Celebrating 20 Years of Pokémon in 2016

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It’s time for Pokémon trainers from around the world to join together in celebration; this year is the 20th anniversary of the Pokémon franchise! The company has created a website dedicated to the event, represented with the hashtag #Pokemon20. Fans are encouraged to share their favorite Pokémon memories and moments on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube with the designated hashtag. It’s rumored that the company’s favorite submissions may receive something special!

The most exciting announcement thus far is the distribution of Mythical Pokémon: starting in February, one Mythical Pokémon will be given out each month via the Nintendo Network. The event begins with Mew in February, and ends with Meloetta in December. You can find the complete lineup of Mythical Pokémon on their website. The Pokémon games that are currently able to access the network (and receive the Pokémon) are Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.

Pokémon was a substantial part of my childhood. I had Pokémon videogames, Pokémon figurines, Pokémon cards, and Pokémon stuffed animals. Did you own any games, and which ones? I have eight of the main Pokémon series:

  • Pokémon Blue
  • Pokémon Yellow
  • Pokémon Gold
  • Pokémon Crystal
  • Pokémon SoulSilver
  • Pokémon White
  • Pokémon X
  • Pokémon Alpha Sapphire

I also have Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, and we owned many of the games released on the N64 in the past. At that time, Pokémon was popular, and cool. It’s amazing to see the franchise still going strong, and to still be able to be a part of the fandom. I know people my age who go to tournaments where they battle other players, either with Pokémon cards or on the Nintendo 3DS. Pokémon has been able to stick with the adults who loved it as children, and appeal to new generations as well. Who doesn’t wish they could be a Pokémon master?

Even more exciting is the release of Pokémon GO this year. The game will be available as an app for both iPhone and Android devices. Your phone will use real location information to display Pokémon available for battle or capture. The Pokémon GO Plus – a small wearable device – takes the game out of your smartphone; connected via Bluetooth, the device will flash and vibrate to notify you of certain events, such as a nearby Pokémon. It’s the closest thing to having your own Pokémon in reality yet!

Do you have any Pokémon memories? Was there a franchise that was there from childhood into adulthood?

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