Pokemon turns 20 this year

It's hard to believe that has been been around for 20 years. +Nintendo will be celebrating the anniversary in a multitude of ways...
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This is the official logo of Pokemon's 20th year Anniversary.

" Pokémon is thrilled to announce that 2016 will be a year-long celebration of the past, present, and future of the 20 year-old brand. First introduced in Japan in 1996 with the video games Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green for the Game Boy system, Pokémon has delighted fans of all ages around the world for two decades. With more than 275 million video games sold worldwide, 21.5 billion TCG cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 18 seasons, Pokémon is one of the most successful entertainment brands in the world.

To kick start the celebration, The Pokémon Company International announced today that it will air a new ad during Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, February 7, which will encourage fans to Train On. In that spirit, fans are encouraged to share their favorite Pokémon memories on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube using the hashtag #Pokemon20. On Pokémon Day, February 27, fans can join in on the fun at special events at participating retail locations across the country. More details can be found at Pokemon.com/20. Fans visiting the site throughout the year will find information about monthly Mythical Pokémon character distributions, retail events, special products, messages from some of Pokémon’s biggest fans, and the upcoming Pokémon Photo Booth app.

In addition to all of the great ways to celebrate 20 years of Pokémon, there is much more to come in 2016. This spring, Pokkén Tournament (Pokemon.com/PokkenTournament) for the Wii U console will bring Pokémon to life in a way never seen before, where Pokémon battle in direct response to the player’s actions. Pokémon GO (Pokemon.com/GO), a ground breaking mobile game that will encourage fans to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon, launches later this year. To coincide with Pokemon Day on February 27, Nintendo will also make some of their best-selling Pokémon amiibo available again, at select retailers only. Fans should be on the look-out for Charizard, Jigglypuff, Greninja, and Lucario to join Pikachu at stores nationwide." - Nintendo

Thoughts
I've been a fan of Pokemon since the beginning, though my love for the anime has died years ago; I'm still a fan of the games. I remember when i first got Pokemon Red way back when, I remember when i was the first kid in the neighborhood with a Game Shark, and the trading of Mews became very lucrative for me (I must have entered the code so much that it still sticks with me today. "0115D8CF")... I remember when i first opened up a Pokemon 1st edition pack and to my surprise the 11th card was a Charizard. I made $423 dollars off it. Me and Pokemon go way back and it still boggles my mind of how popular it still is today. 

  
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