Pokémon’s Evolution Over the Past 25 Years
This past weekend marked a huge milestone for the universal fan-favorite Pokémon Company. Last Saturday, the world came together to celebrate Pokémon’s 25th anniversary while tuning into Post Malone’s virtual concert.
Pokémon has come a long way throughout these years, from trading cards and video games to augmented reality mobile games and holographic cards. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to see how Pokémon has evolved over the past 25 years.
It all started when Pocket Monsters Red and Pocket Monsters Green’s release came out in Japan back in 1996. These two games were issued on the Nintendo Game Boy and a few years after the international versions debuted. Players joined together to capture, trade, and train cartoon creatures to later battle against each other. This became a core concept for future Pokémon games. The birth of 151 fictional characters came to life, which instilled many people’s childhoods. The Pokémon Trading Card Game’s release followed next that same year with the Pokémon anime TV series in 1997.
The early 2000s were significant for the Pokémon franchise because video games were exclusively created for the Game Boy Advance and the Nintendo DS since the Game Boy was becoming discontinued. Pokémon introduced Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire in 2002, which included 135 new Pokémon and other vast changes.
During this decade, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y came out on the new Nintendo 3DS, which had stereoscopic technology capabilities without 3D special glasses. The mobile app, Pokémon GO, became a global gaming sensation in 2016, mainly because reality and augmented reality were merged into one world. The Pokémon GO app allows players to catch and train Pokémon characters in real-life surroundings using location tracking technologies. Two years later, “Let’s Go, Eevee!” and “Let’s Go, Pikachu” was released as remakes of the classic first generation of Pokémon.
A new game will be released this year just in time for Pokémon’s 25th anniversary. New Pokémon Snap is a first-person simulation video game where players can travel around the world to capture pictures of Pokémon in the wild. This new Nintendo Switch game is determined to release later next month, so start brushing up on your photography skills! Three other Pokémon-related games for the Nintendo Switch were recently announced to drop in the upcoming year.
Over the past 25 years, Pokémon has ascended to new heights and has become an essential part of pop-culture. With new trading cards, video games, merchandise, and more on the horizon, Pokémon will remain one of the top gaming franchises the world has ever encountered. As Pokémon continues to expand its brand, new generations of fans will experience the worldwide phenomenon that Pokémon has become.