Pokemon tournament pics, plus hot Pikachu dance video

The 2010 Pokemon Regional Championships were held this past Saturday in San Mateo, and while slightly less flashy than last year's event, an impressive number of fiercely competitive Pokemon trainers showed up to battle.

For most of us, the best part of the tournament wasn't the actual competition though.  We mostly enjoyed just hanging out with a bunch of fellow Pokemon enthusiasts and getting to talk at length and in detail about Pokemon. Exchanging tips on keeping track of EVs, gossiping about Black & White rumors, and talking moveset strategy is a lot more fun when you're with people who actually know what they're talking about.

To see videos of the final matchups for each division, head to the official Pokemon VGC site.

Above: Empty and quiet before the seniors start pouring in

Above: Staff do some final prep while Pikachu oversees

Above: Crazy long line (it keeps going) outside for the senior participants, and this year no one was turned away even though the crowd was huge


Above: The air crackles with the electricity of competition

Above: Dreams were made and crushed across these tables 

Above: D'awww!!! Henry and Tyler pose with Pikachu

Above: The union room was bustlin'
 Above: The person who took this picture has something against Raikou

Above: The final four from the junior division get their official photos taken with Pikachu. Each will receive a travel stipend to attend nationals in Indianapolis 

Above: Pikachu cuts a mean rug

May 17, 2010



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  • Moondoggie1157 - May 18, 2010 10:31 p.m.

    So bloody lucky... I would have done anything to go... Anything.
  • TRAVthe3RD - May 18, 2010 1:13 p.m.

    would be nice if they held these events nationally.. or even i wifi tourny or somethin would be cool.. oh and i caught a shiny golbat today on soul silver pretty frikkin stoked about that just wanted to add that in :)
  • philipshaw - May 18, 2010 11:29 a.m.

    Pikachu can pull off some sweet dance moves
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  • GameManiac - May 18, 2010 2:21 a.m.

    I'd love to see Pikachu breakdance right there, but that dance cuts it just fine. I should really consider going to one of those events. It seems like a blast as far as I can see.
  • Tenfey - May 18, 2010 2:14 a.m.

    I bet a lot of pokamans were shown.
  • zer0hvk - May 18, 2010 12:15 a.m.

    hahah that's awesome. That seemed like a really cool event.
  • lovinmyps3 - May 17, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    Awesome! Those kids were cute! And Pikachu is awesome! =D
  • crumbdunky - May 17, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    "Work the ears,man!"-line of the day for me! Work those goddamned ears Pikachu. Dance you mofo. It almost sounds like the cameraman is holding a frikkin' gun. Dance you little yellow bugger!
  • princeofme - May 17, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    pikachu dance wtf

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