Pokémon Go celebrates franchise’s 23rd anniversary

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  • Tuesday, 26 Feb 2019


Augmented reality monster catching game Pokémon Go celebrates the franchise's anniversary with an event featuring monsters from the original Pokémon Red and Blue

"Do you know why this day is so special? It commemorates the launch of the first Pokémon videogames in 1996," says game maker, Niantic.

Coinciding with the anniversary on Feb 27, the event runs from Feb 26, 1pm to Feb 28, 1pm (PST) or Feb 27, 5am to Feb 29, 5am local time.

During the event, Pokémon from the Kanto region will appear more frequently in the wild and in raids. Mascot monsters Pikachu and Eevee will wear flower crowns, while players catching the common Pidgey and Rattata mons might stand a chance to find rarer shiny versions.

Shiny Pokémon are alternate colour schemes of standard monsters which are more rare and sometimes only available during promotional periods.

To encourage users to try out the new Go Snapshot feature, Niantic is introducing the painting Pokémon Smeargle which only appears while photobombing players when using Go Snapshot.

Smeargle is unique in that it will copy the moves of the other Pokémon it photobombed.

Users will only be able to catch one a day. To use the GO Snapshot, look for the camera in the item bag, click it and accept the prompt to take a photo of a Pokémon of your choice.

Though the feature takes advantage of smartphones' Augmented Reality (AR) capabilities to pose the Pokémon, Niantic assures that those using phones without AR will still be able to take an unposed snapshot. 

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