The design of Rotom is a throwback to the design of Pulseman, a game previously made by Game Freak.
Another nod to Pulseman was made in Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum. When you hear your rival/Barry's battle theme, the second last part of the song is a short altered version of a part of Pulseman's overworld theme.
The move Volt Tackle, an Electric-typed variation on Double-Edge, is another nod to Pulseman - specifically his signature "Volteccer" move, with which it shares its name in Japanese (also a Shout-Out to Tekkaman).
Everyone knows how Nintendo's former rival Sega has gone Multi-Platform after the death of the Sega Dreamcast (and thus has games on Nintendo consoles), right? Well, very little know that the opposite is true in Japan, as there is a Pokémon game on the Sega Pico. (And yes, the Pico is still very much alive over there.)
Gen II: Ho-oh, via an Early-Bird Cameo on the first episode (though the Pokedex couldn't identify whether or not Ho-Oh was a Pokemon and its name wasn't mentioned). Togepi was the first identified as such. Donphan also appears in ''Pokemon: The First Movie'' while Marill and Snubbull were in the short film tied in to that and Elekid, Slowking, Bellossom and Lugia appeared in the second film. There was also an episode where a sketch of the top of Elekid's head was shown.
Gen III: Kecleon, Wailmer, and Azurill for the fourth movie (or rather, the Pikachu short}.
Then for the fifth, Latias and Latios, with Volbeat, Duskull appearing in the accompanying short. Wynaut debuted in the anime a little before that.
Gen IV: Munchlax, then Lucario, then Bonsly, Weavile, and Mime Jr.
Bonsly had the honor of actually being playable to a limited extent in a Pokémon RPG before its own game was released — it was available in the bingo mode of Pokémon XD.
Gen V: Zoroark and Zorua
Gen VI: Chespin, Fennekin, Froakie, Xerneas and Yveltal
Rhydon was the first Pokémon ever created, according to Ken Sugimori. You can see this in Red, Green and Blue's code - the internal list of Pokémon starts with Rhydon. Second is Kangaskhan.
Which might explain why some variations of Missingno. turn into Rhydon at some point and the Glitch Pokémon 'M can actually evolve into Kangaskhan.
Mew was copyrighted in 1990 by Game Freak, years before the release of Red/Green.
Despite this, Nintendo didn't even know that Mew had been programmed in by Shigeki Morimoto when Red and Green were released.
Pokemon Red and Blue weren't the first Pokemon games in Japan. Over there, the duo was originally Red and Green, while Blue was a third game that was pretty much a remake with better graphics and a few bugs fixed.
When they were imported into the United States, Game Freak took the Pokémon lists and scripts from Red and Green and programmed them into Blue, giving us remakes of Red and Green with the improved graphics of Blue.
Incidentally, this is why one of the NPC traders tells you that your Raichu evolved after you trade it to him (Raichu cannot evolve)—they took that line from the Japanese Blue Version, in which you trade him a Kadabra (which evolves into Alakazam when traded).
This is also the cause for the infamous Green vs. Blue naming of the Rival who later becomes the Gym leader of Viridian. In Japan, the Rival is originally known as Green to the main character's Red. However, since the improved Red and Green versions were released as Red and Blue in America, they wanted to be consistent with your player being one version and your rival the opposite. Many fans argue over which name you should use when referring to Green/Blue/DOUCHE (you DO have the option of naming him in-game despite default canon), while others simply say "whatever."
If a shiny Ditto copies a regularly-colored Pokemon, it will transform into the shiny version of that Pokemon. If a regular-colored Ditto copies a shiny Pokemon, it will transform into the regular-colored version of that Pokemon. And, somewhat-obviously, if a shiny Ditto copies a shiny Pokemon, it will be the shiny variant.
Or at least this was true in Gen III, in the Gen IV games this doesn't work and a shiny Ditto changes into regular-colored Pokémon.
There's an exploit abusing this in Gen II and Gen I. Simply transfer the shiny Gyarados to any Gen I game, and capture a Ditto after it transforms into that Gyarados. Voila, transfer it into any Gen II game and you have a shiny Ditto. And because of the way the game is structured, said Ditto vastly increases your chances for a shiny egg of any other Pokemon when breeding with it.
Currently, Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia is the only Pokemon game in which you can actually die (Specifically, by failing to stop a sinking ship.).
In Guardian Signs, there is a similar mission, except instead of stopping a sinking ship it's escaping a flooding submarine.
