The final Pokémon International Championship for the 2019 season, the North America International Championship, is taking place this weekend — June 21–23 — over in Columbus, Ohio and features fierce competition across the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Video Games.
You can watch some of the action live on the official Pokémon Twitch channel, as well as action for each individual category on the respective sub-channels, listed below along with the schedules.
Today’s Nintendo Direct during the week of E3 has revealed some new information about Pokémon Sword & Shield. First and foremost, another Gym Leader has been revealed: Nessa, the Water-type Gym Leader.
Additionally, gameplay footage of the Wild Area and Max Raid Battles was shown during the Nintendo Treehouse, which is featured in the video above, and two new Pokémon have been spotted in the playable demos at the E3 venue.
The next set for the Pokémon Trading Card Game has been announced for countries outside of Japan and it is titled Sun & Moon—Unified Minds. The massive 236-card set (not including secret rare cards) launches worldwide on August 2, 2019, although special Prerelease events are available from July 20–28.
Today’s 15-minute long Pokémon Direct has revealed a lot of new information on the upcoming Pokémon Sword & Shield games, including the new Dynamax feature, seven new Pokémon, a host of characters, and more. You can see the full presentation in the video above.
The final major announcement during the Pokémon 2019 Press Conference was the announcement of a new Pokémon mobile game coming to iOS and Android devices called Pokémon Masters.
Pokémon Masters features many of your favorite Pokémon Trainers from the Pokémon video game series, such as Cynthia, Blue, Red, Brock, Misty, and even several protagonists such as Rosa — the female player character from Black 2 & White 2.
You’ll be able to interact with and battle alongside these Trainers in battles, although from the gameplay footage shown, these battles do not appear to be in the style of traditional Pokémon video games and have a three-vs-three real-time battle style.
Pokémon Masters launches later in 2019, with more information to be unveiled in June.