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Pokémon Red and Blue vinyl now shipping to fans and music purists

For those who liked Pokémon before it was cool

The original soundtrack of Pokémon Red and Blue is now available on vinyl, although dedicated Pokémon hipsters need to act fast: Only 500 copies have been made, which are now shipping from Turntable Lab.

The $49.95 record includes the full score from the classic Game Boy games, with the original Pokémon anime's theme song also thrown into the mix. It's housed in a Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band-aping sleeve, and the colored vinyl itself is red and white, Pokéball-style.

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Moonshake Records produced the vinyl; Pokémon is the company's latest video game soundtrack, with The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man and Castlevania also previously on its roster.

Spinning the classic chiptune score on your record player is one way to celebrate Pokémon's big year; 2016 marks the series' 20th anniversary, and The Pokémon Company is honoring the franchise throughout the year. Included in the anniversary plans are legendary Pokémon downloads, a spot during Sunday's Super Bowl and a re-release of the Game Boy games on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. The latter will be available on Feb. 27, Pokémon's birthday.

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