Pokemon 25th Anniversary Celebration Teased

The Pokemon Company teased upcoming news for the franchise's 25th anniversary during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2020.


February 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of Pokemon, and The Pokemon Company has teased an upcoming celebration to mark the event. During 2020's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the company revealed the anniversary celebration logo, hinting at news to come in 2021.

During the parade, a group of Pikachu danced to the original Pokemon theme song before Pokemon Trainers unfurled the 25th anniversary banner. The logo, which you can see below, features a silhouette of Pikachu's head with its red cheeks replaced with the numbers 2 and 5. No other information was shared, but considering the anniversary is in February, it's fair to expect news relatively early in 2021.

The Pokemon 25th anniversary logo
The Pokemon 25th anniversary logo

While this year marks the 20th year in a row that a giant Pikachu balloon has appeared in the parade, it has been 25 years since the release of Pokemon Red and Green in Japan in February 1996. The Western release of Pokemon Red and Blue followed nearly three years later, in September 1998; The Pokemon Company celebrates anniversaries based on the original Japanese release. The 20th anniversary celebration in 2016 included the announcement of Pokemon Sun and Moon, the release of Pokemon Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow on Nintendo 3DS, and a number of worldwide events.

In other Pokemon news, you can currently claim eight free Pikachu right now in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Through the end of November, you'll be able to get eight special Pikachu wearing an assortment of Ash's hats from the Pokemon anime. Additionally, Pokemon Go support has been added to Pokemon Home; read our full rundown of how it works, including the (somewhat frustrating) restrictions on transferring Pokemon, for all the details.

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