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National Pokemon Day

Gotta catch 'em all! Celebrate National Pokémon Day with new quests, rewards, and activities - it's the perfect day for any Pokémon fan!
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February 27
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Get ready to celebrate National Pokémon Day on Feb. 27! This special day was created in 1998 to commemorate the release of the original Pokémon games and has since become a yearly tradition for millions of fans around the world. For many, this is an opportunity to revisit their childhood with some nostalgia or even introduce their kids to one of gaming's most beloved franchises!

History of National Pokemon Day

National Pokemon Day Dates

National Pokemon Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1996</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pokémon's Debut</div><div class='timeline-text'>Nintendo released the first Pokémon games, Pokémon Red and Green, for the Game Boy in Japan, marking the beginning of the Pokémon franchise.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1998</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Expansion to the United States</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Pokémon franchise expanded to the United States with the release of the video games Pokémon Red and Blue and the start of the Pokémon television series.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1999</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Pokémon Film</div><div class='timeline-text'>"Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back" was released, becoming the first film in the Pokémon franchise.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Release of Pokémon Go</div><div class='timeline-text'>The release of Pokémon Go, a mobile augmented reality game, caused a significant resurgence in Pokémon's popularity worldwide.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2019</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Detective Pikachu Movie</div><div class='timeline-text'>"Pokémon Detective Pikachu", the first live-action movie in the Pokémon franchise, was released, introducing the world of Pokémon to a new generation of fans.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>25th Anniversary of Pokémon</div><div class='timeline-text'>Celebrations and special events occurred across the Pokémon franchise for the series' 25th anniversary, including collaborations with notable artists and the release of special merchandise.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Pokemon Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a Pokemon themed meal</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your ingredients and create a Pokemon themed meal. From Pikachu burgers to Pokeball rice balls, there are plenty of ideas for creative dishes.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Throw a Pokemon party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your friends over and have them dress up as their favorite Pokemon character. Serve Pokemon snacks and play some related games.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Watch the anime series</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get together with some friends or family and spend the day watching some classic Pokemon episodes. You can even make a drinking game out of it.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Play the video games</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Whether it's the classic Nintendo Game Boy version or the newer mobile games, playing the original video games is an excellent way to celebrate National Pokemon Day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a Pokemon cafe</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you're lucky enough to live near one, a visit to a Pokemon cafe is the perfect way to celebrate National Pokemon Day. Enjoy some delicious food and drinks while surrounded by all things Pokemon.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Pokemon Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It celebrates creativity and imagination</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>One of the things that makes Pokémon so great is its vibrant world and characters. From the adorable Pikachu to the legendary Charizard, each creature brings a special kind of charm that encourages creativity and inspires imaginative play. On National Pokemon Day, fans can celebrate these classic characters and express their own individualistic style!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's an opportunity to interact with fellow fans</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>On National Pokemon Day, everyone from hardcore enthusiasts to casual viewers come together to reminisce about old school episodes or challenge each other in friendly Pokémon battles. It's a great time to meet new people, make connections, and even speak in Poké-lingo!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It fosters nostalgia for the 90s</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>From the OG television series to the card game phenomenon, Pokemon first achieved popularity in the 1990s and has held a special place in many people's hearts ever since. Each year on National Pokemon Day, we take time to look back fondly on those simpler times and all the fun memories!</p></div></div>

5 Surprising Facts about Pokemon

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>It started as a card game</h3><p class='facts-content'>Pokémon was first created as a card game in Japan in 1996. It has since grown into a huge multimedia franchise with games, toys, and movies.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pikachu is the mascot of the franchise</h3><p class='facts-content'>Pikachu is the famous yellow electric-type mouse Pokémon that has become the iconic mascot of the Pokémon franchise, appearing in many of the games.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There are over 800 Pokémon species</h3><p class='facts-content'>As of Generation VII of the games, there are 809 established Pokémon species. It is estimated that by the time Generation VIII launches, the number of species will surpass 1000.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The official Japanese Pokémon website stretches for 50 miles</h3><p class='facts-content'>The official Japanese Pokémon website stretches for a remarkable distance of 50 miles (80 kilometers). It includes information about the games and other franchise news.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There are many official parades in the US</h3><p class='facts-content'>Pokémon parades are held in the US annually, with the most notable ones in Houston, Texas and Chicago, Illinois. These parades feature costumed characters, floats, and fan tournaments.</p></div></div>

National Pokemon Day FAQs

When is National Pokemon Day?

National Pokemon Day is celebrated on February 27 every year. In 2024, National Pokemon Day will fall on a Tuesday.

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