Pokemon Day celebrates the launch of the first ever Pokemon games that were released in Japan on February 27, 1996. Since their release the Pokemon craze has continued to grow gaining popularity through multiple generations. The latest obsession for Pokemon Trainers has been the wild popularity of the mobile game Pokemon Go. In order to honor these trainers and their loyalty, The Pokemon Company is hosting an event on Pokemon Go one day early on Sunday February 26.
The Pokemon Go company announced on its Pokemon Go page that trainers should be on the lookout for a special Pikachu wearing a party hat in celebration of Pokemon Day. Every Pikachu that is caught from February 26 – March 6 will have the special hat and will keep it forever. This means that after the event is over, the party loving Pikachus will become limited editions.
February 27 will play host a multitude of Pokemon Day events. Pokemon TV will have classics like Pokemon: The First Movie, Pokemon 4Ever, and Pokemon-Zoroark: Master of Illusions to watch for a limited time. Twitch.tv/Pokemon will have an all day event where you can see your favorite players compete in battles. For those 3DS gamers there are several special events to look out for: GameStop is giving out a Bottle Cap to trainers for Pokemon Sun or Pokemon Moon until March 5, the new Pikachu Yellow Edition 3DS XL has just launched, and Pokemon Shuffle is celebrating its second year. Click here to grab your Pikachu Yellow Edition 3DS XL!
For those retro lovers, here is a list of some of the core games and when they came out so that you can dive back into some old favorites to commemorate the day:
- Red and Green Feb. 1996
- Blue Oct. 1996
- Yellow Sep. 1998
- Gold & Silver Nov. 1999
- Crystal Dec. 2000
- Ruby & Sapphire Nov. 2002
- FireRed & LeafGreen Jan. 2004
- Emerald Sep. 2004
- Diamond & Pearl Sep. 2006
- Platinum Sep. 2008
- HeartGold & SoulSilver Sep. 2009
- Black & White Sep. 2010
- Black 2 & White 2 Jun. 2012
- X & Y Oct. 2013
- Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Nov. 2014
This brings us up to current day, if you haven’t already, go here to purchase your copy of Pokemon Sun or Moon released in Nov. 2016.
How will you be celebrating Pokemon Day? We hope to see tons of awesome posts and videos of our readers celebrating the game that spans generations! Let us know how you will be celebrating in the comments below!