In commemoration of the upcoming Pokémon game, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have unveiled a special opportunity to trainers before launch. Pikachu and Eevee are traveling on a cross-country road trip, meeting with trainers at popular PokeStops.
The tour began on Saturday in Los Angeles, where they joined forces with actress and recording artist Jordin Sparks. Over the next two months, the duo will travel across the United States, stopping frequently along the way. Those who catch them at one of their designated events will be able to meet with the team, as well as sample the upcoming Pokémon Lets Go games for the Nintendo Switch before its formal launch on November 16.
Each stop comes with a few player perks, of course. The first is a SnapChat filter available during (and at) the event. The second feature has our interest more. Those near events when they take place will notice a higher frequency of Pikachu and Eevee in the area when playing Pokémon GO.
Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing (yes, that’s really his name) had this to say.
“Pokémon games have always inspired a sense of adventure and community, and we’re excited to bring that to life with the Pokémon: Let’s Go, Road Trip! Whether someone is a longtime Pokémon fan or a budding Trainer, this new pair of games offers a vibrant region to explore, Trainers to battle and, of course, tons of Pokémon to catch.”
There will be seven stops throughout the trip, listed below. It’ll conclude with an exciting midnight launch at the Nintendo New York location.
- San Francisco, California
Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Seattle, Washington
Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Dallas, Texas
Oct. 20, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Topeka, Kansas
Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Chicago, Illinois
Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Boston, Massachusetts
Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- New York, New York
For more information about the event, such as times and location details, visit the Nintendo Events webpage. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 16.