Topeka is officially being renamed to Topikachu for the Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee road trip in Kansas this Saturday, October 27. This announcement was made by Mayor Michelle De La Isla during a City Council meeting.
- The “Pokémon Let’s Go Road Trip” experience will be offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Topeka Zoo at Gage Park.
- De La Isla at Tuesday’s meeting described plans for Saturrday’s event as being welcome news “for nerds like me who play Pokémon Go.”
- The Pokémon Go game uses augmented reality to place virtual tools and creatures at various indoor and outdoor sites, where people use their smartphones to find the tools and capture creatures.
- Tuesday’s announcement was reminiscent of the proclamation then-Mayor Joan Wagnon issued calling Topeka “Topikachu” for one day on Aug. 27, 1998, the day Nintendo held its U.S. launch of the popular video game here.
- Nintendo chose Topeka because it was centrally located in the U.S. and its name was similar to that of Pikachu, the game’s most popular character.