Pokémon Readys for a 20th Birthday

With a little over a month before the 20th anniversary of the original Japanese release, Pokémon is rolling out the red and blue carpet.

Tuesday morning, the official PokémonTwitter account tweeted out the anniversary announcement video, laying out plans to celebrate one of the biggest franchises of this generation.

The 64 second video shows off upcoming distributions of legendary Pokémon for the last two generations of games, presenting Mew, Keldeo, Arceus, and more.

Up next was arguably the biggest reveal: a Nintendo 3DS bundle (note: not the 3DS XL) that includes both Pokémon Red and Blue, along with plate covers of Charizard and Blastoise from their cartridge artwork. They also announced expansion packs for the Pokémon Trading Card Game, as well as collections with a different promo card each month.

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The decision to not make the bundle a 3DS XL is interesting.

The second half reveals digital remasters for the first three Pokémon movies, and more collectibles available at PokemonCenter.com, their official merchandise site. Small footage was shown of the two upcoming games, Pokémon Go and Pokken Tournament. Neither was given a release date beyond 2016.

You can share your memories with the company on social media with #Pokemon20, and visit pokemon.com/20 to see a digital scrapbook.

Not mentioned in the video is that Pikachu, the series’ mascot, will be arriving at Build-A-Bear shops sometime early 2016.

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My Opinion:

It’s warming to see a franchise that’s so dear to me get a celebration it deserves. I’m a little disappointed that the 3DS bundle is not an XL. I had the same reaction to the Super Smash Bros. one about a year ago. I’ll be interested to see if The Legend Zelda receives the same treatment. Its 30th anniversary is February 21st.


Christian Glass is a MONG Associate Writer.  Ask to see his Cubone tattoo.  You can love him on Twitter, Twitch, and Instagram

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