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Pokémon X & Y Battle Tournament 2014 announced, UK dates inside

Friday, 21st February 2014 11:07 GMT By Dave Cook

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y players will lock horns for prizes across the UK as part of Nintendo’s Battle Tournament 2014.

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Nintendo Life reports that Battle Tournament 2014 serves as a precursor to the Pokemon World Championships in summer, with qualifiers taking place at GAME stores across the UK. It’ll all lead up to the grand final in London on 26th April.

Here’s a breakdown of qualifiers:

  • Bullring, Birmingham – 1st March
  • GAME Churchill Square, Brighton – 1st March
  • GAME Murraygate, Dundee – 2nd March
  • Intu Eldon Square, Newcastle – 8th March
  • GAME Hamleys, London – 8th March
  • GAME St. David’s Centre, Cardiff – 8th March
  • WestQuay, Southampton – 15th March
  • GAME Meadowhall, Sheffield – 15th March
  • GAME Castle Street, Banbury – 15th March
  • Bluewater, Kent – 22nd March
  • GAME Back Of The Inns, Norwich – 22nd March
  • GAME Victoria Centre, Nottingham – 22nd March
  • Intu Trafford Centre, Manchester – 29th March
  • GAME Westfield Stratford City, London – 29th March
  • Intu Braehead, Glasgow – 5th April
  • GAME Cribbs Causeway, Bristol – 5th April

Nintendo will crown four champions based on the following criteria. Winners will claim prizes and fast-track entry to the World Championships.

Ultimate Pokémon Expert – The winner of the prestigious “Ultimate Pokémon Expert” title – a category open to those aged thirteen years or older – will earn themselves a week-long trip for two to Japan, the birthplace of Pokémon. They’ll be able to immerse themselves in the Pokémon world by visiting the Pokémon Center and also explore all of the sights of Tokyo. Recommended for seasoned Pokémon players the “Ultimate Pokémon Expert” title will test your Pokémon skills to the limit. The first and second place winners in the Ultimate Pokémon Expert category will receive fast track entry to the second round of the official Play! Pokémon UK VGC event this Spring.

Junior Expert – Younger Pokémon Trainers (12 or under) itching to compete can enter the “Junior Expert” category. In this competition, a weekend trip for the whole family to Alton Towers theme park with hotel stay is up for grabs, for whoever comes out victorious. The first and second place winners in the Junior Expert age category will receive fast track entry to the second round of the UK Pokémon Video Game Championships event this Spring.

Ultimate Team – The “Ultimate Team” competition is exclusively for two family members (one aged 16 or older, and one 12 or under) who want to team up and take on other families in a four-player Double Battle. Successful teams will have the chance to win a £250 Nintendo UK Online Store voucher and a group trip for four to one of the world’s best gaming shows: EGX London 2014. This event takes place in Earls Court London, from 25th – 28th September and offers visitors the chance to play the biggest games before they are released.

Pokémon Apprentice – New enthusiasts can enter the “Pokémon Apprentice” title; where complete newcomers to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y can battle it out to receive a mega bundle of Nintendo 3DS games up to the value of £300.

You’ll find more information over at the Pokemon X & Pokemon Y Battle Tournament 2014 site.

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