The Pokemon World Championships happened this last August 24th-26th in Nashville, TN and I was able to go for the first time ever since it was so close. I remember seeing all the posts on social media of the championships in Anaheim, CA in 2017 and thought it looked like such a fun experience. When they announced that this years was less than 2 hours away we knew we had to go.
Entry for the spectator badges was $10 for which you got entry lanyards and 3 booster packs of the latest sets. We found the venue easily and set out to explore. While we walked around everyone was playing Pokemon GO on their phones, there were so many stops and everything was lured the entire weekend. There were also special Pokemon available in that area while the championship was going on for Pokemon GO and the 3DS games.
The Worlds Championship had two main areas: The Pokemon Center and the Tournament room. The Pokemon Center was filled with exclusive official items that had the Nashville designs, as well as many items that can be found on the online store. It was really cool to be able to see several things in person that I had already been wanting to buy online.
The Tournament room was held in a huge conference room and was filled with tables and chairs sectioned off for each individual tournament. There was TCG (trading card game) championships, VG (video game) Ultra Sun and Moon championships, Pok’ken tournaments and several side events for spectators to take part in. There was areas dedicated to: trading, “Let’s Go Pikachu and Evee” demo playing, coloring stations, roblox building, arcade area and a small food and drink area.
We walked around to look at everything and to watch different matches. It was really cool to see players from all over the world playing this one game that brought thousands of people together. While we were there we were interviewed by the “Let’s Go Pikachu/Evee” PR team and got to play the demo using the PokeBall controller and we all enjoyed it quite a bit. It was cool watching others watch matches, people were really into it and when they would break out into gasps or applause it was exciting.
It was a fun experience for all of us on the whole. We were glad to be able to go and see how it went and are thinking more about trying to qualify to play in a future championship. Next years Championship has been announced to be taking place in Washington DC.
Have you ever been to a Worlds Championship? How was your experience? What is your favorite Pokemon? Let me know in the comments!
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Oh WOW *inhales* what a phenomenon Pokemon GO is. As someone who has collected and been all over Pokemon for the past 20 years, I am so happy to see so many people taking part in this game. Driving through my little town on a Sunday night and seeing groups and groups of people walking around the park socializing is simply amazing.
My husband and I downloaded GO after checking every 5 mins for an entire day to see when it was available in our area. We got it up and running and started playing right away. Sadly the morning after we got it, the servers were having a few issues which is understandable considering the amount of traffic and bugs to work out for a new game . I was not able to log in for two days but stayed patient, it helped that I was in a hospital helping my best friend have a baby to take my mind from it ha ha ha.
On Saturday morning it was working and by then my friend was actually having the baby and let me tell you it helped a lot while I was nervously pacing around after some complications. When I got home my Husband and I went out into town to make a circut of Pokemon stops and gyms and it is just so cool to be seeing all this Pokemon stuff in the real world. Ive been wanting something like this for years and years and im not dissapointed. It is fun, addictive and a great social experiment it seems.
I will be writing more on this topic soon with some videos to come as well. Tell me what do you think of this game? Also what is your favorite Pokemon? Let me know in the comments!