We recently published an article speculating on how the battle with Mewtwo is likely to take place, based on information gleaned from the original Pokémon GO trailer that was released way back in September 2015.
And we thought we’d done a pretty good job at finding all the hidden secrets that were contained within. We were certain there was nothing left to find. And then Reddit user eing6888 came along and made a pretty damn awesome discovery.
If you’ve watched the original Pokémon GO trailer in the past, there’s a good chance that you missed the hidden message just like we did. You can be forgiven, though, since this little easter egg only lasts a second (literally), and without any context, seems almost meaningless.
Right at the end of the trailer, a group of players square off against the legendary clone Mewtwo. They send all of their Pokémon in at once (which is kind of cheating, but that’s beside the point), and just as the timer is about to hit 0, a Pikachu strikes the final blow and Mewtwo is defeated.
Big deal, right? The fight itself probably isn’t very important, but what is important is the name of the Pikachu that beat Mewtwo. Its name? “Sonnen928”. You can see it for yourself in the video below, but make sure you pause at 2:27 or you’ll miss it:
So what does the name “Sonnen928” have to do with the date of the Mewtwo event in Pokémon GO? Well, you’re going to need to put your tinfoil hat on for this one, because it sounds a bit Farfetch’d. “Sonnen” means “Sun” in German. Sun… As in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.
The initial theory was that the Mewtwo raid would take place on the same day that Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are released in America. Is this possible? Sure. Is it likely? Well, no. I can’t imagine Niantic sabotaging the release of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon like that.
But that isn’t where the speculating ends. There’s more information in Pikachu’s name. Remember, its name was “Sonnen928”. The number “928” is very special in the Pokémon world, as it’s the date that Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Red were released in America way back in 1996 (September 28).
The final verdict? I’m fairly confident that we’re going to get the Mewtwo raid on the 20th anniversary of Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Red releasing in America; on September 28th. Why else would they go to such lengths to include the number “928” in Pikachu’s name? Sure, it could just be a coincidence, but Niantic have a habit of hiding little secrets like this in their videos.
What do you think? Do you think this is some hot new info that might have solved the muystery? Or do you think it’s just a coincidence and that we need to take our tin foil hats off? Let me know what you think in the comments below!