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Pikachu and Eevee Embark on a Road Trip across the U.S. to Demo New Pokémon Games

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Calling all Pokmon Trainers! Nintendo and The Pokmon Company International just unveiled a special opportunity to play the Pokmon: Lets Go, Pikachu! and Pokmon: Lets Go, Eevee! games for the Nintendo Switch system before they launch on Nov. 16. The cross-country Pokmon: Lets Go, Road Trip! tour kicked off today in Los Angeles with multi-platinum recording artist, actress and self-proclaimed Pokmon fan Jordin Sparks, who joined hundreds of fans to play the new games and mingle with Pikachu and Eevee in person.

Over the next two months, fans across the United States will have a chance to visit this colorful pop-up tour, featuring Pikachu- and Eevee-themed trucks, fun photo opportunities, special giveaways (while supplies last) and demos of the Nintendo Switch games. The game demos will also feature the Pok Ball Plus accessory, a new controller compatible with the games that looks and feels just like a real Pok Ball. Each stop on the tour will feature an exclusive (and adorable!) Pokmon Snapchat filter that can only be accessed at the event locations, and Pokmon GO players may even notice a higher frequency of Pikachu and Eevee sightings near the events!

Pokmon games have always inspired a sense of adventure and community, and were excited to bring that to life with the Pokmon: Lets Go, Road Trip! said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of Americas Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Whether someone is a longtime Pokmon fan or a budding Trainer, this new pair of games offers a vibrant region to explore, Trainers to battle and, of course, tons of Pokmon to catch.

The Pokmon: Lets Go, Road Trip! will visit seven additional cities across the country, culminating with an epic midnight launch event at Nintendo NY on the evening of Nov. 15. As a celebration of the very first introduction of Pokmon in the U.S., one of the tour stops will be in Topeka, Kansas, which was the site of the launch event for the original Pokmon Red and Pokmon Blue games for the Game Boy system “ almost 20 years ago!

Pikachu and Eevee continue their whirlwind tour with their next stop in San Francisco on Oct. 6. The full tour schedule and locations are as follows:

  • San Francisco, California Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Seattle, Washington Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Dallas, Texas Oct. 20, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Topeka, Kansas Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Chicago, Illinois Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Boston, Massachusetts Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • New York, New York Nov. 15

For specific time and location details, please visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/events. Eagle-eyed fans might notice that many of these tour stops are located near popular Pokmon GO PokStops or Gyms. Thats not a coincidence, as players can bring select Pokmon from Pokmon GO to Pokmon: Lets Go, Pikachu! and Pokmon: Lets Go, Eevee! Players can transfer Kanto-region Pokmon “ including Alolan and Shiny variants “ that theyve caught on their mobile devices in Pokmon GO over to the Nintendo Switch games to take them on a new adventure. Fans visiting the Pokmon: Lets Go, Road Trip! are encouraged to catch some wild Pokmon on their smartphones while they wait to demo the Nintendo Switch games.

In Pokmon: Lets Go, Pikachu! and Pokmon: Lets Go, Eevee! players take on the role of a female or male Pokmon Trainer and set off on an adventure with their partner Pokmon “ either Pikachu or Eevee, depending on what version of the game they play. Players will go on a new journey through a familiar setting as they explore the Kanto region to capture Pokmon and battle other Trainers. They can even share the journey with a friend in two-player co-op mode. When playing with the Pok Ball Plus accessory, which is sold separately or included with one of the announced bundles, players can make a gentle throwing motion to feel like they are really catching Pokmon.

Pokmon: Lets Go, Pikachu! and Pokmon: Lets Go, Eevee! launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 16. A bundle that includes one of the two games and the new Pok Ball Plus accessory launches at a suggested retail price of $99.99. On the same day, a special bundle featuring a Nintendo Switch system with themed Joy-Con controllers, download codes for either the Pokmon: Lets Go, Pikachu! or Pokmon: Lets Go, Eevee! game and the Poke Ball Plus accessory comes to stores at a suggested retail price of $399.99. For more information about Pokmon: Lets Go, Pikachu! and Pokmon: Lets Go, Eevee!, visit https://www.pokemon.com/PokemonLetsGo.

For Jordin Sparks, contact Victoria Varela at victoriavarela@varelamedia.com.

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo Switch„¢ system and the Nintendo 3DS„¢ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System„¢, Nintendo has sold more than 4.6 billion video games and more than 725 million hardware units globally, including Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, as well as the Game Boy„¢, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS„¢ family of systems, Super NES„¢, Nintendo 64„¢, Nintendo GameCube„¢, Wii„¢ and Wii U„¢ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names, such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokmon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendos operations in the Americas. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the companys website at https://www.nintendo.com/.

About Pokmon: The Pokmon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokmon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokmon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokmon website. Pokmon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular childrens entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit https://www.pokemon.com.

Note to editors: Nintendo press materials are available at https://press.nintendo.com, a password-protected site. To obtain a login, please register on the site.

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