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Submitted by Game-Modo 450d ago | opinion piece

Why Is Pokémon Still So Popular?

So why is that crazy franchise known as Pokémon still so popular? Come take a look at why Game-Modo believe it still is one of the most relevant gaming series around. (3DS, Nintendo DS, Pokemon, Wii, Wii U)

ShugaCane  +   450d ago
I love Pokemon. Every new game means new journey, new land to explore, new people to meet, new pokemons to capture. It's a true adventure. My pokemons are my team, I care about them more than I care for most of video game characters these days. I admit that the first ones are my favourite, because of nostlagia, but Black & White (1 and 2) were awesome and X & Y look great too. I love that franchise :)
wishingW3L  +   450d ago
they are all the same thing over and over again just like the cartoons.
3-4-5  +   450d ago
It's easy to get into. Minimal frustration throughout. Go at your own pace.

Lots to collect. Slightly addicting.

Likeable art style.

Good music.

It has a lot going for it when you ACTUALLY THINK about it.

That being said....probably not buying the new Pokemon. Too many other games I'm into or backlogged for right now.

Prob going to sell millions though and seems like they are actually trying to move forward this time with the franchise.
jcnba28  +   450d ago
We're talking about Pokemon here not God of War.
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psyxon  +   450d ago
X & Y is why. They're such an improvement over the old repetitive games. They're about the only repetitive game I can still find fun in. Just not for very long.
Majin-vegeta  +   450d ago
EV training is what really gives this game long lives.But I'm still a noob when it comes to that >_<.

Like Influxity said X&Y look like the biggest upgrade to Pokemon since ever.
Transporter47  +   450d ago
Idk, i only played the orignal Red and Blue and those were the last ones i ever played. Never cared for any new ones.
andrewer  +   450d ago
lol yeah I only played Red and that game was simply awesome. But after that none got my attention.
GentlemenRUs  +   450d ago
Agreed, Once you play one/two of the games... You have played them all!
Theyellowflash30  +   450d ago
100% false, GentlemenRUS
GentlemenRUs  +   450d ago
@Theyellowflash30

Oh believe me, I have experience.

It's just the same thing over and over and over with only a few minor changes.
Theyellowflash30  +   450d ago
Once again GentlemenRUS....false
GentlemenRUs  +   449d ago
@Theyellowflash30

No need to go off-topic just to state that i'm wrong.

Even though I am not, Stop being a fanboy ;)
tigertron  +   450d ago
You should at least give the second generation a chance.

Heart Gold/Soul Silver gives you the perfect opportunity to do that. Brilliant sequels.
lento  +   450d ago
Yup played until gold and silver. Loved them both but started to introduce too many Pokemon after that. Would love a new game with the original 150
abcde12345  +   450d ago
Pokemon is awesome!
NihonjinChick  +   450d ago
I only played a couple but loved the ones I did play. Silver, Black 2, and Pearl.

I also played Coliseum on GameCube and that game was awesome. The WiiU needs a 3D Pokémon game like coliseum and XD Gale
Williamson  +   450d ago
I've played most of the handheld games and been watching it for 14 years, its become a habit to wake up on Saturdays and watch some pokemon for me.
Allsystemgamer  +   450d ago
Cuz it's mutha f***n Pokemon!
asiatico  +   450d ago
Yeah Pokemon is just great. And with the release of X and Y its going to be as big or bigger than its ever been!
Jagsrock  +   450d ago
I think it's cause each time you play it you can have a different experience, with a different team and new a strategy. There are so many possible combinations and options in terms of selecting your six and their moveset and it's always exciting when you catch a new potential team member. Plus their is the competitive aspect too.
SlapHappyJesus  +   450d ago
Stopped playing after Ruby, personally.
Do want to check and X and Y though. See how I take and how the series has moved forward.
Still very much fun games.
Theyellowflash30  +   450d ago
3 reasons why Pokemon is still popular

1. It's good - the game's RPG mechancis are solid, even in today's market.

2. No competition - Nobody has come and made a better multiplayer came in the same field. Collecting, trading, and battling monsters.

