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Original Pokémon trading card game set getting an anniversary re-release

Holographic Charizard to be coveted across the playground all over again

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The very first set of Pokémon trading cards is getting a re-release, just in time for the series' 20th anniversary. On Feb. 27, Japanese Pokémon fans will be able to purchase the original base set in its first reprinting in years, according to the official trading card game's Japanese site.

The pack will include 60 cards, a player's manual and a coin. Featured on the cards are designs identical to their 20-year-old counterparts, which first arrived in Japanese retailers in 1996.

It's just the latest release announced to commemorate the franchise's major milestone. Over the weekend, The Pokémon Company announced that it would honor Pokémon Red, Blue, Green and Yellow with special-edition 2DS systems. As the first version of the 2DS to come to Japan, the handhelds will launch in honor of the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console releases of the original games.

Neither the portables nor the trading cards have been announced for a Western release, but gamers will at least be able to download the Virtual Console anniversary titles on Feb. 27, too. For those still looking for that desirable first edition Charizard card, there's always eBay in the meantime — if you've got $2,499 to spare, that is.

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