On February 27th, 1996, Nintendo released a game that would define an entire generation of children around the world. It spawned TV shows, movies, toys, trading cards and merchandise that would most likely blot out the sun. It would bring about an entirely new generation of gamers that would not have existed were it not for this game. It’s light hearted nature touched the hearts of millions of children around the world and would revolutionize the gaming industry. This game was Pokémon Red, Blue, and Green for the Nintendo gameboy system.
On Saturday, February 27th, 2016, Pokémon celebrates it’s 20th anniversary. And although it’s been 20 years, I still remember vividly being only 7 years old when i picked up this game and absolutely falling in love. It set my soul on fire and ignited my love for gaming. Just typing this now reignites that fire within and brings back the waves of emotions i felt as a child. The excitement and pure joy of waking up at 7AM to watch the new episode of Pokémon before heading off to school or staying home all weekend cooped up in my room playing my gameboy is one of those things I will never forget in my adult life. For some of you who don’t know what Pokémon is actually about let me break it down for you. The game revolves around a character who goes around catching other Pokémon while exploring the world and facing many challenges. We work together with our Pokémon and foster a friendship together to overcome the many obstacles we face within the game. It’s ridiculously cheesy I know, but as a child it was so cool and awesome.
When Pokémon Red and Blue first came out there were 151 different types of monsters but now there are over 700. One of the best things about the games was the diversity in play styles. We as players were never being forced to play a certain way. There was so much room for choice and as a child this resonated so much for us. Pokémon to this day is still very relevant and popular in the gaming industry and although many of us have grown out of it I don’t think any of us can say we actually hate Pokémon. It will always hold a special place in our hearts.
With this post I just want to thank and congratulate Nintendo and Pokémon for everything they’ve done for me. For all those Saturday mornings inspiring my sense of wonder and spurning on my sense of adventure. You would think that a bunch of pixels on a screen would make it difficult to bring about these rainbow of emotions out of a 24 year old man but it does. I will always cherish Pokémon and am excited for how Nintendo will drive this franchise into the future.
Lastly, I would like to say……
BULBASAUR MASTER RACE!! CHARMANDER AND SQUIRTLE CAN SUCK IT!
Haha have a great week everyone!