Let’s all take some time to appreciate the Nintendo game that we loved and grew up together with — Happy Pokémon Day!
Today in gaming history, the very first Pokémon titles were released.
Nintendo now officially recognizes the 27th of February as Pokémon Day! It was 22 years ago that the early Pokémon games went out in the market. Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue version were both launched in Japan on February 27, 1996. The release forever changed the entire video game history.
To commemorate this special day, Nintendo is giving some special gifts to its players.
For starters, My Nintendo has prepared a wallpaper inspired by Pikachu. It features Detective Pikachu, a new game played on the Nintendo 3DS. Redemption of My Nintendo points is required to access the Detective Pikachu wallpaper.
Another Pokémon-inspired award from My Nintendo is the Pikachu & Poké Ball theme for the Nintendo 3DS. Change your 3DS menu theme to a super bright and yellow one, featuring the many faces of everyone’s favorite electric Pokémon. The Pikachu & Poké Ball theme is also available by redeeming rewards points on My Nintendo.
Don’t have the required points or credits? Fret not! A Pokémon Day-inspired fun sheet can be printed and downloaded, all for this special occasion.
It’s all about Pokémon!
Nintendo boasts its “two decades worth of great Pokémon series games” in their Game Store. If you feel like picking up a Pokémon game to celebrate Pokémon Day, you have A LOT to choose from.
Released just last year, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon is a new fan favorite and is popular among new Pokémon players.
There’s also the thriving Nintendo Switch where you can play Pokkén Tournament DX, a fighting game using our favorite pocket monsters. Pokkén players, get ready for Wave 2 release on March 23, 2018.
Pokémon-themed 2DS XL Systems are available in official Nintendo retailers near you. There’s the Poké Ball one and the newly-released Pikachu design, which comes with a boopable nose!
A Pokémon Direct, please?
With the announcement of Pokémon Day, fans flocked Nintendo’s Twitter account (@NintendoAmerica) with requests for a Pokémon direct. Nintendo has been known for the past year to make its game announcements using Nintendo Direct, a broadcast done live or recorded and released on YouTube.
Leave a tweet today and share with us your fondest Pokémon moments then and now! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #PokemonDay for a chance to be retweeted by Nintendo’s Twitter account!