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Dragonite announced as the official Ambassador Pokémon for Fukui Prefecture in Japan
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Dragonite is enjoying quite a bit of popularity this year; in September, it was introduced as one of the mascots of the upcoming Pokémon Center Taipei, and just this week on October 23rd, was ceremonially signed in as the Official Ambassador Pokémon for Fukui Prefecture, making it the ninth Pokémon to be given the honor. The Ambassador Pokémon promotion is sponsored by Pokémon Local Acts, a program designed to drive tourism by “highlighting [the] well-known and not so well-known charms,” of various localities in Japan through events and activities. Pokémon Local Acts may be best known for the “Poké Lids,” which are utility hole covers with Pokémon designs, often including the region’s Ambassador Pokémon, which are located all throughout the country.
Pokémon LeafGreen to feature in Brazilians Against Time Halloween 2023 charity marathon
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Brazilians Against Time (BRAT) will be hosting a speedrunning marathon from October 22nd to October 28th, in benefit of Gerando Falcoes, a social development ecosystem in Brazil that works with favela leaders to help break the cycle of poverty in the country. The entire event will be streamed from the group's official Twitch channel, with Pokémon LeafGreen being featured as a run on Wednesday October 25th.
Pokémon Pearl to feature in the Games Done Quick Express 2023 charity marathon, live from TwitchCon 2023, in benefit of AbleGamers
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Pokémon Pearl is set to feature in the Games Done Quick Express (GDQX) 2023 charity marathon, which is being held live from TwitchCon from October 20th to October 22nd. This year's event will be raising money for AbleGamers, and can be watched from the GDQ Twitch channel.
The Pokémon Company International x Van Gogh Museum: Scalpers, sellouts, and safety concerns bring promotion to a grinding halt
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The Pokémon Company International’s collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has been plagued with issues since its debut on September 28th, mostly in regards to the limited edition “Pikachu with Grey Felt Hat” promo card. Originally available in-person at the Van Gogh Museum and free with online orders of Van Gogh-themed Pokémon merchandise through the Pokémon Center online, the card has become a rare find, as scalpers overran the museum and sold out the Pokémon Center’s merch almost immediately. The Van Gogh Museum will continue to offer its Pokémon-themed exhibits and activities until the promotion’s original end date, January 7th of 2024, despite being completely sold out of Pokémon merchandise and no longer offering the promo card.
Pokémon Snap and Pokémon Crystal to feature in this weekend's Giochi d un Fiato Autunno 2023 speedrun marathon, in benefit of Medici del Mondo
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The Italian Speedrun Community (ISC) are hosting their annual Giochi d un Fiato Autunno (GUFA) speedrunning marathon starting later today, October 20th, and running through to October 22nd. In the event, players will attempt to complete a game or an objective within the game as quickly as possible. Pokémon Snap and a randomizer of Pokémon Crystal will feature in the event, which can be watched from the Italian Speedrun Community Twitch channel. The event will be raising money for Medici del Mondo, the Italian Branch of Médecins du Monde, also known as Doctors of the World.
TheSpeedGamers announce Rocket's Revenge Pokémon Marathon in benefit of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - Event scheduled for December 15th-18th
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TheSpeedGamers, a group of video game enthusiasts who play for marathon hours to raise money for charities, have announced their latest Pokémon-centric marathon, titled Rocket's Revenge. Taking place from December 15th to 18th, the event will be once again raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. As usual, the marathon will be streamed live on TheSpeedGamers Twitch Channel.
Pokémon: Let's Go Eevee! to feature in charity marathon running this weekend in benefit of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
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Breaking The Habit will be hosting their latest charity marathon this weekend from October 14th to October 15th, raising money for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Pokémon: Let's Go Eevee! will be featured as a run during this event, with the runner aiming to complete the game as quickly as possible without the use of any major skips. The event can be watched from the Breaking The Habit Twitch channel.
What's GROWING on? A look at Bulbapedia's newest additions from September 2023
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The Bulbapedia encyclopedia is always growing here at Bulbagarden! Every single day, hundreds of edits are made around the clock by enthusiasts all over the world! Let's take a look at some of our editors' biggest contributions that readers may have missed. Join us as we explore some of Bulbapedia's newest additions from September 2023!
The Pokémon Company International enters second year of partnership with English Schools’ Football Association, announcing 2023/24 Pokémon Cup
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The largest primary-age school football cup in England is continuing into its second year as The Pokémon Company International and the English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) announce the 23/24 season. The Pokémon Primary Schools’ Cup, sponsored by both organizations, is a national competition for students aged 9 to 11, designed to promote ESFA’s “15 Benefits” of football, including principles like teaching respect, encouraging teamwork, and helping children to feel they are part of a team. The competition reaches more than 50,000 students in over 5,000 teams across England, who compete in mixed teams, girls’ teams, and small school teams categories. Peter Murphy - Senior Director of Marketing at The Pokémon Company International, said: “It was amazing to see so many talented teams from across the country take part in last season’s competition, truly demonstrating that teamwork, friendship and respect are equally important factors in a football competition. We look forward...
