2012’s POKEMON World Championship Series Comes to an End in HAWAII

The 2012 Pokémon season came to a amazing conclusion last weekend in Waikoloa, Hawaii. Six new champions got their names written down as the world’s best Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) and video game players, triumphing above hundreds of other Pokémon players that came to the the paradise islands from more than 30 countries, including, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. All attendants representing their nations proudly in paradise, each player’s journey began about a year ago, battling in events over the course of the Play! Pokémon season sanctioned by The Pokémon Company International. The hard work and dedication to the game and their decks led all players to Pokémon’s premiere competitive event.

The 2012 Pokémon TCG and Video Game World Champions are:

• 2012 Pokémon TCG Junior Division World Champion, Shuto Itagaki from Japan.
• 2012 Pokémon Video Game Junior Division World Champion, Abram Burrows from the United States of America.
• 2012 Pokémon TCG Senior Division World Champion, Chase Moloney from Canada.
• 2012 Pokémon Video Game Senior Division World Champion, Toler Webb from the United States of America.
• 2012 Pokémon TCG Masters Division World Champion, Igor Costa from Portugal.
• 2012 Pokémon Video Game Masters Division World Champion, Ray Rizzo from the United States of America.

Winners of this invitation only tournament earned the title of Pokémon World Champion, each receiving a special Pikachu World Championships trophy, and collectively earned more than $100,000 in scholarships. Additionally, The Pokémon Company International will choose a select number of Pokémon World Championships video game finalists and their Pokémon teams to be displayed as a Pokémon Trainer avatar in the upcoming Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 video games via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service! Players of the games, and those who have wireless Internet access, will be able to battle these Pokémon World Championships finalists and their teams in the Pokémon World Tournament, a new battle arena featured in the games!!

“The Pokémon World Championships not only showcase some of the best Pokémon TCG and video game players from around the world, they also celebrate an international community that is unified by the fun, friendship, and mutual respect that the Pokémon spirit embodies,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “We are incredibly proud of all the players who competed this weekend and want to extend a big congratulations to the 2012 Pokémon World Champions who represented their nations proudly.”

To view highlights from the 2012 Pokémon World Championships, including official standings, photos, videos, and player interviews, please visitwww.pokemonworldchampionships.com

For more information on how to participate in future Play! Pokémon events, please visitwww.pokemon.com/play.

2012 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Junior Division(born in 2001 or later)
World Champion: Shuto Itagaki (Japan)
Second Place: Ian Robb (USA)

2012 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Senior Division(born in 1997–2000)
World Champion: Chase Moloney (Canada)
Second Place: Colter Decker (USA)

2012 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Masters Division (born in 1996 or earlier)
World Champion: Igor Costa (Portugal)
Second Place: Harrison Leven (USA)

2012 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Junior Division(born in 2001 or later)
World Champion: Abram Burrows (USA)
Second Place: Brian Hough (USA)

2012 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Senior Division (born in 1997–2000)
World Champion: Toler Webb (USA)
Second Place: Jaime Martinez Alonso (Spain)

2012 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Masters Division (born in 1996 or earlier)
World Champion: Ray Rizzo (USA)
Second Place: Wolfe Glick (USA)