Defending junior world “Pokemon” video game champ Brian Hough of Ann Arbor came in second place this year at the 2012 Pokemon World Championships in Waikoloa, Hawaii.
It was Brian’s third trip to the World Championships. Representatives from more than 30 countries participated in six video game and trading card divisions. The United States took five of the six top places in the video game categories, including a first-place sweep, and took second in all three trading card categories.
As a finalist, there’s a chance the 11-year-old and his Pokemon team will appear as a Pokemon Trainer avatar in October’s “Pokemon White Version 2″ and “Pokemon Black Version 2.” Details haven’t been released.
For the uninitiated, “Pokémon” is a huge franchise that spans a trading card game, video games, TV series, movies and more. In the games, players, called Trainers, battle superpowered creatures called Pokémon. For the tournament, Trainers assemble a team of Pokémon and duke it out with other players.
Congrats, Brian! I’m sure I’ll be writing about you again next year.