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The Pokémon TCG National Championships - June 27th & 28th in St. Louis, Missouri  

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

After months of intense head-to-head regional tournaments, The Pokémon Company International, the worldwide leader in video games and trading card games, today announced details for its 2009 Pokémon® Video Game and Trading Card Game (TCG) National Championships. This weekend -- June 27th & 28th -- Pokémon Video Game and TCG competitors from across the nation will converge at the America’s Center in St. Louis, MO, in hopes of surviving the two-day storm of battles. Those that rise victorious will then test their skills against the best players from across the globe at the 2009 Pokémon World Championships in August.

Pokémon Video Game National Championships

After using their remarkable talents and strategy for battles in Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Nashville, 48 master Pokémon Trainers have emerged from over fifteen hundred other players to guarantee their place in the Pokémon Video Game National Championships. Divided equally into two divisions – Juniors (born in 1997 or later) and Seniors (born in 1996 or earlier) – these competitors competed on the recently released video game Pokémon Platinum Version with their sights set on the World’s Championships in San Diego.

However, it is not necessary to win a Regional Championship Event to attend and compete at the Pokémon Video Game National Championships. The event will open its doors to the public for entry via random selection and hopeful contenders can show up for check-in at the America’s Center with a copy of Pokémon Platinum Version for the Nintendo DS. Senior Division registration takes place on Saturday, June 27th from 8:30 - 9:30 A.M.; Juniors registration is from 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

First and second place finishers will be awarded travel for two (invitee and a guest) and the opportunity to play in the Pokémon Video Game World Championships, trophies, and a Pokémon prize package including a Nintendo Wii™ console (first place only), a Nintendo DSi™ game system, and other cool Pokémon items. Competitors in each division placing 3rd-16th will also receive travel for two to play in the World Championships.

For details on Pokémon Video Game National Championships including prizes and times as well as Pokémon restrictions and rules, please visit www.pokemonvgc.com.

Pokémon Trading Card Game National Championships
The 6th annual Pokémon Trading Card Game National Championships will host as many as 1,000 players in the Junior (born in 1998 or later), Senior (born in 1994, 1995, 1996, or 1997) and Masters (born in 1993 or earlier) Divisions. Players from across the nation are expected to compete in this weekend’s two-day event in hopes of securing the title of National Champion. First-place winners are awarded a National Champion trophy, a prize kit containing a variety of Pokémon merchandise and a Travel Award to attend the 2009 World Championships.
The 2009 Pokémon TCG National Championships is the last title event of the 9-month TCG season where the toughest participants compete to receive a guaranteed slot to compete in the 2009 World Championships this August.

The Pokémon TCG National Championships is a sanctioned title event open to all U.S. resident players in good standing. Onsite pre-registration for the U.S. National Championships will take place on Friday, June 26th, from 4:00 P.M. through 8:00 P.M. Saturday registration takes place from 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. This year’s tournament follows a record-setting 2008 U.S. National Championships, which drew nearly 1,000 TCG competitors from around the country.

More information about Pokémon Trading Card Game National Championships, including prizes, tournament locations, times, and rules can be found by visiting www.go-pokemon.com.

Pokémon World Championships

The first Pokémon Video Game World Championships and the 2009 Pokémon TCG World Championship will be held on August 14th and 15th in San Diego, CA. Both championship events will promote the fun of the trading card and video games as players are required to use skill, strategy, and creativity to play.

For the Pokémon Video Game World Championships, 32 U.S. Pokémon Platinum Version competitors will be selected to meet their international rivals from events held in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan. In addition to bragging rights as the best Pokémon video game player on the planet, first place winners in each division will be awarded an invitation and travel award to defend their titles at the 2010 Pokémon Video Game World Championships, as well as a trip for four to Tokyo, Japan, New York, NY or Oahu, Hawaii.

Considered the ultimate test of a player’s Pokémon TCG skill, strategy, and creativity, the 2009 Pokémon TCG World Championship brings together hundreds of players from more than 25 countries around the globe. In addition to earning the prestigious title of TCG World Champion, the top 16 winners in each of the three age categories will be awarded various Pokémon prizes and merchandise. Scholarship awards worth more than a total of $100,000 will also be distributed amongst the top 8 winners in each division.

Over the past 13 years Pokémon has established its prominence as one of the most successful kids’ franchises of all-time. In 2009, the Pokémon animated series will be broadcast in as many as 153 countries in more than 25 languages. The Pokémon Platinum Version game has sold more than 3.75 million copies worldwide. The Pokémon Trading Card Game is the number one collectible trading card game of all time and boasts over 150,000 organized play members worldwide.


WHAT: Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) and Video Game players will gather
this weekend June 27-28 at the America¹s Center in St. Louis to battle it
out with their prized Pokémon for a chance to play the best players from
around the globe at the World Championships this August.

The Pokémon Video Game National Championships are open to all players and
the public. Competitors are divided into two divisions: Junior Division
(born in 1997 or later) and Senior Division (born in 1996 or earlier). First
and second-place finishers are awarded a National Champion trophy, a Pokémon
prize package including a Nintendo Wii console or a Nintendo DSi game
system, a travel stipend and invitation to participate in the Pokémon Video
Game World Championships where two World Champions will win a trip for four
to either Tokyo, New York, or Hawaii.

The Pokémon TCG National Championships is a sanctioned title event open to
all U.S. resident players in good standing. Players are separated into three
divisions: Junior Division (born in 1998 or later), Senior Division (born in
1994-1997), and Masters Division (born in 1993 or earlier). First-place
winners are awarded a National Champion trophy and a prize kit containing a
variety of Pokémon merchandise. Players finishing first through eighth place
in the competition will receive an invitation to compete in the 2009 Pokémon
TCG World Championships. Players finishing first through fourth place will
also receive a Travel Award.

WHO: Hundreds of Pokémon Video Game and TCG players, families, and friends
from across the country along with costumed characters Pikachu, Chimchar,
Turtwig, and Piplup. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

WHEN: June 27-28, 2009, 9:30 AM = SUGGESTED MEDIA CHECK IN TIME
*On-site registration For TCG will take place on Friday, June 26 from
4:00-8:00 PM, and Saturday, June 27 from 8:00-9:00 AM
**On-site registration for VGC participants will take place on Saturday,
June 27 at 8:30 am (Seniors) and 11:30 am (Juniors)

WHERE: America's Center, 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63101 (314)
342-5036


About Pokémon

The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon 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.com.




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