The phenomenon of monster catching in balls around the world turns 25. MovieZine looks back on past years and looks forward to new games.
On February 27, 1996, the games “Pokémon Red” and “Pokémon Blue” were released in Japan for the small handheld console Game Boy. It must be said that the rest is history.
Now, 25 years later, the franchise is still a major worldwide phenomenon that continues to captivate both children and adults with adorable characters in the form of games, TV shows, movies and playing cards. When Satoshi Tajiri sold the concept to Nintendo, neither he nor the game company probably knew what impact the series would have on the world.
A really good rundown of Pokémon’s years with us:
A “fly” left
When the games came to Sweden in the fall of 1999, I was 9 years old. 150 different colored creatures with Pikachu on the head immediately captivated me. “Pokémon Red” it was my first game experience. While the adventure shown on the small LCD screen was black and white and minimal, it was something completely different from what I had previously experienced in popular culture, its scope totally captivated me.
While capture and combat among pocket monsters was the focus, the world was his discovery and the story that most impressed me. Pokémon trainer Red and his fight against evil organization Team Rocket and his tough leader Giovanni are one of the most memorable gaming experiences I’ve had today.
When the cartoon series aired on TV4 on Saturday mornings, I sat excitedly on my small-sized TV to see what unique adventures Ash, Misty, and Brock were up to this week. In the schoolyard, children of different ages gathered in large groups to exchange priceless playing cards; Here a luminous Charizard was thought to be worth more than our little minds could really imagine.
Over the years, my interest in Pokémon waned, but I played new games occasionally and the warm memories still lingered. I’m not a big fan of the show today, I’m looking more at the time I was there with the warmth in my chest.
But a few years ago, the franchise made a real comeback. “Pokémon Go” It was launched in the summer of 2016, and it has enabled people of all ages to take their mobile phones into nature to catch digital monsters. Although I haven’t played for more than a few weeks, it was fascinating to imagine that anyone with a cell phone could go on an unusual Pikachu quest like I did when I was a kid.
Then to see the phenomenon become a luxury Hollywood movie on the movie screen like “Detective Pikachu” A few years later it was also a magical movie, not only nostalgic but also very entertaining.
New and old adventures await on the horizon
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Pokémon Company hosted a live stream where a number of new games appeared.
Someone “Pokémon Shiny Diamond” and “Pokémon Shining Pearl” A remake of old games from the old Nintendo DS games from 2007 and now coming to Nintendo Switch.
The games will be released at the end of 2021.
But the biggest news was the game “Pokémon Legends Arceus”This is the first time in the history of the series that allows you to explore an open world and catch monsters directly on the field.
The game takes place in the Sinnoh area where you can choose to start with the monsters Rowlett, Cyndaquiel or Oshawatt as your partner. It’s also important to smell a mystery about the mythical creature Arceus.
The game will be released in 2022.
How does your relationship with the Pokémon series look? Will you buy new games?