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In a world inhabited by wondrous creatures known as Pocket Monsters, or Pokémon, a 10-year-old boy dreams of becoming the best Pokémon trainer in the land by capturing all 150 known types of Pokémon. One day, as he ventures out of his sleepy hometown of Pallet, he hears a voice calling him: "Wait! Don't go out!" He sees Professor Oak, the world-renown authority on Pokémon, and one of the town's residents. The Professor warns him that it's not safe to travel outside, as the wild Pokémon population is rising dramatically and scientists are at loss to explain why. But since the boy was so eager to leave, the professor took him to his lab and asked him to choose one Oak's Pokémon for himself...
...So begins "Pokémon", a phenomenally-successful RPG/Collecting game, which went on to become Nintendo's number one selling game of all time. Released in Japan in 1996 on the Gameboy hand-held console, it was split into two versions, Red and Blue. Both contained the same game, but different Pokémon. For instance, some Pokémon were more common in one game than in the others, while some could only be found on one of the catridges. This clever marketing ploy meant trading with other players via the Gameboy Link Cable was essential, and boosted profits for Nintendo enormously.
The Pokémon craze swept Japan by storm and soon reached the shores of countries worldwide. The little monsters were so popular, in fact, they've spawned a hit TV show, which is loosely based on the games, starring a boy named Ash and his Pokémon Pikachu, an electric mouse. This success was soon followed with multiple releases on the Nintendo 64 and Gameboy video game consoles, three movies, music albums, a card game, and millions of other merchandise.
And now, with the recent release of Pokémon Gold/Silver, sequels to the original Gameboy game, in English-speaking countries, it looks like the craze is as strong as ever, and there is no end in sight. So, without further ado, on with the site, and I hope you like everything you find here!