Gotta Buy’em All
It’s hard to believe that a decade has already passed since Pokémon first came to North America. In 1998, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Red caused gamers to want to ‘catch’em all’ as they traversed Kanto to explore the wonderful world of Pokémon. Prior to this though, the Japanese had already had their fun with the Pokémon franchise. Selling millions worldwide, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Red, the two most common first-generation Pokémon games, started one of Nintendo’s key-franchises.
As with most other successful video games, the publisher or developer usually tries to squeeze every penny out of it. In this case, Nintendo did just that. One version of Pokémon wasn’t enough - Nintendo thought they needed three in each region at the time. Releasing Pokémon Green in Japan and Pokémon Yellow in other regions, many thought Pokémon had reached its peak - if Nintendo kept with this, they’d surely cause the franchise to go downhill. Fortunately, Nintendo stopped with three and decided to focus on a new iteration in the series. Just before the end of the millennium, Nintendo treated Japanese gamers with the next generation: Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver. Over the span of the next two years, the rest of the world got their hands on them.
As with the first generation, Pokémon Crystal was released as the third game in the second generation of Pokémon in 2000 (in Japan). Then in 2002, the third generation was released in Japan. Entitled Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire, the games also became a success like their predecessors, and of course, spawned a third game, Pokémon Emerald. Before the third game though, Nintendo remade two of the first generation of Pokémon games and released them worldwide.
Finally we come to the most recent generation of Pokémon, the Diamond and Pearl era. Well maybe Platinum should be included with those two now. As many assumed, Nintendo decided to release a third game to accompany the other two. Entitled Pokémon Platinum and released in Japan this September, it could be considered the biggest remake the series has ever seen (excluding Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen). Instead of just implementing a couple of new features, Platinum introduces dozens.
It’s Gotten Colder
Since gamers first traveled to Sinnoh, the region where Platinum takes place, things have gotten a little cold. After a disturbance atop Mt. Coronet, a portal to the Torn World is opened and Sinnoh’s climate becomes a lot colder. To go along with the colder environments, trainers have been given new outfits to suit the harsher conditions.