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Pokemon 25th Anniversary Recap: All the news, announcements, and reveals!

Pokemon 25th Anniversary, Nintendo Switch

The Pokemon Company celebrated the Pokemon franchise’s 25th anniversary with a 20-minute showcase presentation. In this presentation, The Pokemon Company celebrated 25 years of the Pokemon brand. Consequently, they showcased how the game started with just a game, evolving into a multi-media empire. The presentation shows us how ubiquitous Pokemon is. It also showed us just how many Pokemon-related things never reached us here in the West. But most importantly, The Pokemon Company revealed new games, events for existing games, and exciting reveals. Let’s take a look at all of these.


The 25th-anniversary celebration of Pokemon revealed two new games and gameplay footage of one upcoming game.

First off, The Pokemon Company presented gameplay footage of the upcoming New Pokemon Snap for the Nintendo Switch. The picture-taking game will come out on April 30, 2021, and excited players can now pre-order it. This game takes players to the new Lental Region, where they will assist Pokemon Mirror in his research by taking photographs of wild Pokemon.

Second, The Pokemon Company revealed a game that many fans have been asking for for quite some time now. The Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl remakes will be released in Late 2021. Incidentally, the remakes of the two Nintendo DS games will be called Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl. ILCA, the developers for Pokemon Home, will be taking development duties from GameFreak on this game.

Finally, they revealed what may be the biggest Pokemon game ever. Called Pokemon Legends Arceus, this game will take players to a pre-modern times Sinnoh. Acting as a prequel to the Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl games, Pokemon Legends Arceus will signify the Pokemon franchise “entering a new era.” In this game, players will finally be able to capture Pokemon in the wild in real-time, throwing Pokeballs at them from a sneaky distance. Unfortunately for us, Pokemon Legends Arceus will release for the Nintendo Switch at the very far away date of Early 2022.


In celebration of the Pokemon 25th Anniversary, players from across different platforms can join in on the festivities.

Firstly, in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, players can capture Gigantamx Pikachu from raid battles. This event will run from February 25, 2021, 4 PM PST to February 28, 2021,  3:59 PM PST. Next, in Pokemon Cafe Mix, players will be able to claim 2,500 golden acorns on the house. In other words, players just need to log-in between February 26, 2021, 7 AM PST, and February 28, 2021, 9:59 PM PST.

Meanwhile, for those who like the outdoors, Pokemon Go also has its own celebration event. From February 20, 2021, 9 AM to March 1, 2021, 8AM local time, players will be able to experience a Kanto-themed limited-time event. Here, players can challenge legendary raid battles to capture Artickuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Mewtwo. Finally, Galar champion Leo and his faithful Charizard will finally arrive at Pokemon Masters Ex! Therefore, he will be available to challenge from February 25, 2021, 10 PM PST until March 17, 2021, 10:59 PM PDT.

All of these events will coincide with The Pokemon Company’s celebration of Pokemon’s 25th Anniversary. Therefore, you should have fun at all these events, trainers!