The favorite Pokemon of Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokemon, is Poliwhirl.
Suddenly, Red from the Special Manga having Poliwhirl as his first Pokémon makes sense.
And so does a Poliwhirl randomly appearing in a Pokémon Zensho artwork.
As does Poliwhirl randomly being a Pokemon trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee despite not appearing in the game either as playable, from a Poke Ball or any other way.
Also probably explains why Poliwhirl was the cover Mon on Time magazine once.
And why Poliwag was the Pokémon that young Ash (Satoshi) was chasing when he first met Serena in Summer Camp.
Longtime fans may remember back in Generation I when bogus rumors were flying about the infantile internet speculating on a possible secret/glitch that would allow you to catch the most elusive of all Pokémon: Mew (No.151). Surprise surprise, there really IS a secret glitch that allows you to catch a Mew! For real this time! Now the bad news: you will probably have to restart your game in order to pull this off, since the easiest method for getting Mew requires you to have not battled a certain trainer on the route north of Cerulean City. Mew is actually only a small part of a game-breaking glitch which can be activated as soon as you have Teleport/Fly and meet a trainer who will try to battle you as soon as he appears on-screen (near Lavender/Saffron). Fly away before he battles you, but after the "!" appears over his head, and you will soon find yourself battling strange glitch Lv.7 Pokémon determined by the Special stat of the last Pokémon you fought.
Junichi Masuda's favorite Pokémon is Victini (it used to be Pichu), favorite type is the Water type, and favorite move is the Water-type Surf.
In an IGN interview, he also mentioned Tangela as one of his favorites. He said he liked how it evolved into Tangrowth and considered it underrated.
Cryogonal and Mew, despite being genderless Pokemon, can learn Attract.
'Shiny' was the official term for shiny Pokémon back when Gold and Silver were released, but later generations called them 'alternately colored'; Nintendo then used the term 'shiny' again in Generation V, such as in the forms section of the Pokédex (which is easy to find when viewing the Pokédex entries for Johto's legendary trio after transferring the shiny versions of them given out prior to the launch of the generation).
Bad Export for You: The first three movies and the eighth movie have yet to see a widescreen home video release Stateside, though four through seven were released on DVD and Blu-ray by Platinum Disc Corporation with widescreen versions on all Blu-ray releases and a couple of DVDs.
And to an extent, the home video release of Movie 5, since it had a distracting bluish tint throughout that wasn't present in the theatrical version.
International versions of the TCG are often accused of having lower-quality cards than the Japanese. This has gotten quite obvious with the XY era sets; the Japanese regular holos have a glossy finish and retain their shiny borders, while their English counterparts still have their matte finish and yellow borders.
Banned Episode: The first-season episode "Tentacool and Tentacruel" features an enraged Tentacruel wreaking havoc on a large city in an act of revenge against construction crews destroying the Tentacool pod's reef, including destroying skyscrapers. This episode had been pulled from most television markets due to the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, but it was aired on American Cartoon Network in 2002.
That same season, the episode "Electric Soldier Porygon" aired once in Japan, but sequences involving continually strobing blue and red lights caused several Japanese viewers - both kids and adults - to experience terrible seizures. While it was removed from Japanese reruns for a period of time, the episode has never seen the light of day in American markets, nor anywhere else in the world, and likewise, has never seen any official commercial home video releases.
Defictionalization: The games, themselves. In Real Life, it is extremely possible to encounter others playing a Pokémon game, and (if conditions are right) battle them, just like that damn Bug Catcher kid outside Vermilion City. In fact, many events and tournaments have been held in real life using the game and connection equipment (with real badges and rewards) Not to mention that getting an actual Pokédex can save you a lot of trouble in the games. And taking it a step further: As of 2014, there is a real-life pterosaur called "Aerodactyl".
Doing It for the Art: Applies to the anime. Yes, you read that right. Specifically, Takeshi Shudo's work on the early seasons in Japanese. While most of the anime's seasons and movies show that Pokémon can make oodles of cash with very little effort, Shudo saw fit to flesh out the world of Pokémon through his work on the show and to make a show that families could enjoy together. In both the show and supplementary material written by him, a lot of corners of the anime's universe are explored, which is especially apparent with the Japanese dub of Pokémon: The First Movie and its radio drama prequel.
Fan Nickname: TrollFreak for Game Freak, thanks to their (extremely) questionable mechanic changes and implementations of the games itself. This is, by far the most used nickname in pokemon community, both for casuals and competitive players. There are also a number of very popular nicknames for pokemon, like Obamasnow for Abomasnow.
