The Pokémon Company announced that twelve of this year’s video game finalists, including three-time World Champ, Ray Rizzo, will be the basis of Trainers in the upcoming Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2 video game which releases on October 7, 2012. Players will be able to battle against Rizzo’s lineup of Tyranitar, Garchomp, Cresselia, Hydreigon, Metagross, and Rotom.
Gamers will be able to battle them after reaching the Pokémon World Tournament found in the Unova region’s Driftveil City. Players will battle the Pokémon teams that these top Trainers used at the 2012 Pokémon World Championships, including their moves, held items, Abilities, and Natures. The in-game Pokémon World Tournament will give players the chance to test their mettle against Gym Leaders and other popular Trainers from past Pokémon games, as well as these real-world Pokémon Trainers.
Three distribution events will take place via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service starting October 22, 2012 and will unlock Pokémon World Tournament events featuring finalists from the 2012 Pokémon World Championships. Each distribution will feature four of the finalists from a Pokémon World Championships age division. The 11 other finalists featured in the Pokémon World Tournament distribution and the distribution date breakdown will be announced on October 15, 2012.
Also, the North American Pokémon Video Game Autumn Regional Championships on Sunday, October 14, 2012. The Autumn Regionals will be the first opportunity to earn an invite to the US or Canadian National Championship and will be held in five cities across North America:
- Pennsylvania Convention Center – Philadelphia, PA
- Santa Clara County Fairgrounds – Santa Clara, CA
- Westin Memorial City – Houston, TX
- DoubleTree International Airport Hotel and Conference Centre – Mississauga (Toronto), ON Canada
- Allen County War Memorial Coliseum – Fort Wayne, IN
First place winners at the Autumn Regionals for each of the three age division receive a Travel Award to the US or Canada National Championships (based on citizenship), while other top finalists receive travel stipends to the tournaments. First and second place finalists also receive a first-round bye at Nationals. For more information on the North American Pokémon Video Game Autumn Regional Championships please visit Pokemon.com/Play.