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About Pokemon and Pokemon Games
Pokemon is the abbreviated version of the Japanese word for Pocket Monsters. It is an all-encompassing media franchise that was initially released by Nintendo, the Japanese video game company who own all the publishing rights. Pokemon was created by the Japanese game developer, Satoshi Tajiri. From humble beginnings as a series of inter-changeable Game Boy video games, Pokemon has today become a phenomenal success worldwide. Following its original release, only a few gaming fanatics knew about this Game Boy cartridge and it was mostly ignored by the mainstream media. Word-of-mouth propagation was primarily responsible for publicizing the game and spreading its popularity in those early days. A related cartoon was released in 1997, about one year after the Pokemon Game Boy's debut. The Pokemon franchise expanded gradually and its diverse portfolio of merchandise now includes toys, movies, trading cards, and other related novelty items. In terms of sales, Pokemon has transformed into the world's second-most successful video game franchise. It is currently ranked behind only Nintendo's own Mario video game franchise. Pokemon is widely believed to be influenced by the Japan's folklore of yOkai. These are special creatures possessing unique abilities, and which can sometimes manifest from inanimate objects.
Pokemon was originally just a simple word that did not carry much weight or meaning behind it The word was literally a shortened-version representing the games Pocket Monsters and other small creatures which could be trained in readiness for engaging in epic battles. However, the word Pokemon today encapsulates a largely complex set of ideas that are a reflection of the magnitude of the franchises global success. Coming up with a precise and comprehensive definition of Pokemon is quite complicated, as there are many competing alternatives that are all somewhat accurate. Depending on one's perspective. Pokemon can be correctly described as
"A worldwide phenomenon that captivated and continues to draw children's attention, especially in the years between 1996 and 2001"
"A wildly successful media franchise spanning multiple media platforms"
"An Innovative media empire strategically marketed and maintained by Nintendo and its many global affiliates, among several other possible definitions."
The diverse series is based on various distinct creatures known as Pokemon and is focused on their exploits in the world they inhabit. This virtual universe is filled with legendary tales, and fantastic adventures. The role-playing element of this series is subject to several interpretations which allow the player to explore diverse themes and elements in the alternate world. In most instances, Pokemon can peacefully coexist with humans who are mainly tasked with capturing and training these creatures for use in fighting battles and other related activities. The human trainers are accompanied by their pet Pokemon as they journey across the game's diverse lands on a quest to turn their fantasies into reality.
Pokemon's famous icon has been extensively branded and marketed on every item you can imagine: from gracing the labels of everyday items like clothing, bedding, and snacks, to more significant objects that include a Poke-Center and the jets of Nippon Airways. Just like Mickey Mouse, Pokemon, and its most popular character, Pikachu has expanded in astounding proportions that have seen it also become a common household name in the United States and in other developed nations. The initial release of Pokemon Red and Green for the Nintendo Game Boy in Japan paved the way for the series to be extended to other forms of media like books, comics, movies, and television cartoon series. The first generation of Pokemon's video game series thus continues to exert a tremendous amount of influence on popular children's culture and in the gaming industry in general. In 2006, the Pokemon media franchise celebrated its tenth anniversary. On the 28th of May, 2010, Pokemon reached a huge milestone in surpassing cumulative sales of 200 million copies for its video games. This remarkable figure included the sales of its different home console versions, led by the "Pikachu" Nintendo 64. 4Kids Entertainment is the company responsible for managing all the non-game related licensing for the Pokemon franchise, while the US-based Pokemon Company International subsidiary oversees all Pokemon-product licensing outside the Asian market.
An Abridged History of Pokemon Focusing on the United States
The original version of the game was called Pokemon Red and Green, and was released in February 1996 by Nintendo. The game was the final product of Satoshi Tajiri's six-year' effort and he was assisted by his research team that worked at Japan's Game Freak Company. The two-dimensional, role-playing game allowed players to assume the role of a Pokemon trainer with the ultimate goal of collecting and training various Pokemon in preparing to defeat the Elite 4. Several critically-acclaimed Japanese manga television series were also produced and launched around this period. They included the Pokemon Adventures show, which Tajiri declared most closely represented his original notions of the world the Pokemon series took place in.
Although Pokemon's Red and Green versions contain similar storylines and game playing features, they differ in the types of Pokemon provided for capture. This original design element meant that players wishing to capture all the 151 Pokemon available had to trade with other gamers via the Game Boy's Game inter-link cable system. The game's overwhelming popularity in Japan led to the launch of complementary comic books, trading card games, and television cartoon shows, among many other products. In rapid succession, the video game, cartoon series, and trading cards were released throughout the United States in 1998. This was largely due to the tireless work of Gail Tilden, Nintendo America's vice president of product acquisition and development at the time Within the United States, Nintendo's products were marketed under the label 5111Pokemon Red and Blue', although there was no difference with their Japanese Pokemon Red and Green alternatives.
Pokemon's television cartoon series was released ahead of the video game in North America and it quickly grew to become the United States' highest-rated children's. This was good news for Nintendo's bottom line, which grew further after the subsequent launches of the movies and trading card game. Today, Pokemon transformed into a fully-fledged phenomenon that is easily recognized by people everywhere. Its initial popularity cooled off somewhat around late 2001 and early 2002, but has not slowed down Nintendo's desire to continue releasing more video games in regular succession.
The advent of the Internet has seen the launch of many free and fee-paying websites where one can play different Pokemon Games, either by themselves, or against online opponents. Some of these websites even provide different prizes for reaching certain levels.