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Retro Encounter 278 – Pokémon Turns 25

Retro Encounter 278 Pokemon

It was early in 1996 when a couple of modest, lightly-janky Gameboy games were released in Japan, beginning a phenomenon that is persisting (and thriving) to this day. Those games were Pokémon Red and Green, the very first generation of Satoshi Tajiri and Game Freak’s monster-catching series! A quarter century on, Pokémon is now the biggest multimedia franchise in the world, and what began as a respectable 151 creatures has ballooned to an incredible 893.

On this episode of Retro Encounter, 5 panelists discuss the history of this storied series: where it’s been and our hopes for where it could go in the future, for trainers of all ages. It’s a great big world out there, and we’re glad Pokémon’s a part of it!

Featuring: Eva Padilla, Niki Fakhoori, Josh Louis, Quinton O’Connor, Peter Triezenberg; Edited by Eva Padilla

Intro Song: “Pokemon GSC Is What I Like” by Botanic Sage

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Eva Padilla

Eva Padilla

Eva is a Chicago-based writer, teacher, and singer of the band August Hotel. She's likely the staff member best-equipped to answer your burning questions about the discography of Björk, the economy of modern-day Greece, or the many ways you can make a Bellossom sweep a whole team. Push her to tweet more.

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