What is Pokémon Day? We take a look at the game as it turns 24

What is Pokémon Day? We take a look at the game as it turns 24

Pokémon Day is here, at last, celebrating the release of the original versions of the game – Red and Green – when they first came out in Japan in 1996.

Not to be confused with the UK release of the games, which were slightly updated in Pokémon Red and Blue, which came to the West in 1998.

Today marks Pokémon's 27th birthday, and what an eventful 27 years it has been since they were created by Satoshi Tajiri.

From gorgeous animated TV shows and films to the immensely addictive games, Pokémon shows no signs of slowing down.

Pokemon was released in Japan in 1996 (Pokémon)
Pokemon was released in Japan in 1996 (Pokémon)

What is Pokémon Day?

On February 27, 1996, the first Pokémon video games, Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green launched in Japan, kicking off a phenomenon that would grow to be one of the most popular and influential entertainment brands in the world

The release of the games for the Nintendo Gameboy in the 1990s spawned an animated TV series in 1997 and a collectable trading card game in 1999, both of which remain monstrously successful to this day.

How is Pokémon Day being celebrated?

Pokémon fans can hear all the lastest news in a Pokémon Presents, set to take place at 2pm UK time, on the official Pokémon YouTube channel.

The Pokémon Present is set to last about 20 minutes, meaning fans will get plenty of new information about upcoming content. Fans are expecting to hear news of new DLC for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, which were released in November. New DLC could potentially feature new Pokémon, and even new legendary Pokémon. Patches for Scarlet and Violet may also be announced.

As the latest Pokémon game was released just a few months ago, it is unclear whether fans will get any updates about future games. However, Pokémon fans could hear news about games from the Game Boy and Game Boy Advanced being added to the Nintendo Switch Online service.

A recent datamine revealed that new Pokémon Go content may also be announced on Pokémon Day, relating to Roaming Form Gimmighoul and its evolution Gholdengo. Although its yet to be confirmed, fans believe that a Gimmighoul event may be on its way.