Pokémon: The Epic Phenomenon Connecting New Generations

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Every generation has a common language based on the cultural phenomenon in their time. And sometimes, the phenomenon reaches peaks that are unheard of.

There are many examples of it happening in the past. For instance, in the late seventies, “Star Wars” inspired generations of fans. The penetration of this media was so extreme that the content became religious for the fans.

Around 20 years ago, another unstoppable phenomenon graced our screens. It was Pokémon. And the children went mad for it. The Japanese animation or “anime” reached the world. Kids everywhere started watching it instantly.

Pokémonhad dubbing done in many languages. Also, Pokémon games became a mode of interaction between children who live oceans apart. Wherever you went, you started seeing people wearing Pokémon merchandise. Pokémon truly conquered the world.

The Story of Pokémon

The story of Pokémon started with a young boy who wants to be the greatest Pokémon trainer in the world. His name is Ash, and his first Pokémon is Pikachu. Ash and Pikachu live in a world of Pokémon.

Pokémon are creatures who naturally populate their world like animals do in this world. Furthermore, they can be cute and adorable or enormous and deadly.  But Pokémon usually start small and evolve as they get stronger.

These creatures have special powers depending on the type of Pokémon they are. Moreover, The different types of Pokémon include fire, water, earth, electric, normal, fighting, psychic, and ghosts. A fire type will be able to generate fire attacks, whereas a water type will fight with water moves.

Pokémon have weaknesses and need to fight with strategy and not just brute strength. That is where Pokémon trainers come in. Trainers capture Pokémon in portable devices called poke-balls so that they can train them.

A Pokémon trainer fights other trainers and wild Pokémon to build experience. Once their Pokémon are strong enough, they go to Pokémon gyms to fight gym leaders. If a trainer wins, he gets a badge.

Once a trainer has collected enough badges, he is eligible to compete in master tournaments. The objective of Pokémon trainers is to be Pokémon masters.

There are hundreds of Pokémon to catch in this world. But the greatest honor for a Pokémon trainer is to catch legendary Pokémon. These are the most powerful Pokémon in the world. And people shroud them with lore and mystery. They are elusive creatures that the greatest Pokémon trainers long.

Pokémon Cards

Pokémon cards have detailed accounts of Pokémon. They include numerical data such as life left, powers, and special powers. If you have enough cards, you can go out and challenge a Pokémon card collector. And with these cards, you can have fierce battles.

The battles fuel imagination and can get dramatic. And, it’s like being in the Pokémon world in one way. However, The Pokémon cards come in packages that conceal what’s inside. So it’s always a surprise to see what cards you find in your pack.

Sometimes you will find yourself getting too many cards of the same kind. Instead of throwing them out, you can trade that card with a Pokémon card collector. And the more cards you have on your deck, the better chances you have of winning battles.

Pokémon Games

Since the dawn of Pokémon, a lot of games created for Gameboy and computer users took over. Pokémon games have revolutionized communication globally. And, kids get to be in the Pokémon world and interact with Pokémon fans all around the world.

It’s hard to say how many Pokémon games there are. But landmark games that all Pokémon lovers know by heart include Pokémon Crystal US and the more recent Pokémon Go.

Pokémon Crystal US

Pokémon Crystal US is a game that allows you to be a Pokémon trainer in the Pokémon world. You can choose your first Pokémon and start your adventure in the land of Pokémon.

Also, you will be able to catch more Pokémon by battling wild Pokémon. To catch them, you use poke-balls just like the anime. Poke-balls, healing potions, and a lot more are available in stores.

You can buy things from the store using the money you earn battling other Pokémon trainers. And as you fight other trainers and wild Pokémon, your Pokémon get stronger. Once a Pokémon is strong enough, it will transform into a new Pokémon. This process is evolution.

Just like the anime, you can earn badges, enroll in tournaments, and seek out the legendary Pokémon. Crystal US was one of the first games that made a huge impact on the world.

Pokémon Go

This is a more recent game. It is a global phenomenon on its own. And its popularity gave birth to a new generation of Pokémon fans. Now Pokemon is as popular as ever. And it is like a bridge between different generations.

The game takes a brand new approach, unlike prior games. You can walk around in real space and capture Pokémon. So it’s a game that requires an adventurous spirit.

You will go around looking for Pokémon. They can pop out of anywhere. Furthermore, there have been many reports of people playing Pokémon Go going to odd places. One such example was a kid going to the police station to catch a Pokémon.

Pokémon Go is insanely addictive and got people looking for Pokémon all over the world. The quality of gaming is much better than the games that have come before it.

The Pokémon Generation

The Pokémon generation is enormous. Furthermore, it’s the accumulation of a few. And, you can see middle-agers walking around looking for Pokémon just as 8-year-olds.

These kids have their own lingo. In fact, The mere list of Pokémon will enhance your poke-vocab enormously.

They talk different and act differently. You might worry about taxes. But they are more concerned about being the greatest Pokémon master the world has seen.

Pokémon has led to the mingling of kids from different parts of the world. In other words, it has been a catalyst for globalization that is kid-friendly.