Pokémon Violet, Sword and Shield to feature in AusSpeedruns At PAX (ASAP) 2023 charity marathon starting tomorrow, in benefit of Game On Cancer
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AusSpeedruns will be hosting the AusSpeedruns At PAX (ASAP) 2023 marathon out of the PAX Aus convention this week in Melbourne, Australia, raising money for Game On Cancer. Pokémon Violet, Sword and Shield will each be featured in runs as part of this event, in which runners each attempt to complete a game, or an objective within the game, as quickly as possible. ASAP 2023 will run from October 6th to 8th, can be watched from AusSpeedrun's official Twitch channel.
Pokémon Squishmallows win 2023 Collectable of the Year from The Toy Foundation, voting continues for People’s Choice Toy of the Year
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The 2023 Toy of the Year Awards, hosted by charitable organization The Toy Foundation, has announced their individual category winners for the year. Pokémon products were nominated in three categories in 2023; Collectable, Construction Toy, and Action Figure Toy of the Year. Pokémon Squishmallows took the crown for Collectable of the Year, beating out competitors such as LEGO Disney, Monster High, and Furby. The collection of plushies is manufactured by longtime partner of The Pokémon Company International, Jazwares. The 16” version of Squishmallows also won for 2023 Plush Toy of the Year, and even won in 2022 for Overall Toy of the Year, while the Pokémon brand itself won in 2022 for License of the Year. The Toy Foundation announced that approximately $800,000 USD was raised in cash donations during this year’s award season from sponsors such as Mattel, Spin Master, and The Pokémon Company International, which donated $90,000 in cash and $3.7 million worth of cards and other...
Four Pokémon games to feature in Zocktoberfest charity marathon
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Germench will be hosting the Zocktoberfest marathon out of Göttingen, Germany from October 3rd to October 8th. In the event, players will attempt to complete a game or an objective within the game as quickly as possible. The event will be raising money for Tafel Deutschland and can watched from their Twitch channel.
Theee Generation IV Pokémon games to feature in the Long Speedrun Summit 2023 marathon
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The Long Speedrun Summit (LSS) are hosting their 2023 speedrunning marathon from September 15th to September 24th. Amongst other non-Pokémon titles, Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky, and PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure will feature as part of the event, in which runners each attempt to complete a game, or an objective within the game, as quickly as possible. The event can be watched from their official Twitch channel.
The Pokémon Company International announces special collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum
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While The Pokémon Company International has kept the details sparse, a new promo on The Official Pokémon YouTube channel has given fans their first look at an upcoming collaboration between Pokémon and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The video shows Pikachu and Eevee frolicking through the Dutch countryside surrounded by Vincent Van Gogh’s quintessential sunflowers - which then turn into Sunfloras.
Pokémon Shining Pearl to feature in Horror(ible) Games marathon in support of speedrunner MASH
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The Horrorible Games speedrunning group will be hosting a special speedrunning mini-marathon from September 9th to September 10th, raising money to support George Emsley, known as MASH in the speedrunning and gaming community, in helping pay off debt incurred by emergency dental surgery. The event, which can be watched from the Horrorible Games Twitch page, will see runners attempting to complete various games and/or objectives within a game as quickly as possible.
Pokémon Emerald to feature in UKSM marathon in support of Special Effect charity
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The UKSM speedrunning group will be hosting a marathon at the upcoming Insomnia Gaming Festival to raise money for Special Effect. The festival is running from September 7th to September 10th, with runners attempting to complete the games, or a specific objective within the game, as fast as possible. The event can be watched from the UKSM Twitch page.
What's GROWING on? A look at Bulbapedia's newest additions from August 2023
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The Bulbapedia encyclopedia is always growing here at Bulbagarden! Every single day, hundreds of edits are made around the clock by enthusiasts all over the world! Let's take a look at some of our editors' biggest contributions that readers may have missed. Join us as we explore some of Bulbapedia's newest additions from August 2023!
Pokémon Scarlet/Violet and Pokémon Ruby to feature this weekend in SpeedDocsAThon speedrunning marathon in support of Save the Children
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The SpeedDocsAThon (SDAT) speedrunning marathon, hosted by Speed Docs, is raising money for Save the Children across two weekends. The second half will take place from September 1st to September 3rd, and feature runs of both Pokémon Scarlet/Violet, and Pokémon Ruby, with runners attempting to complete the games, or a specific objective within the game, as fast as possible. The event can be watched from their Twitch Channel.
Three Pokémon products nominated for Toy of the Year Awards, The Pokémon Company International signs on as major charity sponsor of The Toy Foundation
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The Pokémon Company International has announced their position as a Vision Sponsor for the 2023 Toy of the Year® Awards, contributing $90,000 USD and more than $3.7 million dollars worth of cards and other merchandise to charitable organization The Toy Foundation. These donations are a part of The Pokémon Company International’s five-year plan to donate at least $25 million to long-term partner organizations that are “dedicated to improving the lives of children and supporting social equity.”
Pokémon community power: Fans rally around Pokémon GO Fest NYC attendee who lost precious Bulbasaur plushie
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Over the three-day weekend of August 18th, 19th, and 20th, over 70,000 players convened in New York City for the biggest Pokémon GO event to ever take place in the United States. Trainers from around the country came together to catch special Pokémon, participate in exclusive events, and explore the city with fellow Pokémon GO fans. One Trainer’s weekend, however, began sorrowfully.
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