They have been on the shelves for exactly 25 years: Pokemon Red of Pokemon Green. The humble Japanese release that would become the second most successful game series of all time, is right behind it Mario.
Pokémon appears to be linked to Nintendo forever, but the series owes its lives to game makers Satoshi Tajiri and Ken Sugimori. Their company, Game Freak, has worked for years on a variety of games for SEGA and Nintendo, among others.
Tajiri and Sugimori came up with the idea for their own Nintendo game several times, based on Tajiri’s childhood. He was fond of hunting insects at that time. The project was called first Capsule monstersRight after that Monster sakuBut it’s an abbreviation that comments: Pokemon.
In 1990, Nintendo thanked him MarioFinally, Shigeru’s maker, Miyamoto, got to work and Game Freak started.
Pokemon Red of Green color
We know the first in the Netherlands PokemonGame di Game Boy as red of biruHowever, on February 27, 1996 in Japan, the second half was still canceled Green color. At first, Game Freak had no idea how successful the game was, as it barely received any information.
Meanwhile, the company decided to step up the game and give it an extra coat of blue paint. Pokemon Red of biru It crossed the oceans and reached the United States in 1998 and Europe the following year.
The game was a huge success, selling 31 million copies worldwide.
The magic formula is simple. As a trainer of small monsters, he traveled all over Kanto. Mission: Capture all 151 creatures in the popular red and white “Pokéball” and defeat all Pokémon Grand Masters in the area.
The trick: In each of the two games, you can only catch a portion of each Pokemon. So you’ll need to connect your Game Boy to other people via a link cable to exchange Pokémon.
Image from “Pokemon Red”.
Cartoon cards and series
With the immense success of the game, the animated series could not be delayed. In Japan it was tube in 1997, in the Netherlands had to wait until 1999 for the first episode of the anime series.
The series, which revolves around Pokemon trainer Ash Ketchum and his friends, has been as successful worldwide as the game. Ash’s friend, Pikachu, has become a symbol of the world Pokemon. In Japan, ashes are called “satoshi” – as in Satoshi Tajiri.
to Topic Holds so well that it made it to the Top 2000 in 2015, playing cards became the largest childhood publisher in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
To keep the growing empire more manageable, Nintendo founded a separate publisher: the Pokémon Company. He oversees the global branding of the companies involved – Nintendo, Game Freak and Creatures.
New, new Nintendo Pokemon
The new Game Boy Color Palette made a color game in 1999 Pokemon Gold of silver Maybe. They fly over the table 23 million times. Side step, picture game Pokemon Snap, He was less successful, but still liked.
run red of biru All new Nintendo portable devices will be one of them PokemonGame. The gameplay changes subtly with each new release, but the series never denies its roots.
From Ruby of Safir Gameboy Advance has sold sixteen million copies. Nintendo DS games diamond of Pearl Performance was slightly better in 2006.
Pokemon Diamond and Pearl have sold 17 million times.
Remake dan Internet
he met black of white (2010) and its successors are making quantum leaps forward visually and technically. Matches have seen changing seasons, with the outside world looking different every moment. Successor Pokemon X of s (2013) made the leap to full 3D graphics on the 3DS.
Vintage game fans are getting more and more interested. Nintendo and Game Freak have decided to make a remake for the new platform, starting with Red fire of Green leaf In the 2004 film Game Boy Advance.
He’s remaking the truck diamond of Pearl He’s planning this year.
Pokemon X&Y is the first 3D game in the series.
Go down the street with Pokemon GO
Most successful talks Pokemon It didn’t come from the Game Freak stable. The honor goes to mobile game maker Niantic, with its Walker Pokemon GO (2016).
This augmented reality game places players as Pokemon trainers who have to hunt creatures in their own environment. With GPS functionality and a smartphone camera, the game places Pokemon in the world around you.
Within a week, the game was downloaded ten million times. The whole summer of 2016 was filled with stories from Pokemon GOPlayers take to the streets in droves to catch new Pokemon.
In its first year, Niantic made an estimated $ 950 million (approximately $ 770 million) from the game. Nintendo then took advantage of it she goes Simplified Pokemon let’s goGame, where you can use the “real” Pokeball.
The future of Pokemon
Since the mobile game hype of 2016, there have been two other groups of traditional games PokemonReleased Games: Sun of month, of Sword of protect. The latter, a game for Switch, has hit its first since then Go of silver Limit 20 million copies sold.
Nintendo announced three new cars on Friday PokemonTitle for: New Edition Pokemon Brilliant Diamond of Pearl bright, And open world games Pokemon Legends Arceus. With the latter, the series seems to go one step further, with a world completely devoid of exploration.
Nintendo and Game Freak celebrate it all year round. On Christmas day alone, plan a special party: Rapper Post Malone will be holding a special digital concert for Pokemon at 2.00 AM (NST).