On 27th February 1996, the first Pokémon media was released in the form of Pokémon Red and Green for the original Game Boy. On this day, 26 years later, fans from all over the globe plan to celebrate the incredible world of ‘Pocket Monsters' (Pokémon). In being the highest grossing media franchise of all time, Pokémon is a sensation like no other. On Pokémon Day, the devoted and sustained fanbase goes all out to celebrate the series with cosplays, watch parties, conferences and get-togethers. The online community also becomes extremely active as die-hard fans express their support.
The Pokémon franchise is divided into generations. In each new generation, a new set of Pokémon and a new region are introduced for the first time. The first generation began in Japan with the release of Pocket Monsters Red and Green on February 27, 1996. As of 2022, there are currently eight generations of main series video games.
Original Pokémon Anime Cel of Ash, Brock, Misty and Pikachu
The cultural impact of the Pokémon cannot be understated with the franchise repeatedly appearing in today’s popular culture. There are even a number of animals named after Pokémon. Stentorceps weedlei (named after the Pokémon Weedle for its resemblance) and Chilicola Charizard Monckton (named after the Pokémon Charizard). There is also a protein named after Pikachu, called Pikachurin.
Whether you are long-time fan of the series/video games or not, it is more than likely you have heard of Pokémon. Regardless, we urge you to engage with the franchise this month in some way or another. If you would like, you can view our Pokémon related products here: