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Fans go wild for surreal Mewtwo display at new Pokemon Center in Japan

Published: 25/Nov/2019 22:32

by Brent Koepp

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Nintendo fans were blown away when a fan posted a video of a mindblowing Mewtwo display at a new Pokemon Center store that opened in Shibuya, Japan, and it’s the best thing you’ll see all day.

Pokemon first released in 1996, and went on to become not only one of Nintendo’s most successful properties, but as of 2019, the highest grossing media franchise of all time, generating over $90 billion.

A newly opened Pokemon store in Shibuya, Japan installed an insane Mewtwo display that has fans raving as it’s so incredibly accurate, it literally brings the character to life.

The legendary Psychic-type was first introduced back in Generation I, quickly becoming a fan favorite, and was even the star of the film ‘Pokemon: The First Movie’ released in 1999.

The Pokemon CompanyThe legendary psychic-type is one of the most popular Pokemon in the franchise.

Mewtwo brought to life

A Tokyo fashion site posted the discovery on their official Twitter account, stating, “Giant Mewtwo inside an incubation chamber at the new Pokemon Center that opened today in Parco, Shibuya.”

The tweet included a video which showed the Psychic character in a massive incubation capsule that connects the floor and the ceiling, and with a jaw-dropping statue recreation of the ‘mon’ that looks incredibly real.

As it pans in, it’s revealed that the chamber even has a liquid substance inside of it that surrounds Mewtwo just like the films, with lighting and bubbles that fill it up, impressing shoppers that attended the store’s opening on November 22.

Many shoppers were blown away by the amazing store decoration, and gave praise for its amazing attention to detail, and the sheer size of it which almost makes the character look alive.

However, the newly-opened store isn’t just a Pokemon Center, it’s also a major Nintendo store that sells a ton of merchandise for their beloved franchises that many fans would love to get their hands on.

Popular Japanese gaming outlet Famitsu discovered another gorgeous display that they posted online –  a block statue recreation of 2-D sprite Mario, emerging from a glowing pipe that sits outside of the establishment.

Twitter: @famitsuThe Japan based Nintendo store also had an incredible Mario display.

The new store comes fresh off the release of Pokemon Sword and Shield which released November 15 to much fan and critical praise.

Nintendo has a lot to celebrate, as the latest iteration of the beloved RPG sold over 6 million units on its opening weekend, becoming the fastest selling Switch game to date.

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Pokemon Red & Yellow sell at auction for record-breaking $162,000

Published: 21/Nov/2020 0:45

by Brent Koepp

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Two sealed copies of Pokemon Red & Yellow sold at auction on November 20 for mind-blowing amounts of money. The 90s Game Boy RPGs broke records and brought in over $160k combined.

Pokemon made its North American debut in 1998, and quickly became a cultural phenomena. The series is just months away from its 25th anniversary, and has never been more popular. In 2019, reports listed the Nintendo property as the highest-grossing media franchise of all time, in fact.

In 2020, the 1999 Trading Card Game has had a major revival in popularity, with items selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, now it looks like it’s not just the TCG that is seeing an explosion in value, as two Game Boy RPGs sold for as much as a house during a November 20 auction.

Screenshot of Pokemon Red & Yellow's Game Boy boxes.
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The two 90s RPGs sold at auction for $162k.

Pokemon Red & Yellow sell for insane amount of money

For many children of the 90s, their introduction to Pokemon was through the Game Boy titles, Red & Blue. The Game Freak RPGs hooked players with their addictive “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” mechanics. Decades later, adults are spending absurds amount of cash to rekindle their nostalgia.

On November 20, a 1998 sealed copy of Red sold for a whopping $84k, and a 1999 Yellow $78k. Both items were sold off at Heritage Auctions where bidders spent an absurd amount on the rare collectibles. In total, the two classic releases brought in $162k – a new record for both games.

It should be pointed out that both copies were sealed and had a 9.8 rating in condition by professional grading company Wata. Finding these 21-year-old collectibles in such pristine quality is nearly impossible in 2020.

Pokemon has had a massive year so far in terms of collectibles. A sealed 1st Edition booster box from the 1999 Trading Card Game sold at the same auction company a day earlier for over $360,000.

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The 1999 Pokemon trading cards sold at Heritage Auction for $360k.

As Pokemon inches closer to its 25th anniversary in 2021, the Nintendo franchise has never been hotter. Kids around the world that fell in love with the Nintendo RPGs are now grown up and wanting to recapture their childhood.

With the game set to have a major presence at the Tokyo Summer Olympics next year as well, the sky is the limit as to how much items from the series are going to continue to rise in value – but it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.