Are Pokémon Cards Still Popular?

Are Pokémon Cards Still Popular?
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Pokémon (or Pocket Monsters) is an electronic game series from Nintendo that debuted in Japan in 1996 and later became very popular worldwide with Pikachu, a yellow mouselike creature, being the undisputed 'face' of the game.  Originally, Pokémon is a role-playing game (RPG) where players assume the role of trainers, obtaining cartoon monsters and developing them to battle other Pokémon, with the goal to 'catch them all'; meaning all 800+ Pokémon creatures. The Pokémon series is on record as the most successful RPG franchise in terms of sales of games, cards, books, and figurines. There is also an official Pokémon website with news and information on the trading card game, apps, videos, etc.

As one of the best-selling Trading Card Games, the Pokémon franchise has reportedly sold over 30 billion cards worldwide; but it has had its ebbs and flows. The generation that saw its creation had moved on, and there was a radical shift from ‘cards’ to ‘games’; therefore, by being innovative and shifting in new cards and new mechanics periodically, the Pokémon TCG was able to remain the most popular collectible card game in the world. The creative team does this by using how the world is depicted in the Pokémon video games as inspiration for elements in the card games.

The Pokémon childhood fantasy world is now available to a new generation of players who watch the series and can collect the cards to battle with friends. In fact, its fan base in the United States has reportedly grown in recent years. Also, the Pokémon Company International earlier this year (2020) announced that Pokémon TCG year-on-year sales continue to be substantially above market average in the UK and Germany; making the franchise the category market leader in Strategic Game Card brands, boasting the number one slot in both countries.  It does not look like the Pokémon trend will slow anytime soon as the cards have found their place as one of the most popular non-sport sets in the hobby.

Pikachu vs Raichu

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