Get ready to party, Trainers! It’s 2021, which marks 25
years of Pokémon. That’s a quarter-century of awesome video games, exciting
animation, cool cards, and so much more. To mark this auspicious occasion, a
yearlong celebration including music collaborations, remembrances of previous
travels through the world of Pokémon, special Pokémon Trading Card Game collections,
and plenty more excitement is about to kick off.
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Of course, every
party needs a great playlist, and to that end, Pokémon is teaming up with
Universal Music Group and some of the biggest names in music to create a global
music celebration dubbed P25 Music. Expect new songs from a wide range of
musicians, featuring rising artists and award-winning superstars like pop icon
Katy Perry. More details, including additional performer surprises, will be
announced throughout the year.
The world of
Pokémon has grown quite a bit since the first Pokémon video games debuted in Japan
back in 1996, and such a long and varied journey deserves a look back. You can
relive your travels through the series’ many regions at a new website that will serve as the hub for fan
celebration activities. You’ll begin with the recently discovered Galar region
from Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield before eventually ending with the classic
Kanto region from the original Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue games. This site will also feature monthly events for music and all
sorts of other incredible 25th anniversary events, so check in often to ensure
you don’t miss a minute of the fun!
Pokémon TCG players
can look forward to 25th anniversary-themed collections of the Pokémon TCG
later in 2021. Fans will soon be able to collect oversize cards
featuring Pikachu and beloved first partner Pokémon of the various regions as
well. You’ll also see 25 years of
Pokémon being celebrated through Pokémon animation and mobile games like Pokémon GO and Pokémon Masters EX, and there will be even more big
announcements as the year goes on.
And this isn’t even
everything the world can expect from Pokémon in 2021. During the year, there
will be plenty of commemorative products available at the Pokémon Center,
starting with a preorder for a limited edition 25th anniversary-themed
skateboard by industry craftsman Bear Walker starting January 19. Pokémon is
also working with other well-known brands such as General Mills, Levi’s,
McDonald’s, Jazwares, Scholastic, Mattel, Funko, and The Wand Company to create more unique promotions and
merchandise. Additional partners and their roles in the celebration will
be announced throughout the year.
Katy Perry photo by Christine Hahn.