All the way back on 27 February 1996, a small but ambitious project was released upon the Japanese masses under the name Pocket Monsters, and would transcend history as one of the most successful multi-media franchises. Pokémon made its debut with Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green on the Nintendo Game Boy on that day and here we are, 25 long years later, still trying to catch them all. At the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company unveiled they will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pokémon starting next February for an entire year.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade featured a giant Pikachu float. Everyone’s favorite electric mouse was holding a snowman version of itself, only to lead to a plaza where there were a number of trainers performing the Pikachu dance, only to unveil the logo for the 25th anniversary of Pokémon. The logo is essentially identical to the 20th anniversary, with the main difference being Pikachu’s electric red cheeks displaying the numbers 2 and 5 as opposed to 2 and 0.
It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were just celebrating the 20th anniversary of Pokémon. Nintendo and The Pokémon Company celebrated the franchise for the whole year of 2016 in a number of ways: level 100 Pokémon being distributed for the games, the digital release of Detective Pikachu, the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon, and the release of Pokémon GO.
The festivities are set to kick off in February 2021 but neither Nintendo nor The Pokémon Company has made any announcements as to what they will be bringing to the fans. Considering how white-hot the Pokémon franchise still is, it’s bound to be something pretty major.