⚡️ 25 Years Later, Neopets Is Finally Going Back to Basics

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25 Years Later, Neopets Is Finally Going Back to Basics

Do you remember the old Flash-powered website Neopets? Because I do.

In the early 2000s, as a kid, I logged on to see my virtual pets, play minigames, and participate in an all-encompassing story that was taking over the website and the fictional realm of Neopia. For a kid who wasn’t allowed to own a console growing up, this was my Final Fantasy.

Neopets is now approaching its 25th anniversary (the site launched on Nov. 15, 1999) and it’s finally listening to fans and bringing back the reasons people fell in love with the site in the first place. If you were ever one of those fans who pined after rare pets standing in cool poses but missed the boat two decades ago, a new chance has finally arrived.

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