The fact that we haven’t talked about the Pokémon 20th Anniversary yet is a travesty, people; I’m so sorry! I’ve been a little… scattered, this week especially, but nothing pulls me out of moodiness the way this news can.
2016 marks the 20th anniversary of my favorite game franchise, Pokémon. To celebrate, Nintendo and the Pokémon Company have lots of presents for us.
Let’s start with the Pokémon 20th Anniversary Edition New Nintendo 3DS bundle that almost makes me upset that I already own a New Nintendo 3DS. The system comes with both Pokémon Red & Blue installed and two covers– one featuring Charizard and one Blastoise. Do I need a second New Nintendo 3DS? This is a serious question I’m asking myself. This bundle is available February 27th.
On the off chance (aka responsible decision) that I don’t need another New 3DS, Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow are all available for download in the Nintendo e-shop, in all of their original glory. I still own these games in their original Gameboy cartridge formats, but I’d say this is more convenient than loading AA batteries into my Gameboy color. Add this to my to-do list for February 27th!
Perhaps the most exciting thing is the year of Mythical Pokémon distributions! I’ve been marking my calendar to snag each of these:
- Mew is available in February
- Celebi is available in March
- Jirachi is available in April
- Darkrai is available in May
- Manaphy is available in June
- Shamim is available in July
- Arceus is available in August
- Victini is available in September
- Keldeo is available in October
- Genesect is available in November
- Meloetta is available in December
There are also tons of products, including new TCG cards and rereleases of the movies, available to rent or own through iTunes, Amazon Video, and Google Play as of yesterday!
There’s more. So much more. We haven’t even talked about Pokken Tournament OR Pokémon Go. I can’t even contain my excitement, so I’m going to sign off here.
What are you most excited about for 2016, the 20th Anniversary of Pokémon?!