Monday, April 23, 2007

Kids Love Sequels! Pokemon NYC Launch Party Draws Crowds

As the experts predicted, with this week's dual-version launch of Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon is back on the charts (at least for a little while). The NYC launch party, covered here in today's Joystiq drew in kids and Pokéfans by the truck-fulls. According to the Joystiq article:
Thousands of Pokémon fans stormed the Nintendo World Store for their incredible Pokémon Diamond & Pearl launch party. Getting into the event was no easy task, as the line stretched across a New York avenue. Once inside, fans were treated to equally long lines to purchase the game, and a myriad of activities to partake in. A scavenger hunt had Pokémaniacs survive the heat and go through all the stations set up for fans.

Prepare for many more such displays of fandom this summer, which has been dubbed the Summer of Sequels. As NPR film critic Bob Mondello explains, of the 46 films being released this summer, 17 are either sequels or remakes...25 if you include cross-media initiatives like The Simpsons and Transformers movies. For kids, this list includes likely blockbusters Spiderman 3, Shrek the Third, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Add to this list the final installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and it's pretty safe to say we should expect many more long line-ups of youngsters in the months ahead.

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