“1999. Pikachu becomes a star.”
I’m scrolling through this official timeline celebrating two decades of Pokémon, and it’s all coming back. Ken Sugimori’s iconic artwork on the game boxes and trading cards. The opening battle in Pokémon: The First Movie with Donphan blowing my adolescent mind. The mini-games in Stadium (“Rock Harden” and “Run, Rattata, Run” were and still are my favorites). Getting a GameCube with Super Smash Bros. Melee and thinking it was just about the coolest thing.
Skipping to 2016, the anime is now in its 19th season, Nintendo is bringing back Red, Blue, and Yellow for 3DS, and Pokkén Tournament (Wii U) and Pokémon GO (mobile) are on the horizon. Will Game Freak announce a new main-series installment this year? I’m hopeful.
If you have any good Pokémon stories, by all means, share ’em!