Recap of everything announced in the Pokémon Presents 2.26.2021 presentation (Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl), official websites featuring artwork, screenshots, and details now live

It's a great day to be a Pokémon trainer!

The Pokémon Day festivities kicked off a day early with a news-filled Pokémon Presents event. Hosted by The Pokémon Company's president, Tsunekazu Ishihara, the special presentation started with an incredible video showcasing the 25-year history of Pokémon. Pokémon Day marks the date that Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green were first launched in Japan in 1996, starting a legacy that continues to grow to this day.

After the 25th celebration video, we got to see more of New Pokémon Snap, arriving on April 30 on Nintendo Switch. You can get a closer look at what was revealed at the New Pokémon Snap official site.

Next up was a preview of the in-game events happening on Pokémon Day, including encounters with Gigantamax Pikachu in Max Raid Battles in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Plus, Galar Champion Leon has recently made his appearance in Pokémon Masters EX alongside his partner Charizard. And Pokémon Café Mix keeps serving up fun by giving players 2,500 bonus golden acorns when they log in.

Then, new games were unveiled, all for Nintendo Switch and all set in the Sinnoh region: Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, as well as Pokémon Legends: Arceus. These games may be set in the same region, but they offer distinct gameplay experiences.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Trainers will get the chance to explore the Sinnoh region in a new way—by traveling to the past in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Set long before the events of Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, this game will allow players to travel across Sinnoh to discover wild Pokémon and complete the region's very first Pokédex. And while Mount Coronet towering over the region makes it clear that you're in Sinnoh, the Pokémon you encounter in this era may be different from the ones you remember catching in other games set in this same region. Pokémon Legends: Arceus is planned to launch on Nintendo Switch early next year.

Visit the Pokémon Legends: Arceus official site for more details.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl

Trainers will also get the chance to visit Sinnoh in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, faithful remakes of Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, which originally came out on the Nintendo DS system. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl are planned to launch on Nintendo Switch later this year.

Get a closer look at these games at the official site.

New Pokémon Snap "Get the latest from the Lental region" gameplay overview trailer

Photo scores, Illumina orbs, a new rival, and more—let’s zoom in on what you’ll discover in New Pokemon Snap​!

Open-world Sinnoh pre-make "Pokémon Legends Arceus" announced for Switch, releasing Early 2022

Sweet mother of Arceus!

First came Sinnoh remakes. Then came Sinnoh pre-makes.

Introducing Pokemon Legends Arceus​, a new challenge and a new frontier for the Pokémon world.

Pokémon "25 Years of Non-stop Adventure" anniversary celebration video released

25 years of catching, training, trading, and adventure!

February 27, 1996 marked the 25th anniversary of the release of "Pokémon Red” and “Pokémon Green" video games. Today in 2021, we’re excited to celebrate Pokémon’s 25th anniversary with all of you.
We’ve created a special commemorative video to thank all the fans - a non-stop video that shows 25 years of Pokémon in 5 minutes!
It features more than 100 items including Pokémon games, Pokémon Trading Card Game cards, animation, movies, and merchandise that have been released over the last 25 years in Japan and around the world. We hope you enjoy it!

Return to the Sinnoh region in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl

It's officially happening!




Experience the nostalgic story from Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl in a new adventure.
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond​ and Pokemon Shining Pearl​ arrive on the Nintendo Switch in late 2021!

Pokemon Presents 2.26.2021 - live-blog/stream

Get ready, trainers!

The Pokémon Company will be showing off 20 minutes of Pokémon-related announcements for the franchise's 25th anniversary in the latest Pokémon Presents presentation. Check out the official live-stream above (beginning at 7 AM PST) to watch the reveals live as they happen, or view the bullet-points below as we update this article with all of the new information!

- "25 years of non-stop adventure" anniversary celebration trailer
- New Pokémon Snap gameplay trailer
- Pokémon Day events detailed
- Diamond/Pearl remakes announced, titled "Brilliant Diamond" and "Shining Pearl" (releasing late 2021)
- Pokémon Legends: Arceus announced, releasing Early 2022
- Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are faithful Sinnoh remakes developed by ILCA
- Pokémon Legends: Arceus is an entirely new entry in the Pokémon series that also takes place in the Sinnoh region, developed by Game Freak

Pokemon Sword and Shield Wild Area Event update and Global Challenge 2021 Winter Battle details

There's not one, but two different things for Pokemon Sword and Shield players to make note of today. Check out details on both below.

Wild Area Event

- new Extra Event live
- Gigantamax Pikachu will appear
- if 1 million people defeat Pikachu during this event, everyone will receive 100 Armorite Ore & 100 Dynite Ore on March 4th

Global Challenge 2021 Winter Battle

- Single Battle competition that allows you to use 1 of the Restricted Legendaries on your team
- all players who enter get 50 BP
- battles run until Feb. 28th, 2021

Celebrate 25 years of Pokémon with My Nintendo Rewards

These are going to be instant sell-outs

My Nintendo is getting in on the Pokemon 25th anniversary fun with some exclusive goodies! The My Nintendo site has updated with a tease of things to come, which you can see in the image above. Official details on how much these items cost and when they'll be released is yet to be shared, but will most likely get announced tomorrow. We'll bring you full details once they become available!

Thanks to Timothy for the heads up!

Pokemon Co. sending out special packages to influencers for the 25th anniversary

Special swag

Pokemon Co. has a ton of stuff in the works for the 25th anniversary of the franchise. There's a special presentation tomorrow, a ton of different apparel collabs, major music tie-ins, and a lot more. Now we can add merch for influencers to that list.

A number of Pokemon influencers are receiving some fancy merch boxes to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pokemon. The boxes are filled with apparel and other goodies tied to the music-related celebration Pokemon Co. is putting together. You can see special edition t-shirts, hoodies, and more in the tweet above.

Dedenne tops Pokemon Co.'s Pokemon popularity Twitter poll

Dedenne did it!

For the last few days, Pokemon Co. has been running a poll in Japan via Twitter. The poll aimed to get people voting on their favorite Pokemon. Believe it or not, over a million votes were cast, and now we know who the top 3 Pokemon are.

Dedenne beat out all the other Pokemon to take the top spot, gathering over 69k votes. Cinccino took a very strong second place, amassing over 54k votes. The top 3 is rounded out by Sableye, making for a trio that many wouldn't expect to lead the pack.

If you want to see the Pokemon that filled out the top 10, you can get that breakdown below.

4. Snivy
5. Magnemite
6. Swadloon
7. Pikachu
8. Buzzswole
9. Oshawott
10. Flygon