Happy 20th Birthday, Pokémon!

By Joe Young - Deputy Culture Editor

Today marks the 20th birthday of one of the world’s most loved video game franchises! To celebrate, here’s a brief rundown of the last twenty years of gaming!

1996: Pokémon Red and Green are released in Japan

1997: The Pokémon anime airs for the first time

1998: Pokémon Red and Blue are released in North America. The Pokémon anime airs in North America too.

1999: Pokémon Yellow and Pokémon Pinball released. The Pokémon Trading Card Game is launched. Pokémon: The First Movie is released.

2000: Pokémon Gold and Silver are released. Pokémon: The Movie 2000 is released.

2001: Pokémon 3: The Movie is released. Pikachu features in Super Smash Bros Melee. Pokémon Crystal is released.

2002: The Pokémon Master Quest TV series launches, as does the Pokémon 4 Ever movie.

2003: Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire are released.

2004: The first remakes in the Series, Fire Red and Leaf Green, are released. The first Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championship takes place. Pokémon Heroes: The Movie is released.

2005: Pokémon Emerald is released. The new anime series Pokémon: Advanced Battle airs for the first time.

2006: The games Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team, and Blue Rescue Team are released, as is Pokémon Ranger. Pokémon goes on a tour of America to celebrate its 10th birthday. The film Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew is released.

2007: The Pokémon Diamond and Pearl games, anime, and trading cards are released.

2008: The games Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, and Explorers of Darkness are released, as is Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. The film Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai is released.

2009: The Pokémon Platinum game and trading cards are released, as is the tie-in film Pokémon: Giratina & the Sky Warrior.

2010: The remakes Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver are released, and introduce the Pokéwalker, a new fitness device.

2011: The Pokémon Black and White games are released, as are the tie-in trading cards.

2012: The creatively named games Pokémon Black 2, and White 2, are released, as is the movie Pokémon: Kyurem and the Sword of Justice.

2013: Pokémon explores the Kalos region with the games Pokémon X and Y.

2014: The remakes Pokémon Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire, are released.

2015: The Hoopa and the Clash of Ages trading cards are released.

2016: The Pokken Tournament game (a Tekken tie-in) is scheduled for release. Pokémon Go, a real world interactive game, is scheduled for release. The BreakPoint trading cards will be released.

Happy 20th birthday, Pokémon! Here’s to many more!

Image: Ebony Jade (DeviantArt)
About Joe Young 316 Articles
Joe Young has been involved with student media for a very long time now, holding posts within The Pulse, and Pulse Radio, as well as the predecessor of The Pulse, Pluto. He is currently Politics Editor of The Pulse, and Head of News of Pulse Radio. In 2016, he won the Media Award for Best Article for his coverage of the Fishergate Shopping Centre bomb scare.

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