 years of history that Pokémon now has.
The fact that so extremely many people showed up
strongly got across how much everyone anticipates this movie!



The Pokémon Booth also had the "Okido Laboratories", which let you experience the world of "Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You!"
Lots of people were lined up here as well,
in order to search for Pikachu inside the laboratories!
There was also the "I Choose You!! shouting contest",
which measured how high the visitors shouted "xxx! I Choose You!"
Lots of visitors wanted to try this, so the excitement level was high!



The Pokémon Booth also had a trial play area featuring the first Pokémon game for the Nintendo Switch,
"Pokkén Tournament DX".
Lots of people were lined up here to play this game early.
There was also a "Japan's First Pokkén DX Battle Show" held at the Pokémon Booth stage,
and lots of visitors raised their hands in order to challenge self-appointed Pokkén Master Akira!



The "Z-Move Battle Laboratory & MonCollé Stage Show" was filled with fun,
including a presentation of the "Get Fully Powered with Rotom! Z-Move Laboratory" toy scheduled for release in July,
a 20th anniversary MonCollé quiz, and more!
And at the "Special Pokémon Ga-Olé Concert",
not only was the "Special "I Choose You Cap Pikachu" Ga-Olé Disk" you receive when you go see the movie battled with,
Hideaki Takatori, Aya Ikeda and Tatsuyuki Kobayashi also showed up and performed the Pokémon Ga-Olé theme song live,
all to great excitement from the audience!



The "Pokénchi Presents A Special "Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You!" Stage Show" was held at the Next Generation WHF Stage Saturday June 24th!
Pokénchi residents Shoko Nakagawa, Hyadain, Abareru-kun and Rinka Otani were there,
all wearing Satoshi hats!
And of course, Pikachu later appeared as well, leading to the venue breaking out in excitement!
Professor Ichiohka came on stage as well,
bringing with him an aluminium balloon that accurately replicated the legendary Pokémon "Houou"'s actual size.
When the aluminium balloon spread its wings, it became as big as the entire stage itself,
shocking both the hosts and the audience.

Later, Satoshi's voice actress Rica Matsumoto showed up as a special guest!
After enjoying a fun Pokémon Quiz with the audience,
everyone watched a special trailer for the movie together.
This special trailer was filled with nothing but intriguing scenes,
including Satoshi's first meeting with Pikachu and his subsequent profound dialogue, a look at Marshadow, and more!



After that,
Hyadain and Abareru-kun had a Pokémon battle where they used the mythical Pokémon "Marshadow",
which you receive in "Pocket Monsters Sun/Moon" when you go see the movie,
and which you can't meet during normal gameplay!
Everyone were surprised at how powerful Marshadow's exclusive Z-Move "Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike" was!

Finally, Rica Matsumoto sang the opening theme for this year's movie,
"Mezase Pokémon Master 20th Anniversary"!
Her powerful singing voice got everyone into a great mood!

Source: http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/news/?p=2832

The official Pokémon movie website has updated. Translations follow:

The Next Generation WHF Takes Place June 24th and June 25th! Get the Latest Pokémon News Before Anyone Else Does at Makuhari Messe!




There will be a Pokémon Booth at the "Next Generation World Hobby Fair '17 Summer",
the biggest game and hobby event in Japan,
which will be held at Makuhari Messe Saturday June 24th and Sunday June 25th 2017!

The Pokémon Booth contains the "Okido Laboratories", in which you can experience the world of "Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You!", which premieres Saturday July 17th! Search for Pikachu inside the laboratories!

We'll also be selling the special pre-order tickets with which you can receive a "Satoshi's Pikachu" that can use the exclusive Z-Move "10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt" in your "Pocket Monsters Sun/Moon" game!
Get "Satoshi's Pikachu", which you can't obtain during normal gameplay, and make it a major player in your battles!
We're also giving out B2 movie posters exclusively to those who purchase a special pre-order ticket at the venue!



Use the special pre-order ticket to obtain "Satoshi's Pikachu"!



Exclusive to this venue! We're giving out these B2 movie posters with purchases of the special pre-order tickets!

The hosts of "Pokémon no Uchi Atsumaru?" will be giving you the latest info on the movie, the anime and more from the stage!
The first Pokémon title for the Nintendo Switch, "Pokkén Tournament DX", will also be available at the booth at this early stage! You'll get to try it out!



You'll get the chance to play it already now!


Date: June 24th and 25th, 2017
Event name: Next Generation World Hobby Fair '17 Summer (Official site)
Opening hours: 9am to 4pm
Admission is free
Closest station: A 10 minute walk to Kaihimmakuhari Station

Related links:
Official Pokémon movie site
Official Pokkén Tournament DX site

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©2017 Pokémon. ©1995-2017 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc. ©2017 BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
©2017 BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
Pocket Monsters, ポケモン, Pokémon, ポッ拳 and POKKÉN TOURNAMENT are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures and Game Freak.
The Nintendo Switch logo and Nintendo Switch are trademarks of Nintendo.

