2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Pokémon franchise, and Nintendo and The Pokémon Company are poised to celebrate the occasion in a big way! In a recent promo video, The Pokémon Company announced some of their plans for the anniversary, including new console bundles, TCG sets, digital movie releases, games, exclusive merchandise, and a plethora of mythical Pokémon distributions; through these monthly distributions, the company will give away every event-exclusive Pokémon species with the exclusion of Diancie and Hoopa.

They will be releasing Pokémon TCG: Generations, a “special expansion” to the Pokémon Trading Card Game, as well as Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collections, which will feature a different promo card each month. The Pokémon Company will also be releasing digitally remastered versions of Pokémon the First Movie, Pokémon the Movie 2000, and Pokémon 3: The Movie on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Instant Video. They will also be releasing a Pokémon Trainer Red: Champion Version Nendoroid figure set featuring Red, Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise figures; the set will be available exclusively at PokemonCenter.com. They also announced that they will be releasing a line of 20th anniversary merchandise on the online store, including hats, playing cards, mugs, and more. They also promoted the new games that they will be releasing in 2016: Pokémon GO and Pokkén Tournament.

Also, starting in February, The Pokémon Company will be distributing a different event-exclusive Pokémon species each month; these distributions will run from the 1st until the 24th of their respective months. Most of them will be available through online distributions, but four of them will be available exclusively at GameStop. All of the Pokémon will be level 100 and can be obtained in Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire. Here is the complete list of distributions:

  • February: Mew (GameStop)
  • March: Celebi (Nintendo Network)
  • April: Jirachi (Nintendo Network)
  • May: Darkrai (GameStop)
  • June: Manaphy (Nintendo Network)
  • July: Shaymin (Nintendo Network)
  • August: Arceus (GameStop)
  • September: Victini (Nintendo Network)
  • October: Keldeo (Nintendo Network)
  • November: Genesect (GameStop)
  • December: Meloetta (Nintendo Network)

What do you guys think? Are you looking forward to a year full of Pokémon content? Sound off in the comments!

Source: Pokémon 20th Anniversary Website

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