Few games are able to drum up as much excitement and enthusiasm as Pokémon, and with the release of HeartGold and SoulSilver this Friday, poké-fever is at an all time high. What is it that gets fans so giddy with excitement? Why is the Pokémon franchise so mind-bogglingly popular? Here are ten possible answers.


Of the hundreds of Pokémon Nintendo and Game Freak have designed, none are more recognisable than Pikachu. He's not only the iconic face of the franchise, but a mascot for Nintendo as a whole. Interestingly, his rise to stardom wasn't due to the game itself, however, more the marketing that surrounded it. Because of a certain television series and a boy in a red hat, Pikachu became the biggest celebrity in gaming.

The TV Show

With the Pokémon TV series, an entire generation dipped their toes into the icy waters of anime without really knowing that's what they were even doing. The exploits of Ash Ketchum and his trusty Pikachu captured the hearts of children across the globe, and increased sales far more successfully than any advertising campaign. "I wanna be...the very best, like no one ever was. To catch them is my real test, to..." Don't pretend you don't know the words...

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Endless's Avatar


Lol most of those are reasons why Pokemon is NOT for me :P
Posted 12:38 on 23 March 2010

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pokedude's Avatar


had a pokewalker. "friend" threw it in a lake. screw him
Posted 20:04 on 24 June 2010
SexyJams's Avatar


My friend's play Pokemon with me,
sounds like you need some better friends lol.
Posted 20:25 on 22 April 2010
thematter98's Avatar


lol my friends used to make fun of me cause I loved Pokemon. And they still make fun of me cause I love pokemon
Posted 20:23 on 22 April 2010
Karlius's Avatar


FAIR PLAY. Hot. Looks better Smiling than Pouting.

I'd certainly help her play dress up by "putting a tail on her"!
Posted 09:50 on 24 March 2010
IndoorHeroes's Avatar


Yes Steg, I am sure you are way out of her league...

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Posted 09:48 on 24 March 2010
Stegosaurus-Guy-II's Avatar

Stegosaurus-Guy-II@ Wido

I seriously wouldn't.

Look at her face, it's horrible. She's doing that stupid thing with her lips just like everyone does on Facebook to make it look like they're more confident than they really are. She's probably about 100 years old. What she's wearing is stupid and the fact she's cosplaying at a convention alone makes me dislike her.
Posted 08:58 on 24 March 2010
altaranga's Avatar


Anything that can create a joke like "How do you get Pikachu on a bus?" "Poke him on" is a win in my eyes.
Posted 01:22 on 24 March 2010
Shipo's Avatar


pokemon is kinda fun 4 an adventure game
Posted 23:07 on 23 March 2010
Get2DaChoppa's Avatar

Get2DaChoppa@ Wido

Damn straight. Also...Pokemon rules!
Posted 23:05 on 23 March 2010
Wido's Avatar


You'll give her one though ;)
Posted 23:02 on 23 March 2010
Stegosaurus-Guy-II's Avatar


These are all the bad things about Pokemon.

And I doubt cosplaying is a popular thing to do in Japan, it's just for the nerds and weeaboos.
Posted 18:25 on 23 March 2010
SexyJams's Avatar


Are they in any order?
If so, the cards would have to be first for me lol :p
Posted 18:06 on 23 March 2010
GeNeCyDe1993's Avatar


One of your best top 10s :) awesome, POKEMON!
Posted 16:52 on 23 March 2010
Bloodstorm's Avatar


Yea that pika-lady, yum.
Posted 16:43 on 23 March 2010
IndoorHeroes's Avatar


I just got thrown out of the internet cafe I was in.
Posted 16:03 on 23 March 2010

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