The Pokemon Tour made it’s stop near my home town so I made a thirty minute drive to check it out. The first thing I will tell you is that if you plan on going to one of these tours is that you need to be prepared to stand and wait. I spent most of my time in lines. There were lines to buy from the Pokemon Store, there were lines to get stamps for the stamp collection race, there were lines to spin the prize wheel. If you plan on seeing the movie I suggest you get there at least an hour before the mall opens. Tickets to the see the movie were gone in about an hour and that was with at least 6 screenings. The line for the prize wheel was so long I finally gave up.
Don’t let this scare you from going though. The line to play the game was only thirty minutes and it was fun to see it in action and to get your hands on it before the release date. The energy is also very contagious. It was great to be surrounded by so many people, young and old, who love Pokemon. Some days I feel like the only person who still enjoys this game, but events like this remind you of what a global phenomenon Pokemon is. Everyone was walking around with their DS held out, proudly showing off their Pokemon and looking to battle and trade.
There is a Pokemon Store set up for the event that has stuffed toys of the starters and legendary Pokemon from Black and White, along with t-shirts and an assortment of 2″ figures. Service was a tad slow with only three people ringing up customers and while I was waiting one of the scanners for the credit cards went down.
It was a fun experience. I’m glad I went, but I think at future events Nintendo needs to have more registers set up to ring up customers and more than just two prize wheels.
- Pokemon Black and White Tour – Hunting Pokemon at Oakridge Mall (tagn.wordpress.com)