3. Endless replay value for little money - With MMO's you have to constantly sink money into it. WOW, SWOTOR, ect. But with Pokemon you get a full game for $30 with limitless replay value when you consider the amount of Pokemon in the game, and the multiplayer capabilities. It's the perfect storm.

I love and will continue to play Pokemon forever. The competition, value, and mechanics make Pokemon one of the best franchises in gaming, and I don't intend to stop playing anytime soon.
Jac5al  +   450d ago
It's addictive and online battles are fun. I will be buying a 3DS for X & Y.
Summons75  +   450d ago
Because of new generations of kids but also each game adds new elements to it completely changing the game. Pokemon works for both casual and hardcore players. It's a came you can casually play over time but the gameplay and battles go really deep. When you see a tournament battle it's like a completely different game because of how well people know the depth of the game.
TURKEYonWH3AT  +   450d ago
If they made a free roam RPG pokemon game with free roam multiplayer with the same balance and mechanics as the regular pokemon games they would sell WiiU for years lol
MikeyDucati1  +   450d ago
Because the kids who got into that show are now grown adults buying and supporting it still.
Kevlar009  +   450d ago
I remember getting Pokemon Red with my Gameboy Color when I was young. Pokemon to me is the video game equivalent of comfort food. The basic premise is always the same, it worked before and still works today. Something about being young and growing up with companions hits home, there's a weird attachment you make with your team.

Whatever attracted us in the first gen still attracts others in the fifth and beyond. The first/second gen were such solid titles all Gamefreak needs to do is add extra features and we will accept it.
Heisenburger  +   450d ago
Because you gotta catch 'em all.

Also because I wanna be the very best. Like no one ever was.
To catch them is my real test. To train them is my cause.

Pretty self explanatory.

^=^
Hazmat13  +   450d ago
never appealed to me, im sure its fun but eh not my cup of tea.
greenlantern2814  +   450d ago
I never really got into pokemon. I was to old for the cartoon, then card game and finally video games. But I do understand how the people who love it are still into it. Not easy to give up something you have grown up with and really no reason to if the game quality is there thAn why not support it.
they fucked it up after the 90's barely hung on early 2000's then turned into crap with the show and games. every game movie that comes out this is what they think (i know lets just add another crappy legendary pokemon and keep everything the same cause we ran out of effing idea's and lost creativity)dont get me wrong i love pokemon it was one of the things that was a big part of my childhood but i love it for what it was not what it is now.
kirbyu  +   450d ago
You say it's always the same. So that means what it is now and what is was are the same. So, if you love it for what it was, you love it for what it is now!
ZodTheRipper  +   450d ago
Pretty flawed argumentation imo.
Zodiac  +   449d ago
@Zod18. Its actually a flawless argument.
Optical_Matrix  +   450d ago
Addictive gameplay I think. Plus there's playing Pokemon, and then theres PLAYING Pokemon. A lot of people don't give it credit for being one of the most in depth RPG's on the market.

It's the perfect example of a game that sets the bar of entry so low that anyone can pick up and play while retaining elements that only a subset of god tier players who devote enough time to it can get their heads around. The depth is staggering and adding 100 new monsters every generation is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of how much that changes the game overall from one title to the next.

Loved the series since I got Red version in 1999 and have been a devoted fan ever since. I'm 21 this year and yet Pokemon X/Y is probably one of my most anticipated titles of this year.
SweatyFlorida  +   450d ago
Which makes you wonder why there aren't many games that try to mimic it (in recent memory) despite the flood of sci-fi or military shooters we get year in and year out.
Smoovekid  +   450d ago
Because it is fun.
meganick  +   450d ago
I don't know why it's ever been as popular as it's been. It doesn't appeal to me, one of the few Nintendo franchises I don't care for.
Jirachi  +   449d ago
It's fun that's enough for me.
RFornillos4  +   449d ago
to answer the question: because for every one who grows up and graduate from doing "pokemon", a new child is born, a kid is introduced to Pokemon and loves it, a new adult is introduced to it, and loves it to. that makes 1 leaving the franchise behind, and about 1 or more replacing him.
o-Sunny-o  +   449d ago
All I want is Pikachu to be able to follow me like Pokemon Yellow Version. :'(
evilhasitsway  +   449d ago
because it really is the perfect rpg with lvling hundreds of characters.

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