The long-running trading card game began in Japan in 1996
Everyone around the age of 30 no doubt has fond memories of the first time they ever saw a holofoil Charizard card. And for the lucky few who happened to actually own one, they likely gained a few new friends (at least until they were totally destroyed in a friendly Pokemon card battle).
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It's hard to believe that those memories are now nearly 20 years old. It was at this time in 1996 that the first edition Pokemon trading cards were originally printed in Japan. It was one of the first elements of the Pokemon franchise, meaning the entire Pokemon phenomenon itself is also turning 20 next year.
In order to celebrate this milestone, The Pokemon Company is going to be releasing a limited-edition collection of trading cards, advertised as reprints of the original cards from 1996.
A base set of 60 cards will be released as a special package that also includes a rule book and a special edition coin. Standard booster packs with random cards will also be available, so the thrill of doling out big bucks to find the most elusive cards will also be reprised.
The trading card game has continued to expand alongside all the other facets of the Pokemon franchise, with the latest series corresponding with the Pokemon X/Y universe.
The card game launched in the United States in 1999, so the 20th anniversary here would not be until 2019. However, since 2016 marks the 20th year of the entire Pokemon universe worldwide, it's possible that North America and other regions will receive a similar promotion next year.
2016 will also see the re-release of the original Pokemon video games -- Red, Blue, and Yellow -- on the 3DS Virtual Console.
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