7-Year-Old Pokemon Champion Is Melting Hearts Around The World
Seven-year-old, Simone Lim won more than just the Pokémon Sword and Shield Junior Championships grand final this weekend. She also won our hearts with her shy smile as she secured her win, just before a friend rushes in to give her a celebration hug. She even made her acceptance speech, in which she thanked her friends and family, while hugging her huge Eevee toy. Aww.
Lim, who is from Singapore, is a relative newcomer and still in her first competitive season. This was her first major tournament and saw her go up against the much more experienced (and older) Justin Miranda-Radbord who had multiple international championship wins under his belt. The odds seemed stacked against her, especially when the third - and deciding - game saw Lim's lineup taken down to just one Pokémon while her opponent still had two. But she read Miranda-Radbord's moves well and managed to claim the victory.
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The Pokémon Oceania International Championships took place in Melbourne, Australia this weekend and attracted trainers from all over the world. The gathering saw Pokémon enthusiasts test themselves in both card and video game tournaments for small cash prizes. If you want to check out the Pokémon Sword and Shield Junior Championships grand final in its entirety, you can watch the match on Youtube. The video is pretty long though, sitting at around 30 minutes.
In other Pokémon news, Pokémon Sword and Shield have sold over 16 million copies in under two months which basically means that 30% of all Switch users own at least one of the games. It's even more impressive when you take the sales figures of the hugely popular God of War as a comparison.- the PlayStation 4 exclusive sold around 10 million copies in its first year.
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