Yesterday Was Pokemon’s 21st Anniversary

Yesterday Was Pokemon’s 21st Anniversary
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Can you believe it? On 27 February 1996, the first games in the Pokemon series were released in Japan. The world has never been the same.

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In Japanese, the games were titled Pokemon Red Version and Green Version, and the series hit Australia two years later in 1998. The trading card game wasn’t released in Japan until that October.

Online in Japan, a hashtag (#ポケモン21周年, which means Pokemon’s 21st Anniversary) has been a way for fans to celebrate the day.


  • Why celebrate 21? They already did 20 last year and at least that’s a milestone, 21 is a strange number to make a big deal out of.

      • I don’t really get those either. 18 is the age of majority in most of the world and only 12 countries restrict drinking age to 21. It makes a little sense in the US where it’s the first birthday you can get drunk, but it doesn’t make sense most anywhere else.

        In Japan both ages are 20 and there’s no tradition around 21 to the best of my knowledge. I know for all my circle of friends at the time here in Australia we did a big 18th, 21 was just a normal year.

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