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A Pokémon Day was an annual event organised by Nintendo that took place in the Netherlands. It was originally held at a theme park, Avonturenpark Hellendoorn, and was moved to Walibi World in 2008. During each Pokémon Day (except for 2010), event Pokémon or items were given away. At every Pokémon Day there were several other things to do. Visitors could test the newest Pokémon games, one could shop in one of the Pokémon Shops. They sold Pokémon Trading Card Game Booster Packs and other Pokémon products like plushies and Poké Balls. At every Pokémon Day one could view the newest movie.
In 2010, it seemed that the Pokémon Day was not held, because Disney XD had taken over Jetix during the same year. At the last moment, two weeks before the Pokémon Day was to be held, it was formally announced on television.
In 2010, the last Pokémon Day was held. A Pokémon Day was planned on August 27 and 28, 2011, but it was eventually cancelled because PS-Games, the sponsor and distributor of the Pokémon Day in the Netherlands, was declared bankrupt. The company saw the profits fall with €3.9 million to €5.6 million and was in debt by €2.2 million.
The official website of the Pokémon Day was http://www.pokemonday.nl/ *
A similar event is held in other countries as well.
Pokémon Fan Days 2006
Pokémon fan days were being held in the TV Toys Museum organised by RCV Entertainment, Jetix Magazine, PS Games and Nintendo on May 25, 26, 27 and 28, 2006.
Visitors could get Deoxys, watch the Dutch premier of Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys, play a demo of Pokémon Trozei! and take a picture with Pikachu. There was also a swap meet for all sorts of Pokémon merchandise, on May 28 the Open Nederlandse Kampioenschappen Pokémon Kaartspel (Open Dutch Championships Trading Card Game) was held. The three winners (in different age groups) would go to the Pokémon World Championships in the United States.
Pokémon Day 2006
The Pokémon Day 2006 was held from October 21 to 22. It celebrated the 10th Anniversary.
Pokemon movies 4, 5, 6 and 7 could be watched. Fans could take a picture with Pikachu and could choose three Pokémon from a list of ten Pokémon (Lugia, Ho-oh, Entei, Latios, Latias, Charizard, Articuno, Raikou and Pikachu) that could be downloaded to their Emerald, FireRed, LeafGreen, Sapphire or Ruby cartridge. Visitors could wait in a long line to get it downloaded to their GBA cartridge or sent it to Nintendo. Demos of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team could be played, Pokémon Trading Cards could be traded, a special Pikachu TCG promo card was given away and fans could participate in a coloring competition with a drawing that could be downloaded at the Nintendo site beforehand.
8,000 visitors were expected but 16,000 came. A segment of the show Kassa on Dutch public television (October 28, 2006) about the event featured complaining parents because of the crowds.
Pokémon Day 2008
The Pokémon Day 2008 was held from August 30 to 31.
During the event, the Pokémon Darkrai was distributed. The Dutch dub of The Rise of Darkrai was shown for the first time, and DVDs were sold. Visitors could take a picture with Pikachu. There was a Pokémon Battle Revolution competition on the big stage, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness could be played and visitors could battle against other player with their Pokémon Diamond and Pearl games (Nintendo Gaming Area).
There was a possibility to play and exchange Trading Cards (Pokémon Trading Card Area) and there were stalls where one can buy Pokemon items. At the entrance visitors got a 'goodie bag', containing among other things a stamp card for events, a Pokémon Official Magazine and a special Pikachu TCG promo card.
Billboard displaying the activities at Pokémon Day
People watching the Pokémon Day Show at the big stage
Pokémon Day 2009
The Pokémon Day 2009 was held from August 29 to 30.
During the event, the Pokémon Regigigas was distributed. The Dutch dub of Giratina and the Sky Warrior was shown as well, the DVD could also be brought and included a Non Holofoil Regigigas promo Trading Card. Fans could take a picture with Pikachu, Piplup, Turtwig and other Pokémon. Visitors could play and trade Pokémon Trading Cards and get advice. A quiz was held at the big stage with prices and children could let their faces get painted like a Pokémon.
As in the previous year, a goodie bag was given away with a special Pikachu TCG promo card.
Queue for the entrance of the park
Chimchar at the big stage
People watching the Pokémon Day Show at the big stage
Billboard displaying the activities and a map of Pokémon Day
Pokémon Day 2010
The Pokémon Day 2010 was held from August 28 to 29.
The Dutch dub of Arceus and the Jewel of Life was shown, and like always, visitors could pick up a goodie bag, which contained a special Pikachu TCG promo card, one Disney XD Magazine, one Pokémon Official Magazine, discount cards and some stickers. Fans could take a picture with Pikachu. Visitors could play and trade Pokémon Trading Cards and get advice. There wasn't a Pokémon event download this year, for unknown reasons.
People watching at the show on the big stage