On February 27, 1996, “Pokemon Red” and “Pokemon Blue” were launched in Japan for the Game Boy handheld console. It must be said that the rest is history.
Now, 25 years later, the franchise is still a major phenomenon worldwide that continues to attract both kids and adults with cute characters in the form of games, TV series, movies, and playing cards. When Satoshi Tajiri sold the concept to Nintendo, neither he nor the game company likely knew what the series’ grip on the world was.
Here’s a really cool summary of all the years Pokemon have spent with us:
A “fly” remained
When the Games came to Sweden in the fall of 1999, I was 9 years old. 150 different colored creatures with Pikachu in the front instantly captivated me, which made it so Pokemon Red It became my first gaming experience. Although the adventure on the small LCD was black and white to a minimum, it was something very different from what I had tried in popular culture before, with a scope that absolutely impressed me.
Despite the focus on the capture and battle between pocket monsters, it was the world, its exploration, and the story that attracted me the most. Pokemon Red boss and his fight against the evil organization Team Rocket and its ruthless captain Giovanni remains to this day one of the most memorable gaming experiences I’ve had.
When the cartoon TV series aired on TV4 on Saturday morning, I sat in excitement on my thick little TV to see the unparalleled adventures Ash, Misty and Brock will begin this week. On the schoolyard, children of all ages gathered in large groups to exchange invaluable playing cards, as the bright Chargard was viewed with more value than our little brains could ever imagine.
As the years passed, my interest in Pokemon waned, although I played new games every now and then and the warm memories still lingered. Today I am not a big fan of the show, more than that I look back at the time I was there and the warmth in my chest.
A few years ago, however, the franchise made a real comeback when Pokemon Go It was released in the summer of 2016, which prompted people of all ages to take out their cell phones in the wilderness to capture digital monsters. Even though I haven’t played for more than a few weeks, it was great to imagine that anyone with a mobile phone in hand could look for an unusual pikachu, similar to the way I pretended when I was a kid.
And then seeing the phenomenon becomes a luxury Hollywood movie on the cinema screen in the form “Detective Pikachu” A few years later, it was also a magic movie, it was not just nostalgic but fun too.
New and old adventures await on the horizon
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Pokémon has been broadcasting a live broadcast as a batch of new games were unveiled.
One is Pokemon Brilliant Diamond And the Pokemon Shining Pearl It’s a remake of old Nintendo DS games from 2007, which is now coming to the Nintendo Switch.
The games will be released sometime at the end of 2021.
But the biggest news was the game Pokémon Legends Arceus, Which allows you, for the first time in the history of the series, to explore an open world and capture monsters right on the field.
The game takes place in the Sinnoh area where you can choose from Rowlett, Cyndaquiel or Oshawatt monsters as your partner. At the same time, it is important to smell a mystery about the mythical creature Arceus.
The game will be released sometime in 2022.
What does your relationship with the Pokemon series look like? Will you buy new games?