Pokémon: Tenth Anniversary

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Pokémon: Tenth Anniversary was a special celebration that took place in 2006 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the debut of the Pokémon Red and Blue video games, whose introduction in Japan, on February 27, 1996, launched the Pokémon franchise.

Journey Across America[edit]

The Journey Across America was a weekly 24-city tour from February 25 to July 22 where Pokémon fans from across the country participated in various activities, including a Video Game Tournament in two categories, 12 years old and under and 13 years old and older. Among them included:

The program was organized, in conjunction with Pokémon USA, by AMP Agency in Cranbury, New Jersey. The internal account team included Danielle (Adams) Zukowski and Rick Phillips. The in-mall team was Colin Candy, Jodi Hansen, Todd Neimier, Chad Young and Trevor.

The tournament was divided by the cities that the tour stopped in. Two winners from each city, a person from the 12 and under range and 13 and up range would go on to compete at a national level in New York City at Bryant Park. The grand prize winner of the tournament received a trip for four to Tokyo, Japan among other prizes. Other events held at the tour included free Polaroids taken with Pikachu and Munchlax, tables set up for friendly TCG battles, a demonstration on the basics of Pokémon in general, and playable consoles featuring XD: Gale of Darkness. Players were also able to download a Pokémon Trozei demo to their Nintendo DS. Journey Across America visited a total of 24 cities.

This is event was similar to the Pokémon League Summer Training Tour held in the summer of 1999, among other such Pokémon tours.


Date Location Venue
February 25 Miami-Ft. Lauderdale Aventura Mall
March 4 Tampa Bay Westfield Citrus Park Town
11 Atlanta Southlake Mall
15 Houston The Galleria (Wed)
18 Dallas-Fort Worth The Parks at Arlington
25 Albuquerque Coronado Center
April 1 Los Angeles-Anaheim Westfield West Covina
8 San Francisco-Oakland Westfield Valley Fair
15 Portland, OR Clackamas Town Center
22 Seattle-Tacoma Westfield Southcenter
29 Salt Lake City Fashion Place
May 6 Denver Southwest Plaza
13 Kansas City Independence Center
21 Minneapolis-St. Paul Mall of America (Sun)
27 Chicago Westfield North Bridge
June 3 Detroit Great Lakes Crossing
10 Pittsburgh Century III Mall
17 Cincinnati Cincinnati Mills
24 Memphis Wolfchase Galleria
July 1 Raleigh Crabtree Valley Mall
8 Washington, DC Westfield Montgomery
12 Philadelphia King of Prussia (Wed)
15 Boston South Shore Plaza
22 Metro New York Roosevelt Field Mall
The winners of the 2006 Pokémon Video Game Tournament, Samin Syed (left) and Minh Le.

Two additional tournaments were held (without the JAA events) at Space Center Houston and the Nintendo World Store at Rockefeller Center in New York City. The winners of those events, along with eight "second chance" qualifiers in the two categories, competed in the finals were that held as part of the US Tenth Anniversary Celebration event on Tuesday, August 8 at Bryant Park in New York City, with the winners (Samin Syed, 13, from Roslyn, New York, who entered as a 12-year-old in the 12-and-under category, and Minh Le, 22, from Herndon, Virginia) receiving a trip to Tokyo in 2007.

The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon[edit]

A made-for-television movie was released commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Pokémon franchise entitled The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon. It aired on Kids WB! on April 29, 2006. The revamped new voice cast version was included with the Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew DVD when it was released on September 19 and later aired on Cartoon Network October 28.

Party of the Decade[edit]

The United States celebration of Pokémon's Tenth Anniversary, titled "The Party of the Decade", was held on Tuesday, August 8 at New York City's Bryant Park. This was a larger version of the Journey Across America, which included the finals of the Pokémon Video Game Tournament, costumed character appearances including the American debut of Lucario, previews of the new Ranger and Mystery Dungeon games, and other events. Professional wrestling icon Hulk Hogan hosted the activities. It also marked the farewell appearance of the original Pikachu Balloon from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which flew above Bryant Park. A new Pikachu balloon, which features the mascot of the franchise chasing a Poké Ball and cheeks that light up, premiered at the 80th annual event November 23.

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