Hey, It's That Voice!: The anime was dubbed by 4Kids after all, though the TPCI dub does have its share once DP got going.
Toho often helps put together and distribute the anime, especially the films, and anyone familiar with the Godzilla series will recognize some of the Pokémon roars and cries as being from the ranks of Kaiju. Giratina has Adult Mothra's chirp, Palkia uses a mix of Godzilla 1954 (in Super Smash Bros. Brawl) or Heisei King Ghidorah (in the anime) and Boga the varactyl's warble, Dialga's roar is a higher-pitched variation of Gorosaurus, and the "Megarig" vehicle uses Megaguirus' shrill keen.
Also, Sean Schemmel, of Dragon Ball Z fame, has appeared multiple times throughout the anime, as Archie, Cyrus, Grings Kodai, and Lucario.
In the Japanese version of Best Wishes, Taiki's Voice Actor took up the role of Luke (The guy who made movies and has a Zorua).
Further down the line, more well known Japanese VA's enter the fray in the Best Wishes league rivals, Cameron and Virgil; voiced by none other than Soul's Kouki Uchiyama and Eren's Yuki Kaji respectively. The latter has since then joined the XY series full time as Clemont, a Kalos region Gym Leader and Ash's new traveling companion.
The episode that introduces Elesa is a Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds reunion, with the gang meeting Bianca's dad. It's harder to tell early on, but when he goes all Hot-Blooded, you almost expect him to say "Let's rev it up!". Biana is voiced by Bella Hudson (Akiza Izinski), while her unnamed dad is voiced by John Campbell (Yusei Fudo). Also, his Japanese nickname is "Red Shooting Star", which could reference Yusei's "Shooting Star Dragon''.
Wanna play one of the earlier Gens, whether torical curiosity, but don't have a cartridge available? Then you'll have to borrow/buy the original cartridge from someone else, wait for a remake, or emulate it, because Nintendo has expressed no interest in porting the original versions of earlier Gens to the Virtual Console.
For the most part this is averted as the entirety of the Indigo League, Orange League, Battle Frontier and Sinnoh Leagues are widely available on DVD sets. However the Johto league episodes have become incredibly rare, they were given VHS and DVD releases but those are extremely rare and quite expensive. the Johto Journeys got 12 3 episode DVD/VHS releases, Johto League Champions got 7 dvds piecing out the whole series. Master Quest was the only part of Johto given proper DVD box sets but those have become rare and can go for at most $200 each or higher! The Advanced Generation DVDS have also gone out of print, with some going for as much as $25 for just 1 five episode DVD! The first 3 movies were at first rereleased back in 2009 in a collection set, however those went OOP within just two months.
Killer App: Just about all the games are a one for the Nintendo handheld they come out on.
Celebi has a bad tendency to not get released in the US. Only three US events - one in Gen II, one in Gen III that only made it to ten cities, and another near the end of Gen IV - have given it out. The Celebi from the (Gen VI) Pokémon Bank trial finally gave it widespread release.
The UK has never got DVD releases of ANY of the main series. Movies eight and nine have never been released there either. However it DID get Pokémon Chronicles.
In the USA, Pokémon Chronicles still hasn't been released on DVD yet.
Neither have boxsets for the Johto seasons.
Except for Master Quest, but those are out of print for a few years now (they were last released in 2005).
In the UK, a deal HAD been struck up with Network DVD (A label that usually sells DVDs of old British shows) to release the series, but the only DVD they released for it was The Rise of Darkrai. Hell, the site even at one point HAD a Pokémon section, but that didn't last.
No Export for You might FINALLY be averted for the UK as Universal will be releasing Zoroark: Master of Illusions on DVD late April. If they'll distribute the anime DVD releases like they do in France is unknown at this point, but right now it's a start.
Now mostly averted, as Universal UK have released the Giratina and Arceus movies, with the Black and White movies not too far off, and if the inlay sheet with Poképark 2 suggests correctly, they will be re-releasing the Darkrai movie as well. Destiny Deoxys is also due for a release on Blu-Ray within the next week or two, as well as 4Ever and Heroes on Blu-Ray as well, just leaves the Lucario and Manaphy movies without a UK release. Seeing as the last two have recently had an airing on CITV, there may be hopes for a DVD release soon.
Australia never received releases for the sixth or seventh movies, even though all others have been or are still available.