Conclusion

Pokémon makes Elvis Presley look amateur. Truly, it’s that big! And, it has created a huge fan base globally. The mystical world of Pokémon gives kids an incentive to focus on global communication.

We never thought that our kids would be ambassadors, but they are. And it’s all thanks to Pokémon. The Pokémon empire is worth billions of dollars now, and it keeps flinging surprises even after 20 years.

Whether it is Pokémon cards or online Pokémon games, our kids are obsessed with Pokémon. And, it’s not a bad thing as it is making the world a smaller place. In fact, You can join in too. You are never too old to become a Pokémon trainer.

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Comments

  1. Tracie Cooper says

    The cartoons for Pokemon are very entertaining!

  2. Celeste Herrin says

    I still don’t know anything about Pokemon to this day, but I bet my grandson could tell me all about it! Very interesting article. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Tamra Phelps says

    Pokemon is such a popular thing now and it’s been around so long, it feels like a part of every life. Kids love it.

  4. Pokemon is truly a global phenomenon. There’s also movies and TV shows.

  5. Holly Thomas says

    I had a cat named Pikachu.

  6. Mary Gardner says

    My nephews really liked Pokemon when they were younger.

  7. My sons loved Pokeman and now it’s fun to see them sharing the excitement with their sons!

  8. My kids love Pokémon.

  9. Michele Pineda says

    My son grew up with Pokemon pretty much and now he is having fun playing with his 2 boys.

  10. Linda Linneman says

    I can’t believe how much fun this is. Great for family time. My grandchildren really enjoy this. Thank you so much for sharing

  11. Maryann D. says

    I did not know that the cards include numerical data such as life left, powers, and special powers. If you have enough cards, you can go out and challenge a Pokémon card collector. And with these cards, you can have fierce battles. My children loved to collect the cards.

  12. My older boy now likes Pokemon. I asked him what character he would want me to get tattooed with his name and he picked Charazard X, I obliged. No problem with a cool pokemon tattooed on me.

  13. Edna Williams says

    Pokemon keeps my family happy! I so love Pikachu!

  14. Buddy Garrett says

    Our daughter grew up with Pokemon.

  15. Tamra Phelps says

    Pokemon Generations is one I haven’t seen. I’m sure I’ll hear about it from my nephews, lol.

  16. i learned a lot about pokeman today didn’t really know a lot about it

  17. Tracie Cooper says

    My step son loved Pokemon as a kiddo!

  18. Joni Chadwell says

    I really like the artwork

  19. My youngest grandson loves the Pokémon cards. Every time we go to the Dollar store he always buys more. He has a binder full of them.

  20. Mary Gardner says

    I hadn’t thought about how long Pokemon has been around until reading this.

  21. kathy pease says

    This takes me back to when my kids were young

  22. Pokémon keeps the kids entertained for hours! Love it.

  23. Linda Linneman says

    It is amazing how this game caught on so fast. So many people playing this. Thank you for sharing

  24. Dolores Miranda says

    Our whole household loves Pokemon!

  25. Tamra Phelps says

    My nephews are amazed that I grew up in a time before Pokemon, lol. They have always been fans.

  26. Linda Linneman says

    Pokemon is such a fun game for the whole family. Our family really enjoys this. Thank you so much for sharing

  27. kathy pease says

    My kids loved Pokemon when they were young and I am sure my granddaughter will too 🙂

  28. I think it’s good to have something clean and fun to get kids involved with. It’s entertaining and can keep them collecting and interested for years.

  29. sarah conaway says

    I have a $100 off discount for one of these.

  30. Tamra Phelps says

    I just realized that Pokemon has been around in some form for nearly a generation. There are children watching it now whose parents played the card game twenty years ago.

  31. Tracie Cooper says

    My niece loves Pokemon too!

  32. Linda Linneman says

    This is such a fun game for the kids. I really learned a lot about it from this article. Thank you so much for sharing

  33. Fun to think about Pokémon being popular in all different parts of the world.

  34. AuntySuzany says

    Two of my son’s were into Pokemon.

  35. I hope there will be more Pokémon movies and books!

  36. Tamra Phelps says

    Pokemon is definitely a popular show & game. Kids love it.

  37. Christina moore says

    My granddaughter loves Pokémon.

  38. Cassandra D says

    Interesting. I like the Pokémon games.

  39. My daughter loves Pokemon. All I had was Pacman when I was a little girl. 🙂

  40. My kids love Pokemon and love playing Pokemon cards game.

  41. Tamra Phelps says

    I didn’t realize Pokemon had been around so long. Still, now that I think about it, it is something I remember from years ago.

  42. Tracie Cooper says

    My nephew loves Pokemon!

  43. Antoinette M says

    My daughter likes Pokemon! She has cards, games, books, movies!

  44. it is hysterical to see my aunt and uncle so into it.

  45. We love Pokemon. Thanks for all the amazing info.

  46. Maryann D. says

    I didn’t know The Story of Pokémon. It is very interesting and my children like Pokemon very much!

  47. sheila ressel says

    I learned a lot about Pokemon thanks to your review. No wonder it’s so popular!

