The 20th Anniversary of Pokémon
2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Pokémon. On February 27, 1996 Pokémon Red and Green versions were released for Game Boy in Japan. Pokémon is short for pocket monsters which is what the franchise was originally named in Japan. The video games quickly became a huge success and the Pokémon anime soon followed suit.
A little over two years later on September 28, 1998 Pokémon Red and Blue versions were released in North America on Game Boy color. The anime also made its TV debut in North America at this time.
North America as well as many other countries quickly caught on to all the Pokémon hype. As the years went on numerous types of Pokémon merchandise were released such as trading cards, plushies, action figures, apparel, and costumes.
Pokémon seems to have withstood the test of time as it’s popularity has yet to dissipate. Most toys and cartoons tend to be fads and often die out after a while. However Pokémon has been around for two decades and is still going strong.
Pokémon is enjoyed by people of all ages. Many adults who used to play Pokémon when they were children still play now. These same adults have shown Pokémon to their children and have gotten them to join in on the fun. Plus, with the recent release of Pokémon GO everyone is out trying to catch them all.
I am definitely one of those adults who still plays Pokémon. I have been playing Pokémon since I was just six years old and I will probably continue to play for the rest of my life.
I have so many fond memories of playing Pokémon with my siblings and cousins. Going back and playing the older games now is an awesome feeling.
The pure nostalgia and the flood of memories I have from my childhood brings a smile to my face. It is truly incredible to be celebrating 20 years of Pokémon.
Come and Join the Celebration
Of course the makers of Pokémon wouldn’t let such a milestone go by without celebrating. Pokémon is holding special events for every month of its 20th anniversary.
These events include mythical Pokémon that can be obtained on the 3DS by mystery gifts via download codes and Nintendo internet distribution.
Each of these mythical Pokémon also has a corresponding special 20th anniversary plush. There are also Pokémon 20th anniversary trading card game boxes, as well as key chains and action figures in special Pokéballs.
There are even some Pokémon 20th anniversary events such as Pokémon Day that are being held at Toys “R” Us and GameStop. Event cards as well as posters and other 20th anniversary memorabilia are given away at these special events.
The release of Pokémon GO was another way to celebrate Pokémon’s 20th anniversary. This mobile app gave Pokémon trainers everywhere the ability to finally go out on a real Pokémon adventure. This also allowed Pokémon trainers to go out and meet other Pokémon fans as well as see new places.
Pokémon and Nintendo sure know how to celebrate Pokémon’s 20th anniversary. So come and celebrate with us!