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10 Things You Should Know About Pokemon

  1. Pokémon was created by Satoshi Tajiri, and launched in Japan in 1996. It features fictional creatures called “Pokémon” that humans catch, befriend, trade and train to battle each other. The franchise is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, with the upcoming titles Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon launching next November on Nintendo 3DS.
  1. Pokémon is the second-most successful and lucrative video game-based media franchise in the world, surpassed only by Nintendo’s Mario franchise. Since its inception, it has spanned video games, animated television shows and movies, trading card games, comic books, toys and more. As of May 2016, the Pokémon media franchise has grossed the equivalent of 46.2 billion USD.
  1. To this date, the animated television shows has spanned 19 seasons outside of Japan, counting over 737 episodes. 19 theatrical films have been released, in addition to other shorts and television specials. 
  1. There are currently 67 different Pokémon Trading Card Game sets released in English and 64 released in Japanese. 
  1. While there were originally a total of 151 Pokémon to discover, there are now more than 720 species that exist, and that number will keep growing as more are revealed with the release of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon for the Nintendo 3DS and subsequent titles.
  1. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon mark the 7thgeneration of Pokémon games to date. Officially announced on February 26, 2016, they will be introducing the Hawaii-inspired Alola region. Both games will be available worldwide on November 18, 2016 in nine different languages; Japanese, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean and Chinese (Traditional and Simplified).
  1. Play! Pokémon is a division of The Pokémon Company known for hosting the Pokémon World Championships, a competitive eSports tournament which features the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) and the Pokémon video game series (VG). The Pokémon World Championships is an invite-only event where the best players of the season compete for scholarship money, prizes and the title of World Champion. The 2014 Pokémon World Championships was held in Washington, D.C. with the presence of more than 155 trainers from around the world. This year, the 2016 Pokémon World Championships will be held in San Francisco, California.
  1. Pokémon have types that help players get a hint on what their strengths and weaknesses are, as they behave in a Rock-Paper-Scissors fashion. A total of 18 Pokémon types currently exist: Normal, Fire, Water, Grass, Electric, Ground, Rock, Ice, Poison, Bug, Flying, Fighting, Psychic, Ghost, Dragon, Steel, Dark and Fairy.Pikachu, for instance, is an Electric type.
  1. Discovering new Pokémon and capturing them in the wild are two of the most fundamental aspects of the franchise. Pokémon trainers use devices known as Poké Balls to catch Pokémon and store them in computers for later use. In the games, up to six Pokémon can be carried by Pokémon trainers in Poké Balls.
  1. Another key aspect of Pokémon is their ability to evolve and grow stronger with the care of their Pokémon Trainer. While most Pokémon evolve simply by gaining experience from battling each other, some may also evolve with more complex methods, such as by coming into contact with special stones, by being traded with other players, or by being cared for and having their happiness level increased.

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  1. Hooray for Pokémon! I was one that used to not care at all for the franchise, and I actually started really late. (With Pokémon X lol) But since playing it, I really do like it quite a lot. I sunk so many hours into that and Pokémon Omega Ruby… It’s just addictive. Now I want to start watching XY. Cause the games introduced me to a ton of Pokémon and it’s pretty cool to watch the show and say “Hey! I know that one!” Lol.

      1. Lol. Well, I won’t disagree with that. Even though ORAS is just updated gen 3, I did find it to be better overall than XY. I think Black/White might be a good choice. I did hear good things about that one. I don’t know anything about gen 4 though. So if you’ve played those games, then be sure to tell me what you think.

        1. BW are great, especially on the story department. They’re a bit linear, but not to the extent of XY, nor do they have that much hand-holding. No old mons until post-league, if that’s a negative to you. After them, you have BW2 (a more “classic” experience) if you want more. It’s a very strong gen overall, probably my favorite alongside 2.

          Gen 4 is a mixed bag. DP are pretty bad due to overall slowness, but Platinum greatly improves that. Many people consider it one of the best games in the franchise. The region is a bit hard to navigate at times, but it’s extremely varied. Designs are a mixed bag for my taste, though. The Gold and Silver remakes are fantastic, a testament to the quality of the originals. Definitely must-play games. I’d say they’re more appreciable if you play the GBC releases beforehand, though.

    1. Get the remakes for Gen 2 if you haven’t already. They are DS games so they can be played on your 3DS. As for Gen 1, I say go for Pokemon Yellow. The first gym will be a pain in the ass and you’ll be stuck for a couple of hours grinding your Pokemon’s levels because there is no water types to catch between your hometown and Brock (LEZNRR!)’s Gym and you can’t go to other locations but the game mechanics are a bit better than the originals so after that rough start, the game will be all the better. I’d say go for the remakes for Gen 1 but those are GBA games so unless you have a DS with a GBA slot, you can’t play those. As for Gen 4, I actually suggest waiting for the inevitable remakes. Gen 5, those were pretty forgettable for me and I was always in a rush to beat those so I’m not the best person for advice for those.

  2. Nintendo should announce an online multiplayer Pokemon game for NX at launch and >bOOM<, millions of consoles sold. Simple as that. Can´t figure out why the hell they didn´t do that on Wii U. The consumers are out there, millions of them, just waiting for it. Pokemon GO just showed it. The most easy money Nintendo can get. Why the hell not?

    1. What koshua said. GameFreak is a sucker for tradition. The fact they didn’t adopt 3D models til Gen 6 is proof of that.

  3. The Pokemon anime never felt the same after they changed the voice cast etc. It still had the same overall stories, and Team Rocket being complete airheaded idiots. But man…..I never liked any of the other characters that traveled with Ash after Misty and Brock left. I used to buy every season on DVD box sets. Clear until the first volume of Rival Destinies. Then I stopped. I finally lost of interest. And I only played through one Pokemon game (Diamond), then never cared about any more of them. I played a little of Pokemon White, but got bored.

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