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blurb=Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe have announced pre-launch events for New York and London. The New York event will take place March 5 at the Nintendo World Store, and is open to the general public. The London event will take place March 3 in Leicester Square, but will be an invite-only event. Fans eager to attend the London premiere can attempt to win an invite via the Official Nintendo Magazine. }}
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Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe have announced pre-launch events for New York and London. The New York event will take place March 5 at the Nintendo World Store, and is open to the general public. The London event will take place March 3 in Leicester Square, but will be an invite-only event. Fans eager to attend the London premiere can attempt to win an invite via the Official Nintendo Magazine.

==Information for London event==
* Junichi Masuda and Ken Sugimori will be there, talking about the games' development.

* Boy band One Direction will be a featured guest, will perform.

* Starts at 5pm.

* Game demos shown.

* Concept art also being shown.

* Attendees get a free copy of the one of the games.

* Although the event is invite-only, the Official Nintendo Magazine is running a promotion wherein fans can get one of ten invites. More information is available at their site (see below).

==Press release for New York event==
'''MEDIA ALERT: THE ULTIMATE POKÉMON EXPERIENCE HITS ROCKEFELLER CENTER® ON MARCH 5'''

''Nintendo Offers "Passport to the Unova Region" at Launch Event for Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version Video Games''

WHAT:
New York's famed Rockefeller Center® will be the epicenter of an over-the-top Pokémon™ celebration as Nintendo prepares to launch the new Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version video games for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems across North America. On March 5, at the Nintendo® World store, fans will gather for a spectacular launch event and the chance to be among the first in the nation to buy the games in advance of their official March 6 release.

The event will offer attendees an interactive experience that will take consumers through stations featuring game-play kiosks, depictions of the games' new starter and Legendary Pokémon, a download area for the Liberty Pass which enables players to get the new Mythical Pokémon Victini in the Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version games, a photo booth and a special collection of never-before-seen Pokémon artwork. Attendees will receive a "passport" upon entry and earn a stamp for each station they experience. Once they have visited all stations, fans will receive a special Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version T-shirt, while supplies last.

Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version open a thrilling new chapter in the beloved video game series, introducing more than 150 new Pokémon, new battle systems, and a new region to explore. More information about Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version can be found at PokemonBlackWhite.com.

WHO:
Kids, teens, adults, parents, Pokémon fans and consumers of all kinds

WHEN:
Saturday, March 5, 2011
3-6 p.m.

WHERE:
Nintendo World
10 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020

VISUALS:

*Fans of all ages lined up to be among the first to purchase the Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version games
*Kids and adults playing the Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version games together
*Large Pokémon characters in Rockefeller Center
*Fans dressed in colorful Pokémon-inspired costumes and taking photos in front of a themed backdrop
*Fans viewing never-before-seen Pokémon artwork in a museum-style display

==External information==
===London event===
*[http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/24104/news/win-tickets-to-the-pokmon-black-white-uk-premiere/ Official Nintendo Magazine]
*[http://gonintendo.com/wp-content/photos/Pokemon_event.PNG Press invite]
===New York event===
*[http://www.nintendoworldstore.com/print/Calendar.jsp Nintendo World Store]
*[http://press.nintendo.com/ Nintendo press site]
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