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APRIL 2016

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.

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