What started in 1996 as a video game about collectible “pocket monsters” has grown into so much more.
This year, Pokémon is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and in addition to enlisting the help of pop singer Katy Perry to celebrate, the creators behind the popular franchise are holding virtual events, releasing special items and going out to celebrate.
If you have Pokémon fans in your household, you can check out our list of everything we know so far about the anniversary celebration. Rest assured that 2021 will be a Poké-filled year, and when it comes to these special events, you and your family will want to capture them all.
In addition to Katy Perry, Pokémon will partner with Universal Music Group to work with a variety of musicians to create special Pokémon-themed music, which will be released throughout the year. Pokémon announced its collaboration with Katy Perry in January and said details of her participation and the other artists in the lineup will be announced at a later date.
Live-action celebration video
In a YouTube video created just for the special anniversary, a Poké Ball zooms past Pokémon, trading cards, plush figures, video game clips and more. It̵
25th anniversary products
To start the celebration, Pokémon announced a partnership with Bear Walker skateboards in January. Fans of the series can buy skateboards in a limited edition, and should be on the lookout for much more themed items coming to the Pokémon Center in 2021.
New trading cards
Pokémon Trading Card Game will have special 25th anniversary edition cards added to the mix later in 2021. In the meantime, large cards featuring Pikachu and many more Pokémon will be available from February 26th.
Special goods and cooperation
Throughout the year, Pokémon have teased that they will announce collaborations with major brands ranging from McDonalds to the Build-A-Bear Workshop for special promotions and merchandise.
Pokémon Go: Kanto arrangement
To celebrate, the mobile game Pokémon Go, which also celebrates its five-year anniversary this year, will hold a special event in the augmented reality game on February 20th. Game developer Niantic says the event, which is an additional in-app purchase, will take Pokémon trainers back to the early days of the Pokémon series by making the first 150 Pokémon originally found in the Kanto region of the game available for capture.
At any time during the holiday year, parents can visit the Pokémon 25th Anniversary website to get the latest updates on events and collaborations.
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