The history of Pokémon began with a single man from Japan named Satoshi Tajiri. It was his hobby. Eventually he decided to put his idea of catching creatures into practice, to give children the same excitement he had as a child capturing insects and tadpoles. Tajiri and his friends worked long hours on designs and Tajiri even left with unpaid hours to make his dreams for the game come true. It nearly bankrupted the partners and several employees resigned due to financial conditions. The first Pokémon games, Pokémon Red and Green, arrived in Japan on February 27, 1996, fulfilling Tajiri’s dreams. Due to the success rate in Japan with the Pokémon games, they released it overseas.
The anime, as well as Pokemon Yellow, marked Pikachu as the most popular and recognized creature in Pokemon history, making it the franchise’s mascot. This led to a small spin-off game called Hey You, Pikachu !, which was released in Japan on December 12, 1998, and in North America on November 6, 2000. This was a virtual pet game, using the Nintendo 64’s Voice. Recognition unit for players to verbally interact with Pikachu. When the anime finished following the story of the games with Ash’s defeat in the Pokémon League in January 1999, a new season began in a new region called the Orange Archipelago.
A major overhaul of the main series of games occurred when Pokémon arrived on the Game Boy Advance on November 21, 2002 when the Ruby and Sapphire versions were released in Japan. The Trainers found themselves in the southern land called Hoenn, where 135 new Pokémon were waiting to be discovered. The games arrived in North America on March 18, 2003 and had many new features, the most prominent being the Pokémon Contests, Double Battles, Skills, and Pokémon Natures for each Pokémon. Also introduced in these versions were more weather types and two new villain teams, Team Magma and Team Aqua.
The anime started a new series, the Advanced Generation series, which began in Japan on the same day the games were released and arrived in North America nearly a year later. They were changed a lot in this series, including the introduction of a new main character, May, based on her in-game counterpart.
There are several generations of Pokémon, and there are still future generations to come. When the world changes, so does the world of Pokémon. 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Pokémon and will be celebrated with the relaunch of the original games from the main Generation I series on the Nintendo 3DS. There are currently six generations of Pokémon, and during this time period, there are many games, including derivatives, along with anime, movies, manga, a trading card game, music, and a musical.