You mean like Machop and Mankey? Sounds like a warm-up to St. Patties to me.
And their marketing has improved. Hiding Smeargle within its GO Snapshot until some players discovered it, and then announcing it, that’s great marketing to encourage players to try the new mode.
I’m one of the harshest critics of Niantic, and even I know when to concede good marketing, and this is that time. Many people often act entitled when it comes to this game. We aren’t entitled to Shinies when we want them, so why is this any different? Because it breaks a pattern of returning Legendaries being Shiny? Four days is too short of a time to get a Shiny, and I would argue that one week was too short for many for Latias. Two weeks is a fair amount of time, and I’m guessing that’s when they’ll do it here.
It’s just too much of a coincidence to think that they’re not doing this because that’s when a large amount of the player base dresses up in green due to an established holiday. St. Patrick’s is not a holiday regularly recognized around the world like Easter, Halloween or Christmas. However, a large enough portion knows what it is and its association to the color green. Having a green Legendary coming back makes perfect sense to me, and if it doesn’t have a Shiny just yet? Oh well. We aren’t entitled to it.