Just when you thought there was no product that the Pokémon franchise had yet to conquer, The Pokémon Company goes ahead and drops a new product on us. Despite their domination of the toy, video game, and trading card markets, this is the first Pokémon board game to be released by The Pokémon Company (though there was one released by Hasbro back in 1999).
Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy is- as suggested by its lengthy title- a board game based on the world-renowned trading card game. The Pokémon Company describes the game as an “easy-to-learn and fun-to-play experience for the whole family” as well as referring to it as “accessible”. This is great news to those unfamiliar with board games based on various franchises as it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the level of detail and rules that can go into them when you’re a beginner (speaking from personal experience here).
The following press release was shared by The Pokémon Company :
“For more than 20 years, the beloved Pokémon Trading Card Game has connected people across the globe over their shared love of collecting cool cards, trading them with friends, and playing the official game,” said J.C. Smith, senior director of consumer marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “With Battle Academy, we are excited to give families a fun and accessible way to spend quality time together while bonding over something both kids and longtime fans of the franchise adore: Pokémon TCG cards.”
Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy is available now both online and in-store of various retailers. The website for Battle Academy has a handy tutorial video explaining the basics which you can check out below. Have a look at the official site for the game here for more details.