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The Complete History of Pokemon

The Pokemon world started when a young Satoshi Tajiri realised that he wanted to share his enjoyment of catching insects and tadpoles to other children in the world. He made this dream a reality when he formed ‘Game Freak’ with Ken Sugimori, together creating what was the first concept of Pokemon titled ‘Capsule Monsters’. Tajiri’s friend Shigeru Miyamoto later managed to pitch Capsul Monsters to Nintendo. Nintendo spent six years developing the game concept, and the name “Capsule Monsters” was transformed into “Pocket Monsters” or, in short “Pokemon”.
Pokemon has been a very popular Nintendo game series since, together with its cartoon TV shows as well as Manga, but in 2016 Pokemon Go sparked a whole new different level of Pokemon excitement in many different parts of the world.

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Game Debut
The first Generation I Pokemon games, Pokemon Red and Green, were made available on the Nintendo Game Boy system in 1996. Through Pokemon Red and Green, Tajiri made his childhood dream come true in allowing people to catch, train and trade all 151 Pokemon. The idea behind capturing Pokemon through Pokeball came from the Ultraman fantasy television show Ultra Seven, where the monsters are kept in small capsules to help the protagonist fight. The sales of Pokemon Red and Green rocketed when a magazine titled CoroCoro held a “Legendary Pokemon Offer” contest to give away Mew to twenty winners. Following these huge sales, Pokemon Blue was released for Game Boy exclusively for CoroCoro subscribers.
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Johto, Hoenn and Other Areas
Three years after the Generation I Pokemon games were released, Nintendo released Pokemon Gold and Silver for their newly launched Game Boy Color. Pokemon Gold and Silver players were not limited to the 151 Pokemon available in the Generation I games, but they could also capture more than 100 new Pokemon in Johto area. In 2002, Pokemon further expanded its variation through Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire for Game Boy Advance. In Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, trainers could access a new area called Hoenn which features 135 nePokemonmons available to be captured. The Hoenn story was later complemented by Pokemon Emerald, released in Japan in 2004 and in the United States in 2005. After Pokemon Emerald, more than 250 Pokemons in newer areas such as Sinnoh, Unova and Kalos were subsequently introduced in Pokemon Diamond & Pearl, Pokemon Black and White, as well as Pokemon X and Y accordingly.
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The Success of Pokemon Go
Pokemon has made its comeback in 2016 with the help of Pokemon Go, an augmented reality game for iOS and Android devices where players will be able to find, catch, battle and trains Pokemon in real world locations. Pokemon Go instantly became a hit, with frequent server outages due to a very high worldwide demand upon its release. However, despite the availability of a grand total of more than 500 Pokemons in its Nintendo game, Pokemon Go will only have access to 151 Generation I original Pokemons in Pokemon Go. Another difference between Pokemon Nintendo games and Pokemon Go would be that the player’s Pokemon will not battle wild Pokemons. Instead, the players will need to throw Poke Ball in order to capture wild Pokemons.
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