The run of the temporary Pokémon Center in London might be over, but it's due to return in 2020 during the upcoming Pokémon World Championships that are being held in the city.
The Pokémon World Championships is an event during which tournaments are held for the Pokémon Trading Card Game and for the latest entries in the Pokémon video game series. The event will be held in the United Kingdom for the first time in 2020, as it has been announced that London will host the next Pokémon World Championships. It's likely that London was chosen due to the Galar region from Pokémon Sword & Shield being based on the United Kingdom.
The arrival of the Pokémon World Championships to London means that the temporary Pokémon Center will be returning. According to Nintendo Life, the Pokémon Center's return will coincide with the Pokémon World Championships, which are due to take place during the summer, even if the venue has yet to be revealed.
Pokémon Center London was a huge success, with over thirty thousand people mobbing the store during the time it was open. It seems the success of Pokémon GO wasn't a fluke, due to the incredible sales figures for Pokémon Sword & Shield that have already made them the fastest-selling games on the Nintendo Switch. The Pokémania era of the '90s is long gone, but the love for the franchise has never been hotter, especially in the United Kingdom.
The previous Pokémon Center London had exclusive merchandise, such as a suit-clad Pikachu, as well as all kinds of plushies and toys that were previously only available in Japan and would have been expensive to ship on their own. The fact that the Pokémon World Championships is being held in the United Kingdom means that there is likely to be even more exclusive items made specifically for the event. We can only hope that the next iteration of the store actually has enough supply to fulfill demand this time.
Source: Nintendo Life
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