Pikachus march down the street in Japan

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Yokohama, Japan (Reuters / CBS Newspath) --
Over 100 Pikachus, a virtual character from Pokemon and smartphone game Pokemon Go, paraded through the Japanese port city of Yokohama on Monday (August 14) as fans cheered on.

Over 100 Pikachus, a virtual character from Pokemon and smartphone game Pokemon Go, paraded through the Japanese port city of Yokohama on Monday (August 14) as fans cheered on. Pokemon Go became a global sensation upon its release in 2016. Courtesy: Reuters / CBS Newspath

Some fans, who have watched or played Pokemon for over a decade, hailed from out of town to watch the parade of pikachus.

The parade was a collaboration between the Yokohama city and the Pokemon Company, which would hold more events like it in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Various Pikachu-themed events will be held in Yokohama until August 15, in which about 1500 Pikachus will appear.

Pokemon Go became a global sensation upon its release in 2016, breaking records for mobile app downloads and revenue. The game's developers say that it has been downloaded 650 million times world wide since its release.