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Pokemon Center US web-based store launching August 6

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If you're a Pokemon fanatic and don't live in Tokyo (which, if you're reading this, you most likely don't), you have probably been pretty bummed out over how difficult it is for you to go in-store to one of the Pokemon Centers and get your hands on some authentic Pokemon towels and plushies.

Well, be bummed no longer!

The Pokemon Company has announced that they will be launching a web-based Pokemon Center store on August 6 of this year.

For those that don't already know, Pokemon Centers are where Pokemon trainers can go to manage, heal, and even trade their Pokemon in-game. In the real world they're the Pokemon franchise's equivalent of the Lego Store - a place where Pokemon fans, friends, and family can find all sorts of Pokemon-stamped merchandise, from daily living essentials to cool collectibles.

Until the recent announcement, the Pokemon Center was only available to fans living in Tokyo. At one point, a Pokemon Center had opened in New York City - a two-floor building filled wall-to-wall with Pokemon paraphernalia - but was later re-imagined as a Nintendo World store in 2005.

The website had its soft-launch on July 2. Until launch there are only three items available: Eevee evolution keychains, a Pikachu plush doll, and a Mewtwo tumbler. You can visit the site at PokemonCenter.com to view the current inventory and watch the clock tick down to the launch date next month.

There has been no word yet on whether or not event Pokemon will be available for purchase or download from the online store yet.

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