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1996 saw the introduction of the Pocket Monster - or Pokémon, as it is better known - series in Japan. That means that next year is the 20th anniversary of the birth of the franchise, and to celebrate this milestone fans will be able to purchase the very first base set of Pokémon cards - in Japan, at least.

The set will include 60 cards, a manual and coin. The cards will be identical to the original print run, and launch in Japan on February 27th, 2016.

This isn't the only way that Pokémon's birthday is being celebrated in 2016 - as we've previously reported, Nintendo is releasing special 2DS bundles, and the original games are coming to the 3DS Virtual Console, too.

[source polygon.com]