Portable Pokémon park prepped

Nintendo to relaunch theme park based on pocket monsters in Taiwan; traveling amusements may reach Europe, US.

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Pokémon's new slogan may be "Gotta ride them all." The popular game franchise well known for creating a frenzy among children and spawning an anime series, trading cards, and a spoof on South Park, found another medium to infiltrate last year when Nintendo unveiled a Pokémon-themed amusement park to coincide with the World Expo held in Nagoya, Japan. The temporary amusement destination attracted 4.5 million visitors during its six-month existence.

Now it appears as though Pikachu and others will be returning in the form of spinning rides, Ferris wheels, and other carnival-like contraptions. Nintendo is bringing back the Pokémon Park starting this June in Taiwan, according to the AFP news agency.

The park will take residence in various sites for three-month stints, with a goal of drawing 1 million visitors at each stop. Other locations said to be possible destinations include the US, Europe, and Shanghai.

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