February 27th may just be an ordinary day to most people, but to Pokémon fans, it holds a very special meaning. It was on that date in 1996 that Pokémon Red and Green versions launched in Japan, setting in motion what would become nothing short of a worldwide phenomenon. This year, the Pokémon Company wants help from fans around the globe as it tries to determine the Pokémon of the Year.
In order to dub one Pokémon “the very best, like no one ever was,” The Pokémon Company has teamed up with Google to create an interactive poll. To participate, all you have to do is search for “Pokémon” on Google. Doing so will bring up the option to vote for your favorite creatures. You’re allowed to choose one from each generation before submitting your selection, and to further help your team, you can do so once per day. Voting closes at 9:59 AM Eastern on Friday, February 14th, so you have plenty of time to rally support. Of particular note is that regional forms count towards the species as a whole (e.g. if your favorite is Alolan Vulpix, you’d want to vote for Vulpix).
This poll is just one of the many ways that you can get in on the Pokémon Day 2020 festivities though. Running from February 25th-March 2nd, party hat-wearing Pikachu, Eevee, Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle are available to obtain in Pokémon Go. In addition, Charizard, Blastoise, and Venusaur clones will be available in Raid Battles to celebrate the launch of Pokémon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution on Netflix. For one last announced Pokémon Go bonus, clone Pikachu has a chance to photobomb you during this period, so you should make like Todd and Snap a lot of pictures!
Even more Pokémon love is scheduled for this month, including updates to Pokémon Masters, special Max Raid Battles in Pokémon Sword and Shield, and the reveal of a newly discovered Pokémon. There’s bound to be more coming in the near future though, so stay tuned for more Pokémon Day updates!