The Ash Ketchum’s and Pikachu’s of the world are coming to town! This past weekend in Hawaii, an announcement was made at the 2012 Pokémon World Championship that Vancouver will host next year’s competition.
Hundreds of elite players from over 25 countries compete in the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) World Championship each year, which first began in 2004. The competition is a 3-day event and will likely be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre. According to the Pokémon website, the Championship is “the ultimate test of a player’s Pokémon TCG skills, strategy, and creativity. Champions are awarded the most prestigious title in the Play! Pokémon championship series: Pokémon TCG World Champion!” This will be the first time the Championship will be held outside of the United States.
Nintendo’s Pokémon, a world of numerous species of “Pocket Monsters” where “Pokémon Masters” catch and train as many monsters as they can for battle, was a global children’s phenomenon in the late-1990s and early-2000s. With its iconic animated television show, movies, musicals, video games, toys, and the all-popular trading card game (even to this day), it has left a significant worldwide pop culture legacy. The TCG World Championship is one of the franchise’s most enduring legacies.
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Written by Kenneth Chan, a Columnist at Vancity Buzz. Follow me on Twitter: @kjmagine