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Distribution devices are special devices that are used to distribute Pokémon events.
Distribution devices include machines, distribution cartridges, Pokémon Colosseum Bonus Discs, European and Australian versions of Pokémon Channel, the GameCube Interactive Multi-Game Demo Disc Version 14 and 16, Game Link Cables, Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapters, and infrared. However, other methods of distributing events includes Wi-Fi and mailing in a game cartridge.
Special Machines (Japanese: 特製マシン) were used to distribute events in Generation I starting with the Nintendo Space World '97 Mew. They were mainly used to distribute Mew but also other events like Surfing Pikachu. An updated version of the special machine was used starting with the Nintendo Space World 2000 Celebi and used for the most Celebi events during Generation II. Pokémon game cartridges containing event Pokémon downloaded from machines were sometimes used as distribution cartridges, the event Pokémon were exchanged via Game Link Cable.
Pokémon Distribution Machines (Japanese: ポケモン配布マシン) or Pokémon Vending Machines were used starting in November, 2001 at the Pokémon Center New York for the distribution of the Gotta Catch 'Em All campaigns in Generation II. An updated version of the machine's software for Generation III was made in June, 2003 and used for the distribution of Wishing Star Jirachi at the 18th World Hobby Fair and Pokémon Festa 2003 in Japan. In August, 2003 the machines from the Pokémon Center New York were updated for the distribution of the Gotta Catch 'Em All campaigns in Generation III. The Pokémon Center New York machines were promoted as "Gotta Catch 'Em All Stations" and later suceeded by a different hardware setup promoted as the new Gotta Catch 'Em All Station which was used for the wireless Mystery Gift distribution of the Wish Eggs campaign.
Distribution cartridges are given to stores for event distributions, and are not sold commercially. Starting in Generation IV, they only contain information for the event Pokémon, and have no actual game data or save possibilities. These cartridges use DS Wireless Communications to distribute events starting in Generation IV. At the end of an event, they are intended to be sent to Nintendo's Waste Management facility in Redmond, Washington, where they are presumably destroyed. However, sometimes, distribution cartridges are leaked or sold to the public.
No distribution cartridges are known to exist for event distributions for the post-Generation V games.
Special machine for distributing Nintendo Space World '99 Mew
Distribution system used in Generation I
Special machine for distributing Pokémon Fun Fest Celebi
New York Pokémon Center's Pokémon Distribution Machine also known as "Gotta Catch 'Em All Station"
Waiting for a distribution in Generation III
Distribution system used for the Top 10 Pokémon
Mystery Mew link trade distribution
Distribution system used in Generation III
Waiting for a distribution in Generation IV
Active distribution in Generation IV
Expired distribution in Generation IV
European Michina Arceus distribution DS card
Toys "R" Us Arceus distribution DS card
European Winter 2011 Celebi distribution DS card
Americas Winter 2011 Celebi distribution DS card
Toys "R" Us Darkrai distribution DS card
GameStop Deoxys distribution DS card
Toys "R" Us Dragonite distribution DS card
Toys "R" Us Manaphy distribution DS card
Toys "R" Us Ash's Pikachu distribution DS card
US Secret Key distribution DS card
Movie 11 Shaymin distribution DS card
10th Movie Deoxys distribution Slot 2 cartridge
Waiting for a distribution in Generation V
Active distribution in Generation V
Expired distribution in Generation V
European Liberty Ticket distribution cartridge
European Summer 2011 Zoroark distribution cartridge
US Zoroark Month Zoroark distribution cartridge
European Winter 2011 Darkrai distribution cartridge
European Summer 2012 Keldeo distribution cartridge
US Summer 2012 Keldeo distribution cartridge
European Spring 2013 Meloetta distribution cartridge
US Spring 2013 Meloetta distribution cartridge
US Secret Eggs distribution cartridge
European International Summer 2013 Shiny creation trio distribution cartridge
United States Summer 2013 Shiny creation trio distribution cartridge
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