Pokemon's debut in 1995 sent parents worldwide scrambling to understand what their kids were losing their minds over. Close to 25 years later, those first Pokemon kids are parents themselves!
And the Pokemon phenomenon STILL holds the world in thrall. More recently, Pokemon Go has had fans all over the world out in force, sometimes playing hooky from work and school – even putting themselves in major danger – looking for the elusive little character.
Currently Pokemon's 7th generation is out there, and more than 800 games have been created. Its creators admit they never imagined Pokemon would become the sensation it has. And the way things are going, kids young and old might be throwing Poke Balls for years to come. (We hope so!)
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