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Battle Now in the Pokemon 2020 International Challenge February Online Competition

Time for a fight!

Begin battling in the 2020 International Challenge February Online Competition. Remember that Championship Points toward an invitation to the 2020 Pokémon World Championships are on the line for top finishers. Plus, everyone who registered that completes at least one battle will get a fashionable T-shirt featuring their good friend Ball Guy for their Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield character to wear.

Registered competitors can battle up to 15 times per day. The competition concludes on Sunday, March 1, 2020, at 3:59 p.m. PST.

If you missed the chance to register for this competition, keep checking Pokemon.com for more opportunities to battle.

Good luck, Trainers!

Attention Canadian Pokémon Trainers - Come join our Get-Togethers!

Training with our neighbors to the north

Join Nintendo of Canada and other Pokémon™ fans to take part in our Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield get-togethers! Bring your Nintendo Switch™ system and Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield to battle, trade, and play with fellow Pokémon fans in your area, or come and try out the game yourself with our seasoned Pokémon Trainers with our systems!

Come out and receive a Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield themed giveaway! (while supplies last)

Check out participating locations here

GameSpot Video - Competitive Pokemon Explained: Part 1 - How Stats Work

Pokemon 101

Want to learn how to battle competitively in Pokemon Sword and Shield? We'll teach you how--starting with Pokemon's stats.

Famitsu poll shows 88% of respondents planning to purchase the Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass

That's an extremely good response!

Looks like Nintendo and Pokemon Co. are going to have another hit on their hands. A recent Famitsu poll asked readers about their interest in the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, and respondents were extremely into the idea. Of the 900 people who answered the poll, 88% said they're going to purchase the pass. 10% of those who responded said they were unsure, and 2% said they were going to skip it.

Japanese hardware/software sales for Feb 17th to Feb. 23rd, 2020

Persona stealing the top two positions

Japanese sales data has been released for the week of February 17th, 2020, and the PS4 and Switch versions of Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers took the top two positions. The PlayStation 4 release (115,995) greatly outsold the Switch port (46,415), selling more than double the amount of units during the game's launch week. Pokemon Sword and Shield hangs on to third place, selling another 18,403 copies this week. For hardware sales, the Nintendo Switch continues to be the best-selling console on the market. 41,490 more units have been sold between the Switch and Switch Lite, with the Lite selling 4x the amount due to lack of stock for the original Switch in Japan. Check out the full Japanese sales data for this week below.

01./00. [PS4] Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers # (Atlus) {2020.02.20} (¥8.800) - 115.995 / NEW
02./00. [NSW] Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers # (Atlus) {2020.02.20} (¥8.800) - 46.415 / NEW
03./02. [NSW] Pokemon Sword / Shield # (Pokemon Co.) {2019.11.15} (¥5.980) - 18.403 / 3.445.788 (-25%)
04./00. [PS4] Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story (Spike Chunsoft) {2020.02.20} (¥3.980) - 10.654 / NEW
05./05. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980) - 9.861 / 696.005 (-4%)
06./04. [NSW] Minecraft # (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 8.687 / 1.272.585 (-23%)
07./01. [NSW] Hatsune Miku: Project Diva MegaMix # (Sega) {2020.02.13} (¥5.990) - 8.468 / 62.074 (-84%)
08./07. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) - 7.608 / 3.569.420 (-17%)
09./00. [NSW] Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story (Spike Chunsoft) {2020.02.20} (¥3.980) - 7.392 / NEW
10./08. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 7.326 / 2.781.277 (-14%)

This week's issue of Famitsu to celebrate Pokemon Day with stickers and more

Stick with it!

The latest issue of the Famitsu is going to have a big feature on Pokemon Day. There will be all kinds of Pokemon-related content to read through, but that's not all. The magazine will also include a sheet of 25 stickers that represent characters found in Pokemon Sword and Shield. You can check out the sticker sheet in the image above.

Pokémon TCG/VGC Oceania International Championships Recap

The action was fast and furious

Pokemon Co. has put together two official wrap-ups for the major tournament action that just took place recently. Check out blurbs from both the TCG and VGC events below, and click over for the full rundown.

