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Off the coast of Japan, a mysterious island is the home of dozens of different
species that somehow Darwin seems to have missed. Each species has its
own special powers and, over the course of time, those powers evolve.
Trainers, i.e. human beings under 12, can luckily capture these creatures,
storing them in Pokeballs. Controlling the special powers of this pint-sized
army, a trainer can then wage battles with other trainers in a quest
to capture all 151 species.

This “fin de siecle” craze was created by insect-afficianado Satoshi
Tajiri in 1996. Working under a contract with Nintendo, Tajiri developed
the Pokemon game to be played on hand-held Game Boys. Realizing that
the Game Boy’s unique attribute was its ability to connect to another
Game Boy, he created a world where, in order to capture all the critters,
the player must physically plug into other Game Boys to “catch ’em all”,
as the game’s slogan indicates.

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slowly but steadily took off in Japan. Trading cards were released as
an after-thought, but kids clued into the possibilities of using the
cards to battle and collect right away. It was easier to smuggle trading
cards into school than a Game Boy. Pokemania was born. Soon there was
a Pokemon cartoon show, done in the Japanese anime style, and now “Pokemon
– The First Movie” is chewing up the box office. Parents are running
for cover.

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The most popular character is Pikachu, the sort-of mouse that is giving
Mickey a run for his money. With characters like Squirtle – the squirting
turtle – and Raticate – the nasty rat-like critter, kids and collectors
are going to be kept busy gathering up all things Pokemon for the conceivable
future.

If you’d like to learn more about this phenom, you can visit the official
Pokemon website at www.pokemon.com.
Or just ask anyone under 12.

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