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The History and Future of Pokemon

Updated on July 1, 2016

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The History of Pokemon

Pokemon is a very popular and famous franchise currently published and owned by Nintendo. It was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1996 based on his love for collecting bugs and insects. Pokemon is one of the most popular and successful series in the entire world. Pokemon merchandise includes video games, toys, books, a trading card game, etc. Although Pokemon is targeted towards a young audience of gamers, many older children as well as adults play the Pokemon games. Between the released six generations of Pokemon, there are currently 719 Pokemon total.

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Generation I

The first generation of Pokemon took us on an adventure like no other. It started off with Pokemon Red and Green in Japan, followed by the international versions Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue. Due to the popular Pokemon Anime Series, Pokemon Yellow came out as well. These games gave us a whole new way to play on such a basic handheld. Who could ever forget their first gym battle with Brock, your first Pokemon evolving, or finally figuring out how to use the Mew glitch to find the famous MissingNo. No matter how many new Pokemon games come out, Generation I will always be at a special place in our hears for long time Pokemon fans.

Generation II

Generation II became official with the release of Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver. The game took place in the Johto Region, just west of the Kanto Region where Generation I took place. The game added about 100 new Pokemon, making the total number of Pokemon 251. Soon after Gold and Silver, Pokemon Crystal were released, which was an upgrade. It was the first Pokemon game to let you choose the gender of the hero. With new features such as the ability to capture a rare shiny Pokemon, or the unique Pokerus, and being able to travel back to the Kanto region to get a total of 16 badges, Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal was a different and an unique experience like no other.

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Generation III

The release of Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire, the Generation III era of Pokemon was here, as well as the new Game Boy Advance era. Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire took place in the all new Hoenn Region, where new Pokemon, people, and adventures awaited. Soon after Ruby and Sapphire came the release of two new games: Pokemon Firered and Pokemon Leafgreen. These two games brought old and new players back to the Kanto region. Then, if that wasn't enough, an upgrade of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire came to us: Pokemon Emerald. Emerald brought some exciting new features, most importantly, the Battle Frontier. The Battle Frontier was a place where Pokemon Pros can test their Pokemon in battles unlike any other. Overall, both the new Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald, and the remakes, Pokemon Firered and Pokemon Leafgreen, were enjoyable for both the new Pokemon fans, and the ones from the very beginning.

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Which is you favorite Pokemon Generation?

  • 15% Generation I
  • 4% Generation II
  • 19% Generation III
  • 8% Generation IV
  • 12% Generation V
  • 42% I love them all!!!
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Generation IV

Generation IV began with the release of Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl on the Nintendo DS. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl took place in the Sinnoh Region, where new Pokemon, gyms, and adventures awaited. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl introduced both new and old features, such as the Day and Night System from Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal. Since the game ran on the Duel Screen DS, the main game ran on the top of the screen, while the Poketch (Pokemon Watch) was on the bottom once obtained. Like previous generations, an updated version of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl was released: Pokemon Platinum. This game brought back a new Battle Frontier, as well as other features from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. The last games to be released for this Generation was remakes of Pokemon Gold and Silver, Pokemon Heartgold and Pokemon Soulsilver. This brought players back to the Johto and Kanto Regions, where players can collect 16 badges, see and capture old favorites, and once again stop Team Rocket from taking over the world.

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Generation V

When Pokemon Heartgold and Pokemon Soulsilver were released, Pokemon Fans anxiously awaited Generation V. This wait was over with the release of Pokemon Black and Pokemon White. Pokemon Black and White's adventure takes place in the Unova Region, where no other Pokemon from previous Generations roam. These games have many new features, such as PokeMarts are now in the Pokemon Centers, as well as the Global Trade Station being there too. The all new criminals, Team Plasma, are up to no good, telling people to release their Pokemon for the sake of the Pokemon. The towns of the Unova region have been improved as well, with a completely 3D city can be explored.

After Pokemon Black and White were released, a lot of Pokemon fans were expecting another remake series, this time of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, Instead, Pokemon fans now get to enjoy the Unova Region again, two years later, in Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2. These games let you capture Pokemon from previous Generations in the wild, as well as explore new and old places in the Unova Region. Characters from Pokemon Black and White still reside in this Region, as well as new characters too.

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Generation VI

Generation VI brought the Pokemon series to the new Nintendo 3DS with Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. Released worldwide on October 12th, 2013, it brought trainers to the new Kalos Region, based on Northern France. These games were the first to bring a 3D world, 3D battles, and 3D models to the main games. The games introduced several new Pokemon, including the new starters, Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie, and the star legendaries, Xerneas for Pokemon X, and Yveltal for Pokemon Y. Even though the Pokemon Games brought the least amount of new Pokemon to date, they made up for it with the new Mega Evolutions, which gave certain Pokemon a temporary evolution during battle, to make them stronger, change their appearance and stats, their abilities and even their types. Also, for the first time since Generation II, a new type was added, the Fairy-Type. Several old Pokemon gained the Fairy-Type for a secondary type, such as the Ralts Line and Jigglypuff Line, and some Pokemon just became only Fairy-Types, Like the Clefairy and Snubbull Lines. Also, the games brought back several old features and enhanced them, such as the GTS (Global Trade Station) can now be used anywhere, and has a search option where you type the name of the Pokemon you want, even if you don't have that Pokemon registered in your Pokedex. Trainer Customization can be used to change your character's hair style and color, outfits, accessories, even eye color, to make each character unique.

Pokemon X and Y added many new features that utilized the Nintendo 3DS functions. Your Nintendo 3DS Friend Code is used to add Friends, instead of a seperate friend code for the game. Also, two separate application, Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter, can be used to transfer Pokemon from Pokemon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2. Pokemon Bank has a yearly fee, and when download, will let you access the Poke Transporter. Pokemon Bank is a cloud storage to store up to 3000 Pokemon, similar to Pokemon Box and My Pokemon Ranch. Lastly, the previous Pokemon Global Link used for Generation V games has been taken down and replaced with the new Pokemon Global Link which utilized Pokemon X and Y. On the Pokemon GL, players can track their progress in the games, earn PokeMiles for rare items that cannot be purchased in the game, play games, earn medals for accomplishments, and can check any Pokemon News for tournaments or events.

On May 7th, 2014, remakes of Generation III Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire was announced. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were released on November 21, 2014 and November 28, 2014 (European and Indian Releases). The remakes included concepts from Pokemon X and Y, such as new Mega Evolutions and the ability to use the Pokemon Global Link. The games also added new features and characters, such as a young girl name Zinnia, who plays a big role in the Delta Episode Side Quest.

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Generation VII

On February 25, 2016, information was leaked on Nintendo's trademark Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, found on the website of the European Union Intellectual Property Office. The games were official announced the next day, and were previewed at Nintendo's E3 2016 event. The games take place on the tropical islands of the Alola region, rumored to be based on Hawaii. Not much is known about the games, but there has been a few new features announced, such as the Rotom Pokedex, a Pokedex with a Rotom living in it to help make it more efficient, and the new Battle Royal online mode, where four players can battle together in a free-for all style. Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon are set to be released November 18, 2016 world-wide, and November 23, 2016 in Europe.


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      Jessica Negron 5 years ago from New York City, NY

      I agree with you, and, as a Pokemon fan since Generation II, I hope Pokemon doesn't end anytime soon. With the current advancements in video game technology, the Pokemon Company has great possibilities, they just got to use their best ideas, and put them to work!

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      fancifulashley 5 years ago

      Oh I am sorry I misunderstood. I think that there is going to be a sixth generation. Pokemon is a company and it cannot please everyone no matter how much it tries. Especially with the introduction of a new business plan with the release of its first legitimate sequel that allows more games to be released with less new Pokemon development going into the game. It might take longer for the next generation to come, but with the success they have had thus far I doubt they will be ending it anytime soon.

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      Jessica Negron 5 years ago from New York City, NY

      Thank you for the comment. You were right about the year, and I changed it. Also, I do know there are several games going to be released soon in both Japan and international. What I meant was, do you believe there is going to be a next generation (Sixth Generation)? Some Pokemon Fans were complaining on how the Pokemon sprites of the Fifth Generation looked like a child drew them, so I want to know what other people thought. Again, thank you for the comment.

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      fancifulashley 5 years ago

      I don't think that Pokemon is going to be ending any time soon. It has a wide variety of product lines, two competitive gaming scenes, as well as new products already released in Japan waiting release everywhere else.

      Also, according to, the company was established in 1996, not 1992.