  48. Tamra Phelps says

    I’m not familiar with Pokemon Crystal. That would interest my nephews.

  49. Interesting – I had no idea what the whole Pokemon thing is about

  50. LeAnn Harbert says

    None of my sons or granddaughters have ever gotten into collecting the Pokemon cards.

  51. Linda Linneman says

    This is so neat that it is global. My grandson just loves this game and I can’t tell you how many times while driving that my grandson has asked to me stop somewhere to look for something for this game. Thank you so much for sharing this

  52. Shannon Holmes says

    I didn’t know a lot about Pokemon, thank you for this post.

  53. Tamra Phelps says

    Pokemon Go really did take off didn’t it?? I remember stories of people wandering into really inappropriate places playing that game, lol.

  54. paige chandler says

    My daughter is the biggest Pokemon fan in the universe.

  55. Linda Linneman says

    My grandson really enjoys this game. I am so happy I got to learn more about it from this article. Thank you so much for sharing. God Bless

  56. I have a friend who is Pokemon crazy at age 42. I’ve never been bit by the Pokemon bug.

  57. Tamra Phelps says

    Pokemon is something I’ve learned about through my nephews. They really enjoy it.

  58. Very interesting to read the story of Pokémon. My kids were very much into Pokémon but I never really knew the background.

  59. Sarah Hayes says

    Im amazed this has been around for so long!

  60. Maryann D. says

    It is amazing that it has been 20 years ago that Pokémon started!

  61. Shannon Holmes says

    My friend Gary loves Pokemon and he is around my same age.

  62. First my youngest son was into Pokemon and now it’s my two grandsons

  63. Tamra Phelps says

    You should hear my nephew trying to explain Pokemon and his friends to me, lol. I’m old. I’m clueless, in his opinion.

  64. Linda Linneman says

    My grandson loves playing this game. He quit for a little while and now he is back at it. I am so happy I got to learn some things through this article. Thank you so much for sharing

  65. VALERIE LEDESMA says

    I remember Pokemon when it first came out back in my kid days. I wish it didn’t evolve so much.

  66. Maryann D. says

    I am not familiar with games, but Pokémon Crystal US does sound like fun.

  67. Shannon Victoria Holmes says

    It is very popular and even with people of my generation.

  68. All of my grandkids 14 and under, love Pokemon! Two or three Christmases ago, we ran around the city searching for the plush dolls of Ash and Pikachu. Then we tried to get the cards that they didn’t already have . I really thought they would have grown out of this fascination, but unfortunately. NO. Your article helped me understand them a little more. So thank you for sharing! They probably will be collectibles one day. This was pin worthy!

  69. I remember my brother loving Pokemon when he was a kid and now my kids love Pikachu. It is crazy.

  70. Tamra Phelps says

    My youngest nephew has liked Pokemon from the time he discovered TV existed, lol. He liked the series, the card game, the movie and the online game.

  71. elizabeth miller says

    I never knew the story of Pokeman and it never really was my thing but I know I have a huge zip lock of the original Pokeman cards still in my basement in great shape from when it first hit big from my biys that are now 28 and 31 lol.

  72. Linda Linneman says

    My grandchildren love Pokemon. I did not know much about it so I really appreciate this article. It has got me up to date. Thank you so much for sharing. God Bles

  73. Maryann D. says

    My daughter really liked the The Japanese animation or “anime” .

  74. rochelle haynes says

    My sons love pokemon when they were kids

  75. Shannon Holmes says

    I am too old to have liked Pokemon. I do like Star Wars.

  76. It’s crazy how many things there are out there that involves Pokemon. Pokemon was around when I was a kid… never could get into it, though. My male cousins loved it. I did have a pokemon monopoly game that was sorta fun.. lol.

  77. looks fun

  78. Tamra Phelps says

    My youngest nephew is the Pokemon nut, lol. He loves playing with the cards.

  79. My kids were into Pokeman and I have a feeling that my grandkids will be playing in the future.

  80. What fun! All the kids I know love Pokemon.

  81. I’m sure my son will soon be into Pokemon! 🙂

  82. These look fun! I love playing games.

  83. I know nothing about Pokemon so thanks for teaching me!

  84. Maryann D. says

    My kids have liked Pokémon Cards for a very long time now!

  85. Antoinette M says

    Interesting! My daughter is a Pokemon fan.

  86. Janice Dalmazzi says

    I play several times a week, it is fun and frustrating at times.

  87. Anita Kennett says

    I loved this,thanks for sharing.

  88. Looks fun! My family loves pokemon!

  89. Maria Malaveci says

    We love everything Pokemon!

  90. shelly peterson says

    My grandsons love everything Pokémon.

  91. I never got into Pokemon even though it came around when I was younger, but the Pokemon Go app from a few years ago got my kids obsessed with it.

  92. Julie Lundstrom says

    My son loves Pokémon. We have games and Pokémon shows.

  93. Susan Smith says

    My daughter loves everything Pokemon. She has all of the games.

  94. How fun. My kids love pokemon

  95. My kids love all things Pokemon.

  96. Shelly Peterson says

    Both my son’s were into Pokemon and now my grandsons are too.

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