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Pokemon pokemon collectiblesOff 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.

Pokemon 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.

Pokemon pokemon collectibles 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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