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Ever Been to a Pokemon Center store?

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GrewupGeek

Hey, out of curiosity, has anybody ever been to a Pokémon Center store?  I don't mean online, but rather, actually been to an actual store offline?  Either in Japan or the US?I haven't, mainly because time and money just hasn't been on side lately.

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Mod_Jynthu

I would also be interested to know this! I've never been to one myself, but I would love to be able to! I believe there are only a couple in the United States. 

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RobRatt

Pokémon wasn't on the radar yet when I lived in Japan, so I don't know much about that.  But it appears there's only one in the USA at the Nintendo World Store in NYC.

 

I'm glad I googled this because they have 4 vending machines in the Seattle area, and I didn't know they existed.

 

Do Target and GameStop count?  The Pokémon Center FAQ thinks so. :wacko:

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GrewupGeek

 

Do Target and GameStop count?  The Pokémon Center FAQ thinks so. :wacko:

 

I think that would be up for debate.

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Mod_Alder

Pokémon wasn't on the radar yet when I lived in Japan, so I don't know much about that.  But it appears there's only one in the USA at the Nintendo World Store in NYC.

 

I'm glad I googled this because they have 4 vending machines in the Seattle area, and I didn't know they existed.

 

Do Target and GameStop count?  The Pokémon Center FAQ thinks so. :wacko:

 

No kidding, what is in the vending machines?

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RobRatt

No kidding, what is in the vending machines?

I would have provided a link the first time, but the censor killed it.  Here's all I know (below), from their support page.  It says all the vending machines offer the same lineup, but it's not very specific.  Still, if there's rush hour traffic, at least we know there's a diversion right off I-5.

 

There are four Pokémon Center vending machines in the Seattle area:

 

Northgate Mall in Seattle

Southcenter Mall in Tukwila

Tacoma Mall in Tacoma

South Hill Mall in Puyallup

 

They all offer the same lineup of plush, video games, figures, Trading Card Game, and charms.

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Mod_RedDragon

I think it would be really cool to visit a Pokémon Center store! I am not super big on plush characters, but the Pokémon plush are just too cool. I need them all! 

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Felidae_

I should note that I'm not the biggest Pokemon fan as of right now, at least compared to myself at the age of 10 (lucky as a kid from the 90s I caught the Pokemania at the perfect age). Thus, I'm not interested in any merchandising surrounding the franchise.

 

Either way, I visited two distinct Pokemon shops in Tokyo and I might as well tell you about it:

 

Tokyo Skytree in Sumida

 

Although it can be a bit tricky to get to the Skytree via subway ( I think you have to changed twice from the JR Yamanote line to smaller local lines), the Skytree is a great attraction, with two viewing platforms at 350 and 450 meters. However, the Skytree is also filled with 7 or 8 floors of shopping, entertainment and museums, which are definitely worth the entry (pro tip: don't enter through the tourist entry, as it is 3 times the prize of the regular entry!).

The Pokemon shop there is rather small, but if you've never seen anything like it its still kinda impressive to see so many plush toys, figures and various memorabilia on display (just google for Tokyo Skytree Pokemon Center).

 

If you are going there primarily for the Pokemon Center you might be a bit disappointed though, as the store isn't that big and except for a couple of Skytree themed plushes you won't likely find anything that you couldn't buy online as well.

The Skytree is a great attraction though and exploring every level of it will entertain you for hours =).

 

Sunshine City in Ikebukuro

 

Probably the biggest and most famous Poke Center is located in the mega shopping mall that is Sunshine City. Personally I'm not a huge fan of shopping malls and thus Sunshine City isn't on my top priority list when I'm in Tokyo, but if you are into strolling through hundreds of shops, ranging from fashion, to music, to entertainment, to basically everything you can imagine, than Sunshine City is the place for you.

The Poke Center is no exception to this rule, as they pretty much have everything you could want and more. It's also a great place for taking pictures (i.e. next to the iconic Charizard and Pikachu statue). If you are looking to go on a Poke shopping spree that this is the place to be :D.

 

Akihabara

 

If you are primarily interested in the Pokemon TCG / VG then I'd suggest a visit to Akihabara. The place is famous enough, so I won't waste your time promoting it.

 

Miraikan National Museum in Odaiba

 

Probably the greatest Pokemon related attraction I visited in Tokyo was the Poke Lab exhibition in the Miraikan Museum in 2015. As a visitor you acted as a research assistant, exploring the long lasting impact of the franchise, video game culture and information technology throughout the years, as well as the development of playing and thinking in regards to the Pokemon video games.

Unfortunately the exhibition only ran from July to October 2015, but it was definitely an experience to remember :).

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Mod_Gunning

Thank you for that info Felidae_!! I would like to be both in Tokyo and a Pokemon shop very much in the near future!

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SuperStone

I haven't been in person, but a family member went when she was in Tokyo for work.  She bought me a promo box- probably only about $15 there.  The cards (together) are worth $40 in the U.S.  :D 

 

'Course, that's not a good option for making a profit, because plane tickets.  But if you're overseas anyway...

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Mod_Jynthu

Felidae_, thank you for sharing those experiences with us! I just keep finding more and more reasons why I would like to visit Japan someday. 

 

I know there is a Nintendo store in New York, and I would love to be able to visit there as well. It looks amazing!

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