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Site: https://25.pokemon.com/en-us





BELLEVUE, Wash. – January 13, 2021 – The Pokémon Company International officially launches celebrations today for Pokémon’s landmark 25th anniversary. As an iconic video game and entertainment franchise beloved by millions of fans of all ages around the world, Pokémon has been bringing people together since its launch in 1996. In 2021, Pokémon will continue that tradition by aligning with another universal unifying force — music. Headlined by pop icon Katy Perry, the star-studded program created in partnership with Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, accompanies fan-focused activations celebrating 25 years of Pokémon across the franchise’s portfolio of video games, mobile apps, animation, merchandise and more. To help fans kick off this celebration, a live-action video, uniquely highlighting moments in the brand’s 25-year history and a journey through the Pokémon world’s many regions, can be viewed beginning today on the official Pokémon YouTube channel here.


Global Music Celebration: P25 Music
Every party needs a great playlist. To celebrate 25 years, The Pokémon Company International is teaming up with UMG through their brands strategies division, Universal Music Group for Brands, to make 2021 the biggest Pokémon party in history — and everyone is invited. Pokémon is working with some of the biggest names in music, from rising artists to award-winning global superstars, for the program, titled P25 Music. Pop icon Katy Perry was revealed today as a premier collaborator in the massive, yearlong music campaign.

“Pokémon has been a constant in my life from playing the original video games on my Game Boy, to trading Pokémon TCG cards at lunch, to the adventures of catching Pokémon on the street with Pokémon GO. I’ve even visited the Pokémon Café in Japan while on tour! It is an honor to be chosen to help celebrate a franchise that has given me so much joy in the last 25 years, and to be able to watch it evolve in the ways it’s provided that kind of electric joy for the kids in my life and around the world,” said Katy Perry.


“In Katy Perry, we see a kindred spirit to Pokémon, whose world is bright, fun and uplifting,” said Colin Palmer, vice president of marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “Katy is a wonderful ambassador to help us celebrate 25 years of Pokémon, and we can’t wait for music fans everywhere to experience the exciting collaborations we have planned.”


“We are honored to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pokémon and the significant cultural impact this beloved franchise continues to have around the world. Working together, we have developed dynamic year-round programming involving artists from across UMG’s labels — because what better way to create a global celebration than through the power of music,” said LJ Gutierrez, General Manager, UMGB.


Details about Katy Perry’s participation, additional artist surprises and more about the P25 Music program will be announced throughout the year.


25 Years of Adventures: A Journey Through the Pokémon World
Since the first video games launched in 1996, the franchise has explored a new region in the Pokémon world with the introduction of each core series game. In 2021, The Pokémon Company International will invite fans to relive their journeys through each of these regions in a yearlong program, beginning with the most recently discovered Galar region from Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield and ending with the classic Kanto region from the original Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue games. Beginning today, fans can visit a new website that will serve as the hub for this and all fan celebration activities as they are announced throughout the year, located here: https://25.pokemon.com/en-us


Anniversary Partners: Celebratory Programs and Merchandise
Pokémon adventures are always better with friends, so The Pokémon Company International is teaming up with other iconic brands to help fans celebrate the journey throughout the year with unique promotions and merchandise. Collaborations in the brand’s 25th anniversary year include programs from Build-A-Bear Workshop®, Levi’s, McDonald’s and more. Fans can also look forward to even more special merchandise tied to the anniversary celebrations from licensees including Jazwares, Scholastic, Mattel, Funko, Power A and The Wand Company. Additional partners and the ways they will celebrate the anniversary will be announced throughout the year.


Special Collections: The Pokémon Trading Card Game
The Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) is a cornerstone of the brand, and fans can look forward to special 25th anniversary-themed collections of the Pokémon TCG later in 2021. In the meantime, fans will soon be able to collect oversize cards featuring Pikachu and beloved first partner Pokémon from the various regions featured in the franchise-spanning retrospective.


More Celebrations Across the World of Pokémon
The details revealed today are a glimpse into what the world can expect from Pokémon in 2021. With 25th anniversary-related activations planned for Pokémon animation, Pokémon video games, mobile games including Pokémon GO and Pokémon Masters EX, and more big announcements from the franchise, fans have a year full of new journeys ahead.




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Hard to believe it's already been 25 years. It seems like not long ago PKMN was celebrating it's 20th anniversary and had that awesome Super Bowl ad. Hopefully we get some really cool stuff out of this, like the classic games coming to Switch. 


...But yeah... I'll never forget my first experience with Pokémon...



*taken from an old post on NS2 during PKMN's 20th...




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Oh don't forget the expansion pass where they put in all of the Poke'mon they lied they couldn't fit into the base game! 




That aside...  


Good old memories...  


I remember when I was a kid I went to this lake in the woods with my family and we rented an RV I think. A couple of my old friends were there too. What was special was a specific memory of me going to the nearby restroom with my mother. Poke'mon Red was the first game I owned, and I got the Game Boy Color, I think. The place I was in the game? Viridian Forest. 


Although I might not be into the current generation as the last seven, Poke'mon Red is one of the childhood memories I'll never forget, alongside Link's Awakening. 

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I still have those old Pokemon Power magazines.  They're a bit ratty now but I still remember wondering this whole Pokemon thing was about considering Nintendo Power was putting so much emphasis on it for months on end.  I think it was after they sent us a VHS tape that had a bunch of info and episode 1 of the cartoon that I (and probably Krazy) got sucked into it.


And to this day, Blastoise is the best!


By the by, I'm curious if the new 25th Ann. TCGs will increase fervor over the original Wizards of the Coast cards?  Still got a ton of those in great condition that I'm looking to finally sell.

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Since we're all going down memory lane... (and I am sure we did this 20th anniversary thread and any Pokememory lane thread involving Pokemon)


My first Pokemon game was in Gen 2 with Pokemon Gold. I played the gen 1 Blue thanks to my cousin but I never owned the game so I don't count that experience as my own. Plus I don't have that much fondness for Gen 1 like I do for Gen 2 since it was all of mine own. I owned in total 2 GB, I do remember which one I played Gold on... should be easy one to remember which GB, it's either the LCD black and while not the the greenish tint on screen or straight up GBC. I forgot the name of it but it was neon green on., had that thing years.


Hmm, still can't remember which it on, I wanna say it was on the GBC but I feel that I played a few hours on black color thin model GB with the black and LCD so that is why I can't remember which one. Man lot of memories staying up late training Pokemon and taking on gyms in Johto. Some reason I don't remember how I felt when I was in Kanto again. As I said I played gen 1 but I am more fond of Gen 2 so it to me was a cool bonus that the gen 1 world was in Gen 2 too. That's how I must of felt. Love the Ice Cavern to the last gym, the whirl island caves and surfing to Cianwood City Some few cites Ecurteak city, Olivine and Goldenrod City. Oh yeah the Pokemon catching contest in National Park.


Lots of fond memories of Gen 2.

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Wow can't believe it's been that long, especially considering it's been a powerhouse of the video game world that entire time. I'm sure I've told this story here before but I still remember how Pokémon became such a phenomenon that it was pretty much the first time I'd ever seen kids talking about video games at school. I've been playing video games my whole life thanks to older siblings and cousins, but seeing peers at school huddled around during recess to trade Pokémon and Pokémon cards was something else.


Also, Squirtle Squad for life over here.

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