to Pokémon Rebirth and all who have been a part of it in one
form or another, those who have contributed to the site and to
those who are still fans after a great seven years!
In order to relax from my hectic work schedule, I opted to
go and visit New York City to see what it's like. Very
impressive with lots of lights, sounds, people and unique things
to see and experience. As I wandered about, I came across a shop
within the central lane of Rockefeller Centre. Known now as
"Nintendo World" it was once called "Pokémon Centre New York"
and with a name like that, you know
it's gotta be visited.
Still, as the years of Pokémon go on, many of the initial
fans have grown up with the cards, the games and even the animé...
and as fans grow, their interests sometimes change. As it is,
the focus of
the shop had to shift from being mainly oriented towards
plugging the yellow electric rodent, to showcasing the other
products that Nintendo has to offer. Still, there is a
collection devoted to pokémon, comprised of a few display cases
and a corner of the main floor. But there was more to it, as
there was a feeling of anticipation in the air.
For it was time that a new game was to be released. "Pokémon
Ranger, Shadows of Almia" made its debut and here at the New
York store, I had a prime spot to observe. Of course what debut
various pokéworlds can take place without a visit from the
electrifying presence of the world famous Pikachu?
The crowds of little kids quickly mobbed the character and
it was hard to get a good view through all the parents who were
trying to get photos of their wee ones. While I waited my turn,
I actually was able to snag a copy of the new game and gave a
brief test run of the proceedings. Going through the intro was
useful but a little tedious, however the unexpected surprise was
as soon as the game comes on, being required to use the stylus
cum Capture Styler to effect a capture of a pikachu. This
provides a bit of initial practice into the whole capture
process, which of course is central to the game's
However, I was there for other purposes. As an Ambassador of
Rebirth, I took it upon myself to examine what I could and see
how much I actually could get away with. Surprisingly quite a
release, held on the 9th of November, was a great way to
re-attract attention to the store, as many people who otherwise
wouldn't be here now, came to be a part of the proceedings, and
of course sales were boosted due to the extra attendance, and
attention. For confidentiality reasons, I was not allowed the
actual sales figures of the day, but was told that it was far
more than expected, as many more units of the game had been sold
than the staff were anticipating, not to mention other games and
products riding along in the wake of the pokémon powerhouse. A
new music making Wii game (Wii Music) was attracting attention,
as were other Pokémon games such as Diamond and Pearl and
Before I concluded
my time at the store, I felt tempted, and so managed to get
myself some time with the star of the show. A brief interview
with a photo were in the works.
Pokémon Rebirth: "It's a treat to meet you at last
Pikachu. I hope you're not too tired from all your fans..."
Pikachu: "Pi? Chu." *smilingly waves away the concern*
PR: "Since I know that you have alot on your agenda
today, I'll cut right to the point. Tell me, do you feel at all
threatened that yet another facet of the Pokéworld has come out
where you are not a major
character involved in the--"
P: "Ka-chu, ka ka ka ka!" *slapping the floor in
paroxyms of laughter*
PR: "Oh, so this doesn't bother you?"
P: "Chu." *still smiling, shakes head* "Pi, pika-pi kah
chu, chu pi kapi pipi chu-ka. Kah pi kachuka pi-chu-kah."
*tilts head and looks at me questioningly* "Chu kapi chu pika?"
PR: Umm, yes I see. By having this game focus on other
characters, it enables people to gain experience with the other
pokémon out there and doesn't put as much pressure on yourself
to constantly perform and thus allows you to focus more on other
pursuits such as your television and movie career."
P: "Kapi chu!" *nods enthusiastically*
PR: "You don't find that being too superficial?"
P: "Chu" *shakes head*
PR: "Well do you have any words for those at Pokémon
Rebirth who have been eagerly following your adventures and
being inspired to create and enjoy their own stories based on
what you've managed to do over these past several years?"
P: "Pi!" *Big thumbs up, followed by the two-fingered
Peace symbol* "Chu pika, pi-pikachu chu-kah, kakapi-pikah chupi
pi-chu-kah. Pikachu pi-pi-pikah chupipi, chupikapika chu, chupi
PR: "Try to be prepared for whatever may lie in store,
because nothing truly happens without some sort of warning, no
matter how small. Use this and build on it, and it'll serve you
well." *nods in understanding* "Pretty deep, and--"
P: "Chu-pipi kah chu, chu... chu-pipi kah chu, chu"
*store staff members start to gather 'round and all join in the
singing* "Happy birthday dear Pokémon Rebirth and friends! Happy
birthday to you!"
PR: "Can I get a photo?"
P: "Chu!" *grabs my arm and pulls me in for the shot*
PR: "Thanks, I appreciate that."
P: "Chu, pi-pi pikachu."
PR: "Well yeah, I guess I have learned to understand
languages fairly well."
P: "Pi chu kapika?"
PR: "Oh? Alright, I think the Rebirth readers would
enjoy a joke."
P: "Ka pika ka chu, pipi chuka kah?"
PR: "Umm, I don't know, what did Jessie get when she
looked in the mirror in the morning?"
P: "Pi ka-chu."
PR: "A shock? I-I'm sorry, I think I missed tha-" *ZZZZZKT!*
submitted for Pokémon Rebirth by ~silvester.