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February 27 is Pokémon Day

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Twenty-two years ago to the day, the original Pokémon Game Boy games, Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green, were released in Japan. Ever year the Pokémon Company celebrates February 27 as Pokémon Day. This year you can celebrate with limited Snapchat Lenses, the latest Pokémon film, and a unique Pikachu in Pokémon GO.

“Pokémon Day is not only a celebration of the franchise, but also of Pokémon’s incredible fan community,” said J.C. Smith, senior director of marketing for The Pokémon Company. “This year we’re offering social media activations and more across the brand to help Trainers around the world express their love of all things Pokémon.”

To celebrate Pokémon Day 2018, you can enjoy the following new or limited goodies:

Pokémon GO

A special purple hat-wearing Pikachu has been spotted in Pokémon GO. This Pikachu awards triple the Stardust when caught, and knows the move Present. It’s only available until 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern on February 28.

Snapchat Lenses

For a limited time you can adorn your pictures on Snapchat with three new lenses featuring the starter Pokémon from the Kanto region. The three Pokémon will be rolled out one at a time, beginning with Bulbasaur, then Charmander, then Squirtle.

Pokémon the Movie

The latest Pokémon feature film, Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, has been added to Pokémon TV. You can also watch the movie via the app on iOS and Android.

Pikachu Talk

Pikachu Talk is a new app built for Amazon Alexa and Google Home that let’s you talk with the famous electric mouse Pokémon.

Charizard Gallery Figure DX

The new Charizard figure is the first in a new line of deluxe figures. Note that this is not an amiibo, just a spiffy figurine.


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Assassin’s Creed Educational Discovery Tour Mode Launches Today

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Not many blockbuster games get an educational mode as a free add-on. Today Ubisoft released Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt. It’s available now as a free download for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC owners of Assassin’s Creed Origins. It can also be purchased as a separate tool from the game on PC.

The Discovery Tour mode allows players to freely explore the world of Ancient Egypt where Origins takes place, without any combat, missions, or time limits. You can also play as 25 different avatars, including Caesar and Cleopatra.

“With the Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt, we give everyone interested in Ancient Egypt the chance to enjoy its beauty and the realization that video games can be a source of inspiring knowledge,” explains Jean Guesdon, Creative Director of Assassin’s Creed Origins.

The Discovery Tour is billed as a new type of edutainment tool. In addition to exploring the detailed virtual world, it also features 75 themed tours created by Ubisoft, in collaboration with History experts and Egyptologists.

“We’ve been in touch with teachers from the very first installment of Assassin’s Creed games. Many of them already used the games during their History classes but soon came to realize that what they needed was an easily accessible educative tool based in our historical reconstructions,” explains Maxime Durand, in-house Historian at Ubisoft Montreal. “With the Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt, you can visualize and understand thousands of things from Egyptian history in their actual context. As both a game and a learning tool, it is quite a unique asset for teachers to integrate as part of their history classes.”

Discovery Tour mode is free to download starting today for existing Assassin’s Creed Origins owners on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Non-owners can still enjoy the educational mode by purchasing it separately on PC for $19.99.