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Pokémon Communication Center

Pokémon Communication Center
PokéCom Center
ポケモンコミュニケーションセンター
Pokémon Communication Center
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
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Location: Goldenrod CityC (Japanese version only)
Region: Johto
Generations: II
Johto Goldenrod City Map.png
Location of Pokémon Communication Center in Johto.
Pokémon world locations

The Pokémon Communication Center (Japanese: ポケモンコミュニケーションセンター Pokémon Communication Center) is an expanded Pokémon Center found exclusively in the Japanese version of Pokémon Crystal. In that game, it replaces the normal Pokémon Center in Goldenrod City and houses machines that rely on the now defunct Pokémon Mobile System GB.

It is similar to the Pokémon Net CenterFRLG, Global Trade Station (GTS)DP, Global TerminalPtHGSS, and Wi-Fi PlazaPtHGSS.

Background information

As the Mobile Adapter GB was never released outside of Japan, the Pokémon Mobile System GB features were disabled, and the Pokémon Communication Center was reverted to the regular Pokémon Center for the international releases of Pokémon Crystal. Nonetheless, all the features are still present in the internal data of the localizations; in the English version, the Pokémon Communication Center is often referred to as simply PokéCom Center.

Initially, the background music played inside the Pokémon Communication Center is Pokémon Center and the facilities are inaccessible and unusable. Once the first successful connection to the Pokémon Mobile System GB is made, it changes to a theme of its own and the services become operational.

Facilities

The Pokémon Communication Center is divided into three rooms:

  • The main room, where the player can find the Trade Corner (Japanese: トレードコーナー Trade Corner) and Pokémon News Machine (Japanese: ポケモンニュースマシン Pokémon News Machine);
  • The second floor, which houses the same regular linking facilities as an ordinary Pokémon Center;
  • The Administration Office (Japanese: かんりしつ Administration Office), a small room with three staff members as well as three PCs containing documentation and support articles about the mobile features.
    • Access to it is initially blocked off by an old man, who came to see the new machines in Goldenrod's Pokémon Center. He claims that the staff is still busy with the preparations; to the player, this means that once the first connection to the Pokémon Mobile System GB is sucessfully made, the old man will leave.

To use any of the facilities, players need to access the Mobile Center first in order to register themselves there.

In the Trade Corner, Japanese players can link with other players via mobile phone to trade Pokémon, much like the GTS in every game since Generation IV. If the player brought the Egg Ticket received from the Day-Care Man at the Pokémon Day Care on Route 34 to the Pokémon Center Nurse in the Trade Corner, she would exchange it for an Odd Egg, which carried a rare Shiny Baby Pokémon knowing Dizzy Punch.

The Pokémon News Machine was a service which was updated monthly that would broadcast news and compile the data of other players across Japan. Beyond broadcasting news, the Pokémon News Machine also served as an interface in which the player could play minigames and participate in quizzes.

Events

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Please feel free to edit this section to add missing information and complete it.
Reason: Further research is required on the GS Ball event.

The most influential event held by the Pokémon Communication Center allowed players to obtain a GS Ball from a Pokémon Center Nurse to summon a wild level 30 Celebi to battle at the Ilex Forest shrine, 24 hours after giving it to Kurt in Azalea Town for inspection. The GS Ball was distributed twice in 2001: first from March 29 to May 29 and again from August 1 to 28, wherein players were requested to answer a survey correctly in order to receive the GS Ball.[1] The event involved the player obtaining 16 Badges, before successfully completing the Chieko Dice minigame three times in a row and successfully answering the "ten card quiz" via the Pokémon News Machine.[2][3]

Two lesser known events also included the distribution of Bluesky Mail and Mirage Mail, which were already present in the internal data of Pokémon Gold and Silver. Likewise, these events were exclusive to Japan.

Purpose

The creation of the Pokémon Communication Center and Mobile Center is explained by an administrator at the Administration Office.

Japanese English (unused)

ポケモンコミュニケーションセンターと
モバイルセンターは
とおくにいる トレーナーどうしや
しらない トレーナーどうし でも
たいせんや こうかんが できたら
いいな という きぼうがあって
つくられたんです

POKéCOM CENTER and
MOBILE CENTER were
built to satisfy
demands for trades
and battles with
trainers far away
and with total
strangers.

On one of the PCs there, a staff member received an email that breaks the fourth wall, where Game Freak clearly states its desire of achieving the goal of allowing players to link with each other at worldwide level without facing the barriers of link cables in the future.

Japanese English (unused)

かんりしつに メールが きてる!

⋯⋯ ⋯⋯ ⋯⋯

『ポケモンコミュニケーションセンター
スタッフの みなさんへ

でんぱで つうしんが できるので
ぜんこくの ポケモントレーナーが
こうりゅう できるように
なりましたね!

このさき いつか せかいじゅうの
ポケモントレーナー ぜんいんが
つうしん できるように なる ひまで
がんばってください!

⋯⋯ ⋯⋯ ⋯⋯

The ADMINISTRATION
OFFICE received an
e-mail. It says…

…… …… ……

To the POKéCOM
CENTER staff…

Wireless communi-
cation has enabled
POKéMON trainers
to interact across
the nation. Let's
keep working for
the day when all
the trainers in
the world can link
without barriers!

…… …… ……

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, there's a Global Terminal in the western area of Goldenrod City. Its location there might have been inspired by the Pokémon Communication Center.

References

  1. 特殊なポケモン
  2. モバイルの窓
  3. Celebi (via Internet Archive)


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Last modified on 19 April 2014, at 16:58