Pokémon has a long history spanning 25 years, and throughout that time there has been a staggering amount of merch.
From toys to cups to books, there’s basically nothing that the Pokémon franchise has left untouched. And this includes Pokémon underwear. While it’s not the most cursed Pokémon paraphernalia to come out over the years, it’s still pretty out there.
Hip Shop, a Japanese fashion store specialising in undergarments, has just released a new line of Pokémon underwear. Unfortunately it’s not available for all genders as it’s a men’s line, though nothing is necessarily stopping fans who are keen to add to their collection of Pokémon merchandise.
As you can see, the latest wave features Gengar, Meowth, Mewtwo, Slowpoke, Snorlax, and Psyduck. At first glance, it looks like typically standard underwear, but there’s a catch.
Hip Shop doesn’t just incorporate the graphics, but also each Pokémon’s innate characteristics as well. The rear-end of the underwear showcases all of the respective Pokémon’s stats, such as their number and type. It’s a neat little item to humble brag about.
You can order the Pokémon underwear here. Hip Shop is selling them in packs of six for 15,000 yen – or roughly $177 AUD – but for those wanting just a little bit less, they also offer individual ones for 2,500 yen (that’s about $30 AUD).
Pokémon is most certainly having a jam-packed 2021. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, earlier this year Nintendo officially gave fans an introduction its first open-world game for the franchise, Pokémon Legends Arceus, as well as remakes for both Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. While the revised editions are already out, Pokémon Legends Arceus is set to be launched next year in 2022.
Pokémon Snap also recently released on April 30th, a game that’s based off the Nintendo 64 original from way back in 1999. In the 2021 version, players are meant to take pictures of Pokémon for Mirror’s ecological research.
It was advertised to be a relaxing game, and definitely follows a different path to other traditional Pokémon titles. This game is currently available on the Nintendo Switch, and fans have already been abuzz taking thousands of photos of their favourite Pokémon.