Saturday, May 31, 2014

Is it TECHNICALLY the Year of Pokemon?

I'm not going to give that long a lecture; Yes, it most certainly is. Maybe Nintendo didn't officially state that it is, but they what do they know? Well, a lot, but that's astray from the point.

For one thing, Pokemon is the official representative of the Japanese soccer team (or football, whatever you sports dudes want to call it..... I don't follow sports.) in Brazil. That 's a pretty huge deal; Japan is a producer of pratically anything passable; they could have submitted Maru the Cat or Bleach laundry detergent (dumb joke Har Har) to be their mascot, but out of millions, they chose 719 creatures. 
So, we've checked off real-world applications, let's see what else we have..... Oh yeah, SEVEN GAMES. The last time that many games was released was 2012, which hardly counts because they were mostly Pokemon applications, 2011 which only had that many because of Pokemon: Typing Adventure (THAT EXISTS!?) and Pokemon Card Game How to Play DS (Japan-exclusive video game instruction manual). The REAL last time a bulk of quality games was created was 1999, where we saw the North American release of Pokemon Yellow, Pokemon Snap, Super Smash Bros (which starred Pikachu), Pokemon Pinball, and the Japanese releases of Picross NP Volume 1 (starring Pokemon), the English translation of Pokemon Stadium, and Pokemon Gold and Silver. That's seven quality games, the exact same amount we saw and will see this year! The games we have this year are as follows: Pokemon Bank, Pokemon Battle Trozei, The Thieves and the 1000 Pokemon, Pokemon Art Academy, Smash Bros for the 3DS, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and Smash Bros. for the Wii U, not to mention the completely TERRIFYING detective game.....

.... Sure, the latter might be the creepiest thing I've ever seen, but it counts. Plus, there are rumors of an actual PikaBlu. Which is awesome if you know of the long history of PokeGods and the likes.
So, what have we learnt today? Pokemon is having one of the greatest years of its franchise.

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