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First Pokemon Sword & Shield tournament set for December 15

Published: 26/Nov/2019 4:40 Updated: 26/Nov/2019 5:14

by Andrew Amos


The first tournament for Pokemon Sword and Shield leading into Worlds 2020 has been set for December 15, with a doubles format event taking place in Korea.

Pokemon Sword and Shield has taken the world by storm, bringing the world of pocket monsters to the Nintendo Switch. While there’s not been a lot to play for yet in a competitive sense, the 2020 season is just around the corner, and the tournaments are starting to roll in.

One month after the game’s release across the world, trainers will have a chance to duke it out for pride and glory in Pokemon Sword and Shield’s first official tournament.

The Pokemon CompanySword and Shield is getting its first Worlds qualification tournament soon.

Park ‘Sejun’ Se-jun tweeted out an announcement on November 25 about the tournament, saying that Korea would be hosting the first official doubles tournament for the game.

“Korea has the earliest official SwSh VGC tournament on December 15,” he said.

Players will be fighting for a chance to head to the 2020 World Championship, as well as regional pride in the event.

Trainers will be bound to the “Ranked Double Battles Series 1” rules, which are laid out on the Pokemon Korea site. It follows on from rulesets in years gone by, with no real variations except for an update to the modern game.

However, it’s also the first look at what the modified ruleset for Sword and Shield will look like. One of the most major rulings is that Dynamax Pokemon are allowed, but Gigantamax aren’t. 

This is likely to level the playing field, as every Pokemon in the game can Dynamax, but only select Pokemon can Gigantamax.

The Pokemon CompanyGigantamaxing will be banned in the Korean competitive ruleset for Sword and Shield.

Trainers must also follow the Pokedex exclusive to Sword and Shield, and can only use Pokemon obtained normally throughout the game. This means that some Pokemon from previous generations will be unavailable for play.

The rules do vary from region-to-region, so as more tournaments are announced across the globe, rulesets might be different. However, it’s unlikely there will be any major variations between regions trying to align with the ruleset used at Worlds.

There is an earlier, online event taking place on December 6 to 8, open to anyone who has a Nintendo Switch Online membership, with Gigantamaxing available. However, this event will not count towards points for the World Championship, set to be held in London in August.

Unfortunately, the Worlds qualification event will only be open to players from Korea, so trainers around the world will have to wait to get their chance to test their skills against one another in a tournament environment.

The first Western tournaments will take place in Bochum, Germany on January 11 and 12, and Dallas, USA on January 17 to 19.


Pokemon Red & Yellow sell at auction for record-breaking $162,000

Published: 21/Nov/2020 0:45

by Brent Koepp


Two sealed copies of Pokemon Red & Yellow sold at auction on November 20 for mind-blowing amounts of money. The 90s Game Boy RPGs broke records and brought in over $160k combined.

Pokemon made its North American debut in 1998, and quickly became a cultural phenomena. The series is just months away from its 25th anniversary, and has never been more popular. In 2019, reports listed the Nintendo property as the highest-grossing media franchise of all time, in fact.

In 2020, the 1999 Trading Card Game has had a major revival in popularity, with items selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, now it looks like it’s not just the TCG that is seeing an explosion in value, as two Game Boy RPGs sold for as much as a house during a November 20 auction.

Screenshot of Pokemon Red & Yellow's Game Boy boxes.
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The two 90s RPGs sold at auction for $162k.

Pokemon Red & Yellow sell for insane amount of money

For many children of the 90s, their introduction to Pokemon was through the Game Boy titles, Red & Blue. The Game Freak RPGs hooked players with their addictive “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” mechanics. Decades later, adults are spending absurds amount of cash to rekindle their nostalgia.

On November 20, a 1998 sealed copy of Red sold for a whopping $84k, and a 1999 Yellow $78k. Both items were sold off at Heritage Auctions where bidders spent an absurd amount on the rare collectibles. In total, the two classic releases brought in $162k – a new record for both games.

It should be pointed out that both copies were sealed and had a 9.8 rating in condition by professional grading company Wata. Finding these 21-year-old collectibles in such pristine quality is nearly impossible in 2020.

Pokemon has had a massive year so far in terms of collectibles. A sealed 1st Edition booster box from the 1999 Trading Card Game sold at the same auction company a day earlier for over $360,000.

Heritage Auctions
The 1999 Pokemon trading cards sold at Heritage Auction for $360k.

As Pokemon inches closer to its 25th anniversary in 2021, the Nintendo franchise has never been hotter. Kids around the world that fell in love with the Nintendo RPGs are now grown up and wanting to recapture their childhood.

With the game set to have a major presence at the Tokyo Summer Olympics next year as well, the sky is the limit as to how much items from the series are going to continue to rise in value – but it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.