Hey Pokemon Trainers,

Each year there comes a time when 100’s of Pokemon Trainers from across the globe gather to compete and see just who is truly a Pokemon Master based on two formats of competition – the Pokemon Video Game Championships and the Pokemon Trading Card Game.

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Unfortunately as a Pokemon Professor, I missed this year’s Regionals for the Pokemon VGC at the Aotea Square in Auckland, New Zealand – but we did have a winner; Bronsun Kung who went to attempt entry into the World Championship by taking on the Oceania Nationals. He ranked 34th out of the 321 Trainers who competed (which is a bloody awesome effort as taking on like 60 New Zealanders is nothing to 300 Australians and then, if he had made it to Worlds, 1000+ International Trainers) and the Number One spot went to Mathew Roe

Bronsun’s Team consisted of Mega Metagross, Hydreigon, Landorus-T, Thundurus, Suicune and Virizion

Mathew used Mega Salamance, Amoogunus, Tyranitar, Excadrill, Rotom-W and Aegislash

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This weekend however, I did manage to get to the New Zealand Nationals for the Pokemon Trading Card Game and caught up with the Team from the PokeCollection whilst I was there.

Just for some back info on PokeCollection;

PokeCollection was opened and established in June 2009 by Asad Naseem and became a division of Ensurgency Productions Ltd in 2013.
Typically, PokeCollection involves, but isn’t limited to, the release of exclusive announcements, documentation of all the latest products, regular vlogging, and attendance at special events, often presented in a light-hearted and humourous way. Social media peripherals, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram and Ustream pages, were introduced much later but these have expanded PokeCollection’s reach. An aim of PokeCollection was to be able to remain in touch with the fan base on a daily basis, via updates, personal communication, and online-based live shows.” – PokeCollection’s Facebook Page 

Anyway, the Team helped with the registration of the 63 participants who managed to get to the Mercure Hotel in Auckland at 9am with Round 1 starting at 10am, this year the latest series of cards in play were from the “Roaring Skies” commonly used cards included the now banned “Lysandre’s Trump Card.”

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Image courtesy of PokeCollection

By 2pm, there were winners decided for the Junior and Senior divisions, I should mention the age groups for each division are as follows:

  • Junior Division: Born in 2004 or later
  • Senior Division: Born in 2000, 2001, 2002,2003
  • Masters Division: Born in 1999 or earlier

For the Juniors, the 2nd Runner-Up was Pokefan Mia, who I swear was no older than 7 years of age so I’m seriously impressed.

1st Runner-Up was Schoolboy Derrick and the winner was Youngster Justin, who was awarded the 1st Place National Trophy for the Juniors, a booster box and other Pokemon Goodies.

For the Seniors, first place went to Picnicker Braydon, who was awarded the 1st Place National Trophy for the Seniors, a booster box and other Pokemon Goodies.

The Masters Division continued well on into the afternoon, finishing up at 5.30pm, the winner for New Zealand Nationals was once again the victorious Elite Four Louis, with the 1st Runner-Up Leader Kelvin and 2nd Runner-Up going to Pokemon Trainer Michael.

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Image courtesy of PokeCollection

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Image courtesy of Louis Chi

worldNow our NZ Champion has to push his way through into the World’s Circuit, taking on opponents from the USA, Canada, UK, Italy, France, South Korea, Japan, China and Australia – a feat than none too many have achieved in the past as New Zealanders. We have a very small percentage of success being such a small PokeCommunity, but that doesn’t stop our Pokemon Masters from trying, that’s for sure.

In addition to all of the above though, this year the Pokemon Company is releasing a special arcade game only playable to the western world at the Global competition called Pokken.

This game was created in collaboration with Bandai Namco Games (Tekken and Tekken Tag Tournament) for the Japanese Arcade Gaming Market.

The Japanese Trailer

The Japanese Gengar Trailer

The English Trailer

The gameplay and graphics look AMAZING, but only time will tell if this game makes it on to the 3DS or Nintendo WiiU or even onto competitors’ consoles such as the PS4 where Tekken games have sold best over the years. It will definitely make Pokemon more appealing to some of the older generation of gamers who may have been trainers in 1998 on Pokemon Red and Blue versions, but have moved on into more “age appropriate” gaming for their age bracket.

 It should also entice older gamers to get into the handheld games, though I suspect those who assume that the handheld devices will have these kinds of awesome graphics maybe sorely mistaken.

Never-the-less, Pokken will be a mega-welcomed edition to the Pokemon Franchise and Pokemon Gaming World that all ages and generations of Pokemon Trainers will enjoy.

I would love the chance to play it but somehow doubt that Pokken will makes it way to New Zealand Arcades, so here’s hoping it comes to the WiiU Console sometime soon. If any Iggles are in Boston, Massachusetts please go and support the Pokemon Trainers at the World Championship from August 21st – 23rd, 2015!! (And then let me know what Pokken is like! I’ll be uber jealous of you LOL)

Just a credit to Serebii.net for the Pokemon Championship images and the Pokemon Avatars. Please check them out for updates and on the Pokemon Anime as well as the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game – Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon! (I’ll also cover this once I get my copy)

Smell ya later!