How crazy is it that Pokémon has been around for 20 years? While the franchise has become consistently successful over a remarkable amount of mediums, it still doesn’t feel like it has been two decades since we first laid our hands on that coveted Game Boy cartridge.
But from those humble origins came one of the most recognisable and lucrative franchises in history, spreading across video games to animation to enough merchandise to fill a small country. And if there had to be a single mascot of the entirety of this thriving enterprise, it would be Pikachu.
Pikachu evolved from your start Pokémon and loyal companion in the games, to becoming the most major character in the series, effectively a mascot for the games and for Nintendo, as well as something of an icon of popular culture in Japan. After a number of spin-offs, it has been revealed that they are even making a live-action film based on the character.
And it doesn’t end there. In part to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, McDonalds has released a limited edition Pikachu McFlurry.