After nearly 20 years, illusionist and magician Uri Geller has given Nintendo permission to use Kadabra on Pokemon cards again.
Geller, who is perhaps best known for his ability to bend spoons with his mind, sued Nintendo in 2000, asking if Kadabra could no longer be put on Pokemon cards due to the resemblance of Kadabra’s spoon and the Japanese name to himself .
In Japan, Kadabra is written in certain variations, including Yungerer and Yungeller, both of which sound the same as Geller.
Now, almost 20 years after Kadabra’s last appearance on a Pokemon card in 2003, he’s changed his mind.
“I’m really sorry for what I did 20 years ago,” Geller continued Twitter. “Kids and adults, I’m giving up the ban. Now it’s up to #Nintendo to bring back my #kadabra # pokemon card. It will probably be one of the rarest cards right now! Lots of energy and love for everyone!”
Speaking to TheGamer, Geller expanded on his decision by saying that “due to the sheer volume of emails I’m still pleading with Nintendo to allow Kadabra / Yungeller to be returned, I sent […] a letter to Nintendo Chairman authorizing them to relaunch the Uri Geller Kadabra / Yungeller worldwide. “
Geller also said his letter was received by “two representatives from Nintendo,” so it now appears to be in Nintendo’s hands to return Kadabra to the Pokemon Trading Card Game.
As Kadabra evolves from Abra to Alakazam, it was difficult to get around the lack of this Pokemon. In the past, The Pokemon Trading Card Game has given Abra the ability to skip Kadabra and evolve straight into Alakazam, offering a premium Alakazam card that requires no prior evolutions.
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