Uri Gellar allows Nintendo to use Kadabra on Pokémon cards again


After nearly 20 years, the magician and magician Uri Geller gave Nintendo permission to once again use Kadabra on Pokémon cards.

Geller, who is perhaps best known for his ability to bend spoons with his mind, sued Nintendo in 2000 and asked that Kadabra no longer be allowed to be placed in Pokémon cards due to the similarity of the Kadabra spoon and the Japanese name with himself.

In Japan, Kadabra is written in certain variations that include Yungerer and Yungeller, which sound similar to Geller.

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Now, almost 20 years after Kadabra's last appearance on a Pokémon card in 2003, he changed his mind.

"I'm sorry for what I did 20 years ago," wrote Geller on Twitter . "Children and adults, I'm releasing the ban. Now it's up to #Nintendo to bring my #kadabra #pokemon card back. It will probably be one of the rarest cards now! Lots of energy and love for everyone!"

Speaking to TheGamer, Geller expanded his decision, saying that "due to the huge volume of emails that I am still asking to allow Nintendo to bring Kadabra / Yungeller back, I sent […] a letter to Nintendo president giving them permission to relaunch Uri Geller Kadabra / Yungeller worldwide. "

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Geller also said his letter was received by "two Nintendo representatives", so it now appears that Nintendo is in the hands of bringing Kadabra back to the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Considering that Kadabra evolved from Abra to Alakazam, getting around the lack of this Pokémon was complicated. In the past, the Pokémon Trading Card Game gave Abra the ability to skip Kadabra and evolve directly into Alakazam and offered a premium Alakazam card that doesn't need any previous upgrades.

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Adam Bankhurst is news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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