Check Out The Thousands Of People Waiting In Line For Pokémon X And Y

By Sato . October 12, 2013 . 9:30am

Today marks the day of the long-awaited Pokémon X and Y’s global release, and thousands of people from around the world waited in lines in front of stores to get their copies. Here’s a look at some of the lines, thanks to many Twitter feeds from Pokémon Masters in Japan.






Pokémon fans from the United States also had their share of festivities last night, as they waited for the release of the games at Nintendo World in Rockefeller Plaza.







Rewind to a a day ago. Above is a look at Sony’s opening day for the release of the new PlayStation Vita models at Yodobashi Akiba.



Skip ahead to 24 hours later, and that’s same place during the launch of Pokémon X and Y .

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  • Balalaika

    Why cant people lineup for PSVITA games like this…

  • r0gamer940

    I was at nintendo world in New York. did not get the game until 3 am

    • IsaacGravity

      *laughs* I didn’t get mine until 4:20 am. That was a fun experience all the same.

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

    Gamestop rang me to say that I could pick up my copy a day early. I can’t even describe how happy I was.

  • Go2hell66

    lol no such lines when i got my copy

  • konsama

    12:01 am today i was starting the dl. Took ages Dx, i guess lots of people did the same.

    • Linhua

      … wait there were digital copies of Pokemon X & Y…??

      • Tylor Boreas Makimoto


        • Linhua

          … damn.

  • Raharu95

    Today is the worse day for you if you want to be buy something other than Pokemon XP

    • TheGioG

      Today was not the best day to just stop by and place future game preorders… I can only imagine the pandemonium when they’ve sold out of Pokemon. D:

    • Chris Evan Jonance Ingeniero

      i highly doubt anyone will go to thier local gamestop to buy other games beside pokemon at 10pm in the evening because afaik the shops are usually closed by that time. well thats if you live halfway across the world that is~

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    Singapore,Australia,Brazil. Its crazy. Havent seen any for Europe tho

  • Byas

    I wish my city would sell it day one. :/
    Waiting for my copy to reach me via mail instead.

  • Linhua

    … well great got damn… it certainly DOES print money…

  • riceisnice

    Now I feel awful about downloading it.

    • AuraGuyChris

      It prevents you from getting sick and numb in the legs, though.

  • isotrex

    So many pokemon trainers… :D

  • Guilherme Matheus Silva

    Thanks God I’ll just buy Ace Attorney =] and It’s digital!

  • Margaret Chan

    I was at a gamestop in Irvine, CA for the midnight launch. I’d estimate about 300 people there. Doors opened at 10pm to start finalizing orders and giving away vouchers… and the lines were still being processed at midnight when we counted down, entered, and everyone was singing the English song cause EVERYONE WANTS TO BE THE VERY BEST

    • ronin4life

      I don’t know if I find that amazing, heartwarming, embarrassing, ridiculous, horrifying, depressing…

      You know what: I just don’t know lol.
      @[email protected];;

      • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

        I’m gonna go with depressing.

        • ronin4life

          It kind of reminded me of that episodeof Futurama with the StarTrek religion…

          Which is why “Horrifying” is on the list…O.o;;;

      • Margaret Chan

        I’m trying to figure out what you think is so bad.

        • JustThisOne

          It’s because the pokemaniacs will one day rule the world or something. You know it. :V

  • Space_Ghost

    In my massive town of 15,000 people here in the US I walked in GameStop at 9am CT and walked out about two minutes later. There were probably 30 or so people, I’d surmise. I would have loved to go to the Nintendo World Store, but it would have taken me about 14 hours and 24 minutes, or so Siri says.

  • Tylor Boreas Makimoto

    Poor, poor Vita.

    • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

      Many have outgrown Poke’mon, I am happy without it in my life. Just not the same as when I was growing up, can’t waste countless hours on a game that gives me nothing back. If I play it, I will beat Elite Four and be done. Got so bored playing Black 2, guess the poke’fan in me has died.

      • PreyMantis

        Wait… You’re getting Pokémon just for the campaign? You’re missing the whole craze about Pokémon.

      • Sakurazaki

        “I will beat Elite Four and be done.”

        That’s how I played the previous gens, and that’s how I will play this one. No difference for me.

      • SupaPhly

        take your fedora and scoot along somewhere far away
        no one wants your euphoria here.

        As much as there are people who “outgrow” pokemon, there are new fans who get into it

        • Kevin Lor

          I havent touch pokemon ever since the gold/silver gen and im excited as heck!

        • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

          More importantly how the eff do I have 233 upvotes, lol?

          • SupaPhly

            the same reason saxophone15 and namuro have the same amount of downvotes, a sony fanboy with a voting bot :P

      • Chris Evan Jonance Ingeniero

        I present you an example of a man who lost his childhood and who “claims” to have played pokemon entirely~

        the thing with pokemon isnt about the general game~ its the end game thats what makes pokemon stick. the general training and competition is what makes the pokemon franchise this successful

    • saxophone15

      If Pokemon was on Vita and not 3DS, I could almost guarantee the Vita would be hugely successful.

      • ShadowDivz

        Woah. They must be handing out free hate-orade.

        • saxophone15

          Didn’t even notice anything until I received your reply. I was only pointing out how big Pokemon is. Do people really hate the idea of Vita being successful that much? Ishaan thinks it’s a bot though, so maybe that’s it. It is a suspiciously large number of votes.

