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Nintendo is hosting two events in New York City to celebrate the upcoming launch of Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 for the Nintendo DS line of game systems. This Sunday, October 6, Pokémon fans will have the opportunity to purchase the new games a day ahead of the official release (October 7).

Both games will be available at the Nintendo World store from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be plenty of other exclusives including the first 1,000 people in line to purchase either game will receive a unique Pokémon scarf and all attendees will have the opportunity to take photos with costumed characters of Pokémon Snivy, Tepig and Oshawott.

The second event will take place a week later on Oct. 13, during New York Comic-Con. Pokémon fans can participate in a massive interactive experience at the nearby Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 Launch Celebration taking place at SIR Stage37 at 508 W. 37th St. (one block north of the Javits Center).

This Poké-party will include a huge array of activities highlighting the imaginative fun of the Pokémon franchise. Planned activities include live performances from the Chicago-based band I Fight Dragons, a live stage show, a Pokémon photo booth, an opportunity to receive the mythical Pokémon Genesect for attendees who bring their Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo DS and copy of the game, hands-on time withPokédex 3D Pro for Nintendo 3DS prior to its Nov. 8 launch and live Pokémon-themed ice sculpting.

You do not need a Comic-Con badge to attend the party, which runs from noon to 8 p.m.

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