New Nintendo Pokemon Direct airing next month according to leaker

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An insider with a prior track knowledge of revealing Pokemon-related plans claims there'll be a new Nintendo Direct next month, focusing on Pokemon.

Twitter user Kelios has previously leaked information regarding upcoming Pokemon announcements, and in the tweet below, they're making a new claim. This time, the leaker claims that a brand new Nintendo Direct will air at some point next month, and it'll be focusing on Pokemon.

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The fact that it's essentially Pokemon's 25th anniversary next month in February could be seen as a no-brainer for a Nintendo Direct on the franchise. Traditionally, the Pokemon Company regards February 27 as "Pokemon Day," celebrating the launch of the very first Pokemon games in Japan.

On top of Pokemon's birthday next month, this year marks 25 years since Pokemon debuted in 1996 in Japan. It's not exactly a stretch, therefore, to imagine a Nintendo Direct celebrating the franchise airing at some point next month.

The official Pokemon Twitter account has actually begun teasing plans for the series' 25th anniversary celebrations earlier today. As of right now, the Pokemon Company will be relaunching a series of anniversary-themed trading cards sporting original designs for Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and more later this year, and there's also a skateboard collecting debuting later this year from Bear Walker, as well as a musical collaboration with Katy Perry.

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Whatever Nintendo has planned to celebrate Pokemon this year, we'll have to wait and find out for more information. Here's hoping there's plenty to look forward for celebrating the historic franchise this year.

For a list of all the games coming to Nintendo's console, you can check out our upcoming Switch games guide for more.

Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.