Evolution of Pokemon Games Series

avatar-user Nick Howard 2021-10-19
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The Pokemon series is a popular series of games that started in 1996 with the release of Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue. The games were developed by Nintendo and published by the company Game Freak. The series is now one of the most successful and profitable video game franchises in the world, surpassing $1 billion in revenue. The games are all set in the fictional world of the Pokemon universe and they involve the capture, battle and trading of Pokémon creatures. The games are coming to the Nintendo Switch.

Red & Blue

The Pokemon games have been released in pairs, with each game in the pair being virtually identical with the exception of the monsters available for capture. The first game in the series, Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue, were released in 1996. The release of these games introduced the player to the world of the Pokemon series. The player has to collect 151 unique monsters in order to be the best in their region. The player starts with the three original starter Pokemon, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. The player can battle against other trainers to complete their Pokedex, or they can take on the eight gym leaders in order to become the Pokemon Champion.

Gold & Silver

The next game in the series, Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver, were released in 1999. The games are virtually identical to the original releases, but they introduced 100 new monsters. The player can now take their completed Pokedex to Professor Elm's lab to trade with someone else. The player can also take on the Elite Four to become the Pokemon Champion.

Ruby & Sapphire

Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire were released in 2002. These games are virtually identical to Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver, but the player can now capture the three legendary Pokemon, Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza.

X & Y

Pokemon X and Pokemon Y were released in 2013. The game is virtually identical to Pokemon Black and Pokemon White, but the player can now capture the three legendary Pokemon, Kyogre, Groudon, and Rayquaza.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire were released in 2014. The games are virtually identical to Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire, but the player can now capture the three legendary Pokemon, Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza.

Pokemon GO

After a break, the developers came up with Pokemon GO. This game was released in 2016 and it was the first Pokemon game to be released on mobile devices. The game is set in the real world and is based on augmented reality. The game is targeted towards the younger audience. The game utilizes the player's phone's camera to see where they are in the world. The game also allows players to capture Pokemon in real-world locations.

You haven’t caught them all, have you?

The Pokemon series is probably one of the most recognizable Nintendo games out there. Most of the series were released in pairs and each pair explored different kinds of pokemon. The series is still popular even to this day. As we can see, it didn’t bring in many innovations, except for Pokemon GO but kept the cozy atmosphere of the early games of the series.

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