Scenes from Canada’s Largest Pokémon Gathering

They wanted it to be the very biggest, like no Pokemon gathering ever was.

A few weeks ago, Nintendo put the call out for Pokémon fans to gather on October 11th at the Toronto Harbourfront Centre to celebrate the worldwide release of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, the latest entries in the hit series which continues strong with every new release. As Kevin Costner was once told, “if you build it, they will come.”

And come they did. 600 people? Nope; 1,000, perhaps? Nuh-uh.

By the time the dust settled, over 2,200 Pokémon fans converged on this location to be among the first Canadians to experience what wonders Pokémon X and Pokémon Y have in store.

Following are some captioned pictures Nintendo of Canada has provided from the event.

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Two Pokémon fans show their best game face at Canada’s Largest Pokémon Gathering held in Toronto on October 11, 2013.

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Leading up to the global launch of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, Pokémon fans celebrated with trivia and contests, including one for the best Pokémon-inspired costume.

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Over 2,200 Pokémon fans of all ages came out to celebrate the global launch of at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

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Pokémon fans get ready to battle at the Toronto Harbourfront Centre on Friday, October 11 during Canada’s Largest Pokémon Gathering hosted by Nintendo of Canada. Over 2,200 of fans were on hand to celebrate the global launch of the latest series of the popular gaming franchise, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.

For many more photos from the event, be sure to check out the album on the official Nintendo of Canada Facebook page.

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