Pokemon’s 20th anniversary is this year and in celebration The Pokemon Company will be releasing all kinds of special editions of the trading card game, the original video games, 3DS bundles, and in game events for Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Omega Ruby, X, and Y.
To start with the original Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow will be given a re-release on the Nintendo eShop on February 27. Also on that day Nintendo will be releasing a new New 3DS bundle. The bundle will include the original Pokemon Red and Blue pre-installed, as well as two face-plates for the 3DS, one for each version of the game, and an exclusive 3DS Home Menu theme. There will also be events every month at different locations that will allow gamers to receive one Mythical Pokemon each month starting with Mew being available at GameStop in February until the 24th. The Pokemon will be available at either GameStop or on the Nintendo Network.
The Pokemon Trading Card Game will also be getting a new expansion this February called Generations. Also in February Mythical Pokemon Collection packs will be released which include two Generations booster packs, and Red and Blue Collections based on the original games.
12 Pokemon animated movies will be made available on Google Play, Amazon, and iTunes throughout the year. Other events will be happening all year long that the official Pokemon 20th Anniversary site will be announcing as they come up. New clothing and toys will be coming out all year long, and the Pokemon Amiibo will be getting restocked as well.
Pokemon is one of the most successful game franchises of all time with the company stating “275 million video games sold worldwide, 21.5 billion TCG cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 18 seasons,” as well as 19 animated movies so far (one of which hasn’t been released in English yet). They are looking to add to that success this year with the releases of Pokken Tournament for the Wii U, and Pokemon GO for Android and iOS. If you’re a fan of the series get ready for a very exciting year.