The Pokémon Company International recently announced a variety of new ways fans around the world can celebrate Pokémon Day this year as well as the discovery of a new Gigantamax Pokémon in the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games.
Pokémon Day 2020
On February 27, 1996, the first Pokémon video games, Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green, launched in Japan, kicking off a global phenomenon that would grow to be one of the most popular and influential entertainment brands in the world. Each year, The Pokémon Company International commemorates this date with new ways for Pokémon fans to celebrate their love of Pokémon. In addition to the previously announced global premiere of the latest animated Pokémon movie on Netflix, and the following newly revealed promotions, a variety of partners across the franchise will announce their own Pokémon Day celebrations, including the Pokémon Masters mobile game, Pokémon Shirts presented by Original Stitch, and more. Fans can also to keep up with the latest news with @Pokemon on social media and join the #PokemonDay conversation.
Pokémon of the Year competition begins with voting on Google Search
The first Pokémon of the Year competition launches today with the help of Google. Fans can participate in a poll where they can vote for their favorite Pokémon by searching for “Pokémon vote” on Google. The voting screen will be displayed in the search results and there will be eight categories to vote in. One vote per category can be cast each day through Friday, February 14, at 5:59 a.m. PST. Fans can then find out the winning favorites on Pokémon Day at Pokemon.com.
The Pokémon Company International recently announced that the “Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution” animated movie will launch on Netflix on Pokémon Day. In anticipation of this global premiere, Armored Mewtwo will appear in Pokémon GO Legendary raids beginning February 25. Additionally, in keeping with the theme of the movie, there will be increased encounters of select Pokémon featured in the film. Special Pokémon clones including Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise will appear in Pokémon GO raids, and clone Pikachu may appear in photos taken in the popular mobile game. The Pokémon GO celebrations don’t end there, as players may encounter Pikachu and Eevee wearing party hats in the wild, as well as Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle sporting the same festive look and hatching from 7 km Eggs. As an added bonus, players will be able to complete two Special Trades as they celebrate Pokémon Day with friends.
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
The Pokémon Company International confirmed the existence of a new Mythical Pokémon in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. As a special way to celebrate this discovery, details about this Pokémon will be revealed on Pokémon Day.
Source: The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo.com