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===Twenty years of Pokémon===
2016 officially marked the [[Pokémon 20th Anniversary|20th anniversary of Pokémon]], and it was celebrated with a re-release of the original [[Generation I]] core series games on the Nintendo 3DS's [[Virtual Console]] worldwide. These games were released on February 27, 2016, coinciding with Red and Green's original release date in Japan in 1996. In addition, there will be further celebrations of the occasion throughout the year, such as rare Pokémon distributions and retail events.
 
==Generation VII==
===Seven's a lucky number===
[[File:Moon EN boxart.png|left|200px|thumb|Pokémon Moon box art.]]
The seventh generation of Pokémon was announced on February 27, 2016, the franchise's 20th anniversary with the new games {{g|Sun and Moon}} and was released on November 18, 2016.
 
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===Forge a path to greatness===
[[File:Sword EN boxart.png|150px|thumb|Pokémon Sword box art.]]
The eighth generation of Pokémon was announced with the reveal of {{g|Sword and Shield}} on February 27, 2019. These games were released internationally on November 15, 2019. Fewer Pokémon were revealed prior to the game's release compared to other generations to increase anticipation.<ref>https://s.famitsu.com/news/201910/25185623.html</ref> These games introduced the [[Dynamax]]ing and [[Gigantamax]]ing features, while abandoning the Mega Evolution and Z-Move features introduced in previous generations. The games became the fastest selling Nintendo Switch games, beating out [[Super Smash Bros. Ultimate]] and selling 6 million copies worldwide.
 
Instead of releasing a separate "third version" or sequel(s) to Sword and Shield, a DLCpair wasof DLCs, called [[The Isle of Armor]] and [[The Crown Tundra]], were introduced in its place, featuring all-new areas, returning Pokémon, and new Legendaries.
 
The anime was quick to follow with a [[new series]], which is set to take place in all of the regions from [[Kanto]] to [[Galar]]. It features two protagonists, [[Ash Ketchum]] and {{an|Go}}, along with their partner {{AP|Pikachu}} and {{TP|Go|Scorbunny}}.
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