Pokémon 10th Anniversary Journey Across America

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Pokémon 10th Anniversary Journey Across America was a series of events that was held across the United States in 2006 celebrating the 10th anniversary of Pokémon's original Japanese release. At the event, attendees could see a preview of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, and download over twenty 10th anniversary Pokémon for the Generation III GBA games. Each event also held a GBA tournament, the winners of which could move on to a national event in New York City. The winners were 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, each receiving a trip to Tokyo in 2007 and a diamond-studded GBA.


Two additional tournaments were held (without the JAA events) at Space Center Houston and the Nintendo World 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.

Party of the Decade

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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