Party of the Decade
Pokemon is celebrating their 10th birthday in grand
style at Party of the Decade in New York City's Bryant Park. Anyone can attend
this event, admission to the event is absolutely free! The event will be held
on Tuesday, August 8th, 2006, from 10AM to 5PM. The event will include stage
performances, includes Pokekmon characters, live music, and special guests.
Check out games, activities, prizes, and more, including a chance to try out
the upcoming Pokemon game, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, before it hit stores.
Also, 64 players from the Journey Across America
tour will compete in the 2006 Pokemon Video Game National Championships. Two
divisions (12 and under, and 13 and over), will compete for the title of
champion on the stage live. Hulk Hogan will on hand to celebrate at the event
and crown the Pokemon Video Game National Championships on stage.
Can't make it out to the big event? Check out
Pokemon.com and watch
the event live. Coverage begins on Tuesday, August 8th at 10:00am.
Party of the Decade Details
Who: Everyone! This event will be fabulous
When: Tuesday, August 8th, 2006, from 10 AM to 5 PM (New York City has
officially been declared Pokemon Day for the occasion!)
Where: Bryant Park, located on 6th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Street
- right in the heart of New York City!
What: You'll get to see cool stage performances including Pokemon
characters, live music, and special guests, plus the first live US appearance
of a particular Pokemon character! Check out games, activities, prizes, and
more, including a chance to try out our upcoming game, Pokémon Mystery
Dungeon, long before it hits the stores! What's more, bring your Game Boy
Advance and your Pokémon FireRed, LeafGreen, Ruby, Sapphire, or Emerald Game
Pak, because you can download some of our fan-selected top 20 Pokémon
Pokemon Elite 2000 Webmaster Invited
I am invited by Nintendo of America for a VIP
trip to New York City for the Party of the Decade! So if you're attending,
I'll see you there! If you can't make it, check out the official site at
Pokemon.com for live
coverage. And also check out our coverage of the event here on Pokemon
Elite 2000: Party of the Decade.
Including the Pokemon Party of the Decade
festivities, I will have access to play Pokemon Mystery Dungeon during a
private game-play session. I will also have an opportunity to interview
staff Nintendo of America and Pokemon USA. If you have any suggestions for
questions, please visit our forum and submit your questions to this news
Page 1: Before the Event, and The Event:
Party of the Decade
Page 2: The Event: Party of the Decade
Page 3: The Event: Party of the Decade
Page 4: Pokemon Immersion Day
Page 5: Videos Battle Log of Finals Matches
Pictures from the Event
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Before the Event:
I arrived in New York the day before the event, on
Monday. A car driver was there to pick me up and another webmaster that was
invited. So we arrived at the hotel and we were greeted by David Young from
Nintendo of America. Webmasters from two other websites joined us that day,
and two other webmasters from two more website joined us the following day. In
total, there were six websites represented. So anyways, back to Monday night,
we went out to dinner. After dinner, we went to see the 8th Pokemon movie:
Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. Also in the audience for this special
screening of the movie were the 64 Pokemon video game finalists. We met Seth
McMahill from Nintendo of America, he's the Product Localization Coordinator.
Basically, he's the guy in charge of translating the Japanese Pokemon games
into English. So he's definitely an expert on Pokemon. Back to the movie,
personally, I liked the movie. The music and sound effects were very lively.
The blend of CGI (computer generated imagery) also made this movie very
visually appealing. The DVD for the movie will be released on September 19,
2006. After the movie, a journalist from Nintendo Power wanted to do a video
interview the webmasters about the topic of creating websites. I agreed to the
interview, and I was joined by two others in a round table discussion. the
entire interview was recorded on video and we were asked various questions
such as: What's important to make a good website and what fans of websites
expect from a website. After the interview, we were told that the video would
be placed online at Nintendo.com if the video turned out well (like if the
audio was clear). Whether or not the video makes it up online, I had fun
discussing the issues. We also got gift bags after the movie, so did the 64
finalists. The gift bag included: a very large Pokemon poster with all the
Pokemon on it (all 386 Pokemon, plus 5 new Pokemon: Munchlax, Bonsly, Mime
Jr., Weavile, and Lucario), a Pokemon back pack, three Poke Dolls (Mime Jr.,
Weavile, and Lucario), two Pokemon figures (Mime Jr. and Lucario), two Pokemon
notebooks, two packs of Pokemon stickers, a box of Pokemon pencils, and two
The Event: Party of the Decade:
So here we are, Party of the Decade at Bryant Park, New York City, to
celebrate the 10th anniversary of Pokemon. I got there really early
around 9:30 AM, but the crowds were already starting to get into the park.
