Why people of all ages love the pocket monsters.
Gotta Catch 'Em All
Children love collecting things. It doesn't even really matter what it is; they just like seeing a few of something become a lot – a concept that can be found at the very heart of the Pokémon experience. The first games featured 151 unique creatures to catch and collect, but today, with HeartGold and SoulSilver, there are 493 of the blighters to catch.
A complete Pokédex might be a wonderful achievement, but ultimately, it's only a virtual one; nothing more than a random assortment of code and algorithms brought to the life on the screen of your Game Boy. For Pokémaniacs who prefer a more tangible collection, there's a wealth of plushies, toys and duvet covers to collect in the real world too. Of course there were some who took the 'Gotta Catch 'Em All' mentality a little too far...