Pokémon is the highest-grossing media franchise of all time. A brief overview of its main milestones.
On the 27th of February 1996, the first two Pokémon video games (usually come out in pairs), namely Red and Green, were released for Game Boy.
In September 1996, the first Pokémon cards were released by the Japanese company Bandai.
In March 1997, the first manga series, Pokémon Adventures, was started and has since consisted of 53 volumes which means more than 540 chapters.
On the 1st of April 1997, the anime series was launched and has consisted of more than 1,000 episodes broken down into several smaller series like Diamond and Pearl.
On the 18th of July 1998, the first animated theatrical film, Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back, was released.
On the 15th of September 2000, an American musical was made.
In 2005, a Pokémon traveling theme park was established, which was also set up in Taiwan in the next year.
In August 2006, Pokémon Trading Figure Game created, for the first time in Australia.
In 2009, Pokémon Red and Blue became the best-selling RPGs (role-playing games) of all time.
In August 2014, a Pokémon-styled Monopoly board game was launched.
In 2016, Pokémon Trading Card Game was the top-selling strategic card game of the year.
In 2016, the Pokémon Go smartphone gaming app was launched. It won several awards, and soon became Nintendo’s highest-grossing mobile game.
On the 20th of February 2018, a Hungarian stage play about Pokemon Go was directed by Tibor Csizmadia.
On the 3rd of May 2019, the first live-action/CGI Pokémon movie was released, Pokémon – Detective Pikachu. It was made in America starring Ryan Reynolds.
In 2020, Nintendo sued the TikTok, Twitch, and Pornhub star called Pokeprincxss for not wanting to associate the company with the woman.
In addition to the list above, Pokémon trains and planes are also can be found in Japan.
Japan is preparing all year round for the 25th anniversary. The 27th of February is also known as Pokémon Day in the island nation. For example, there are now Pokémon cards in the McDonalds Happy Meal menu there.