Pokémon Was Born 24 Years Ago Today

Can you believe it? Today is Pokémon’s birthday. On February 27, 1996, Pokémon Red and Green were released in Japan. The world has never been the same.

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The series has spawned incredibly successful anime, toys, merch, clothes and card games.

Honestly, it’s hard to imagine a time before Pokémon. I can’t. I just tried. The characters and games have become ubiquitous around the world. They’re not only key parts of people’s childhoods but also truly enjoyable parts of their adulthood.

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Using the hashtag #本日2月27日はPokémonDay (Today February 27 Is Pokémon Day) and #PokémonDay2020, people have been uploading photos, fan art and other expressions of gratitude.

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Which Pocket Monster is your favorite? Which game do you love most?

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Did Japan have Red and Green instead of Red and Blue?