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Watch The Pokémon Franchise Evolve In Nostalgia-Filled Animation

by Joe Buchholz on Mar 03, 2016 at 06:23 AM

Pokémon fever has run rampant surrounding the 20th anniversary of the series. Twitter user Memi encapsulates the transitions of the franchise throughout console generations in this adorable animation.


The animation begins with the date February 27, 1996, which is when Pokémon Red and Green originally released in Japan, and ends February 27, 2016, on Pokémon's 20th anniversary. The gif shows the series' humble beginnings on a monochromatic Game Boy and eventually brings it full circle with Red, Blue, and Yellow’s appearance on the 3DS eShop.

Fun fact: It's actually possible to trade Pokémon through all of your cartridges up to the most current game, but you're going to need a lot of time and link cables. You can also trade Pokémon from the eShop versions of Red, Blue, and, Yellow to the newest titles in the series without blowing the dust off of your old cartridges. 

You can view more astounding fan art of Pokémon, Earthbound, and more at Memi’s Pixiv page. We've also been playing Pokémon like it’s 1999, and wrote up a ranking of the original 151 Pokémon from dumbest to coolest here. For more of our Pokémon coverage head here.