2014 Australian National Pokémon Championship to be held in Melbourne on 13th July

Melbourne Town Hall is the stadium arena

The Regional Championships were an absolute cracker in the history of Australian and New Zealand Pokémon competitions, with more than 1000 competitors participating in the event in the month of May and the winners earning themselves flights and accommodation directly to the Nationals.

With the Regionals now done and dusted, Nintendo Australia has today announced the 2014 Pokémon Video Game Australian National Championships will be held on 13th July at Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street Melbourne.

The Nationals promise to be an action packed day of competitive Pokémon, with the entire event free and taking place within the Main Hall. Nintendo Australia is of the belief it’s shaping up to be the “biggest day of Pokémon action” Australia has ever seen - with both Aussie and Kiwi fans having the chance to participate in the Championship and register on the day, or just sit back and enjoy some quality battles on the big screen. So if you're a fan, we recommend you head on down and either participate or show your support.

The winners will be the top two of their age division and will win flights, accommodation and of course an invitation to take on the world’s best at the official 2014 Pokémon Video Game World Championships held on the 16th - 17th of August in Washington D.C. Players who place 3rd and 4th in their division will also score an invite to the event.

As usual, trainers will have to supply their own 3DS and a Pokémon X or Y game card (or downloadable version), and apply to either the Junior (2003 or later), Senior (1999, 2000, 2001, or 2002), or Masters Division (1998 or earlier) to participate. Other important details are listed below:

  • Age Modified Swiss pairings, attendance permitting
  • A cut to a Top 16 single-elimination finals, attendance permitting
  • Single-elimination finals will be run as best-of-three games

For further information about the competition rules, visit the official Australian Pokémon VGC game site. And to really get you excited for this big event, check out some of the Aussie highlights so far: