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Pokémon: 17 Years of Pikachu

Updated on January 26, 2014
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Pokemon: First Contact

I first became familiar with Nintendo's Japanese franchise known as Pokémon in 1998. This was two years after the game was first created. My daughters were four and 6 at the time. The eldest of the two learned all about Pokémon from a friend up the street. Soon, both of my daughters could be found glued to the TV every time the animated series came on. The first episode aired in the United States on September 8, 1998 and was named "Pokémon, I Choose You". This is the episode that first paired Pikachu with Ash Ketchum; a friendship that would continue to grow throughout the series. Since the first episode, there have been 17 seasons of the Pokémon series. The seasons are divided into about 5 different series, each with a few new characters and different adventures. That is a whole lot of Pokemon.

Pokémon: The Series

Seasons Title
Season 1
Indigo League
Series 1
Season 2
Adventures on the Orange Islands
Series 1
Season 3
The Johto Journeys
Series 1
Season 4
Johto League Champions
Series 1
Season 5
Master Quest
Series 1
Season 6
Series 2
Season 7
Advanced Challenge
Series 2
Season 8
Advanced Battle
Series 2
Season 9
Battle Frontier
Series 2
Season 10
Diamond and Pearl
Series 3
Season 11
D&P: Battle Dimension
Series 3
Season 12
D&P: Galactic Battles
Series 3
Season 13
D&P: Sinnoh League Victors
Series 3
Season 14
Black and White
Series 4
Season 15
B&W: Rival Destinies
Series 4
Season 16
B&W: Adventures in Unova/And Beyond
Series 4
Season 17
Series 5

The Pokemon Rap

Pokemon: The First Movie

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Let's All Go To The Movies

What was more exciting than running home from the school bus in order to catch the latest episode of Pokemon, the series? Pokemon, the full length movies! My kids loved the movies. There have been 16 movies. Movie #3 has been a favorite in our family; Spell of the Unknown. I believe it was the introduction of Entei that my kids loved. The movies are as follows:

1. Pokemon: The First Movie- Mewtwo Strikes Back

2. Pokemon: The Movie 2000- The Power of One

3. Pokemon: The Movie- Spell of the Unknown

4. Pokemon 4Ever- Celebi: Voice of the Forest

5. Pokemon: Heroes

6. Pokemon: Jirachi Wish Maker

7. Pokemon: Destiny Deoxys

8. Pokemon: Lucario and The Mystery of Mew

9. Pokemon: Ranger and The Temple of the Sea

10. Pokemon: The Rise of Darkrai

11. Pokemon: Giratina and The Sky Warrior

12. Pokemon: Arceus and The Jewel of Life

13. Pokemon: Zoroark- Master of Illusions

14. Pokemon the Movie: Black and White- Victini and Reshiram and Victini and Zekrom

15. Pokemon the Movie: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice

16. Pokemon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened

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Cards and Games

The first Pokemon items to be introduced by Nintendo were the games. They were inter-linkable Game Boy role playing games. Other versions of the games have been released for the Nintendo 64, Nintendo Game Cube, and the Wii. There have been many series of the Game Boy games divided into 6 generations. These games are still highly sought after by Pokemon collectors. My younger daughter, at the age of 19, still plays them. She is currently playing the Diamond Version on DS.

1. Green (Japan only), Red, Blue, and Yellow - First Generation - Played on Game Boy Color

2. Gold, Silver, and Crystal - Second Generation - Played on Game Boy Color

3. Ruby and Sapphire, FireRed and LeafGreen, and Emerald - Third Generation - Played on Game Boy Advance

4. Diamond and Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver (comes with Pokewalkers) - Fourth Generation - Played on Nintendo DS

5. Black and White, Black and White 2 - Fifth Generation - Played on Nintendo DS

6. XY - Sixth Generation- Played on Nintendo 3DS

Other Pokemon items that are highly collectible are the trading cards. My daughters started collecting these cards shortly after discovering the world of Pokemon. My 19 year old daughter still has her card collection. My 7 year old soon wants this collection very badly. One day he will no doubt be given the collection after he has shown that he can be responsible and very careful with his own Pokemon cards. New packages of cards are still being released so kids these days can begin their own collections. The trading cards can also be played as a game and, I'm sure if you looked, you could find local tournaments in your city.


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The Online Encyclopedia of Pokemon

There is so much more that can be said about the world of Pokemon. Over the past 17 years, the franchise has become a huge business. Pokemon has such a huge following and there is so much information to be gathered on the topic that fans created their own online encyclopedia for everything Pokemon. Anything you want to about Pokemon, you can find on Bulbapedia or

Pokemon has been in our family almost since the beginning and I foresee that it will continue to be a presence for generations to come.

By: Traci Ruffner

First Pokemon (Trick Question)

Which is the first Pokemon?

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    • Jeremy Gill profile image

      Jeremy Gill 2 years ago from Louisiana

      I plan on reviewing each of the Pokemon movies soon, this Hub reminds me of just how many there are! And you have a very clever trick question, each of those Pokemon could be argued as the first. Nice job!

    • Traci Ruffner profile image

      Traci Ruffner 3 years ago from Raleigh, North Carolina

      Thanks, Jodah =)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Traci, You said you were going to write a hub about Pokemon. I'm glad you did. Congratulations, you did a wonderful job. Great hub for Pokemon fans. Voted up.