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2012 Pokemon World Championships Happening Now on the Big Island

The 2012 Pokemon World Championships are happening this weekend at the Hilton Waikoloa Resort over on the Kona side of the Big Island.

Here is a short clip from day one:

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The Pokémon Video Game World Championships is an invitation-only event, meaning only those players who receive an official invitation from Pokémon Organized Play will be able to compete for the title of Pokémon World Champion. These invitations are distributed in the following manner:

  • The 1st and 2nd place finishers from the 2010 World Championships
  • The top 4 players at the U.S. National Championships
  • The top 4 players at the UK National Championships
  • The top 4 players at the German National Championships
  • The top 4 players at the French National Championships
  • The top 4 players at the Italian National Championships
  • The top 4 players at the Spanish National Championships
  • The top 2 players at the Canadian National Championships
  • Representatives from the Japanese World Championships Qualifiers
  • Representatives from the Korean World Championships Qualifiers
  • The top 4 players at the World Championships Last Chance Qualifier

The top 32 finishers in each of the three age divisions receive the following prizes:

1st Place

  • A Pokémon World Champion Trophy
  • An invitation to the 2013 World Championships
  • A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players considered a minor) to the 2013 World Championships
  • A scholarship award worth $3,500
  • Exclusive Pokémon World Championships merchandise

2nd Place

  • A Pokémon World Championships Second Place Trophy
  • An invitation to the 2013 World Championships
  • A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players considered a minor) to the 2013 World Championships
  • A scholarship award worth $1,500
  • Exclusive Pokémon World Championships merchandise

3rd Place

  • A Pokémon World Championships Third Place Trophy
  • Exclusive Pokémon World Championships merchandise

4th Place

  • A Pokémon World Championships Fourth Place Trophy
  • Exclusive Pokémon World Championships merchandise

5th—8th Place

  • Exclusive Pokémon World Championships merchandise

America’s Elite Pokemon Players Take on the World on the Big Island of Hawaii

Three days of intense Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) and video game competition at the 2012 Pokémon U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana culminated in the crowning of six U.S. National Champions and the formation of an elite group of finalists ready to battle against the world’s best this August at the 2012 Pokémon World Championships in Hawaii at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

From a group of thousands, only 36 American Pokémon TCG and video game players will travel to the Big Island of Hawaii with one goal in mind, becoming a Pokémon World Champion.

As a special incentive for the Pokémon video game players advancing to Hawaii, The Pokémon Company International will choose a select number of top players and their Pokémon teams who are participating at the 2012 Pokémon Video Game World Championships and distribute them via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service into the upcoming Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2.

Once distributed, players can battle these elite Pokémon World Championships participants and the Pokémon they trained in the Pokémon World Tournament, a new battle arena debuting in the Pokémon Black Version 2 andPokémon White Version 2 games. More information about the Pokémon World Tournament is coming soon, and the 2012 Pokémon Video Game World Champion player distribution details will be announced later this fall.

Below is a complete list of U.S. Pokémon TCG and video game finalists that earned invitations to the 2012 Pokémon World Championships taking place August 11-12 in Waikoloa, Hawaii. For more information, news, and images from the 2012 Pokémon U.S. National Championships visit www.pokemon.com.

MASTERS DIVISION – Born 1996 or Earlier
Pokémon Video Game Finalists
1st place – Wolfe Glick (16) – McLean, Virginia
2nd place – Joe Pulkowski (20) – Stockton, California
3rd place – Danny Zollner (24) – Edgewater Park, New Jersey
4th place – Manoj Sunny (16) – Des Plaines, Illinois

Pokémon Trading Card Game Finalists
1st place – John Roberts II (23) – St. Louis, Missouri
2nd place – Kevin Nance (22) – Trinity, North Carolina
3rd place – Jay Hornung (23) – Madrid, Iowa
4th place – Christopher Murray (23) – Woodbridge, VA
5th place – Ashon Haswell (22) – Fayetteville, North Carolina
6th place – Tom Dolezal (24) – Akron, Ohio
7th place – Breton Brander (19) – Colorado Springs, Colorado
8th place – Carl Scheu IV (17) – Middleburg Heights, Ohio

SENIOR DIVISION – Born 1997 to 2000
Pokémon Video Game Finalists
1st place – Aaron Zheng (14) – New York City, New York
2nd place – Jonathan Hiller (13) – Parkesburg, Pennsylvania
3rd place – Toler Webb (14) – Apex, North Carolina
4th place – Paul Chua (13) – Union, New Jersey

Pokémon Trading Card Game Finalists
1st place – Ty Wheeler (15) – Dayton, Ohio
2nd place – Jason Martinez (13) – Glendale, California
3rd place – Brandon Smiley (15) – Dallas, Texas
4th place – Sean Hipp (15) – Mesquite, Texas
5th place – Jeremy Gibson (13) – Morris Plains, New Jersey
6th place – Alan-Luc Nguyen (14) – Renton, Washington
7th place – Seth Hanslik (12) – Uhrichsville, Ohio
8th place – Kaitlin Young (15) – Greenwood, Indiana

JUNIOR DIVISION – Born 2001 or Later
Pokémon Video Game Finalists
1st place – Abram Burrows (11) – Santee, California
2nd place – Brian Hough (11) – Ann Arbor, Michigan
3rd place – Devon Roth (10) – New Hyde Park, New York
4th place – Gerardo Gonzalez (11) – Fremont, California

Pokémon Trading Card Game Finalists
1st place – Ian Robb (9) – Warwick, Rhode Island
2nd place – Jonathan Croxton (11) – Charlottesville, Virginia
3rd place – Daniel Sargent (11) – Roy, Utah
4th place – Natalia Routhier (11) – Coppell, Texas
5th place – Morgan Davies (11) – North Olmsted, Ohio
6th place – Michael Catron (11) – Frederick, Maryland
7th place – Shane Kittelson-Burke (10) – Monticello, Minnesota
8th place – Anthony Menchaca (10) – Frisco, Texas