Earlier today, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company announced that the upcoming Pokémon fighting game Pokkén Tournament will be joining this year’s Pokémon Championship Series, a series of competitions that culminate in the Pokémon World Championships for the video games and TCG. Competitors can start their journey towards becoming the Pokkén Tournament World Champion by participating in one of eight Pokkén Tournament Early Access Competitions that will be held at select GameStop stores nationwide on February 27th from 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM local time.
At these competitions, competitors will be split into two age brackets: those born in 2000 or earlier and those born in 2001 or later. The winner of each bracket in each competition will then be trained by a professional fighting game player before being flown to the Nintendo NY Store on March 17th for the Pokkén Tournament Early Access Competition finals to compete against the winners from the other local competitions. The two winners at the finals will win a Wii U and a copy of Pokkén Tournament, as well as a chance to compete at the 2016 Pokémon US National Championships (July 1-3 in Columbus, Ohio) for a chance to represent the US in the 2016 Pokémon World Championships.
Want to compete in the one of the GameStop competitions? Here’s the full list of locations:
- 2201 Preston Road, Plano, TX
- 1841 Chamblee Tucker Road, Chamblee, GA
- 3972 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA
- 8115 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL
- 6451 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL
- 242 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA
- 32 E. 14th St. – Union Square, New York, NY
- 3914 Rivermark Plaza, Santa Clara, CA
Source: Nintendo PR