Picture 1 and Picture 2: The front entrance to Bryant Park, where Party of
the Decade is located. The podium there provided information about the event,
such as maps and leaflets. At the center of the park is the giant Pikachu
balloon from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This is the first time that
Macy's has allowed any balloon to be used at an event outside of the Macy's
Thanksgiving Day Parade, since Macy's owns all the balloons used in the
parade. Macy's is actually creating a new Pikachu balloon, one that will have
Pikachu's red cheeks light up. Picture 3: The entire place was
decorated with Pokemon, that includes the water fountain. I'm glad to see my
favorite Pokemon there, Psyduck. By the way, using that Psyduck image as my
forum's avatar currently (of course, a higher resolution image).
Picture 1: A close up of the Pikachu balloon. The lawn of the park was
closed off so people can't get too close to it. But you didn't have to get too
close, that Pikachu is huge. Picture 2: Mudkip, Treecko, and Torchic. A
lot of people took pictures here with the Ruby/Sapphire starters. Picture
3: I kept walking through the same paths, but every time I pass by, it
seemed that I discovered something new. These Pokemon statues were
placed throughout the park. Some of them are really cleverly placed, so I had
to keep my eyes open, at any corner I could discover another Pokemon. I liked
how Geodude here blended in with his environment (same colors).
Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Here are some large posters
promoting the next Pokemon movie and the next Pokemon season. The 8th Pokemon
movie, Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, will be released on DVD on September
19, 2006. While season 9, Pokemon: Battle Frontier, will premier this fall
with 52 brand new episodes, exclusively on the Cartoon Network.
Picture 1 and Picture 2: This is the Video Game Arena, where fans can
try out the new Pokemon games: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon and Pokemon Ranger.
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon will be released on the DS and GBA on September 18,
2006. While Pokemon Ranger will be released on October 30, 2006. Picture 3:
It was still early in the day before the 10 AM official start time, and
there were several truck loads of stuff to unload onto Bryant Park.
Picture 1: This is the Video Game National Championships tent. A lot of
TV monitors were setup for the 64 finalists to compete in. The
semi-finals and the finals will be battled on stage with the large screen.
Picture 2 and Picture 3: The Imagination Station is setting up their
tables for fans coloring actitivities.
Picture 1: The Pokemon Center store tent. They had Pokemon posters,
Pokemon pillows, Poke Dolls, Pokemon hats, Pokemon TCG cards, and so on. A lot
of the stuff sold there are also available at the Nintendo World Store and at
PokemonCenter.com. Picture 2: The Pokemon Passport Tent. Here you can
pick up a Pokemon Passport card. You need to get 6 stamps from six different
locations: Imagination Station, Video Game Arena, Character Distribution,
Pokemon TCG, Game Corner, and find the Pikachu Statue. Once the passport is
completed, you get a Pokemon 10th anniversary cell phone strap. I got one of
those and put it on my cell phone.
Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Here are those Pokemon statues
again. They did a great job of immersing everyone into the Pokemon universe by
scattering these Pokemon statues throughout the park.
Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: The giant sized statues were
popular with the event goers, great for pictures.
Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Here's the Pokemon Character
Distribution tent. This is where you can download a Pokemon of your choice to
your games out of the twenty available Pokemon (these are the top twenty top
Pokemon as voted by fans at the official site). It was still early in the day,
and the line was relatively short. That will soon change.
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