GOTTA CATCH 'EM ALL!
- Developer: Nintendo
- Release Date: 02/1996
- Twitter: Unknown
- Known For: Being a multi-billion dollar franchise
Pokémon was originally a Nintendo game produced for every Nintendo system since the Game Boy, but has expanded into a franchise. It was the kind of game every kid (in Japan and elsewhere) played in the 90s, and is still going strong thanks to Nintendo promoting the franchise like crazy. It is hardly a stretch to say there is Pokémon merchandise of every kind ranging from the games themselves, to a TV show, and a trading card series.
In Pokémon, 10-12 years old children are kicked out of their parents' home with no supervision to go catch wild animals called Pokémon that can be trained, evolved into stronger Pokémon, breed, or entered into contests/musical theater. Most Pokémon trainers just have them viciously battle each other. The main goal of the game, and the only one most people do, is to beat the Elite Four and current Champion to become a "Pokémon Master". The second goal of the game is collect all of the Pokémon in the game, though this is a tedious task at best with over 600 Pokémon to capture. There is sometimes a vague plot (at best) in the games involving some kind of terrorist group stealing people's Pokémon in order to catch a bigger and far more powerful Pokémon to take over the world.
The show follows Pokémon trainer Ash Ketchum who was also recently kicked out of his parent's home in order to catch Pokémon. Ash's first Pokémon is a Pikachu that hasn't evolved at all in 650 episodes. Ash is joined in his adventures by Pokémon breeder Brock (who has long since abandoned his family and the Gym he use to run) and some kind of female that changes from region to region. Ash is also followed by Jessie and James, members of Team Rocket, a organization that wants to capture all Pokémon in the world. Gary Oak, at least initially, is Ash's smug rival. Each episode follows strictly to a formula that involves:
- A new Pokémon is seen/ Ash is training/ Ash is up against a Gym Leader
- New Pokémon is captured by Team Rocket/ Ash is having trouble training or fighting the Gym Leader
- New Pokémon is freed from Team Rocket in a battle, this Pokémon may or may not evolve/ Ash's Pokémon evolves during training or during Gym battle/ Ash learns a strategy that allows him to win against the Gym.
Pokémon Coma Theory
The Pokémon anime has little continuity at best, such as Ash never aging, characters leaving the show and never being mentioned again, or Ash placing high in a region's tournament only for no one to recognize him. This lead fans to speculate about the reasons why. The most accepted answer is that Ash is in a coma, and is experiencing his imagination. Everything in this world that Ash experiences is a projection of his sub-conscience. The entirety of the theory can be read here
Pokémon was created by Satoshi Tajiri, who also founded Game Freak, the developing company of the Pokémon games. Inspired by the Game Boy's connecting capabilities, Tajiri wanted to create a game similar to his childhood hobby of bug collecting. Thus, Game Freak developed the Red, Green, and Blue versions of Pokémon, eventually releasing the Red and Green editions (and a remake of Red based on it) as "Red" and "Blue" in America, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.
Pokémon is still going strong, having recently released a direct sequel of their 5th Generation of Pokémon games, Black & White, which are Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.
- Satoshi Tajiri has Asperger's Syndrome.
- Pokémon was not expected to do well when it was first created.
- Half of the members of EDF played Pokémon.
- In fact, half of the entire internet plays Pokémon.
- Half of those people wish for a variety of Pokémon to be their waifus.
- The main difference between Pokémon and Digimon is that Pokémon has good games but a shitty anime while Digimon has shitty games but a good anime
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