Battle Academy uses board game presentation to teach the Pokémon Trading Card Game
The Pokémon Trading Card Game has enjoyed popularity along with it's namesake franchise since it's world debut in 1996 and U.S. release in 1998. While it's arguably not the very first thing people think of nowadays at the mention of the brand, back in the day it certainly was and it has evolved like it's namesake creatures over time and maintained a strong following to date. Part of this is the multi-generational appeal of Pokémon, as generations of fans come and go, start families, and share their fondness for one of Nintendo's best-selling series'. That's why Battle Academy is such a nice product - part board game, part starter set for the Pokémon Trading Card Game, to allow families to learn and play ready-made decks right out of the box.
"Even if you've never played the Pokémon Trading Card Game before, Pokémon TCG Battle Academy has everything you need to get started. Inside each box, you'll find three 60-card Pokémon TCG decks, a game board, tutorial guides for beginners and a rulebook for advanced players, and accessories to enhance your game."
Moonlighting or advertising within a slightly different medium is not new to the Pokémon TCG, which famously had a pair of Game Boy Color titles (only one of which released in the U.S.) that taught children the game along with an adventure mode-style campaign. While Pokémon TCG Battle Academy lacks a campaign (or a soundtrack that slaps), it features all the modern conveniences, rules, advanced tips, and accesories for two players to be up-to-par with the game at present. With 3 ready-to-go decks, there's a lot of play out of just the single box too. If you're interested in learning more about Pokémon TCG Battle Academy, check out the official website for more information, or your local target where it will be exclusively released on June 21st until it's wider retail release a month later.