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Study the inside of a Pokeball at Singapore's first Pokemon Research Exhibition

The Pokemon Research Exhibition travels outside Japan for the first time ever.

Photo by Resorts World Sentosa

Nintendo is taking the Pokemon Research Exhibition beyond Japan for the first time later this month.

Pokemon trainers in Singapore will get a little extra help on their journey by taking on the role of research assistants. Then they'll play an extravagant version of the ol' "Who's that Pokemon?" game.

Visitors are given either a Pokeball (easy difficulty), a Great Ball (medium difficulty) or an Ultra Ball (hard difficulty). They travel through the 1,000-square metre space using various terminals to learn more about the Pokemon in their Pokeballs, such as their distinctive characteristics and silhouettes.

Using the information -- and a helpful Pokedex -- visitors will then guess which Pokemon they're holding.

The exhibition's move follows the worldwide smash success of Pokemon Go. The game has been downloaded over 500 million times, making it one of the most successful mobile games in history. This renewed public zest for all things Pokemon has led to increased merchandise sales and even the opening of Pokemon-themed restaurants.

The exhibition will run from October 22 to January 2, and is hosted by the SEA Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), a large resort on Singapore's Sentosa island. There's not yet any word on if it'll continue to travel outside of Asia.

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