On February 27, 1996, the first Pokémon video games launched in Japan, kicking off a global Pokémon phenomenon that continues to this day. Exactly 20 years later, Pokémon Day celebrated the historic milestone with events across the globe! Here are some fun facts about Pokemon that we bet you didn’t know!

· A 1997 television episode of “Pokémon” was canceled after more than 600 kids in Japan reported seizure symptoms after lights flashed on screen during “Computer Warrior Porygon.
· The anime series didn’t begin until about a year after the launch of the “Pokémon” Game Boy games.
· There have been 17 Pokémon films.
· The main character in the Pokémon anime series, Ash Ketchum, got his famous Pikachu because he overslept on the morning he was supposed to pick his starter Pokémon.
· Pikachu really likes ketchup.
· The H.J. Heinz Co. released a special Pokémon series of ketchup bottles in 2000.
· Ash Ketchum has been voiced by multiple women, including Veronica Taylor for eight seasons.

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