Source: http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/news/?p=2744

The official Pokémon website has announced that the North American International Championships will take place June 30th, 2017 to July 2nd, 2017 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. It also announced that the 2017 Pokémon World Championships will take place from August 18th, 2017 to August 20th, 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

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Get Details on the Big Summer Competitions

Announcing the locations and dates of the 2017 North American International Championships and 2017 World Championships.

Start preparing for two of the largest Pokémon tournaments of the year: the North American International Championships and the Pokémon World Championships!

The inaugural 2017 North American International Championships will take place June 30–July 2 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, the longtime home of the US National Championships. There are no residency restrictions for the North American International Championships—the event is open to all Pokémon TCG and video game players from around the world. In addition to the exciting prizes for Pokémon International Championships, this is the last chance to earn significant Championship Points on the way to a World Championships invitation.

Then, on August 18–20, the top players from around the globe will converge on the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, to battle at the 2017 Pokémon World Championships. Only the Pokémon TCG and video game Trainers who battled at Championship Series events throughout the season and managed to earn enough Championship Points will qualify for this prestigious competition. Competitors will be battling for the title of World Champion and a share of over $500,000 in prizes!

Pokkén Tournament players will also have the chance to show off their fighting skills at the Pokémon World Championships. On Friday, participants in the Last Chance Qualifier tournament will battle for the remaining seats in Pokkén Tournament World Championships. Then, the 2017 Pokkén Tournament World Championships will take place on Saturday, August 19, finishing with the grand finals on Saturday night, where the prize pool will be $20,000. Players will be competing using the Wii U version of Pokkén Tournament.

Opportunities are running short to earn an invitation to the Pokémon World Championships, so be sure to give it your all as we draw closer to the main event in August.

Stay tuned for more information regarding the 2017 North American International Championships and Pokémon World Championships, including how all attendees will be able to register online in advance. Good luck to everyone planning to compete at this year's big events!

Source: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/get-details-on-the-big-summer-competitions/

The Pokémon Company International has announced the Pokémon Day 2017 festivities for the United States. It should be an exciting day for all fans of the franchise. It was also revealed that a new line of Pokémon Gallery Figures will be heading exclusively to the United States Pokémon Center website on Pokémon Day. A special Pikachu will also be appearing in Pokémon Go wearing a party hat to celebrate Pokémon Day.

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Celebrate Pokémon Day on February 27

Pokémon Day is February 27, commemorating the launch of the very first Pokémon games in Japan way back in 1996. To celebrate the milestone, several events and promotions are planned, leading up through the big day! The fun starts at the #PokemonDay social hub, where we will be updating a gallery of your Pokémon photo memories. Use the hashtag #PokemonDay to share your best Pokémon moments.

  • Pikachu is ready to lead the Pokémon Day celebration in Pokémon GO. From February 26 at 1:00 p.m. PST to March 6 at 1:00 p.m. PST, any Pikachu you encounter in the wild will be wearing a festive party hat! The Pikachu you catch during that time will keep its party hat forever, so be sure to look for this special Pikachu during its short time in the wild.
  • Pokémon Day marks the debut of the new Gallery Figures collection in the Pokémon Center. The first set includes awesome figures of Eevee, Mew, Magikarp, and Pikachu—each performing its signature attack. These figures were designed specifically for the Pokémon Center, so this is the first time anyone will be able to get their hands on them.
  • Starting on Pokémon Day, revisit some of the best big-screen moments of Ash and his friends with a movie marathon on Pokémon TV. For a limited time, watch the original classic Pokémon: The First Movie, as well as Pokémon 4Ever and Pokémon—Zoroark: Master of Illusions in their entirety. Remember that you can watch Pokémon TV here on Pokemon.com and on the Pokémon TV mobile apps. But these movies will be available for only a limited time, so don't miss them!
  • The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online is starting its Pokémon Day festivities early, with extra Trainer Tokens available on the Bonus Wheel for the entire week leading up to Pokémon Day. Then, be sure to log in to your game on Pokémon Day for an extra-special Daily Bonus. Remember that you can play the Pokémon TCG Online on your computer, iPad, or Android tablet. Battle today and through Pokémon Day for bigger rewards!
  • Don't forget that right now you can head to your local participating GameStop store to get a Bottle Cap for your Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon video game. This item lets you boost the individual strength of one of your Pokémon's stats via Hyper Training, making the Pokémon even more ready for your next big battle! Bottle Cap codes will be available at GameStop until March 5.
  • Pikachu lends its brilliant features to the new Pikachu Yellow Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL. This limited-edition New Nintendo 3DS XL is launching just a couple of days before Pokémon Day, and it's sure to be popular, so check it out while you can. Visit the product page on Nintendo.com for more details.
  • If you're looking for even more Pokémon animation fun for your Pokémon Day celebrations, you can find Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel on the iTunes Store, Google Play, and Amazon Video on February 27. Plus, check out a special Pokémon the Series: Gold & Silver TV episode bundle featuring Ash's adventures throughout the Johto region. With this collection of episodes and the latest Pokémon movie, you'll be ready to host the perfect Pokémon Day party!
  • Pokémon Day is a good reminder that big promotions are going on in Pokémon Shuffle, too. The popular Nintendo 3DS game is celebrating two years of challenging fans with puzzle fun. Take a look at the in-game notifications to get more details on these upcoming opportunities.
  • Head to Twitch.tv/Pokemon for an all-day celebration of Pokémon competitions, showing many of the most memorable matches from the Pokémon TCG, video games, and Pokkén Tournament from the past several years. See your favorite players from around the globe as we broadcast epic Championship battles, including some from recent Pokémon World Championships.

