This week fans and trainers from all over the world will be celebrating Pokémon Day, so you can bet that brands and influencers will be filling your social-media feeds with Pokémon Day content. The popular pop-culture holiday will be held on February 27th, and the Pokémon Company have quite a few promotions to help fans celebrate in style.
This year Pokémon Trainers will be able to access the Pikachu Talk skill for Amazon Alexa, and Pikachu Talk action for Google Home. Fans can also join Pokémon Day celebrations on social media with all-new Snapchat Lenses featuring the original first partner Pokémon—Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle—while also enjoying new Pokémon merchandise, opportunities to watch iconic Pokémon animation, and the chance to catch a special Pikachu in Pokémon GO.
If you’re wondering where the date came from, back 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 for more than 20 years. Each year, The Pokémon Company International commemorates this date with new products and promotions that give Pokémon fans around the world new ways to interact with the Pokémon brand.
“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 consumer marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “This year we’re offering Pikachu Talk, social media activations, and more across the brand to help Trainers around the world express their love of all things Pokémon.”
With Pikachu Talk fans can converse “live” with Pikachu as the iconic Pokémon makes its debut on Amazon Alexa and Google Home with Pikachu Talk. Fans can pose a question or request to Pikachu, and the much-loved Electric-type Mouse Pokémon will respond with classic lines like “pika?”, “pika pika!”, and “pikaaaaa.” Already released in Japan, Pikachu Talk is now available for Amazon Alexa-enabled devices in most countries, and for Google Home-enabled devices in the US.
For a limited time, there will be three new Snapchat Lenses featuring the first partner Pokémon from the Kanto region will start to roll out around the world, beginning with Bulbasaur. Charmander will arrive later, followed by Squirtle.
Last year on Pokémon Day, the Pokémon Center launched Pokémon Gallery Figures—an exclusive line of premium display-ready figures. For Pokémon Day 2018, it’s going even bigger by introducing a new, larger-scale line of these collectibles. Charizard is featured as the first-ever Pokémon Gallery Figure DX, with the iconic Fire-type Pokémon unleashing its signature Blast Burn move in a dynamic pose.
This is also the year of Legendary Pokémon, and on Pokémon Day, the Pokémon Center is joining the celebration by debuting the first in a series of special Legendary Pokémon Pins. Starting today, fans can order new Dialga and Palkia pins, which will be followed by a new pair of pins each month through November (while supplies last). For information about these products, which can be shipped to US addresses, visit PokemonCenter.com.
The latest animated feature-length Pokémon film, Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, will be available on Pokémon TV for the first time. The hit movie will be available to view on the app, available for iOS and Android, and on Pokemon.com/TV for a week.
When exploring their world in search of wild Pokémon, Pokémon GO Trainers can keep an eye out for a special Pikachu wearing a festive striped purple hat. For Pokémon Day 2018, this Pikachu will know the move Present and will give players triple the usual Stardust when caught. Trainers can look for Pikachu wearing a party hat through February 28 at 1 p.m. PST.
In addition to the Snapchat festivities, fans are invited to join the conversation online with #PokemonDay. Fans who use this hashtag might have their posts featured on the official Pokémon Day hub at Pokemon.com/PokemonDay, where more information about the day’s fan-focused festivities can be found.