Tally-Ho: Pokemon National Championships

Tally-Ho is a semi-regular column of my adventures with the Adventure Crew (and sometimes other people). We figured that Singapore can’t be all that boring, and are determined to show other folks how fun Singapore can be… if you know where to look.

This is Pokemon… FOREVER!

By which I mean we went to Singapore’s very own Pokemon National Championships! It’s not a well-known fact, but we do actually have real-life Pokemon Gyms here in Singapore. Except the only Pokemon you’ll see there are either the video game ones or the trading card ones.

In fact, we have four Pokemon Gyms in Dhoby Ghaut, The Cathay, Ngee Soon South CC, and Jurong East. (We go to the one at The Cathay when we have time.) Mostly they handle trading card game (TGC) matches, since that’s much more popular here, but they also have a video game section.

Anyway. We headed down to Milennia Walk on a nice Saturday afternoon to take part in the Pokemon National Championships. The winners of the TCG Championships would head to Hawaii to compete in the Pokemon World Championships. The winner of the video game Championships would earn nifty prizes.

Annoyed Typhlosion is annoyed.

So there was lots of people, mostly to sign up for the TCG side. But there were lots of people who were there for the video games. We all had to choose our teams of up to 6 Pokemon, with several rules in mind. For example, you couldn’t have more than one Legendary Pokemon in your team, and there were a few banned Pokemon who aren’t allowed to compete in competition play.

My Pokemon team

This is so you can’t switch out your Pokemon for something crazy overpowered. Levels weren’t an issue, because the game had all Pokemon leveled up or down to Level 50. The damage that their moves caused were scaled accordingly.

I had one Legendary (that would be Lugia), because I was playing SoulSilver. Also, yes, I have a Gyrados I named Fisch.

You won by earning stamps! Two stamps if you win your match, one if you lose. Whoever reaches 32 stamps wins and becomes one of Singapore’s very own Elite 4.


Anyway, we got into line. We were probably the oldest folks in the line, seeing as most of the video game competitors were kids. There was a bit of a delay, but that was mostly because the staff there were vastly overwhelmed. They hadn’t expected so many people for the video games, I guess.

But anyway! Our first matches were: Sarah vs Joelyn, Avariel vs some random boy, and me vs Mintea. I won, after an extremely close match :p

After you’re done, you have to go back in line. But there were so many people, with several of them being long, drawn-out but extremely entertaining matches. In the end, we ended up waiting 2.5 hours for our next match.

But, during that time, we got to see Pikachu and Misty!

Pikachu and Misty, and mini-Pikachu

The awesome thing was that, to play, you stood in a real-life Pokemon match area. It was really nifty, but there were some issues with connectivity. Basically, play is like this: you have your copy of Pokemon HeartGold or SoulSilver in your DS, which can hook up to the Wii they had there. We were using Pokemon Battle Revolution as the ‘middleman’ software.

I want to be the very best

But yes. After our second match, we called it a day, because it was an extremely long wait and we were all very tired. But still! Super fun, even though there were quite young children around. :D

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