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TPC announces Pokémon Global Link Famitsu Cup to be held over Japanese Wi-Fi

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National Pokédex allowed, Zoroark C-Gear to be available
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  • Monday, November 21, 2011

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The Pokémon Company has announced on their website that they will be hosting a Wi-Fi tournament through the Global Battle Union. For the first time in the fifth generation, most Pokémon in the National Pokédex will be usable in an official tournament.

The tournament, called the Pokémon Global Link Cup, will be held from Dec. 7 through Dec. 11, with registration from Dec. 1 through Dec. 6. At this stage only the first 30,000 entrants will be allowed to enter. The tournament is restricted to those with Japanese versions of Pokémon Pokémon Black and White.

In order to join the tournament, trainers not only need a Pokémon Global Link account, but they also must register with the Pokémon Daisuki Club, the Japanese equivalent to the Pokémon Trainer Club. Furthermore, all Pokémon in the National Pokédex can be used with the exceptions of Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-oh, Deoxys, Jirachi, Celebi, Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza, Diagla, Palkia, Giranta, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom, and Kyrumem. Still, this marks the first time since the release of Generation V that Pokémon has hosted a tournament where players can use Pokémon outside of the Unova Pokédex.

Players will be allowed six Pokémon in their Battle Box and select three to use for each battle. All battles will be single battles, with a level cap of 50.

In other news, a Zoroark C-Gear Skin will be available on the Pokémon Global Link next year. To obtain the skin, a code from Famitsu, a Japanese video game magazine, is needed. The magazine issue with the code is set to be released Jan. 6, 2012.

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