Pokemon’s 20th Anniversary

It’s been 20 years since the Japanese Pocket Monsters (Pokemon) landed in America, and the tiny creatures are still thriving. Pokemon broke into the American kids’ game market in 1996 with a card game that took the country by storm.  Originally sold in red and green packages of cards, there were 51 initial characters and each card game packet had at least one special foil character card that quickly became highly sought collector items.

The Pokemon TV show was released and the same time and fueled the interest in the cards as kids attempted to not only memorize all of the characters, but also collect all of the special cards that represented them.  Comic book stores who were the first stores to carry the card games, couldn’t keep the cards in for more than a few hours before they sold out, and the foil cards traded at an amazing premium, as speculators bought packets just to open them looking for some of the top foil cards that they could subsequently place on auction online.

Many schools banned the cards, as kids got into fights over favorite cards lost in card “battles.”

A Pokemon Renaissance?

Although the frenzy over the collector cards tapered off over the next few years, the interest in Pokemon has never completely subsided.  New generations of kids now play with the more than 700 Pokemon characters, that in some cases their parents’ older siblings thought were cool.  Whether there will be a resurgence of interest in the characters during their anniversary will have to be seen, but Pikachu and the intimidating Charzard will always have a special place in my memory, as I think back on my kids’ fascination the original Pokemon “Pocket Monsters” from Japan, who arrived in their unique little Pokeballs.  What an interesting 20 years it’s been…..

Initial Pokemon Release (Red & Green)

Pokemon 1996

Pokemon 2016

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