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Pokémon Day celebrates 24 years of a worldwide craze

Happy National Pokémon Day!

By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger

Twenty-four years ago, a pair of video games debuted in Japan for the original Game Boy handheld system that would launch a worldwide craze. Today is Pokémon Day, and we're celebrating by remembering the journey this brand has taken over the past quarter-century.

Three Pokemon cards that show Pikachu, Mewtwo, and CharizardPhoto: GameStop

Long before the encouragement of “Gotta Catch ‘Em All,” the Pokémon concept hid inside of an odd childhood hobby. Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri hunted bugs in his youth and would trade them with friends. This concept for "Poketto Monsuta" — Pocket Monsters — was unveiled.

Video games, card games, augmented reality, plush characters, parade balloons and more have caught the hearts of the world with their recognizable characters that all began from a boy with a vivid imagination, who was born in Tokyo in 1965.

Currently, there are 890 Pokémon that make up the creature count (thanks to Sword and Shield) and more are expected as the 8th generation of Pokémon becomes available in the Pokédex.  

 

The best way to celebrate Pokémon Day is to play. Engage with your favorite Pokémon by trading cards, playing video games, watching a Pokémon TV or movie, reading books, manga, comics and much more.

Pokémon is the highest-grossing media franchise of all time, according to Dexerto. Don’t expect this giant to slow down as the company looks to the franchise’s next billion.  They want to be the very best, after all.

It wouldn’t be right if you didn’t try to share the Pokémon experience with others. Catch some fun today!

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