If you’re hankering for Pokémon nostalgia, or simply want to see Pikachu cry magic tears again, the CGI remake of Pokémon: The First Movie is officially heading to Netflix worldwide on 27 February.
This new version, titled Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution, remakes the first Pokémon movie with a new, slightly questionable, CG look. Let’s just say it isn’t quite as freakishly endearing as last year’s Detective Pikachu.
The original movie was released in Japan in 1998, and saw Ash, Misty, Brock and a bunch of other trainers venture to a mysterious island upon Mewtwo’s invitation.
The film was a huge success and sparked a further 23 Pokémon flicks in the franchise, with last year’s Detective Pikachu also set to receive a sequel.
The release of Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution on Netflix also coincides with Pokémon Day – an annual celebration of the original Japanese release of Pokémon Red and Blue.
It’s been a great month for Pokémon fans generally, with latest titles Sword and Shield set to receive two new DLC packs later this year.
A remake of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team was also announced for Nintendo Switch, which releases on 6 March.
Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution releases on Netflix 27 February.