Nintendo has launched the Nintendo Pokemon X and Pokemon Y Battle Tournament 2014, which aims to find the UK's best Pokemon trainers.

Qualifying events kick off on March 1 at selected GAME stores and shopping centres across Great Britain, leading to a Grand Final taking place in London in April. The two top placing Trainers from the Ultimate Pokemon Expert and Junior Expert age categories will be offered fast track entry to the Pokemon UK Video Game Championships event this spring.

Regional qualifying events will start at the Birmingham Bullring and at GAME Brighton on March 1.

The four titles up for grabs include:

Ultimate Pokemon Expert - The winner of the prestigious "Ultimate Pokemon Expert" title - a category open to those aged thirteen years or older - will earn themselves a week-long trip for two to Japan, the birthplace of Pokemon. They'll be able to immerse themselves in the Pokemon world by visiting the Pokemon Center and also explore all of the sights of Tokyo. Recommended for seasoned Pokemon players the "Ultimate Pokemon Expert" title will test your Pokemon skills to the limit. The first and second place winners in the Ultimate Pokemon Expert category will receive fast track entry to the second round of the official Play! Pokemon UK VGC event this Spring.

Junior Expert - Younger Pokemon Trainers (12 or under) itching to compete can enter the "Junior Expert" category. In this competition, a weekend trip for the whole family to Alton Towers theme park with hotel stay is up for grabs, for whoever comes out victorious. The first and second place winners in the Junior Expert age category will receive fast track entry to the second round of the UK Pokemon Video Game Championships event this Spring.

Ultimate Team - The "Ultimate Team" competition is exclusively for two family members (one aged 16 or older, and one 12 or under) who want to team up and take on other families in a four-player Double Battle. Successful teams will have the chance to win a £250 Nintendo UK Online Store voucher and a group trip for four to one of the world's best gaming shows: EGX London 2014. This event takes place in Earls Court London, from 25th - 28th September and offers visitors the chance to play the biggest games before they are released.

Pokemon Apprentice - New enthusiasts can enter the "Pokemon Apprentice" title; where complete newcomers to Pokemon X and Pokemon Y can battle it out to receive a mega bundle of Nintendo 3DS games up to the value of £300.

The winners of each category will be crowned at the Nintendo Grand Final in London on 26th April.

Pokemon Trainers who think they are up for the challenge can register to take part at

Source: Press release