Official Pokemon Online Store Coming in August, Countdown Clock Begins

Gotta buy 'em all.

If you felt like you always missed out on neat Japanese Pokemon merchandise exclusives that only came out in places like the Tokyo Pokemon Center, you may soon get a chance to buy them yourself. Nintendo today launched the countdown clock for an official online Pokemon Center.

Of course, the US already has a Nintendo store in New York, and several smaller shops in Washington, but a site like this holds the promise of making limited-edition, Pokemon-specific items more easily accessible and readily available to other parts of the country.

Right now you can order three things: a plush Pikachu for $12.99, a set of Eevee evolution charms for $23.92, or a purple Mewtwo Tumbler for $17.50. The countdown isn't set to end until August 6, so we'll have quite a long wait to find out what exciting items the store will have available once it goes live. Personally, I'm holding out for a classy Pikachu in a polo.

Justin Haywald is a senior editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @JustinHaywald

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34 comments
suppaphly42
suppaphly42

why don't you take your pokemon into the online stores bathroom with you 



because he might pikachu
;)

Dannerfjord
Dannerfjord

A shop In Europe? Anyone knows? or at least some shipping options...

Trev9421
Trev9421

Finally. Washington is about 9 hours away and New York closer to 16, so I've never gotten to go.

Also, Nintendo World theme park would be the greatest thing since hospitals.

Tarquin_lord
Tarquin_lord

Does this mean I can finally get a legit Metagross plushie without resorting to ebay with those ludicrous prices?

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Looks like I can buy some cool Charizard swag for my desk.

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

Why doesn't Nintendo have brick and mortar stores in basically every major city around the world similar to the likes of Disney, Apple and indeed Nintendo World?

Nintendo World is ideal for this kind of thing.

Seriously.

lehienjqk1
lehienjqk1

Awesome! I want that Pikachu in the polo.

"gotta buy em alllllll"


Lhomity
Lhomity

That's nice, but they seem to have forgotten that there are countries outside the United States and that items can be packaged and shipped across oceans now. 

We have these things with big wings and jets, that can carry items to strange and exotic places like Australia, and even Europe.

tony56723
tony56723

I hope they have a Fenniken plush eventually

Milennin
Milennin

It's not possible to buy from this if you don't live in the US?

adsparky
adsparky

I've always wanted a snorlax couch, I hope they sell one sooner than later.

swaghound420
swaghound420

woot woot i worked in the nintendo employee store in redmond wa do i get a cookie?

Jaxith
Jaxith

This can only be a good thing.  Nothing really catches my interest right now, but I am excited to see what else comes in.

feared4power
feared4power

I thought that cup was a bong. I am sad now.

quicktim3
quicktim3

"gotta buy em alllllll"


POKEMON!

pikachudude860
pikachudude860

Awesome! I want that Pikachu in the polo. Hmm...I wonder if they have a Pikachu with sunglasses? 

catsimboy
catsimboy

Because when you can't make money off of games you have to sell merch.

dewwier
dewwier

@PortalJumper93 Luxray is one of the most badass pokemon ever in my opinion and I never hear about him ;'(

lilflipp
lilflipp

@Lhomity I believe Flying/Steel type pokemons is what you are referring to.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@Milennin  You'll have to use a service like Shipito, for example, who can receive and then forward items to you. Or find a friend in the US who might be willing to do it for you.

Jaxith
Jaxith

@catsimboy  ...Yeaaaah....  Cause it's not like anyone bought those last Pokémon games that came out...  The franchise is clearly on the ropes.

(This comment was brought to you by, Sarcasm.  "Sarcasm.  Because we believe in you!")

DonnyKD
DonnyKD

@catsimboy @Jaxith "If they're selling merchandise, clearly the games aren't selling!" - someone living deep in a cave

Link592
Link592

@catsimboy @Jaxith You're right, but the billions of dollars they have stacked away, the 3DS itself (and all the games), and the WiiU are. It would be silly to think that one game can keep a company "on its feet"

Jaxith
Jaxith

@catsimboy @Jaxith  Except that Nintendo already *is* on their feet.  They've got plenty of funds in the bank from their past success with the Wii, the 3DS is an enormous success only adding to that, and the Wii U is gradually becoming more appealing to consumers.  Also, Pokémon is amazing...

Even if Nintendo was in the red, a specialized store exclusively for hardcore Poke-fans probably wouldn't really make that much of a difference.  There's no logical way to view this as some sort of desperation move.

Really, this is happening simply because there's a market for it.  Lots of people are jealous of the cool Pokémon stuff that comes out in Japan but for one reason or another, haven't gone to the lengths of importing.  This is a good thing for the consumer.