GOTTA CATCH ‘EM ALL!
TWO DECADES OF NOSTALGIA
Oh, how time flies. It certainly does feel like it was only a couple of years ago when we were so hellbent on memorizing the names of all 151 Pokémon just to be the envy of our friends, and now, 20 years on, that number has increased by almost fivefold, to a mindboggling 722. Good luck trying to learn them by heart now, we say.
If you didn’t already know, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Pokémon franchise, which means it’s about time that you paid your dues to Satoshi Tajiri, the forefather of Pokémon, for breathing life into your otherwise dreary childhood with his everso-lovable creations. But in all seriousness, you really have to give the man credit for being able to create (and foster) a franchise that, up until this day, is still very much adored by people across the globe, both young and old, and in spite of language barriers.
While we won’t be able to chronicle the entire Pokémon saga in its entirety within the span of three pages, we will at least do our level best to point out the key developments in the Pokémon saga that helped it evolve into the global phenomenon that it is today.
BLASTING OFF AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT
One could say that Pokémon’s surge in popularity began after the franchise’s first two video games,
and launched in Japan back in 1996. Developed by Game Freak – which was founded by none other than Satoshi Tajiri himself –
and were both exclusive to the Nintendo Game Boy, and they chronicled the quest of a 10-year old boy who’s determined to become a Pokémon Master.