Pokémon turns 20 this year, and Nintendo and The Pokémon Company are celebrating in style. A custom New 3DS is coming out on February 27 modeled after Pokémon Red and Blue. Those games initially came out for the Game Boy Color, and we learned in November that they would be coming to the 3DS. The handheld console will come preloaded with both titles, and will have swappable cover plates featuring artwork from both games.
Pokémon Yellow is also getting a 3DS release on the same date, but it will not be included with the console bundle.
In addition to the new console, Pokémon will also be releasing brand-new trading card packs and trading card accessories featuring the new 20th anniversary logo. Plus, 12 Pokémon movies will be available for download at Amazon, the iTunes store, and the Google Play store. The first two films to be released, “Pokémon: The First Movie” and “Pokémon the Movie 2000,” are also getting HD remasters. The first three films will be getting new DVD and Blu-ray bundle releases. A 48-page interactive digital reader will be released alongside the first film.
There’s more. There will be new merchandise featuring the 20th anniversary logo. Several best-selling Pokémon amiibos will be getting rereleases. And fans who own Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, or Pokémon Y, and a system from the Nintendo 3DS family will be able to go to participating GameStop locations once every three months for the next year to receive digital character downloads of Mew, Darkrai, Arceus, and Genesect.
On February 27, which is being dubbed “Pokémon Day,” you can go to participating Toys ‘R’ Us locations and get special foil cards of Pikachu and Magikarp, an “activity book,” whatever that is, and a poster of the first 151 Pokémon.
And lastly, Pokémon will be airing a commercial during Super Bowl 50 on February 7.