Space hoppers. Leg warmers. The Soda Stream. These are all iconic crazes that have come and gone over the years, leaving an indelible mark on the consciousness of those lucky enough to have experienced them. Sadly, they now rank as only distant memories, unlikely to take hold of our lives again in any meaningful manner aside from nostalgic whimsy.
The same can't be said of card game turned video game and anime-money-spinner Pokémon. This is a fad that stubbornly refuses to fade respectfully into rose-tinted obscurity; despite the fact that it's now celebrating its 13th glorious year of merchandising mayhem, it still manages to pull in a considerable amount of cash regardless of the fact that the kids that played it back in 1995 will be in their 20s by now. Clearly, this evergreen franchise has considerable stamina and cross-generation appeal.