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This article is going to answer the question that many wonder: What is Pokemon?

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A good encyclopedia can give us its definition about Pokemon:

Pokémon (PokemonIPA /'poʊ.kɛ.mɑn/, although frequently, and even intentionally mispronounced /poʊ.ki.'mćn/), is a multi-billion dollar media franchise controlled by video game giant Nintendo. It was created by Satoshi Tajiri at least by 1995 (it celebrated its tenth anniversary on February 27, 2006, although the franchise was copyrighted in the USA as Pokémon by 1995). The original Game Boy video games have since been merchandised into anime, manga, trading cards, toys, books and other media. The name, Pokémon, is a portmanteau of its Japanese name, “Pocket Monsters” (ポケットモンスター, Poketto Monsutā). Nintendo originally literally translated Poketto Monsutā -- indeed, a "Pocket Monsters" game was created in early 1995. A lawsuit by the makers of Monster in My Pocket (whose video games had originally been released on Nintendo) caused Nintendo to rebrand the franchise as "Pokémon" in early 1996. The game’s catchphrase, in the English language versions of the franchise, used to be “Gotta catch ’em all!”, although it is now no longer officially used (except by Hasbro and in the title sequence to Pokémon Chronicles).

The concept of the Pokémon saga stems from the hobby of insect collecting, a popular pastime in Japan, and one which Pokémon's creator Satoshi Tajiri had enjoyed as a child. Tajiri’s formula took off in Japan and was adapted (and translated) in 1998 for the American market, with the release of Pokémon Red and Blue. These games allowed players to catch, collect, and train hundreds of creatures, known as Pokémon; and battle them against each other to build their strength. These Pokémon could then “evolve” into more powerful Pokémon and learn new and stronger techniques. Pokémon never bleed or die in battle, only faint - this was a very touchy subject to Tajiri, as he didn’t want to further fill the gaming world with "pointless violence".

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This explanation, given by Wikipedia, doesn’t cover everything. Pokemon, in fact, is a whole universe where creatures called Pokemon exist. Prof. Oak, a professor in the Pokemon games, can explain us about this:


Welcome to the world of Pokemon!

This world is fide and wide inhabited by creatures called Pokemon!

Some people play with Pokemon, other battle with them.


This explanation is a recompilation about Oak’s introduction for the player to the world of Pokemon.

This can tell us a lot: there are creatures called Pokemon, and some people battle with them. There are a lot, so many that Oak studies them.


But really, what is a Pokemon?


A Pokemon is a creature, with a single form and shape, which can be trained so it can battle with other Pokemon. If it battles with a lot of Pokemon, it can drastically change of form, height, voice, and other factors (this change is called “evolution”).


A picture of a Pokemon is posted here. That Pokemon is called Ivysaur.

Ivysaur is the evolution of Bulbasaur, and its evolution is Venasaur.

When a Pokemon evolves, it changes it shape and form. But for a Pokemon to evolve, it needs to be trained.


Under all this philosophy, many Pokemon games have been created. All this games are:

Pokemon Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, LeafGreen, Stadium, Stadium 2, Colloseum, and more. Two new games are about to go out soon. These games are called Pearl and Diamond.


Seven movies have been made about Pokemon, and soon an eight one will appear. All the movies are based in the Pokemon’s universe, and it’s about a plot that the same creators made.


The way of carrying Pokemon is with Pokeballs, which have the size of a hand. That’s where the name of Pokemon appears (Pokemon = Pocket Monsters).


Many, many mysteries surround Pokemon, and even the creators don’t know what is next. The only thing we can do is wait for them to give us, at the end, a complete explanation about what is Pokemon, to understand all is mysteries.


If you still don’t know what Pokemon is, you can search its definition.

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