          • ShadowDivz

            I know it’s so weird. You mention ANYTHING for the vita and people just downvote you or whatever.

            haters gonna hate.

          • Chris Evan Jonance Ingeniero

            its that vote bot thats been running around siliconera sadly~ as for your comment… yes… in similar news~ when pokemon xy was released our local toykingdom here in the philippines who are always stocked with 3ds and 3dsxls instantly got out of stock because of pokemon… as for vita getting a pokemon i highly doubt that will ever happen since pokemon is exclusively for nintendo only..

      • Jrocy247

        probably one of those bugs some troll put on you where you get hundreds upon hundreds of dislikes from no where(just like that guy with over 200 likes). Trust me, even I know not THAT many people would dislike a comment like this.

        • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

          Yeah I had slightly balanced likes and dislikes for my comment, then, suddenly way up there.

    • hazelnut1112

      Poor Wiggum…

    • seyEliveD

      Have you ever seen a line for a new console model? I can’t say that I ever have …the end of the article certainly has spin – reminds me of Faux News.

  • ronin4life

    I don’t get the Vita line… is it really short or non exsistant?

    • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

      It says this is the Yodobashi new Vita Release. I.e. Vita 2000.

      • Guest

        Impressive for the Vita, near the turn out of X&Y.

        • ecoutercavalier

          But there’s no one in the Vita line…

          • Ferrick

            they’re all trained ninjas XD

    • seyEliveD

      Not likely you will see a line for a new console model.

  • Junko Enoshima

    i live in an area of people who only have 360s so it’s pretty calm

  • Cyrus

    Got my copy two days ago. =D

  • Sentsuizan_93

    Got mine a day early :P

  • Ferrick

    i just <3 this article, this article pretty much proves that the writers are allowed to break the rules set in siliconera

  • Greg

    Can’t wait to see the sales figure of Pokemon X and Y >.<

  • tubers

    I feel bad for not liking Pokemon games. It’s like I’m missing out on one of the best the portable gaming world seem to offer.

    • PreyMantis

      You are.

    • Kelohmello

      If you don’t like it, there’s nothing to miss out on.

      • Gigaknight

        Seconded. Not only is there no point in having an interest in something just because many people do, it’s also quite unfavorable for you.

        Better to dislike them according to your own tastes than be a slave to others’….while respecting others’, of course.

        Some passersby at the Gamestop I waited in front of failed at that last part. I think that that was less a dislike based on their tastes than it was a hatred born of peer expectations.

    • michel

      Never build your tastes on other people’s and on consummerism fads, my friend…

  • TruSpindash

    I went to one of the Gamestop midnight releases and I was extremely surprised to see how many people showed up. They started selling right at midnight and I didn’t actually get my copy until about 45 minutes later, but it was plenty of fun waiting in line.

  • KyoyaHibari

    Vita-chan ;_;


  • Geoutlit

    Only about 5 people in line at my Gamestop. Was second person to get the game.

  • ShadowDivz

    THere was a line up at my Gamestop and then i went to the small chain store across (Called La source) and they had alot.

  • Last two pictures: Oh wow….just wow.

  • Namuro

    Look at that! Look at all the fans of different genders, generations, and nationalities gather together under the name of Pokemon! Though I don’t plan to get into Pokemon right now (due to the fact that I’m pretty much occupied with Monster Hunter 4…), it really grinds my gears that a lot of people goes around saying things like “Meh, I’ve like, totally outgrown Pokemon, cuz’ I’m like 19 now.” and stuff. If you like something, you can never be too old for it, and this article here proves that!

    What an awesome launch! Whoo!

    • This 1000%. I love your comment and agree~.

    • Crevox

      Why does this comment have so many downvotes…

      • JustThisOne

        I wouldn’t take it seriously. Random comments have similar or even exactly the same amount of downvotes/upvotes for seemingly no reason. It’s likely a bot.

      • Some overzealous Sony fan with a bot. He does it in every Nintendo/Microsoft post.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      wtf? you are speaking the truth and get downvoted?! I hate haters

  • hazelnut1112

    The best part about going to the midnight release with friends were the friend codes.
    I’m thinking Smash Bros. will have the same effect later on.

  • Spider-Man

    Hey, there I am in the Spider-Man hoodie at Rockefeller Plaza!

  • Renaldi Saputra

    this is why pre-order is needed

  • Razzlero

    Funny thing is here in ireland most stores seem to have sold the game a day early.

  • Uso Ewin

    I must have been lucky. I went to a local game store with no lines and I was able to snag Pokemon Y and two GBA games all in the same place.

  • new_tradition

    I wonder which version sold more…

  • Yan Zhao

    And this is why we have a thing called online stores. Thank god for their existence.

  • RazeXI

    Okay am I the only one that noticed the lone white guy in the first picture? xD sorry it’s just funny seeing him there

  • Kai2591

    I didn’t have to wait in line, for I bought it digital! :)

  • هاكو ممممممممم

    yeah the vita line is empty, but what about the last picture it shows a line with many people but for what are they waiting ? vita or pokemon ?

  • Kilim

    I don’t get why people are saying theyre too old for Pokemon and ‘have less time’

    just don’t sleep

  • Chaos_Knight

    It’s like Monster Hunter all over again.

    • Chris Evan Jonance Ingeniero

      imagine MH4 release :3

  • MrToffee

    There’s one launch in Singapore. Tiny, but dedicated.

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