by: Sean Colleli -
More On: Pokemon Diamond and Pearl
Just a little heads up, Nintendo is doing a virtual launch event at Pokemon.com for Diamond and Pearl.  There will be a live webcast of the event, and I'm sure plenty of people playing online just minutes after they pop the game into their DS's.  It's almost as good as being there, at the event in Nintendo's World store in New York, just without the Link hoodies on sale.

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Sunday, April 22

While Thousands Gather in NYC’s Rockefeller Plaza to Celebrate Arrival of Pokémon Diamond & Pokémon Pearl, Millions More Can Join the Excitement at pokemon.com

WHAT: Nintendo and Pokémon USA celebrate the launch of the new Pokémon® Diamond and Pokémon® Pearl games for the hand-held Nintendo DS™ system with an afternoon of festivities for gamers and Pokémon fans of all ages. The games have already sold millions in Japan, and  pre-orders have already topped 500,000 in the U.S.  Based on these numbers, Nintendo expects Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl to be among the top-selling games for 2007.   Thousands of Pokémon fans are expected to attend this fun-filled event in NYC, and millions more are invited to log on to www.pokemon.com to catch all of the day’s excitement via a live webcast to run throughout the entire event.

Pokémon fans unable to make it to NYC can log on and watch as the world-famous Rockefeller Plaza is transformed into a Pokémon universe.  Featured at the event will be interactive game play stations showing off the brand new games, a fun-filled stage show with prizes like action figures and Pokédex interactive games from JAKKS Pacific, a Pokémon Trading Card Game play area, a movie lounge featuring the new Pokémon movie, Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea and a special Kids Zone for younger fans.  Plus, demo Pokémon Learning League, the online educational suite of animated, interactive lessons in language arts, math, science, and life skills for children 8-12.

Pokémon fans, parents, kids and video game enthusiasts of all ages

WHEN:        Sunday, April 22, 2007
                    Live Webcast 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST

WHERE:      Live from Nintendo World Store
                     Rockefeller Plaza, NYC  
                     Webcast location: www.pokemon.com

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