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  • Oddly, there were those in the Pokémon fandom who didn't want to buy Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. And then came the revelation that you can play the old 8-bit music in place of the new tunes...and there was much rejoicing. Not only that, but the fact that Game Freak/Nintendo not only allowed their fans the chance to get ALL but the rarest Pokémon...they gave us what we really were after all along...MEW!!!
    • Another well loved feature was that your lead Pokémon followed you around and you could interact with it like in Pokémon Yellow.
  • The fandom was already rejoicing, but the notion that the new protagonists in Black and White aren't the same age as the previous one and the female's clothing set them off.
    • Idle Animations and NPCs that actually do things. 'Nuff said.
    • No, it's not enough said, because TMs have infinite uses just like HMs now! Too Awesome to Use no more!
  • Pokémon Black and White...2. The first pair of games was already one of the most hyped set of Pokémon games since Red and Blue, a continuation of the story just made the fandom hype even more.
    • New, awesome Gym Leaders? Old Pokémon in the Unova Pokédex? And what's this, you can fight old Gym Leaders and Champions? This is going to be GREAT!
  • The first Nintendo Direct of 2013 was entirely about the mysterious announcement from Game Freak: "So, an announcement's being made on Pokémon Direct...wait...Pokémon X and Y?! Do you mean, Generation VI? IS THAT A 3D OVERWORLD MODEL. Okay, that's sort of cool - roller blades? FULLY 3D POKÉMON BATTLES? LOOK AT THOSE GRAPHICS! Alright, that was awesome - WHAT DO YOU MEAN SIMULTANEOUS WORLD RELEASE?! There's also already rejoicing that, as far as can be discerned, the Fire-type starter does NOT evolve into a Fire/Fighting-type Pokémon. Yessss! (with Blaziken, Infernape, and Emboar as 3 consecutive Fire/Fighting fully-evolved starter Pokémon, it's getting old.) The rest has already earned an And the Fandom Rejoiced subpage.
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  • Although not a North American release, the fact that Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure got any sort of non-Japanese (European English, German, and French) release made some eager fans happy.
  • In honor of Pokémon X and Y, guess what memorable slogan is making a triumphant return in 2013 after 10 long years? "Gotta catch 'em all!", with a nifty song, website, and sweepstakes, to boot!
  • A dated example perhaps, but many a Poké Fan would have rejoiced at the phrase "remakes of Pokémon Red and Blue/Green Versions" during Generation 3's time.
  • Following the release of X and Y's soundtrack on iTunes, the official site announced that more of the main series games' soundtracks will be released in 2014. Aw yeah.
  • On January 30, 2014, English viewers cheered with the joyous announcement that Pokémon Origins is finally receiving an official release on Hulu, along with Diamond And Pearl-era episodes of the Pokémon anime. The latest episodes of Pokémon the Series: XY and some of the Pokémon movies are planned to be uploaded to the service as well!
  • A Pokémon game that has the gameplay of Tekken? In other words, we finally get a Pokémon-themed Fighting Game!
    • But, it's too niche! And Tekken is too geared for the PS4. It'll never come Stateside more or less consoles...wait, what? It's coming here?! AND it has the exclusive character Pikachu Libre?!
  • What's this? Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon? A new Pokémon Mystery Dungeon game?! Man, I hope it isn't like Gates to InfinityIT HAS TWENTY STARTER OPTIONS? INCLUDING RIOLU?! AND IT HAS ALL 720 REVEALED POKÉMON?!?
  • Huh? Pokémon GO, eh? Sounds like a stupid name for a ra-Oh. My. God. Catching Pokémon on a phone? CATCHING POKÉMON ON A PHONE IN REAL LIFE?!?! YOU CAN BATTLE WITH EVERYONE?! HOLY SHIT EVERYONE CAN BATTLE A LEGENDARY AT ONCE TO CATCH IT?!???!!? says it's for Android...AND IPHONE?? The possibility of Pokémon in real life is almost fucking here.
  • Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow are finally getting released on the 3DS Virtual Console, on the same day they were released in Japan, 20 years later! And the Link Cable functionality is being preserved via the 3DS's wireless communication system!
    • Even better, they preserved the glitches! Missingo and Mew are back!
    • It'll be a fun nostalgia trip, sure, but it's a shame we'll have to leave the Pokémon in the Gen I games. With all the changes made from Gen II to Gen III, there's no way it'll be possible to bring them over to the modern games. Wait, Pokémon Bank can be used to bring them to Pokémon Sun and Moon?!
  • Hype for Pokémon's 20th anniversary is real. Now let's see what TPCI has in store so far...
    • First off, Every event Pokémon will be distributed monthly to North America starting February with Mew and ending in December with Meloetta! AWESOME! We can get our hands on Pokémon that haven't been distributed in years!
    • There's a New 3DS bundle that comes with the faceplates of the Gen I artwork or Charizard and Blastoise, and comes predownloaded with Pokémon Red and Blue for the VC. Sweet!
    • And to top it all: Pokémon Sun and Moon. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 7th Generation!
  • Detective Pikachu - The whole premise of the titular, new Pikachu. A hard-boiled, manly-voiced talking Pikachu who's a detective that fights crimes? Yes, please!
    • It's been announced that there's going to be another Detective Pikachu game on Nintendo Switch, and it will conclude the story!
