Today, Pokémon Was Born 23 Years Ago

Screenshot: Junichi_Masuda (Twitter)
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On February 27, 1996, Pokémon Red and Blue were released, giving birth to one of the most popular franchises in history.

Card games, sequels and anime followed, all of which have been enormously popular. Pokémon director took to Twitter to celebrate the series’s birth, adding, “Today is a day that’s been supported by numerous people. I have nothing but gratitude.”

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On Twitter, fans have also been thanking Pokémon for the past 23 years.

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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.