Sunshine City Pokemon Center – Childhood Nostalgia claims a victory!
Sunshine City Pokemon Center is a treasure trove of video games, trading card games, and toys for Pokemon Trainers!
The Sunshine City Pokemon Center is mostly a shop but for a retro look back into childhood, and sharing your love of old gameboy games and characters, it’s worth a look, even if you only spend 15 minutes there. There’s gameboy music on the stereo and the official merchandise is reasonably priced and top quality. There are a few stations where you can play the trading card game against a staff member, or your kids if they know what to do!
Pokémon was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995. (Yes, that makes both you and me old!) Did you know that Pokemon is short for ‘Pocket Monster’? It is! Pokemon began as a pair of video games for the original Game Boy published by Nintendo but has grown into a worldwide franchise based upon the characters. As well as video games, there are Pokemon trading card games, animated cartoons and movies, comic books, toys, stationery, and plush dolls. The only gaming franchise that is bigger is Super Mario! Sales of Pokemon stuff has exceeded ¥4.6 trillion worldwide (equivalent to 40.5 billion USD!). The 20th anniversary of Pokemon was celebrated this year with a 2016 Superbowl commercial!
2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the original games, with the company issuing re-releases of Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow. The year will also see the launch of the next generation of games, Pokémon Sun and Moon, and the release of the new mobile augmented reality game Pokémon Go.
Roam the Gnome’s favourite Pokemon (and arguably the most well known) is the little yellow pocket monster known as Pikachu who is the mascot of the brand.
Dragonites, the orange, bipedal dragons, with two turquoise wings on its’ back is popular too. Dragonites have the ability to inner focus which allows it to keep from flinching in a battle.
The In’s and Out’s of Pokemon
Players of the games are designated as Pokemon Trainers and in the main series Pokémon games, these trainers have two general goals. These are to complete the “Pokedex” by collecting all of the available Pokémon species found in the fictional region where that game takes place; and to train a team of powerful Pokémon from those they have caught to compete against teams owned by other Trainers, and eventually win the fictional Pokémon League. These themes of collecting, training, and battling are present in almost every version of the Pokémon franchise, including the video games, the anime and manga series, and the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
The Pokémon franchise includes 729 revealed species of the title characters. Pokémon can be organized according to a number of different attributes. Pokémon may also be grouped into “families” of the Pokémon (eggs/fossils, for example) they evolve (or hatch or revive) from and into.
It is thought that the reason it is so popular with children is that children find kinship and a sense of community with particular characters and their traits, and that this sense of connection to the characters keeps them coming back for more. (Game play time with their tribe.)
Sunshine City Pokemon Center Shop- What to Buy
Pokemon-loving kids and families must not miss this place. There’s every kind of Pokemon product you can imagine, all in one spot. For die-hard fans only. Note though that there is a huge focus on Pikachu, and not so much on the other Pocket Monsters. You may or may not find your particular favourite in products, especially if your Pokemon favourite is a bit left-of-centre.
- Exclusive plush animals
- Exclusive t-shirts and clothing
- Pokemon cutlery, plates, bowls (dishware)
- Pokemon-themed gift-wrapped food and treats
- Stuffed toys
- Game cards
- School supplies and stationery
- Game cartridges
- Videos and manga comics
- Key rings and phone charms
The Inside Scoop
Opening Hours & Entry Fees
- 10:00a.m. – 8:00p.m.
- Entry is free.
- Phone: 03-5927-9290
Travel options to Sunshine City Pokemon Center
- 3 minutes on foot from Higashi-Ikebukuro Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line)
- 8 minutes on foot from Ikebukuro Station (JR, Tokyo Metro, Seibu Line, Tobu Line)
- 4 minutes on foot from Higashi-Ikebukuro 4-Chome Station (Toden Arakawa Line)
From Ikebukuro Station
- Go to exit 35 of Ikebukuro Station. Walk down Sunshine 60 Dori, and the underground entrance (escalator) to Sunshine City will be visible on the right-hand side next to Tokyu Hands.
From Higashi-Ikebukuro Station
- Walk toward exit 6.7, and a sign should direct you to the “Underground Passage” to Sunshine City.
Location and Map
- Address: Sunshine City alpa, 2nd Floor – 3-1-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-6002
Our Top Tips
- See here for a list of all the KID FRIENDLY FUN in Sunshine City
- Visit Sunshine City Pokemon Center on a weekend to see all the people milling about in Cosplay outfits. Google Otome Rd Anime Strip for more details.
Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
For us, just two. For SUPER FANS, it will be a FIVE.
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