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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 and free!
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 characters!


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 thread: http://www.pokemonelite2000.com/forum/showthread.php?t=20585





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 (Coming Soon)




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 Pokemon straps.


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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