Wow. Pokemon is serious business.
I might just tag along to the NY one cause of all the fruits I know who will be there.
List of tourney rules here:
1. TWO (2) POKÉMON® VIDEO GAME SHOWDOWN CHAMPIONSHIPS GRAND PRIZES: A trip for four to Tokyo, Japan, New York, NY, USA or Oahu, Hawaii, USA. Trip includes round-trip coach air transportation for four (4) from the international airport closest to winner’s residence to their choice of one of the three listed cities. Trip includes 6-day/5-night double occupancy hotel occupancy accommodations for four (in two standard rooms), a Custom Nintendo DS game system, and a POKÉMON® prize pack. Approximate retail value (“ARV”): $10,000
2. TWO (2) POKÉMON® VIDEO GAME SHOWDOWN CHAMPIONSHIPS SECOND PLACE PRIZES: A Custom Nintendo DS game system, and a POKÉMON® prize pack. ARV: $1,250.00.
3. FOUR (4) POKÉMON® VIDEO GAME SHOWDOWN CHAMPIONSHIPS THIRD PLACE PRIZES: A Custom Nintendo DS game system and a POKÉMON® prize pack. ARV: $750.00.
4. EIGHT (8) POKÉMON VIDEO GAME SHOWDOWN CHAMPIONSHIP FOURTH PLACE PRIZES: A Custom Nintendo DS game system and a POKÉMON® prize pack. ARV: $500.00.
5. SIXTY-FOUR (64) SHOWDOWN PARTICIPANT PRIZES: A trip for two to Orlando, Florida to compete in the POKÉMON® Video Game Showdown. Trip includes round-trip coach air transportation for two (2) from the major commercial airport nearest winner’s residence in the U.S. to Orlando, FL on a date specified by Sponsor to coincide with the Video Game Showdown. Winners residing within 200 miles of Orlando will receive ground transportation in lieu of air transportation, without compensation. Includes 4-day/3-night double occupancy hotel accommodations (standard rooms) and transportation to and from an Orlando area destination airport (unless ground transportation has been substituted as set forth above), a POKÉMON® prize pack. ARV: $2,160.00.
6. FOUR (4) SHOWDOWN QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT WINNER PRIZES: A Wii four player prize package consisting of one (1) Nintendo Wii console system, three (3) additional Wii-motes, three (3) additional nunchuck controllers, and one (1) copy of POKÉMON® Battle Revolution. ARV: $450.00