Those that know me, know I have a bit of a soft spot for Pokemon, having it be my favorite childhood toy or series but I’ve never really got into playing the game. It’s a big deal, there are grass root tournaments, up to world championships for the actual trading card game and it’s more popular than ever. If you didn’t want to commit to learning the basics of the TCG, what else is there to play? Well, well well, there is a new board game to sink your time into.


The Pokémon Company International has announced the Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy, the first-ever board game adaptation of the Pokémon TCG, one of the most beloved and best-selling trading card games in the world. Providing everything a “Trainer” needs to master the basics of the Pokémon TCG, Battle Academy offers fun family entertainment, combining strategic Pokémon TCG gameplay within a classic, easy-to-learn family game experience.

“Battle Academy is designed to be easy to learn and fun to play for all types of Trainers, including children and parents that may be new to the Pokémon TCG,” said J.C. Smith, senior director of consumer marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “Pokémon has a unique ability to bring people together, and we look forward to seeing families enjoy Battle Academy at their next game night, as parents bond with their kids over one of their favourite entertainment brands and collectible Pokémon TCG cards.”


So what’s in the box? Each Battle Academy box comes with a two-player game board, three 60-card decks, tutorial guides, and gameplay accessories. How much? A pocket money friendly £19.99 (TBC).

Preorders have started appearing online, with a general release set for July 31st. I think I’ll get one, myself, and Stef can battle it out. Next YouTube video? Perhaps over on our twitch channel?

If you’re interested, head over to Chase Games! I’ve used them a handful of times in the past and would highly recommend them!