Mewtwo Birthday: Celebrating the Mightiest Gen 1 Pokémon!

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Every year on February 6th, a legendary date rolls around for Pokémon fans worldwide. It marks the birth of one of the most iconic and mighty creatures from the original Pokémon series—Mewtwo. First unleashed upon players in the West with the release of Pokémon Red and Blue, this Psychic-Type Pokémon has since cemented its place in the pantheon of Pokémon legends.

The significance of February 6th comes from a journal entry found within the decrepit walls of the Pokémon Mansion, a location filled with mystery and remnants of scientific experiments on the Cinnamon Island in Kanto. The message left behind by an unknown researcher reads: “Diary: February 6. MEW gave birth. We called the little one MEWTWO.”

This birth announcement is not exclusive to the original games; it is also present in the Game Boy Advance remakes, Pokémon Fire Red and Leaf Green, where players can stumble upon the same chilling revelation.

In the Nintendo Switch remakes, Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee! and Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu!, the developers tweaked the text to clarify the relationship between Mew and Mewtwo. Here, it’s explained that Mewtwo isn’t exactly Mew’s child but rather a creation born from the genetic material of Mew.

The backstory of Mewtwo is consistent across game versions. Scientists, having discovered Mew in Guyana, transported the enigmatic creature to the Pokémon Mansion on Cinnamon Island with one goal in mind—to create something new. From Mew’s DNA, they engineered the formidable Mewtwo. However, they got more than they bargained for as Mewtwo’s strength was uncontrollable. It demolished the facility and sought refuge in the depths of Cerulean Cave, where, in the original games, players could confront and attempt to capture this powerful beast.

Mewtwo’s prowess in battle is legendary. Within the First Generation of Pokémon games, its stats were towering, making it a staple for any competitive Pokémon team. Mewtwo was so dominant that the only conceivable counter to it was another Mewtwo. Its influence expanded even further with the introduction of Mega Evolutions, granting Mewtwo two formidable new forms: Mega-Mewtwo X and Mega-Mewtwo Y. These new forms allowed Mewtwo to specialize further, either augmenting its physical attack or its special attack.

Outside the Pokémon games, Mewtwo has left a mark on other Nintendo franchises. It debuted as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Melee and has remained a playable character throughout the series, testament to its lasting popularity. Its fame also includes a place in the prestigious lineup of Nintendo’s amiibo figures.

As we celebrate this enigmatic Pokémon’s special day, we look ahead to 2024 when Mewtwo will reach the ripe old age of 28—a significant milestone reminding us of Pokémon Red and Green’s original release back in 1996. So here’s to you, Mewtwo: a truly unforgettable Pokémon that has shaped our gaming experiences and captured our imaginations year after year. Happy birthday!

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