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A Pokémon Day was an annual event that took place in Germany. It was organized by Nintendo and held at various cities on different days, usually in (or close to) McDonald's restaurants. During each Pokémon Day, event Pokémon or items were given away. A similar event is held in other countries as well.
Pokémon Day 2004
The first Pokémon day was held in Hamburg. The event item given away was the Eon Ticket.
Pokémon Day 2005
Pokémon Day 2005 was held in Frankfurt am Main, Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg, Unterhaching and Stuttgart. The item AuroraTicket was distributed. Prior to the event, promotional TCG cards featuring Deoxys and Rayquaza were given away at participating McDonald's stores.
Pokémon Day 2006
- Main article: List of German event Pokémon distributions in Generation III
The second Pokémon Days were from September 24 to November 5, 2006. The event took place at McDonald's stores in Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg and Nurnberg, as well as in Ehrenbreitstein Fortress near Koblenz. Visitors could play preview versions of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team. The (until then widely unknown in Europe) Pokémon Trading Figure Game was also introduced.
Similar to other European countries, ten event Pokémon were distributed:
Pokémon Day 2007
Pokémon Day 2007 started on September 27, 2007 (the European release date of Diamond and Pearl) and was held in thirteen different cities, starting in Berlin. The event Pokémon released was Mew.
Pokémon Day 2008
Pokémon Day was held was held in 16 cities from September 6 to November 2, 2008.
The event Pokémon of the year was Darkrai. There were also games for promoting Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness.
Pokémon Day 2009
In 2009, it was held in six cities starting on August 29 and ending on October 24. It was the first year in which RTL II, the TV station which broadcasts the Pokémon anime, was an official promotion partner. RTL II used the event to look for junior voice actors which would then promote the 11th season of the anime.
During the event, the Pokémon Regigigas was distributed. A free Pikachu trading card was also given away.
Notably, a hacker distributed a hacked version of the Japanese Arceus on a few days.
Pokémon Day 2010
Pokémon Day was held was held in 20 cities from August 18 to October 23, 2010.
There was no downloadable event Pokémon, but there was however a download for Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies.
Pokémon Day 2011
Pokémon Day was held was held in 11 cities from August 27 to October 1, 2011. The event Pokémon was a Zoroark.
Pokémon Day 2012
Pokémon Day was held was held in 10 cities from August 18 to October 29, 2012.
The event Pokémon were a Keldeo and a Pikachu.
Pokémon Day 2013
Pokémon Day was held in 10 cities from August 31 to October 12, 2013 in Germany. It also took place on September 21, 2013 in Solothurn, Switzerland. Players had the possibility to try out Pokémon X and Y before its worldwide launch. Three Shiny Pokémon were distributed, all on different days:
- Dialga (August 30 to September 12, 2013)
- Palkia (September 13 to September 26, 2013)
- Giratina (September 27 to October 12, 2013)
For the first time in ten years the Pokémon Days were not held in 2014. Instead, there was a Pokémon Kids Tour, which lodged a stop in eight German cities. Unlike previous years, no special event Pokémon were distributed at Pokémon Kids Tour. The event was rather aimed at getting new fans. For visitors could download the demo version of Pokémon X and Y (which was playable on Pokémon Day 2013). People could aso see the TCG and the new game Pokémon Art Academy.
A Pokémon Kids Tour was also held in 2015.