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History Lesson

The Creator of Pokemon

Drawing from the rich tapestry of his childhood, Satoshi Tajiri, the mastermind behind the Pokémon phenomenon, wove a world that has captivated millions. Growing up in Machida, a part of Tokyo that retained a quaint, almost rural charm during the 1960s and 1970s, Tajiri was enamored with the local insect life. This passion was so pronounced that his peers affectionately dubbed him “Mr. Bug.” Envisioning a career as an entomologist, Tajiri's dreams took a detour as he transitioned from bug collecting to the allure of arcade games, notably Space Invaders. This newfound obsession led him to dissect the workings of the Famicom, Japan's version of the NES, to understand its mechanics and eventually craft his own games.

Tajiri's journey into the gaming world wasn't a solo endeavor. He initiated a modest video game fanzine titled Game Freak, which, although rudimentary in its design, attracted the attention of like-minded enthusiasts, including Ken Sugimori. Their camaraderie blossomed into a professional partnership, culminating in the establishment of Game Freak as a game development company. The duo's first creation, Mendel Palace, graced the Famicom in 1989. However, it was Tajiri's epiphany upon seeing two Game Boys connected via a link cable that set the stage for Pokémon. Merging his childhood love for insect collecting with this innovative technology, he envisioned a game where creatures could be amassed and pitted against each other. With the backing of Nintendo and guidance from Shigeru Miyamoto, the Pokémon series was born in 1996, forever altering the landscape of handheld gaming.

Despite the global acclaim and success of Pokémon, Tajiri remains an enigmatic figure. Described by Nintendo representatives as "reclusive" and "eccentric," he eschewed traditional academic paths, opting instead for a technical college in Tokyo. His dedication to his craft and unique vision, rooted in his personal experiences, underscores the profound impact one's passions can have when channeled creatively. The world of Pokémon, with its emphasis on collection, exploration, and camaraderie, is a testament to Tajiri's enduring legacy.

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Did you know?

Pokémon GO caused an even bigger Pokémon craze?

Pokémon GO is not just popular. It broke basically every record for popularity and player count in a matter of days upon its initial release. The game even increased cell phone sales because people were desperate to play. Even people who had never touched another video game were getting involved with Pokémon GO.

However, it doesn’t stop there. This newbie boom even affected the main titles, especially those that came out shortly after Pokémon GO launched. Pokémon X and Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and Pokémon Sun and Moon all became the best-selling core games within record time. While the Nintendo 3DS was a bit expensive for the casual player base who was just getting into the games, Pokémon GO did lead to a massive amount of sales for the then-underperforming 2DS, which had a much more approachable price tag.

Pokémon GO even led to developers adding its capturing mechanics to upcoming games like Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! And, while it may be a coincidence, the Detective Pikachu film was fast-tracked into production shortly after Pokémon GO’s massively successful launch.

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