Pokemon Is 22 Years Old Today, Here’s How You Can Celebrate #PokemonDay
Happy Pokemon Day! February 27, marks the 22nd birthday of the beloved Pokemon franchise since it launched in Japan back in 1996. To help ring in the celebration our friends at The Pokemon Company have a slew of festivities planned to reconnect us to our favorite childhood pastime.
From adorable Snapchat filters, to even being able to talk to your favorite electric mouse, through the Pikachu Talk app on Google Home and Amazon Echo devices, this Pokemon Day has something for every fan to enjoy.
Check out the complete list of all the ways you can show your Poke-pride down below!
Watch Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! in its entirety on Pokémon TV for the first time! We’ll be showing the complete cinematic adventure for only a limited time, so don’t miss out! Remember you can watch it on Pokemon.com or with the Pokémon TV mobile app.
Pikachu wearing a festive party hat returns to Pokémon GO! When you’re out exploring your world for wild Pokémon, keep an eye out for a special Pikachu wearing a striped purple hat. This Pikachu will know the move Present, and it will give you triple the usual Stardust when caught. Look for this special Pikachu through 1 p.m. PST on February 28.
It’s been an amazing year for the world of Pokémon, with fun new games, huge events, and big announcements coming out in 2017. Check out our list of the top moments in the Pokémon universe since the last Pokémon Day.
The new Pikachu Talk app is live for Google Home and Amazon Echo devices! Offer questions or comments for Pikachu to answer, and the famous Pokémon will reply in its own charming way. Try it now by saying “OK Google” or “Alexa,” followed by “Ask Pikachu to talk!”
We’ve also had a banner year here on Pokemon.com. Millions of Pokémon fans have visited to get the latest news and info, watch episodes, and much more. To get a glimpse at what your fellow Trainers have been checking out, we’ve researched the top five Pokémon in the Pokédex, Pokémon TCG cards in the card database, and more over the past year. Take a look!
A new round of Pokémon Snapchat Lenses featuring Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle will be available for a short time starting on Pokémon Day. Get details on the Pokémon Day Snapchat filters here!
Pokémon Center is also getting in on the Pokémon Day fun with a new addition to the Pokémon Gallery Figure collection. The Charizard Gallery Figure DX is the first in a new line of oversize, deluxe Gallery Figures coming out in 2018. These figures showcase dynamic battle poses on an even bigger scale! Check out the Charizard Gallery Figure DX in thePokémon Center!
I’m excited to finally getting around to checking out Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! and talking to Pikachu via my Alexa (fingers crossed its the Detective Pikachu voice). How are you planning to celebrate Pokemon Day? Let us know what adventures you’re embarking on, and send us your cutest Pokemon Snaps using #PokemonTrainersOfColor! Uh… that reminds me, when are we getting Pokemon Snap on the Switch?!