The word Pokémon is almost synonymous with video games considering how long the game has been around. Since the first Pokémon game was launched decades ago, Pokémon has expanded to be one of the biggest and most complex video games with new versions being released even today.
This article will explore Pokémon’s evolution from a simple video game to what came off as one of the biggest trends of 2016.
Pokémon Generation I – Humble Beginnings
The Pokémon movement started with the generation I classics: Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow. These games formed the foundation of what turned out to be one of the best video games ever. What’s more, they were tons of fun back then just as they are today.
Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow started off the challenge with 151 wild Pokémon. The number alone ensured that players were always on the hunt. However, the real fun came in catching and taming the wild Pokémon, most of which were difficult to even find. And, in spite of the simple interface, there was a great level of detail in these games that their 2016 editions are just as engaging today as the original versions were back then.
Pokémon Generation II – The Focal Point
Pokémon generation I may have been the cornerstone of the Pokémon series, but the real action kicked off in the second generation classics. The second generation Pokémon games saw major improvements not only in their interfaces but also game-play. For instance, the Pokémon were imparted with moods that determined whether or not they liked their owners. This, in particular, made Pokémon even more engaging and addictive as wits came into play.
Action was also amplified in the second generation Pokémon games with the introduction of more Pokémon and characters. For instance, Brock was reintroduced and it became possible to battle Red. Additionally, other changes such as day and night cycles made the game more complex, challenging, and, consequently, more fun.
Pokémon Generation III – Better Feel
The third generation of Pokémon games took the video game to a new level for many reasons. To start with, the development in technology gave the games a new lease of life as the animation and interfaces were better than before. To this end, there was more color and detail that helped to bring out the essence of the original anime TV show. Additionally, the fun and action were improved with new contests and a new range of wild Pokémon to collect.
However, the third generation of Pokémon video games also featured some flaws. To start with, fans cannot forget the introduction of EV and IV systems, which made the game more complicated instead of fun. Additionally, although the extra Pokémon were highly appreciated, some of the new designs were undoubtedly weak.
Pokémon Generation IV- The Age of the Internet
It was clear that Pokémon was here to stay when it released its fourth generation video games: Pokémon Diamond, Platinum, Pearl, Soul Silver, and Heart Gold. These were the first fully 3D Pokémon games, and they effortlessly placed the decades-old video game series among modern video games.
The fourth generation Pokémon games were much more detailed compared to their predecessors thanks to the 3D technology. In particular, the seamless colored interface was much more appealing than its predecessors. Additionally, they featured tons of fun thanks to a host of new contests, characters, and Pokémon added by the developers.
However, the real fun of playing the fourth generation Pokémon video games lay in internet connectivity. For the first time, pokefans could play against each other or trade wirelessly. This is one of the factors that added to the growth of the vast Pokémon fans community as players could interact from anywhere. After all, Pokémon is most challenging when you are playing against a fellow human player.
Pokémon Generation V
When the fifth generation of Pokémon video games was released, it seemed as though all developments were exhausted. Pokémon Black and White as well as their latter versions featured upgrades in almost every aspect. For starters, their graphics were better compared to their predecessors. The number of wild Pokémon was also higher at over 600 Pokémon. Additionally, the setting was vast and detailed with extra characters, shops, and so much more.
However, the fifth generation of Pokémon games also featured its fair share of mishaps. The most notable blunder was the addition of Technical Machines. The TMs became similar to the HMs, and although this helped to make the game easier it also took away the edge of the challenge. However, regardless of this, collecting and taming over 600 Pokémon is a challenge itself, and few players ever made it to the 500 mark.
Pokémon Today – A Movement of Players
The modern-day video game industry has witnessed an incredible evolution of technology. Video games today are almost life-like; in fact, some are so complex that players make a living playing video games fulltime. In such a competitive industry, it almost seemed as if Pokémon had no place in the market; that is, until 2016.
2016 was perhaps the greatest year for Pokémon thanks to the release of Pokémon Go. Pokémon Go took the market by storm and dominated news highlights for all the right and wrong reasons. Its unique concept of integrating the physical world with virtual reality was impressive to say the least, and it compelled ardent players to travel wide and far in search of Pokémon. In fact, it was so addictive that some players trespassed on people’s property while others even took time off work to play, literally.
2016 also saw the rebirth of some of Pokémon’s greatest classics including Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, among others. The new editions for these classics are compatible with a wide range of gaming consoles, but they still retain much of their classical looks and feel.
And, although the dust has almost settled on Pokémon Go and its predecessors, ardent pokefans have a lot to look forward to over the coming years as the game’s developers introduce a new face of gaming best described as practical.