Pokemon has been around for a long time and is very popular among people of all ages! Recently, exciting announcements and events have been released for fans to celebrate 25 years of Pokemon. But how did it all start?
In 1996, Pokemon released the first video games based on the unique creatures that you could collect, battle, and trade with your friends called Pokemon. Soon after, the trading cards and cartoon were released. As years passed, more video games were released, more cards were produced, and more episodes were aired. Now, in 2021, Pokemon has become a worldwide sensation!
People everywhere, young and old can learn about Pokemon. There are young kids that like to play the game, teens that compete in tournaments, and even older adults that earn a living from selling Pokemon cards. Senior Mark Lewis, believes that Pokemon has become so popular “because they have some of the best marketing, especially for a younger audience.” Pokemon markets to younger people in forms of toys in cereal boxes, cards in Happy Meals and commercials on other television shows.
The anniversary commemorates the original release of the Game Boy video game, Pocket Monsters Red and Green, on February 27, 1996, but it is celebrated year long. The company also announced that new pokemon video games would be released later this year. Many Pokemon fans attended a virtual concert, bought pokemon cards, or watched the cartoons. “I’m most excited for the Diamond and Pearl remakes,” said Junior Roman Maddox.
Much of the Pokemon anniversary is centered around the virtual events and video games that are being released, however, some fans are more excited about the cards that they can purchase. “Opening Pokemon cards is more addicting because of the thrill and anticipation of whether you are going to get something good,” Explained Mark Lewis. Sometimes, there’s nothing like holding a rare or holographic card in your hands.
Pokemon has been a successful company for 25 years. Because there are so many ways to appreciate the success of the franchise, they really made sure there is something for everyone to enjoy.