This Is how Nintendo and Pokémon Celebrate

Posted by | January 12, 2016 | News, Video | No Comments

Pokémon Red and Blue custom 3DSs are coming out February 27. The New Nintendo 3DSs will come preloaded with both titles. They will also have swappable cover plates featuring artwork from both games.

Pokémon turns 20 this year and this is part of the celebration. Pokémon Yellow is also getting a 3DS release on the same date, but it will not be included with the console bundle. Those games initially came out for the Game Boy Color, and we learned in November that they would be coming to the 3DS.

In addition to the new console, Pokémon will also be releasing brand-new trading card packs and trading card accessories featuring the new 20th anniversary logo. Plus, 12 Pokémon movies will be available for download at Amazon, the iTunes store, and the Google Play store. The first two films to be released, “Pokémon: The First Movie” and “Pokémon the Movie 2000,” are also getting HD remasters. The first three films will be getting new DVD and Blu-ray bundle releases. A 48-page interactive digital reader will be released alongside the first film.

There’s more. There will be new merchandise featuring the 20th anniversary logo. Several best-selling Pokémon amiibos will be getting rereleases. And fans who own Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, or Pokémon Y, and a system from the Nintendo 3DS family will be able to go to participating GameStop locations once every three months for the next year to receive digital character downloads of Mew, Darkrai, Arceus, and Genesect.

On February 27, which is being dubbed “Pokémon Day,” you can go to participating Toys ‘R’ Us locations and get special foil cards of Pikachu and Magikarp, an “activity book,” whatever that is, and a poster of the first 151 Pokémon.

And lastly, Pokémon will be airing a commercial during Super Bowl 50 on February 7.

Check out the Pokémon anniversary website to learn more, or to look at this nifty timeline they pulled together.

Linda Breneman

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Linda learned to play video games as a way to connect with her teenaged kids, and then she learned to love video games for their own sake. At Pixelkin she wrangles the business & management side of things, writes posts as often as she can, reaches out on the social media, and does the occasional panel or talk. She lives in Seattle, where she writes, studies, plays video games, spends time with her family, consumes vast quantities of science fiction, and looks after her small cockapoo. She loves to hear from people out there. You can read more about her at her website, Linda Breneman.com or her family foundation's website, ludusproject.org.