Peeks of Pikachu

From card battles in Tokyo to Pokémon Go in Gaza City, scenes of a global gaming phenomenon.

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Dozens of Pokémon fans dance at the end of a nine-day "Pikachu Outbreak" festival in Yokohama, Japan, on Aug. 16, 2015.

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Japanese boys play Pokémon the card game at a weeklong tournament in Tokyo on Aug. 4, 1999.

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Tsunekazu Ishihara, president of the Pokémon Company, poses with Pikachu at the Los Angeles Convention Center on May 9, 2000, for the launch of two new Game Boy Color games — Pokémon Gold and Silver.

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People dressed up as comic book heroes fight with a Pikachu cosplayer at the London Comic Con on May 27, 2016.

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French customs agents display fake Pokémon cards they seized in Lyon, France, on April 6, 2000.

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The shadow of a Pikachu balloon falls on an apartment building during New York City's annual Thanksgiving Day parade on Nov. 27, 2003.

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An Iranian girl plays solitaire next to her stuffed Pikachu doll in northern Tehran on June 1, 2001.

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In 2014, Transport for London tapped Pikachu as part of its “Year of the Bus” campaign to generate excitement around public transportation and appeal to younger riders.

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Chinese children line up beside a Boeing 747 airplane painted with images of Pikachu and other Pokémon on Dec. 27, 2005, in Xiamen, China.

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Hideki Matsui of the New York Yankees poses with Pikachu and another Pokémon, Piplup, before a game against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium on May 6, 2007.

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A Chinese boy carries a Pikachu toy on his hat while walking through a rice paddy on July 23, 2015, in Ganzhou, Jiangxi province.

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Children ride atop giant Pikachus at an amusement park in central Japan on March 23, 2005.

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A Japanese artist looks at one his "Super Rat" creations — a stuffed street rat reshaped and painted to look like Pikachu — at an exhibit in Tokyo on May 2.

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An Australian soccer fan holds out a Pikachu wearing his team’s jersey during a match against a Japanese soccer team on May 14, 2014, in Sydney, Australia.

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A curiosities emporium sells stuffed mice designed to look like Pikachu in Baltimore, Maryland, on Sept. 5.

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Australians play Pokémon Go at a public square in Melbourne, Australia, on July 13.

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A Palestinian woman rests her smartphone on a car dashboard as she plays Pokémon Go in Gaza City on July 13.

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A group of Dutch gamers play Pokémon Go at a marketplace in Haarlem, the Netherlands, on July 13.

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A Turkish man plays Pokémon Go at the Galata Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, on July 14.

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A woman holds up her cell phone as she plays Pokémon Go in Lafayette Square, in front of the White House, in Washington, D.C., on July 12.

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