If you were still in school in the late 90’s, chances are good that you remember Pokémon, which started out as a couple of games for the Nintendo Gameboy that soon evolved into a multimedia franchise that included, among others, books, comics, and cartoons. , movies and even a trading card game. However, if that’s the last thing you remember about the franchise, you may be interested to know that it is still going strong today despite the occasional misstep in its long string of successes.
These are the components that make up the Pokémon franchise:
At the moment, Pokémon games are classified into seven generations. Although these generations tend to last 3-4 years, it is important to note that each generation begins with the release of the major Pokémon games and ends with the release of the next. For example, the first generation of Pokémon games started with Pokémon Red and Green, but it also includes Pokémon Blue and Yellow, which were derived from Red and Green rather than entirely separate games themselves. Likewise, the second generation of Pokémon games began with Pokémon Gold and Silver, but also includes its derivative, Pokémon Crystal, as well as spin-offs such as Pokémon Puzzle Challenge, which has different premises than the combination of RPG and collection of the games. main. mechanics based. The Pokémon games are divided this way because the main Pokémon games introduce large batches of new Pokémon, resulting in significant character changes that may appear in the other Pokémon games.
It’s interesting to note that later generations have more games associated with them than their predecessors, which is a silent testament to the success of the franchise. For example, Generation VI has more than 10 handheld games, as well as more games on other platforms. Also, it’s worth noting that the games associated with each successive generation have become increasingly diverse in nature, which in turn, broadens the appeal of Pokémon so that it can cater to more and more players. Again, using the example of Generation VI, their games include, but are not limited to, puzzles, fights, exploration, and even mysteries.
Given these facts, it should come as no surprise to learn that Pokémon games are still made on a regular basis. In fact, Generation VII will begin in November 2016 with Pokémon Sun and Moon, which will feature new Pokémon, as well as a new region based on the Hawaiian Islands.
There have been a staggering number of comics released for the Pokémon franchise. Most of them are based in some way on the Pokémon games, while others keep the basic premise but go their own way. Some of these comics have been published in English and other languages for interested people in English-speaking countries and elsewhere, but many have been limited to their original Japanese due to differences in appetite from different countries by different means. As with the games, the Pokémon comics are also staying strong.
Cartoons & Movies
If you were ever a Pokémon fan, chances are you remember the Pokémon anime, which is just a convenient name for Japanese cartoons. Although the Pokémon anime began shortly after the Pokémon games, it is worth noting that the series has continued to the present, making it one of the longest running animated series at 19 years and counting. More hilariously, both the protagonist and his Pikachu have managed to maintain their leading roles throughout that time, though countless questions arise in the fandom about how exactly he has managed to stay so young. In addition to the anime, 19 animated films have also been made, while there is talk that various Hollywood studios are also interested in making a live adaptation of the franchise for the big screen.
That said, it is interesting to note that there are other Pokémon animations as well, which are not based on the main series. For example, Pokemon Origins was a television movie that was inspired more by the first generation of games than by the main animated series. As a result, while it shares many of its details with the main animated series, it is definitely a different story that caters to a somewhat different audience, but not entirely.
Besides games, comics, cartoons, and movies, there have been many other Pokémon products as well. For example, the most famous of them is probably the game of …