Back when I was in middle school, I remember traveling to the occasional trading card game tournaments at my local mall to be able to play Pokémon TCG against other people. Unlike the video games, you needed to play the the card game with others to truly have fun. Then, Pokémon Trading Card Game came out for Game Boy Color and it added another way to experience the craze that swept the late 90s.
Thanks to the Pokémon Company's recently announced Pokémon Trainer Challenge, you now have another option to choose from when playing Pokémon TCG. Will you still travel to local meetups and engage in some card gaming tournaments or will you hop onto the internet and play it online via your browser?
Releasing in April, Pokémon Trainer Challenge will initially feature three theme Pokémon TCG decks for you to choose from in order to battle against fourteen virtual players in three Leagues that replicate the offline experience of the card game. You will be able to win new cards and battle new decks and eventually become the champion.
After you purchase one of the Pokémon Black and White theme decks that will go on sale April 6, you can then unlock those same cards online and use them in your virtual decks on Pokémon Trainer Challenge. This will give you the option to play with your cards both offline and online.
All you have to do play is create a free Pokémon Trainer Club account that will also keep you updated on upcoming information about the game and future theme decks. If you are looking forward to making the most out of your Pokémon Black and White experience for your DS, you might as well register for a Pokémon Trainer Club account anyway as you will need it to access the game's Global Link services allowing you to capture Pokémon with rare abilities in the Dream World.
There is no word yet on whether Pokémon Trainer Challenge will allow you to play against other players online. So until then, keep those rare cards in their sleeves!