Did You Catch All of the Easter Eggs in Pokemon's Super Bowl Video?

Earlier today we reported on #Pokemon20Pokemon’s Super Bowl ad to celebrate the famed series’ 20th anniversary. And while the trailer has been receiving a mixed reception, eagle-eyed viewers have been able to pinpoint easter eggs (ranging from obvious to hardly discernible). Were you able to notice them all? Check out the trailer below, scroll down, and see if you were able to spot what we noticed:

Easter Egg #1: LEARN TO SURF HM03

We start the hunt with this screen, and zoom into the lower right corner:

Anyone who has played through a Pokemon game can recognize HM03 Surf. The move must be taught to an accompanying Pokemon to allow you to travel across any body of water.

Easter Egg #2: Kanto Stock Report

Kanto, Pokemon’s first introduced region, seems to be booming, stock-wise.

Easter Egg #3: News Ticker — Route 12 Blockage

For this one, we needed to enhance a bit, but it looks like there is a roadblock on Route 12. Be should be advised of that delay, whatever it may be…

Also, make sure to bring your Pokeflute.

Easter Egg #4: News Ticker — Rare Fossils

On the other side of the news ticker? Looks like a couple of rare fossils have been discovered at Mt. Moon. Looks like people are already getting ready to #PraiseHelix.

Easter Egg #5: Nidoking Chess Piece

Most of these chess sets and pieces look standard issue — until you get to the brief flash of the Nidoking chess piece. How can you tell it is Nidoking (versus the horned Nidorino)? Check the fang coming from bottom-to-top instead of top-to-bottom.

Easter Egg #6: Football Player #20

Why is this relevant? We are celebrating Pokemon’s 20th anniversary! Why shouldn’t this Pokemon master be repping the number?

Easter Egg #7: Football Player #19 and #96

In that same vein, player #19 and #96 come together to make 1996 — the year Pokemon was introduced into the world.

Easter Egg #8: Volcano Badge Helmets

Looks like this team is known to bring the heat, seeing that they are wearing the Volcano Badge as an emblem. We assume they got the proper licensing rights from Blaine’s people.


Looks like this football team wants to be the very best….

Easter Egg #10: Rare Candy

For this one, we need to enhance again:

That right there is a Rare Candy if I’ve ever seen one:

Easter Egg #11: Moomoo Milk

Another signature item found in the Pokemon universe.

Easter Egg #12: Game Arcade

I’m willing to admit this one is a bit of a stretch, but this might be a nod to Pokemon’s handheld developers, GAME FREAK:


So did you get all twelve? Did you catch something that we missed? Let us know in the comments.

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Lou Contaldi

Lou Contaldi specializes in both reviews and the business behind gaming. He began writing about tech and video games while getting his Juris Doctor at Hofstra University School of Law. He is maybe the only gaming journo based in Nashville, TN.

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