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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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Pokémon GO Celebrates Legendary Week

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Earlier this year The Pokémon Company declared 2018 the year of Legendary Pokémon. Popular mobile spin-off Pokémon GO is following suit, with a special Legendary Week running this week. It ends March 5.

The Pokémon GO Legendary Week will add Gen III Legendary Pokémon Kyogre, Groudon and Rayquaza to Raid Battles. As Legendary Pokémon these will be very difficult battles. There’s also a contest depending on which one is defeated more. If Kyogre and Groudon are defeated more than Rayquaza, Pokémon who prefer sunny or rainy weather (such as Lotad) will more likely hatch from eggs between March 6 and March 16. If Rayquaza is defeated more than Kyogre and Groudon combined, you’ll hatch windy weather Pokémon (like Bagon).

Legendary Pokémon were finally added to Pokémon GO last summer, along with the cooperative Raid Battles that they appear in. Raid battles typically require a group of people working together to wear them down so they can be captured.

The Year of Legendary Pokémon is a series of monthly giveaways. Each month brings a new Legendary Pokémon (or two) that can be downloaded from the internet or obtained via code from GameStop for Pokémon Sun and Moon and Ultra Sun and Moon. Currently there are two days left to grab Dialga and Palkia from GameStop. March will bring Regigigas and Heatran.

The Pokémon GO Legendary Week ends March 5.

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Pokémon GO Celebrates the Holidays this Weekend

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Today kicks off a special holiday weekend event in Pokémon GO. The Santa hat-wearing Pikachu returns this year, as well as new Water and Ice-type Pokémon from the Hoenn region (Gen 3). The event begins later today at 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern.

The first Gen 3 Pokémon were recently added during the Halloween event. As a further incentive to go out and catch ’em all, you can earn a egg incubators from PokéStops. The first PokéStop you spin each day between December 22 and December 25 will award a single-use egg incubator.

If you fancy spending a little money in the in-game shop, you can find some of the best deals during the holiday event. Special boxes will include Super Incubators, Lure Modules and Star Pieces. Star Pieces are a new item that grants bonus Stardust for 30 minutes when activated. Another bundle sale will kick in right after the holiday event, from December 25 through January 4, where you can grab special boxes of Premium Raid Passes, Super Incubators, and Star Pieces.

Niantic, Inc are in the process of updating Pokémon GO to support the new AR+ feature in iOS 11 (supported in iPhone 6 and newer). With this new optional feature, Pokémon will be more accurately positioned and sized relative to their environment and distance from you. AR+ mode adds a new challenge to catching Pokémon by tracking your proximity. Pokémon can flee if they see a trainer coming too close to quickly. The additional challenge comes with more rewards, including XP and Stardust.

The holiday event ends December 25 at 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern.

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Pokémon Crystal Arrives on Nintendo 3DS eShop in January

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Nintendo has announced the belated arrival of Pokémon Crystal to the Nintendo eShop on January 26, 2018. It will be available for the Nintendo 3DS for $9.99.

Unlike the Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby 3D remakes, Crystal is the original 2001 Game Boy Color game, ported to 3DS. It was the third game of the second generation of Pokémon titles, Gold and Silver. Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver were released earlier this year on the Nintendo eShop.

There’s no good reason why Nintendo would delay releasing Crystal by several months after Gold and Silver other than the obvious: they wanted you to purchase Gold/Silver first. The third game in a generation is generally considered the definitive edition.

Like Gold and Silver’s re-release, Crystal will feature online trading and battling, as well as compatibility with the Pokémon Bank app. The app allows you to trade Pokémon between games and generations. For example, you can capture Pokémon in Crystal and import them into the newly released Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Pokémon Crystal was the first game in the series to let you choose to play as either a boy or a girl. The fancy animated sprites also required the more advanced Game Boy Color over the Game Boy.

Pokémon Crystal will be available on the Nintendo eShop on January 26, 2018.