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25 Reasons Why the World Loves Pokémon

Pokémon has taken the world by storm ever since the release of Pokémon Red and Blue in 1996. The epic sense of adventure the series thrives off of is uncanny and has captured the hearts of the entire planet for over two decades. Ever since day one, its wild popularity and success has propelled the franchise into nothing short of 25 years of sustained excellence. In honor of its existence and 25th anniversary, here are 25 reasons why the world loves Pokémon.

Pokémon
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1.       Its influence on pop culture  

Pokémon has found its way into virtually every aspect of pop culture imaginable. From rap music to fashion, sports, and television, the wildly popular series can be seen any and everywhere.

2.       The 898 Pokémon

What was originally 151 in generation I is now a whopping total of 898 Pokémon of many different types and abilities across eight generations of games. They are all unique in their own way and the diversity of these creatures makes the playing experience fresh with each game.

#135, Jolteon. Source: Team Kato
#898, Calyrex. What actually even is this thing?? Source: Pokémon

3.       It has inspired a lot of entertaining content.

Skits, animated YouTube series, music, etc.—the influence of Pokémon has resulted in a wide range of entertaining content across many spectrums.

Yeeeah, so this is a thing, lol. Not the highest quality of music in the land, but it has more than 44 million views… you can thank (or resent) Pokémon for that.

4.       The Pokémon anime

Yes, it is an anime and not a cartoon. The animated series created in 1997 is many fans’ first intro to the world of Pokémon. The show may be quick to grow out of, but it is still around, entertaining the youth of the world to this day.

5.       Consistency

As mentioned in the intro, Pokémon has been nothing short of sustained greatness. There has been at least one installment in its core series of games every year since the first in 1996. That doesn’t even include the many spin-off games. In total, there are about 122 games in the franchise—that’s about five games per year.

6.       The music

The Pokémon games have an amazing collection of soundtracks, making the playing experience that much better.

7.       It’s inspirational

If nothing else, even if he’s been ten years old for over two decades, the face of the animated series, Ash Ketchum, taught us to never give up on our dreams, no matter how tough the journey. Buddy has been on a quest to be the best since the late 90’s, and has only recently become a champion – but he did it.

Ash Ketchum. Source: Team Kato

8.       The games are fun to play

…They wouldn’t have been around for a quarter century if they weren’t.

9.       The games are fun to play repeatedly

With so many different Pokémon to choose from and directions to take the games, they usually make for fun experiences the second or even third time around.

10.   Events

Periodically, Nintendo hosts or sponsors parties and events for fans, often in connection to the premiere of a new game or movie. The big prize of these events usually come in the form of rare Pokémon or items. This long-standing tradition has been going on since the first distribution event in 1996.

Mew, legendary Pokémon. It is the last and the rarest of the first generation. It was also the prize of the first Pokémon distribution event in Japan, claimed by only 20 people of over 75,000 applicants. Image courtesy of Pokémon.

11.   The cards

I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that Pokémon cards were the first to make a trading card game cool. They are still extremely popular to this day, and have made a big comeback recently.

12.   The journeys

One thing we love about the Pokémon games is the journey itself. The road to becoming a champion is a long, and rigorous one, but one filled with entertainment and the ultimate sense of fulfillment in victory when it’s all said and done.  

13.   The community

Whether it’s uniting together for a Pokémon Go raid, or an entire theater singing its theme song, the Pokémon community is like no other.

14.   Nostalgia

Whether you grew up with it in its infancy in the late 90’s/early 2000’s, or anytime afterwards, Pokémon will always be the source of many early memories for fans worldwide.

15.   It was made in Japan

{Mostly} Everything made in Japan is cool. 

16.   They made the handheld game consoles hot (or at least were its biggest attraction)

The first GameBoy was released in 1989, and it certainly had its fair share of other notable games, but it was Pokémon which would take it to the next level. Pokémon Red and Blue are the highest selling GameBoy games, and the franchise has multiple games that are among its best-selling.

Pokémon Red and Blue (1996) Source: Game Freak

17.   It’s simply cool

Similar to point #8… wouldn’t have been around for 25 years if it wasn’t.

18.   The competition

The video games are fun to play on your own, but pitting one’s team of Pokémon against a friend adds an extra layer of fun and competitiveness to the equation. Friendly rivalries are always a good time.

19.   The power is in the player’s hands

One thing we love about the games, perhaps without even realizing it, is the freedom that we the players have. The ability to choose the Pokémon you catch and groom to be champions is a pretty cool thing.

20.   It’s unique and innovative

Part of the reason why the series grew to be so popular is because it is such an innovative concept. It’s basically super pets/creatures with abilities (No knock though…). Supernatural combat has always been popular (i.e., Yu-Gi-Oh, Mega Man, Dragonball Z, etc.), but Pokémon put their own unique spin on it that caters to a wide demographic. No one can compare (Digimon who?)

21.   It constantly evolves

One key to longevity in anything in life is the ability to adapt and evolve (no pun intended). Pokémon has done this as well as anyone by releasing many spin-off games, game mechanics and features, and literally hundreds of new creatures to battle with over the years. They’ve kept it fresh and have kept the attention of millions for its entire 25 year run, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Which leads me to my next point…

22.   Pokémon Go

Hindsight is 20/20, but I feel like one of the next logical steps in the Pokémon saga was to somehow bring the series to life. That is exactly what happened in 2016 with the introduction of Pokémon Go.

23.   Because it can turn the most ordinary of days into the most exciting adventure

From ordinary to extraordinary, a little bit of action from the pocket monsters can change the trajectory of any given day. Whether it’s capturing that rare Pokémon in that old lady’s front yard in Pokémon Go, playing one of the games for the first time in a while, or trying to pull a rare gem or two in the trading card game, things can go from 0-100 real quick in the best way possible.

24.   It’s popular worldwide

The entire world can relate to the awesomeness of Pokémon. It is the best-selling video game franchise of all time for a reason.

Source: Pokemon

25.   Fun for all ages

One of the truly incredible things about Pokémon is its appeal to a wide demographic. It is aimed at the kids market, but people in their 20s enjoy playing the games as well. The whole world of Pokémon can be enjoyed by all generations—and we love it for that.

These were 25 reasons why we love Pokemon, but there are so, so many more. If you haven’t already, pick up a Pokemon game today, and you’ll catch an enthusiasm which won’t go away.

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