For the second consecutive year, the Pokémon International Championships series travelled to Melbourne, Australia for the Oceania International Championships. Across three days of intense competition, hundreds of players battled to be crowned the Pokémon Trading Card Game Oceania International Champion in three divisions. Earning the title included a $10,000 grand prize and 500 Championship Points, enough to automatically qualify for the 2020 Pokémon World Championships.

Historically, players from Europe and North America have dominated the Oceania International Championships—all three of the past winners hailed from one of those two regions. However, continued success was no certainty. This event attracted skilled competitors from around the globe, including those from the North America, Europe, Latin America, and Oceania rating zones who received a Travel Award to Melbourne because of their success at tournaments earlier in the season.

With so much talent in attendance, the stage was set for an exciting event. Read on to find out which players and strategies found success at the 2020 Oceania International Championships.

Full TCG recap here

The first International Championships of the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield era of competitive Pokémon kicked off with a supersized tournament in Melbourne, Australia. Players traveled from all over the globe to compete in the sold out tournament where, over the course of fourteen rounds of Swiss matches leading into a single-elimination Top Cut bracket, Trainers demonstrated just how much the competitive Pokémon scene has evolved with the new games.

Full VGC recap here

7-year-old Simone Lim is the 2020 Oceania Pokemon Junior Champion

What a great victory!

Any Pokemon tournament is filled with action and nail-biting moments, as well as surprise victories. That was the case for seven-year-old Simone Lim, who score an upset victory by beating #1 seed and last year's Oceania Junior Champion Justin Miranda-Radbord. Lim did this in the finals to become the 2020 Oceania Pokemon Junior Champion. Even more impressive, this was her first international tournament!

You can see the moment of victory in the video clip above. It looks like Simone is going to have a very long road of Pokemon victories in her future!

Pokemon Co. releases new art of Sirfetch’d and his leek

New details leeked

When we see Sirfetch’d in Pokemon Sword and Shield, he's holding his leek in two different hands. One part of the leek is used as a sword, while the other is its shield. Now we have a new piece of art from Pokemon Co. showing off what the leek looks like when Sirfetch’d isn't battling. Nice to see the guy taking a break for once!

Pokemon Sword and Shield Series 3 Ranked Battle ruleset detailed, International Challenge Feb. online competition registration open

Plenty to do in Sword and Shield

Pokemon Sword and Shield Series 3 Ranked Battle Ruleset

- ruleset mirrors the upcoming changes to the ruleset of the Video Game Championships
- changes turn time, game time and allows certain Gigantamax Pokémon
- will run from March 1st at 04:00 UTC to April 30th at 23:59 UTC
- Pokémon Restrictions: Available National Pokédex. Pokémon need to be caught or hatched in Pokémon Sword & Shield or given through Pokémon HOME
- Pokémon Limits: Team of 3 to 6 Pokémon (Singles) / 4 to 6 Pokémon (Doubles) from Level 1 to Level 100. All Pokémon then set to Level 50
- Match Length: No limit
- Allowed Gigantamax: Charizard, Butterfree, Pikachu, Meowth, Kingler, Lapras Eevee, Snorlax, Corviknight, Orbeetle, Drednaw, Coalossal, Flapple, Appletun, Sandaconda, Toxtricity, Centiskorch, Hatterene, Grimmsnarl, Alcremie
Banned Pokémon: Mewtwo, Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Cobalion, Terrakion, Virizion, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Keldeo, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Marshadow, Zeraora, Meltan, Melmetal, Zacian, Zamazenta, Eternatus
- Battle Time: 20 Minutes
- Your Time: 7 Minutes
- Team Preview: 90 Seconds
- Turn Time: 45 Seconds

Pokemon Sword and Shield 2020 International Challenge February online competition registration

- registration is now live
- this is a Double Battle competition that runs VGC Rules
- registration runs until February 27th 23:59 UTC
- battles will run from February 28th 00:00 UTC to March 1st 23:59 UTC
- all players get a special Casual Tee (Poké Ball Guy)
- players on the Play! Pokémon Circuit can earn up to 50 CP towards their Worlds Invite
- players wanting to earn CP need to connect their Nintendo Account to their Pokémon Trainer Club account on the official site

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