Harrison TsengMrs. SchmitzHonors English 411 Jan 2018The History of Pokemon Franchise:Seven Generations and its ImpactOverview: Many would say the Pokemon franchise has been around for as long as Peanuts or Looney Tunes, but Pokemon has only risen in the past two decades starting in 1995 by Satoshi Tajiri. The Pokemon franchise is formed between three companies, Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures through a group cooperation. Through Satoshi Tajiri’s hobby of collecting insects as a kid, when Game Boy’s were released, he thought of the idea of creating an alternate universe with fictional “creatures” with fictional characters collecting these creatures. Gameplay Concept:The original game consists of three concepts. The goal was to fill up the regional Pokedex consisting of all the Pokemons in the region. Then by transferring other Pokemon from different regions, the second goal was to complete the national Pokedex. In addition to filling both the regional and national Pokedex, the player of the game was to train the most powerful Pokemon team to compete and eventually win the pokemon league to become the regional champion. In this alternate Pokemon universe, the trainer or the player of the game will encounter various Pokemon as they continue their journey throughout each region in the Pokemon world. By defeating local trainers and earning money off of them, the player will be able to receive prizes and also buy specialized tools in capturing pokemon. These spherical tools also known as Pokeballs, have the capability of capturing pokemons adding them into the user’s Pokedex. While it may seem easy to capture many Pokemon, Pokemon have the ability of escaping the Pokeball either running away or giving the user another shot at capturing the Pokemon. However, if the Pokemon is caught, the Pokemon becomes under the possession of the trainer and obeys whatever commands it receives from the player. By increasing the level of these Pokemon by defeating other Pokemon, the Pokemon becomes stronger by amplifying their statistics of attack and speed. As the pokemon levels up, it will become capable of learning new techniques and attack moves or even transform into a stronger specie of the Pokemon also known as evolution. Through the trainers journey through the Pokemon world, the trainer meets upon eight gym leaders featuring the eight most powerful trainers sometimes referred as Gym Leaders. In order for the trainer to progress to the next stage, he or she must defeat the Gym Leaders to obtain Gym Badges that symbolized that you’ve beat them. After all eight Gym Badges are obtains, the trainer is able to take upon the Pokemon League. The Pokemon League, also sometimes referred to the Elite Four consists of the four most powerful trainers in the whole Pokemon region. Generations: In the Pokemon video games, there consists of seven different generations. In each generation divided by a chronological order by release, the RPG series releases new Pokemon, characters, and gameplay concept.Generation 1: The first generation of Pokemon, also known as Generation 1, started with the release of “Pocket Monsters Aka and Midori” for the Game Boy in 1996. The first generation of pokemon introduced a total of one hundred fifty-one new species of Pokemon consisting of Pokemon from Bulbasaur to Mew in order on the Pokedex. As well as introducing the basic game concept of training, battlings, capturing pokemons, and also transferring pokemons from both computer and human players, the first generation of Pokemon takes place in the fiction region of Kanto in Japan. In the following year, Pokemon Trading cards were developed becoming very popular. These Pokemon Trading cards containing one hundred two cards in total, followed their own set of rules and are still around today. In 1997, an anime series was released along with a manga series rising to fame in the western world. In 1998, Pokemon rose to greater fame leading to the release of the first Pokemon Center store selling merchandise such as Pokemon trading cards and little Pokemon gadgets. Generation 2: Generation 2 began in 1999 with the release of “Pokemon Gold and Silver.” Also consisting the same game concept as generation one, the Pokemon Company International introduced one hundred new species of Pokemon, from Chikorita and ending with Celebi. By introducing one hundred new species to the game, the regional Pokedex now included a total number of two hundred fifty-one Pokemon. The second generation of Pokemon takes place in Johto, inspired by Japan’s Kansai region. Generation 3: In 2002, Generation 3 was release with “Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire” for the Gameboy Advance. With the Gameboy Advance’s new release, the Pokemon franchise remade “Pokemon Red and Blue”, “Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen” with colored graphics. Also with the third generation being released, one hundred thirty-five new Pokemon were introduced to the Pokedex adding up to a total of three hundred eighty-six species. Generation 4: By 2006, the Pokemon franchise released “Pokemon Diamond and Pearl,” marking the tenth year of Pokemon, but also the fourth generation. The fourth generation released one hundred seven new species from Turtwig and ending with arceus making the regional Pokedex with over four hundred ninety-three Pokemons. Because the Nintendo DS touch screen was released, new gameplay concept was created with online multiplayer trading taking place in the new region Sinnoh, inspired by Japan’s Hokkaido region. In the following year, Nintendo released the Wii console leading to generation four becoming a three dimensional game through “Pokemon Battle Revolution” also following with new games on the DS and manga productions. Generation 5: In 2010, the fifth generation of Pokemon was released with “Pokemon Black and White” on the nintendo DS. Unlike the other generation, the Pokemon franchise revealed that no old Pokemon from the previous generation would be available until the main storyline would be completed. With new mechanics and concepts such as being able to upload game data and play on the computer, the create of these new Pokemon made generation five the biggest Pokemon generation yet. Generation 6: Generation six was released in 2013, with “Pokemon X and Y” through Nintendo Direct. Seventy-two new Pokemon were released starting from Chespin and ending with Volcanion. The Pokedex now consisted of seven hundred twenty-one. A new concept was also released into the Pokemon storyline called Mega-evolution. Through Mega-evolution, the Pokemon franchise was able to balance and create more new species of Pokemon. After generation six was released, the Anime quickly caught up with a new series taking place in the Kalos region inspired by France. Generation 7:In the past few years in 2016, “Pokemon Sun and Moon” and the seventh generation was released for the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Pokemon franchise taking place in the Alola region. For the first time ever, Both games were released around the world in nine different languages with eighty one new pokemons introduced. Generation seven is the last generation released from the Pokemon Franchise. Spinoffs: Through the rise of fame of the Pokemon industry, spin-off anime and games were released such as “Hey You, Pikachu!” inspired by Pikachu and “Pokemon Snap.” However, most of these spin-off games were unsuccessful, but some games made its way to North America from Japan.What did it give to the Community: Pokemon has been around for as many as twenty three years. From becoming a start-up idea, to becoming a big hit in today’s pop culture, Pokemon is seen around the world. Through anime series, movies, and TV-shows, Pokemon has really spread through the world through translation in over ten different languages. In addition to hundred of episodes, over twenty films have been made. Like other card games such as “Magic of Gathering,” Pokemon Trading Cards also known as TCG, expanded through Europe, North America, and Japan. Not only have games been made, but Pokemon is globally a popular franchise influencing local parades and theme parks around the world.