Source: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/celebrate-pokemon-day-on-february-27/

Pikachu Parties in Pokémon GO!

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Keep your eye out for a special Pikachu wearing a party hat to celebrate Pokémon Day! Pikachu is ready to lead the Pokémon Day celebration in Pokémon GO. From February 26 at 1:00 p.m. PST to March 6 at 1:00 p.m. PST, any Pikachu you encounter in the wild will be wearing a festive party hat! The Pikachu you catch during that time will keep its party hat forever, so be sure to look for this special Pikachu during its short time in the wild.

Source: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/pikachu-parties-in-pokemon-go/

Put Your Favorite Pokémon on Display

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The new Gallery Figures collection launches in the Pokémon Center on Pokémon Day.

Pokémon fans will definitely want to take a look at the new Gallery Figures collection coming to the Pokémon Center on Pokémon Day, February 27. These high-quality figures were created for the Pokémon Center in the United States, meaning this is the first time they have ever been available anywhere in the world.

The first four Gallery Figures depict some well-known Pokémon as they perform an attack: Mew using Psychic, Eevee using Swift, Magikarp using Splash, and Pikachu using its iconic Thunderbolt attack. Each figure is mounted on the same size base, making it easy to put them on display. Plus, this is only the first set of Gallery Figures planned for launch in the Pokémon Center—check back throughout the year for details on upcoming collectibles.

Check out the Pokémon Gallery Figures collection on February 27 in the Pokémon Center!

Source: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/put-your-favorite-pokemon-on-display/

On November 27th, 2016, it was announced that a new playable character would be revealed for the arcade version of Pokkén Tournament. Today, it was revealed that Emperte will be added to the Arcade Version of the game in Japan on December 15th, 2016.

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Source: http://www.pokkentournament.jp/news/

YouTube Trailer - Emperte


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A special broadcast called for POKKÉN TOURNAMENT aired on NicoNico on October 31st, 2016. The broadcast was hosted by voice actress Ruriko Aoki, Arise Satō and Masaaki Hoshino from Bandai Namco Studios. It was revealed that Gureggru will be a playable character when the update goes live on the arcade version of the game.

POKKÉN TOURNAMENT Gureggru Trailer


Source: http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv280073810

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A special broadcast called the POKKÉN TOURNAMENT Large-Scale Update! LIVE aired on NicoNico on July 14th, 2016. The broadcast was to mark the 1 year anniversary for the arcade version of POKKÉN TOURNAMENT which was released on July 7th, 2015. The broadcast announced new features that would be coming to an update on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 for the arcade version. The broadcast was hosted by Robert's Hiroshi Yamamoto, voice actress Ruriko Aoki, Osaka and Masaaki Hoshino from Bandai Namco Studios.

It was revealed that Darkrai will be a playable character when the update goes live in addition to Garchomp, Braixen and Shadow Mewtwo. A new mode called Mission Panel was also revealed which allows players to unlock mission objectives to receive various boosts.

POKKÉN TOURNAMENT Large-Scale Update! Trailer


Source: http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv268128710/

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HORI has announced that a Pokkén Tournament Controller for Wii U - Pikachu Version 「HORI - 「ポッ拳」専用コントローラー for Wii U ピカチュウ」 will be available to purchase in Japan in June 2016 for 3758 yen. HORI previously released a Gamecube controller featuring Pikachu in late 2014 for Wii/Wii U and the POKKÉN TOURNAMENT Exclusive Controller for Wii U on March 18th, 2016.

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Source: http://www.hori.jp/products/wiiu/wiiu_pokken_controller_pikachu/ and http://www.hori.jp/products/wiiu/wiiu_pokken_controller/
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