The Pokémon anime debuted in Japan back in 1997, following the adventures of ten-year-old Ash, Pikachu, and their friends. That was nearly twenty years ago. Ash might still be 10, but he sure has changed.
Detective Pikachu sure is different from what we’re used to. Not only does the character solve mysteries, but he also talks. There are more surprises to be had.
At age six, Professor Oak introduced me to this crazy world where adorable electric rats can fight sentient piles of toxic sludge while forgetting his own grandson’s name. Seventeen years later, I still power on one of the first three generations of Pokémon, pack up some potions, and proceed to kick Gary’s snobby ass…
Like, literally, too damn big.
You might know tons about Pikachu. How the character used to look slightly different or how Pikachu adores ketchup. But maybe you don’t know these tidbits.
You might not have enough badges to control Charizard, but surely you can round up enough leaves to make one.
Pokémon may be famously cheery, but the series has its share of dark, spooky myths. The most famous of those have got to be the ones about Lavender Town.
Imagine a house that is covered entirely in Pokémon goodies. Wait. Don’t imagine it, watch it on television!
It might be in the running for “most ridiculous Pokémon yet.”
The words “alternate reality game” were the last thing some hardcore Pokémon fans wanted to hear last night. I understand why. It’s a spin-off. It’s on mobile. You can’t play from the comfort of your own home. And yet! Pokémon Go could be the shot in the arm that the monster-collecting series needs.
Some days, Rihanna looks casual. Other days, she’s a fashion icon. On this day, she was a Pokémon Gym Leader.
Every now and then Game Freak likes to come out of its Nintendo-centric shell and prove it’s capable of create games that aren’t about turn-based critter battles. Tembo the Badass Elephant is proof positive.
The University of Tokyo is Japan’s most prestigious school and the highest rated university in Asia. To get in, you will needs smarts. Playing Pokémon, says one student, probably won’t hurt, either.
There are Pokémon playing cards, so really, why shouldn’t there be Pokémon credit cards?
Where’s Pikachu? Others have been finding the character. Maybe you can, too! Believe in yourself. I do.
Turns out, Pokémon didn’t start with Nintendo and Game Freak. Or at least, the word didn’t.
With the news of a Nintendo collaboration with Universal Studios, many fans are excited for the theme park possibilities. Will there be a Mario Kart ride? How about a Pokémon one? Well, ten years ago, there was an entire amusement park in Japan dedicated to Pocket Monsters.