Not long ago you couldn't turn on your phone, go on Facebook or head to any news site without reading or seeing something related to Pokemon GO. The game is still popular, but things have died down quite a bit, largely because many fans have started to run out of things to do. Well, developer Niantic has finally come to the rescue and given Pokemon GO users even more Pokemon to catch. So update those apps and charge your phones Pokemon fans, you've got some work to do.

Niantic finally announced that some new Pokemon, such as Togepi and Pichu, are now available for Pokemon GO players. The company also made it clear that even more types of Pokemon are going to be rolled out in the app over the coming months. Pikachu may not be a new Pokemon to Pokemon GO users, but since Christmas is nearly upon us, the developers have decided to place special, limited edition Pikachu in the game who will be wearing festive hats to help bring some holiday cheer to the game.

"You'll find limited edition Pikachu all over the world. These Pikachu will be wearing a festive hat to celebrate the season! Use the Pokémon GO AR camera when you encounter them in the wild to take their picture and share it with us using #HolidayPikachu."

Pokemon was first introduced in Japan in 1996 and has absolutely captivated fans of all ages around the world ever since. With more than 279 million video games sold worldwide, 21.5 billion trading cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 19 seasons, Pokemon is easily one of the most successful entertainment brands in the world. Things had stagnated a bit prior to the release of Pokemon GO, but the feverish love of the game helped reinvigorate the brand, even if that fever has died down quite a bit since the initial launch of the game.

That said, releasing new types of Pokemon to users over the coming months could be a good way to regenerate interest in Pokemon GO, which would be good for reasons that stretch beyond the game itself. Just as the popularity of the game was at its highest, Legendary Pictures announced that it had finally closed a deal to make a live-action Pokemon movie, which will be based on the Detective Pikachu game. The studio recently hired Goosebumps director Rob Letterman to helm the movie. Assuming Niantic and Nintendo can keep the level of interest high for Pokemon while the movie gets made, that would surely benefit the box office when the live-action Pokemon movie actually does hit theaters.

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At the moment, no specific number of new Pokemon was revealed by Niantic, but the company says that Pokemon GO users can only capture them by acquiring and hatching eggs from Pokestops. The company is also currently turning Sprint stores into Pokestops and trainer gyms, so if you are looking to get your hands on these new Pokemon, that might be a good place to start. You can check out the announcement trailer for the Pokemon GO update for yourself below.

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