It also means that you could now buy the show's starring Pikachu a beer in its native Japan, where the drinking age is 20. If, you know, Pikachu were available to do such things.
Nintendo and the Pokemon Company tapped heavily into the nostalgia Friday with a short digital news conference that took us down memory lane and briefly touched on the next two games in the series, called "Pokemon Sun" and "Pokemon Moon." Both are due out for holiday 2016.
Nintendo also released this video, which not only shows how Pokemon has evolved with the world's technology (remember those link cables you had to use to trade in the early games?), but also may give you a mild case of the feels if you're a big sap like me:
While the latest games aren't due until the end of the year, the company won't leave players hanging entirely. If you can't wait and also want to revisit your younger years, Nintendo is also digitally releasing the original Pokemon games, "Red" and "Blue" ("Green," if you're in Japan), as well as "Yellow." Those hit the Nintendo eShop on Saturday, Feb. 27 — Pokemon's actual birthday.
The company offered precious little information on "Sun" and "Moon," apart from the fact that you'll be able to bring Pokemon from previous games into the new titles. And, thanks to the digital releases of "Red," "Blue" and "Yellow," you'll even be able to bring Pokemon from the original games into the new titles by way of something called the Pokemon Bank. This app is free to download for the Nintendo 3DS, but has an annual $5 fee.
The new games will also be available in nine languages, including traditional and simplified Chinese for the first time.
"Sun" and "Moon" aren't the only games coming out in 2016. Pokemon is also due for another interesting technological makeover in the form of "Pokemon Go," an augmented reality title that will let you wander around the real world and catch Pokemon by using your smartphone and a small wristband. It's due to launch this year, but there hasn't been a date specified yet.
Finally, if you don't want to celebrate on your own, you can also head over to Twitch, which is commemorating the anniversary in a big way. From 1 p.m. ET Saturday, the site is streaming Pokemon gameplay and discussion. Starting at 6 p.m., the site will stream episodes from the Pokemon television series, movies and other animation specials for the next 24 hours. (Twitch is owned by Amazon; Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos is the owner of The Washington Post.)