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Video: Nintendo Releases a Pokémon Series Showcase For You to Enjoy

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

The presenter says "Pokémon" roughly one billion times

While Nintendo's marketing for Pokémon X & Y has featured the usual excitable adverts and footage, with the games now released the company has taken a step back to present a Pokémon Series Showcase.

For those new to Pokémon or perhaps too young to have been around since the earliest days of the franchise on the Game Boy, this serves as a useful crash-course in the history of the core series. Even veterans may like gawking at the crisp copies, gameplay footage and listening to the bombardment of retro music, as the enthusiastic presenter provides a decent walkthrough.

It's all presented from the neat Pokémon display area of the Nintendo World Store in New York, so check it out and let us know what you think.

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rjejr

#1

rjejr said:

I'm pretty sure my kids will want to watch this after school. Plus they've been there a few times so that's a bonus.

Just10

#3

Just10 said:

The more they remind us about the original games, the more anxious I get for them to release it on the Virtual Console.

thesilverbrick

#4

thesilverbrick said:

I love that place. I usually make the drive to New York and go at least a couple times a year. Now I have to go again soon to see this. There are always unbelievable amounts of StreetPass tags there, for those who are interested...

thesilverbrick

#5

thesilverbrick said:

@Just10 I'm hoping that they find a way to connect the Virtual Console versions of Red and Blue, otherwise I have no interest in playing them. Pokemon without linked trades and battles would be terrrible.

GamerZack87

#7

GamerZack87 said:

Great video! There's just one thing that bugs me (no, it's not Caterpie): the games that kicked off the franchise in Japan were Pocket Monsters Red and Pocket Monsters Green. Blue didn't become commercially available until about a year later, the very first "third version" of the franchise. Then, a couple of years after that marked the release of Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version, games which combined Blue's gameplay engine, features and Pokémon sprites with the version-exclusives and in-game trades of Red and Green. In a sense, the rest of the world retroactively got FireRed and LeafGreen almost a decade before Japan, as they combine Gen III versions of Blue's features with Red and Green's Monster distribution.

My bro will be in New York, NY in a week or two, so he'll be able to check out the display.

@dumedum: Not everybody has a smartphone. ;)

Kit

#10

Kit said:

Sweet nostalgia trip! I was 18 when I had Fire Red for my Gameboy - haven't stopped playing since (Doh, I've just given away my age). LOL

Expa0

#11

Expa0 said:

Gen 2 is still where it's really at, but I've enjoyed all the main installements to at least some degree.

2steve

#12

2steve said:

They don't really seem to realize the already-there fanservice for a pokemon RPG/open-world game. I know they said they wanted to emphasis how the 3DS is better suited for catching pokemon, etc. but that doesn't mean they can't make a game where Pikachu is the main character, since they remain more reminiscent than the trainers, and so Pikachu would go and save a group of pokemon, all because Team Rocket (or Team Flare?) kidnapped not only a ton of pokemon but also all their trainers, so Pikachu would go to several regions (Hoen, Johto, etc.) seeing several pokemon & then fighting tamed beast Pokemons (Tyranitar, Gyrados, etc.) in order to save these poor pokemon & their trainers. This was just a quick thought I came up with, that took little effort, I was seriously hoping that since they've been working on it for awhile it would be a form of such a long-asked for game :,/

Kmno

#14

Kmno said:

Man even though I played R/S/E I never noticed the music too much, but after reading about trumpets and listening again in this video the soundtrack I can't help but laugh at the accuracy of the meme, damn trumpets.

Lunapplebloom

#15

Lunapplebloom said:

Ah... Nostalgia trip... I remember way back when that my grandmother gave me the money for my birthday to go and buy either Pokemon Red or Blue. When I got to the store with my mom though, I had no idea which to get since the box art on both looked awesome. My mom then asked the store clerk at Target what the difference was, and he said that Blue was harder than Red for some reason. I then opted for Red after a few minutes of careful consideration. When I got home, I immediately opened and started playing with my brothers and sisters hovering around my Gameboy screen. I remember the feeling of excitement and adventure after getting my Pokemon from the professor and battling my first wild Pokemon. It was like nothing I had ever experience before that time, and I was loving every minute of it...

And the rest, as they say, is history.

3DSfan134

#16

3DSfan134 said:

Can't believe that they made a video of the Pokemon series.Might go to Nintendo World to see the display.And maybe go do some battles with other people there.And thanks to Nintendo because this is my first Pokemon game I've played.

jjmesa16

#18

jjmesa16 said:

I loved the video but they said Red and Blue were the first Pokemon games to launch in Japan. However it was actually Red and Green that first launched in Japan. Green was replaced with Blue here in the US (and worldwide I believe). Also I'm disappointed that they didn't show FireRed/LeafGreen and HeartGold/SoulSilver. Those games were great and linked past and present Pokemon games together. I'm glad that they didn't show the spin-off games though because I don't consider them to be true Pokemon games. Sorry Mystery Dungeon.

Also I remember I found Blue on the ground outside of a mall so I got it for free.

Weedy

#19

Weedy said:

That is indeed a guy saying Pokemon about a billion times! You think he could have said Pocket Monsters at least once, just to spice things up.

Squid

#20

Squid said:

My favorite Pokemon is Torchic. Speaking of Torchic, you can get Torchic via Wi-Fi Distrubution. You can evolve Torchic into Blaziken and then evolve Blaziken into Mega Blaziken.

Just incase you couldn't understand which Pokemon he was talking about.

Memeboy3

#21

Memeboy3 said:

If only the Wii U had that much Awesome In Marketing, they don't show that Pikmin 3 ad anymore while even the 2DS(!!!) has a commercial. Also, i don't a Appearence in a Comic Con is going to cut much...

HandheldGuru97

#24

HandheldGuru97 said:

Lol I was just at the Nintendo World Store!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Absolutely loved the Pokemon section, felt the guys who put it together did a great job!!!!! Still mad I didn't get the Pikachu 3DS XL................

Groosenator

#25

Groosenator said:

I happened to drop by on Sunday. I spent almost an hour looking through this single exhibit, taking it all in. I remember the majority of the things there, to...

sniff childhood

MadameJynx

#26

MadameJynx said:

Ah yes Crystal version. I remember me and my sister being super excited about finally being able to be a girl in the game

I can imagine myself sticking with this series til I'm old and grey and transferring all my favorite pokemon to my grandkids

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