Pokémon at 25: Why We Still Want to Catch ‘Em All

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For ‘90s kids, it may come as a shock to learn that Pokémon turns 25 this year. Back on February 27th, 1996, Game Freak’s first installments in the Pocket Monsters (hence Pokémon) video game series debuted in Japan. When these games proved popular, they were released overseas, and, after an initial, massive surge in popularity, Pokémon has steadily earned the title of the highest-grossing multimedia franchise in history.

That’s right — in history. Even if you don’t have that "Gotta Catch ‘Em All" mentality, there’s no denying Pokémon’s success, which, fiscally speaking, has eclipsed the revenue of other big-name properties, including Mickey Mouse, Star Wars, Marvel Comics, and Hello Kitty. September 12th, 2021 is National Video Games Day in America. Let's take a look at some of the franchise’s biggest moments, and uncover just how Pokémon became the beloved, generation-defining cornerstone we know and love.