Tomorrow marks the 22nd anniversary for the Pokemon series. To celebrate Pokemon Day, as the day has come to be known, the Pokemon Company is pushing out several goodies for fans, including releasing a limited edition Pikachu out into the wilds of Pokemon Go.
Like last year, a party hat wearing Pikachu will be available for capture in Pokemon Go. However, this year's variant of the partying Pikachu will come with the move "Present" which gives players triple the standard amount of Stardust when caught. The special Pikachu be available until February 28 at 1 pm PT/4 pm ET.
Outside of Pokemon Go, there will be other special releases such as "Pikachu Talk" an app for Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices where users can talk and interact with a "live" Pikachu. Basically, users will download the feature on their applicable smart speaker and begin talking to a Pikachu that will respond with several famous voice lines.
There will also be a limited time Snapchat lense based on the starter Pokemons from the Kanto region. Beginning today with Bulbasaur, a Charmander and Squirtle-themed lenses will follow in the near future.
Lastly, the Pokemon Center online store will be launching a new Pokemon Gallery Figure, a premium line of display-ready figurines of popular Pokemon. This year's Charizard release is the first Pokemon Gallery Figure DX, and is much larger than the standard Gallery figure.
The first Pokemon video games launched on February 27, 1996. Since then, February 27 has become an official day to celebrate all things Pokemon. Like last year, that means special promotions and goodies for fans and players of the game. The promotion reaches far wider than just the games or merchandise, with Pokemon's official social media channels jumping in on the festivities. Even the Pokemon online TV site will host a free screening of the most recent Pokemon film, Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You!, which you might remember as the one where Pikachu talks and freaked some people out.
Log in to Pokemon Go now to start catching the party hat Pikachu.