Wow. Can you guys believe it? It’s been 20 years since the first pokemon games. Game Freak has been such an amazing company over the past 20 years. Pokemon was a large portion of my childhood. It still is a portion of my life to this day. It was and still is one of my favorite franchises to this day. I can say the same thing for many Nintendo franchises such as Legend of Zelda and Mario, but Pokemon had the most amount of impact on me.
Let’s dive into a bit of the history of the Pokemon franchise. In 1996, the first two pokemon games were released in Japan. They were Pokemon Red and Pokemon Green. The games were a big hit in Japan, so much so that a third game came out called Pokemon Blue which was an enhanced edition. They then reprogrammed Pokemon Blue to make Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue for international release in 1998. It was a large hit internationally as well. And that was the beginning of a franchise beloved by many. The success of pokemon prompted the release of its own show with over 900 episodes and counting, over 15 movies, a trading card game, a line of toys, etc.
I simply adore the franchise. It has been that way since I was a little boy. I would spend much of my time dedicated to these games and the show. I even bought little phone straps and plushies for myself. I just love the franchise. It has been in my life for many years and I do hope it will continue to be in it for a long while. I don’t want to see the Pokemon franchise die out. I want my children to experience the same thing.
It has been 20 years since the start of Pokemon and the franchise is still going strong after all this time. There has been 6 generations of Pokemon games and recently a new one has been announced recently. I am very much excited about this and I know that many others are just like me. I genuinely hope that Pokemon will continue to evolve over the years to come.