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Pokémon turns 25 with virtual celebrations

Tokyo, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- It has been 25 years since the debut of Pokémon, one of the most successful and global video game franchises, which has focused on its online games due to the pandemic and on Saturday is also taking its birthday celebrations virtual.

On Feb. 27, 1996, “Pokémon Red” and “Pokémon Green” were released for the Nintendo Game Boy, in which the player got into the skin of a boy who dreams of catching all the Pocket Monsters.

A quarter of a century later, those titles and their 150 creatures have evolved in format and genre with dozens of games published, of which more than 368 million copies have been sold, and that bring together more than 800 pokémon to discover, catalog and breed.

More than 22 billion collectible cards distributed in 77 countries, and an animated series with more than 1,000 episodes in 23 seasons and licensed in 176 countries, are other milestones.

The arrival to mobile phones five years ago of Pokémon GO, which has accumulated more than a billion downloads, exploded an already global phenomenon and captivated even the most adult, taking people out onto the streets until the Covid-19 pandemic arrived.

“We will continue to offer new and innovative ways to experience the world of Pokémon for the next 25 years,” Peter Murphy, marketing director of the international division of The Pokémon Company, told EFE on the occasion of the event.

As a first step, the company has announced the launch in 2022 of a new game for Nintendo Switch, “Pokémon Legends: Arceus,” in which players will go on a quest to develop the first pokémon database, called a Pokédex, of one of the regions from the series, Sinnoh.

“Pokémon Diamond” and “Pokémon Pearl” have been remade into “Pokémon Shiny Diamond” and “Pokémon Shimmering Pearl” and will be released later this year. The announcement was made in one of the company’s usual video presentations, the broadcast which coincided with 00:00 Tokyo time in a nod to the anniversary.

The celebrations of this 25th birthday have turned to a digital format with internal events and a series of musical performances under the P25 Music project, which will last for a year but start Saturday with a free concert by the American rapper Post Malone.

The initiative is headlined by singer Katy Perry, who says she is an avid fan of the franchise.

“Pokémon has been a constant in my life from playing the original video games on my Game Boy, to trading Pokémon TCG cards at lunch, to the adventures of catching Pokémon on the street with Pokémon GO,” said the artist in a statement. EFE-EPA


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