One of the best ways to stay entertained during a long car ride with friends is to see if you can remember all 151 Pokémon. I know what you’re thinking. “That’s a lie. Girls don’t like Pokémon. Besides, there are 649 Pokémon; rookie mistake.”
Who on earth decided it was a good idea to have 649 Pokémon! I remember insisting I had to own all of the Pokémon games for my lovely Game Boy Color so I could connect the games together and collect all 151. Before my Game Boy’s last days, there were already games coming out with ‘newly discovered’ Pokémon.
I wasn’t happy when the next generation of Pokémon came around. How could I really say I had caught them all on Pokémon Yellow if I knew there were actually more out there? It wasn’t long before I gave up all together. I can collect 150 creatures in a game. I can even try and collect 151 cards. Beyond that, I have my doubts.
Many years have gone by since my days of Pokémon fandom. I didn’t buy anymore games beyond the Game Boy Color games and left my childhood behind. To this day I will assert that there are only 151 true Pokémon.
Before you start calling me an old fart (I’m only 21 people), it’s important to understand that I don’t hate the new Pokémon for their newness, I hate them because I can’t catch them. Is it even possible to get a 10-year-old to believe they can catch 649 pocket creatures?
I can’t hate on today’s Pokémon too much, though. At the end of the day, I have many fond memories of my pocket creatures. Mewtwo Strikes Back had me on the edge of my seat. My age may create a need for a better story line these days, but you just can’t forget the joy of youth.
The greatest delight of all is being able to geek out with all my college friends about favorite Pokémon and the trials and tribulations of battles. Like it or not, Pokémon is a part of our culture. I fully expect the franchise to exist for children of the future. Whether logical or not, we simply cannot stop until we catch them all.
Author Bio: Tonya Vrba is a passionate writer. Her work has been published in newspapers and blogs. She is currently an active writer for Online Dating Sites. Learn more about Tonya and her work at her personal website.