Recursive Adaptation: Pokémon Yellow Version and Pokémon Puzzle League are games based on the anime based on the main series of Pokémon games, with Yellow being part of the main series itself.
There's also a manga based on the TCG, more than one based on the anime and several based on spin-off games...all based on the original game series.
Several important facts across the verses have started outside of the main series and were adapted back into them because they became iconic. The most notable is the Pokéball's design. In Gen I, they were designed in such a manner that they split in two and had a button on the top of the ball. The finalized version of the pokeball was designed for the anime when the writers were in pre-planning meetings with Game Freak and they admitted they never had quite finalized the design. The writers hastily came up with the iconic design with their approval and it was retconned back into the series proper.
Recycled Script: For a long-running series like this one, certain storylines usually end up getting used over again over the years.
One notable example is that all four main casts have gone through an episode where the majority of the cast and/or their Pokémon get paralyzed with Stun Spore, and the unaffected cast must search for the only plant that can cure the ailment. This usually also leads to the focused Pokémon (always a Water-type) of that episode either joining the cast or learning a new skill and overcoming its own problem.note Black and White did both, even!
Another famous example is repeating an episode dedicated to Team Rocket breaking up, but then suddenly realizing by the end of the episode that they need each other to accomplish their plans.
Episodes where Pikachu temporary leaves Ash for some reason (attempted release, brainwashing, amnesia, etc.), only for Ash to reignite their bond to continue traveling together, is also quite notable.
How some Pokemon captures went down in later seasons usually gets this reation. Turtwig's capture for example, was seen as an exact copy of how the Bulbasaur capture went about where both grass-starters were trying to protect Pokemon from humans. Not to mention the fire-Pokemon Ash has captured over the seasons all having rough backgrounds.
The cancelled Celebi and GS Ball arc from Johto was reused for the Meloetta arc in Unova, which resulted in Ash battling Giovanni for the first time over a decade after the series' debut. In this case, Tropes Are Not Bad.
One fan theory suggests that somewhere during the first generation's development, the sprite designs for Butterfree and Venomoth were accidentally switched due to a bug; Butterfree has a striking resemblance to Venomoth's pre-evolution Venonat. It's speculated that instead of correcting the mistake in later releases, the developers might've decided to just Throw It In.
"Okay, go to the mansion at night on the third Friday of the month with all three starters and a Raichu in your party, touch the statue one hundred times, and then go into the garden and run around clockwise another one hundred times. The lady in front of the door at the end of the right hallway will leave and when you go inside the room, Oak will give you a ball containing MewThree!" The funniest thing about this is that the Nugget Bridge area Mew Glitchactually works!
The hidden truck near the S.S. Anne in Red and Blue spawned all sorts of rumours. Use Strength on it to get Poké Gods/other made-up Pokemon! In FireRed and LeafGreen, you get a Lava Cookie by checking out the truck, an item otherwise unobtainable without trading from the Hoenn games.
Hell, if there's any series that has a wealth of rumors about things in the games, it's Pokémon. There were rumors that proliferated way back when about being able to find Togepi (introduced in the anime long before the second generation Pokémon were officially announced) and "Pikablu" (aka Marill) in the original games. And yes, millions of rumors of ways to find Mew. One particularly amusing one was that if you defeat the Elite Four 100 times, Professor Oak will tell you that he's sick of inducting you into the Hall of Fame every other Wednesday and give you free roam of the room. Take a guess what you would apparently find in the room. Hint:It rhymes with "stew", is almost as pink as Kirby, and has incredible learning potential.
'M, one of the glitch Pokémon, was supposed to evolved into a Level 1 Kangaskhan that know Sky Attack in Red/Blue. It's true. (The Sky Attack is there because 'M starts with it.)
Almost every player had some variation of "Hold B while trying to capture a Pokémon to raise your success rate."
This tends to be more along the lines of D&D players' "Don't touch my dice!" superstitions. Not many really believe it works, but do it anyway as something resembling tradition.
An example of an ascended urban legend is Leafeon. Leafeon was a common rumor back during the late 90s because the Leaf Stone was the only one of the elemental stones (not including the Moon Stone) that didn't evolve Eevee. So naturally, rumors flew about the mythical "Leafeon". It took three more generations, but they finally put it in. Though, ironically, it doesn't evolve via Leaf Stone, but rather by leveling Eevee up in a particular forest near a particular rock.
