With Pokemon coming on to the mobile platform with Pokemon GO, all our childhood memories have resurfaced where we wanted to catch ’em all. In the last two decades since it’s inception, it has amassed a large fan following. What was started as video game franchise in 1995 for the original Gameboy, now spans across trading card games, anime, movies, toys and comic books. It has been a licensing success with “Pikachu” becoming a household name.
With the launch of Pokemon GO in July 2016, it has spread like fire across the globe. People have been hitched on to the game since it’s launch leaving others infuriated who are still eagerly waiting to get their hands on the game.
With the game Pokemon GO going viral, here are some bizarre facts about Pokemon that will freak you out.
1. THE NAME POKEMON IS SHORT FOR POCKET MONSTERS
The name Pokemon is the contraction of the Japanese brand Pocket Monsters. The term, Pokemon apart from referring to the franchise also refers to the collection of the 722 known fictional species that have made appearances in the Pokemon world in the last two decades.
2. THERE EXISTS A POKEMON MONOPOLY
A Monopoly Board game was announced by Hasbro and was finally released in August 2014 to tap into the huge fan following.
3. THERE IS A FLEET OF POKEMON JETS
After the release of Pokemon in 1996, the Japanese became so Pokemon-crazed that the All Nippon Airways decided to bank upon the fad. It unveiled the first Pokemon Jets on 1 July 1998, timed with the release of the much awaited movie at that time, Pokemon: The First Movie. The first two to be unveiled were both Boeings and each displayed all the Pokemon characters, 151 at that time including ever famous Pikachu.
These Jets were a huge success that it resulted in an increase in the number of passengers who wanted the complete Pokemania experience. The aircraft and flight crew were all Pokemon themed.
4. POKEMON CURRENCY IS THE OFFICIAL CURRENCY OF THIS COUNTRY.
Pokemon Dollar isn’t just the main currency of Pokemon World. It is also the official currency of a little island nation,Niue in the Oceania Continent. It is a sovereign state in free association with the New Zealand and uses two official legal tender currencies. One is the New Zealand Dollar and the other is the Niue Dollar coins for collector’s purposes.
5. THERE IS POKEMON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND OFFICIAL RATINGS.
The Pokemon World Championships are organized annually by the Play division of The Pokemon Company International. It is an annual invitational-only tournament where players are selected based on the National Championships, Overall Ratings and past year’s performances.
6. THERE IS A POKEMON WIKI-BASED ENCYCLOPEDIA, BUBLAPEDIA
Bulbapedia, the wiki-based encyclopedia is the Internet’s most detailed Pokemon database project (Yes, more detailed than the official Pokedex). It is associated with the long time fan site Bulbagarden.
7. TAJIRI, THE CREATOR OF POKEMON, NAMED POKEMON’S RIVAL CHARACTER AFTER HIS MENTOR.
In order to thank his mentor, Shigeru Miyamoto for his help and support during the launch of the game, Satoshi Tajiri, creator of Pokemon named the default rival in the first edition of Japanese game as “Shigeru” (Protagonist being called “Satoshi” of course).
8. POKEMON APPEARED ON TIME MAGAZINE’S COVER PAGE.
Pokemon appeared on the Time Magazine’s Cover Page dated 22nd November 1999 to celebrate the Pokemon-crazed world. Check out the original article here.