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Pokemon World Tournament
Latest update by CMBF
on Nov 28th 2012
Gamers who have played the original Pokemon Black / White games will recognize the significant changes that have taken place in Driftveil City, and in particular the way that the Cold Storage District has been overhauled and changed, going from a place where food is kept frozen to a massive new battle zone with a stadium that offers gamers the chance to battle in tournaments in the game as well as download events from the real-world and play them in the game.
It may seem like just a new tournament system has been added to the game, but when you really look deeper at it, the Pokemon World Tournament system is much much more than that... You only need to look at the names of the competitors in it to realize that you are facing trainers and Gym Leaders from ALL of the previous games, which means that this new system essentially ties together what used to be completely separate worlds! This is a pretty big deal and perhaps a sign of things to come for the series.
In particular one shining aspect of the new Pokemon World Tournament (which is commonly abbreviated as PWT) is the new content that can be added to the PWT sub-game via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, which at the moment includes the team composition from last August's Pokemon World Tournament in Hawaii, allowing games to battle the teams from each of the three Division Champions!
The important bit to take away from that is that the PWT system has expansion capabilities built into it, and the folks at Gamefreak are serious about seeing that it happens!
While access to the tournaments in the PWT is limited by the story until the player completes a specific action, once they do they have pretty much unrestricted access, and that becomes important once you understand that the points that the player can earn by winning PWT matches allow them to buy items and moves in the game that they cannot easily obtain anywhere else.
Using a standard elimination tournament mode that divides the playing field into two columns, the player first must defeat the players on their side of the field in two elimination battles before facing the player from the other side who managed to fight their way to match you.
Winning results in the award of special points that can be traded for items at the two exchange desks, but losing also can result in the award of a prize, so in that respect it is win-win.