From Ruby, Saphire, and Emerald, we get this little joy: Go to the space center in Mossdeep. Once they've sent out 100 rockets (with one rocket going up a week) they will allow you to go to the moon where you can capture Jirachi/Deoxys/tons of Metagross/something! In reality, the only thing that happens around that time is the Berry glitch in unpatched copies of Ruby and Saphire.
Talking to Himself: The original voice actors for Ash, Brock, and Misty also voice Delia Ketchum (Ash's mom) and May, James, and Jessie respectively.
Too Soon: After the April 2011 earthquake in Japan, the Team Rocket vs. Team Plasma episodes were postponed, presumably due to a scene where James destroys a lot of Castelia City with an energy blast. A similar earthquake caused a filler episode of AG to be completely cancelled. According to Bulbapedia, the move Earthquake was never used after the Earthquake corresponding to the AG episode; the more recent disaster not helping matters...
Trolling Creator: Game Freak for mostly the same reason as their nickname. What can you say when they made Levitate Flying Rotom, and Insomnia Delibirdnote Delibird has acces to Vital Spirit, which does exactly the same thing as Insomnia, or Event Only Heatran with Eruption and Quiet Nature?note Eruption does damage based on Base Power x (Current HP/Max HP x 100%). Such moves are generally paired with Choice Scarf (increases speed by 50% at the cost of using only one move) for a fast and powerful combo. Quiet Nature is a nature that lowered speed Probably the best example is Shedinja, who can learn Final Gambit and Sandstorm.note Final Gambit faints your Pokémon and does the same amount of damage as your Pokémon's current HP. Sandstorm is a weather condition that removes a bit of HP if it's not Rock-, Ground-, or Steel-type. When you put either of them on the One-Hit-Point Wonder Bug/Ghost that is Shedinja, well...
According to an interview, there was a rejected Pokemon design based on Dolly, the cloned sheep. It was scrapped in fear of controversy.
Beta Pikachu had a white spot on its stomach and thin red oval spots instead of red circles.
There is a beta Pokemon that looks like a cross between a Blaziken and Latias, implying they were originally one Pokemon.
There exists unused battle data for Professor Oak in all of the Generation I games. He can still be fought with certain variations of the Old Man or Mew glitches, but be warned: his teams (he has three, the only difference being which fully-evolved starter he has) is stronger than the Champion's. Whether he was meant to be the original Champion, or included as a Bonus Boss, is unknown.
Apparently, Shellos and Gastrodon were intended to be in Pokemon Ruby And Sapphire versions, but they weren't integrated into the final design, according to a Nintendo Power interview with Ken Sugimori. Sprites for these pokemon can even be found Dummied Out in the data, suggesting a last minute scrap.
Stunfisk was originally going to be a Water/Electric angler fish, but was changed to increase type diversity within the Unova region (and possibly globally, seeing as we already have Lanturn).
Dragonair used to have spikes and a different head design. Noticeably, the beta version looks more like Dragonite then the Dragonair we know today, so it's evolution would have been a smoother transition had they kept the old design.
The game changed dramatically during its transition from Capsule Monsters (the original pitch) to Pocket Monsters. In the original draft, there was only going to be one version, you caught monsters by negotiating with them via a Charisma stat ala Shin Megami Tensei, most of the early mon designs were based more heavily on dinosaurs and kaiju rather than animals in general, you recovered health at inns, Pokemon could be bought from Pokemarts with enough badges, and probably the biggest change was that Pokemon Trainers were originally supposed to participate in battles with whips alongside their Pokemon! The whips are still present in the Gen I sprites for Ace Trainers, but removed in the remakes.
Both a Surfboard and Roller skates were useable items at one point. The surfboard ended up being Dummied Out in Gen I and the Roller Skates ended up finally making an appearance in Gen VI, as a way to move around without adhering to the grid based structure of the overworld.
The early◊ Pokémon previews from Nintendo Power◊ provided different English names for the titles and organizations we come to know of, as well as unused concept art from the anime. For starters, the shortened name Pokémon was originally "Poke-Mon", with a hyphen in the middle and no é. Pokémon Trainers were also going to be called Pokémon hunters as well, while Team Rocket was originally going to be called the Rocket Society. Jessie and James were originally wearing the black Rocket uniform with white gloves and boots, being more closer to the Rocket Grunt designs instead of their classic white uniform and black gloves and boots (with the exception of early BW).
Word Of God: Storyboarder Masamitsu Hidaka said that Ash's father is on his own Pokémon journey, and his character would be explored if it is necessary to further Ash's Character Development.