Happy 20th Anniversary Pokémon!!!


Pokemon 20th Anniversary

If you have somehow missed out, here is the run down. A Pokémon is literally a Pocket Monster. They are elemental beasts that are pitted in cockfighting matches for sport and prestige. Sounds sinister, right? But that’s why it’s done in a super cute art style and without the obligatory gore one might expect. The game of Pokémon follows the path of person wanting to be the best trainer in the world. Your character travels around to regional gyms the way a boxer might progress through a championship circuit and you help villagers along the way with whatever obscure tasks that have been written into the story. With the team you’ve built you can battle your friends who also play, which when this first came out was a feature I wish so many other games I played had.

Pokémon didn’t make it to North America until 1998. I remember my best friend convincing me to go with him to the mall to pick up Pokémon. I actually didn’t know anything about the game at the time. The TV show wasn’t even on the air here yet. But, he had referred several other of my favorite games so I got on board. This game certainly plays better when you have friends to play with. The notion of battling a friend without being on the same screen or cartridge was neat. Trading Pokémon was something new also. You cannot catch them all on  your own. The games come out in pairs. One game will be missing  a set Pokémon and the other is missing a different set of Pokémon. Sometimes you’ll have a group of three of which you can only choose one. You have to team up. Genius move by the developers, making your players have to rely on and recruit other players. This develops a community.


You Gotta Catch ‘Em All! You just got to. I have. Many don’t. It is an undertaking to do legitimately. In each generation of the game there are several end-boss type Pokémon that are difficult to capture. There is also at least one Pokémon every generation that can only be obtained through special limited distribution events. Once they’re gone you have to hope that Nintendo will give it away again. Collecting these Pokémon is annoying. Luckily for the rest of you, Nintendo is celebrating the 20th Anniversary by redistributing one of these every month for the rest of the year. This months is Mew.


Mythical Pokemon Mew

If the Swiss Army had a Pokémon, it’d be Mew. His stats are balanced and he can learn any move you can teach a Pokémon. However, since there is such a wide selection of moves he can learn, I’m  not sure how I want to train mine yet.

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