The iconic Pokémon video games have sold millions of copies worldwide since the franchise was first introduced in North America nearly 15 years ago. Kids just seem to go nuts over it. I don’t understand it. When it comes to Pokemon—They all look the same to me.
Seth McMahill has been with Nintendo of America for more than 12 years. In his role as assistant manager of product marketing for the Pokémon video game series, he’s responsible for all manner of Pokémon game-related activities. “If it has anything to do with a Pokémon game, I’m involved in it!” he says.
So I asked Seth to tell me the least I need to know about Pokemon in order to interact with my kids about it. He obliged by providing the following five tips. Thanks for the tips, Seth!
1. Know the names. Now, you don’t need to know all the names because there are a lot of names. However, know some of them, for example the five Pokémon that you can become in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, Gates to Infinity. There’s Pikachu, Snivy. Tepig, Oshawott and Axew. Remember anyone of those five and you’re in.
2. Know how many there are. There are over six hundred and forty Pokémon. That’s all you need to know, over six hundred and forty. It’s a ton but that’s it.
3. Know a few of the characters types. Each Pokémon has a type. For example Pikachu, it’s an electric type Pokémon. Other types are water, grass, ice, poison, fighting.
4. Know what these types can do. This is pretty simple. Let’s take three of the Pokémon that you can become in Gates to Infinity. Let’s go Snivy, Tepig and Oshawott, Ok? So Snivy’s a grass type Pokémon, Oshawott a water type Pokémon and Tepig a fire type Pokémon. So water beats fire, fire beats grass, grass beats water. Kinda like paper, rock, scissors although there’s seventeen different types, but don’t worry about that. Just know a few of them.
5. Know the names of some of the Pokémon games. Such as Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, Gates to Infinity or the upcoming Pokémon X and Pokémon Y which are coming out in October.
Thanks a lot Seth! Now I’m more confused than ever. I’m pretty sure if I just get them the game my kids will be happy, whether I know what Snivy can do or not.
Any Pokemon fans out there?