  • The Pokémon Direct prior to E3 2017 was good. Pokkén Tournament for the Switch, Pokémon Gold and Silver for the 3DS Virtual Console, and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is nice, but people were hoping for a mainline game for the Nintendo Switch. Then at the Nintendo E3 spotlight, the Pokémon Company president confirms that a Switch installment is in the works!
    • Even better, word on the web is that Game Freak was inspired by the praise and shaking up that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey got and did. Given how changed up Sun and Moon were from the first six generations, it makes you wonder what they have in store for the Switch.
  • Oh, look, a trailer for the Virtual Console release of Pokémon Crystal. Nice that it's finally out! ...Though I kind of already bought Gold or Silver, so there's really no reason for me to double dip- wait, what? Celebi can be obtained in-game?! Excuse me one moment. (runs to buy an eShop card)
  • On May 30, 2018, two weeks before E3, The Pokémon Company held a press conference revealing Pokémon Quest for Nintendo Switch and mobile phones, but that's not all. They announced their debut "core" game for Nintendo Switch, Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, which are an Updated Re-release of Pokémon Yellow with Pokémon GO integration! But that doesn't stop there. They also announced that an all-new core Pokémon game (the one they referred at the 2017 Nintendo E3 spotlight) is coming in the second half of 2019!
    • And on the subject of the former, just in case you weren't convinced that it was a Pokémon Yellow remake already...BAM! The TRio of Jessie, James, and Meowth return to the video game scene for the first time in two decades! Complete with Ekans and Koffing! And they both challenge you to a Double Battle!
    • Oh look, new trailer! It's nice seeing what the other Gym Leaders and the Elite Four look like updated, and—wait, Blue and Red in their Gen 1 designs?! That's cool that you get to meet the most iconic trainers in Gen 1, but—GREEN IS IN THE GAME?!!?!?!? Game Freak, shut up and take my money!
    • Many fans are quite happy with the new Wild Encounter mechanic - how, instead of running around in the grass and hoping the Pokémon you encounter is one you want, the Pokémon appear in the overworld, and all you have to do is walk into them to trigger the encounter, meaning you can ignore or sidestep all those Com Mons and make a beeline for the rarer Pokémon you want as soon as it appears. This also means that when you're traveling through caves or the like, you don't have to spend so much time encountering and fleeing from Zubat; just run around them!
  • February 27th, 2019 gave fans a gift that many were expecting and/or hoping for: Gen VIII. Ladies and gentlemen... Pokémon Sword and Shield.
    • On June 6th, 2019 Nintendo and Game Freak held a Pokémon direct revealing all new features and new Pokémon for the games. To say the fans were pleased would be an understatement.
    • Among the revealed features was the return of Overworld encounters from LGPE. After the first teaser trailer caused many to fear they were a one time thing. The kicker? Pokémon are now found in places called Wild Zones which are not only very large and chock full of Pokémon but also fully explorable in an open world sense and also with full control over the camera. Fans were quite overjoyed to say the least.
    • Regional Versions of older Pokémon return, and aren't just Gen 1 Pokémon this time! Among the first to be revealed were a Poison/Fairy Weezing and a Normal/Dark Zigzagoon, complete with a new evolution for the latter.
    • After years of serving as a Joke Character, Farfetch'd finally gets its time to shine with a brand new evolution, Sirfetch'd.
    • For fans who worry that Pokémon Sword and Shield will get hard sequel games like the Unova and Alola duology before them, those worries were dispelled in the January 2020 Pokémon Direct which revealed the Expansion Pass, including both the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra — and to sweeten the deal, not only do they have their own precious Pokémon, Galarian forms and Gigantamax Pokémon, but the other two Kantonian starters and the Galarian starters all have Gigantamax forms of their own! Also, from the teaser artwork, goodbye Three Birds of Kanto; good morning Three Birds of Galar!
    • For those who lament the limited availability of previous generation Pokémon, the Expansion Pass will also come alongisde an update that adds an additional 200 Pokémon for all players. This includes most of the Legendaries in the series up to this point.
  • The January 2020 Pokémon Direct started with the reveal of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, resuscitating a fan classic and adding in new wrinkles on top of that. A fifth generation of PMD may be that much closer than we think...
  • There was a Pokémon Presents video on June 17th, the day of the Isle of Armor DLC release. Fans weren't expecting much more beyond its announcement. It began with Pokémon Smile, an app to entertain children brushing their teeth, and Pokémon Café Mix, a little puzzle game. Then- Holy crap it's Pokémon Snap! That's right, New Pokémon Snap is in the works and coming soon.


Main Anime

  • They're doing a special episode to commemorate the show's 10th anniversary? That's coo-wait? They're replacing the 4Kids cast with entirely new actors? And the special revolves around an Anvilicious allegory for Hacked Pokémon? I don't know...wait, Misty is going to be in it in a speaking role? Sign me up!
  • They brought back Who's that Pokémon? for the Black and White dub!
    • And then later they brought it back to the Japanese version!
  • Ash can't seem to win against Brandon, and now it's time for the final chance, wonder who Ash will..CHARIZARD! Yes, but we already saw him battling Noland's Articuno....wait, Bulbasaur and Squirtle and Pikachu! The Four icons of Season 1! They do care for the old fans!
  • Cool! Another season of Pokémon, I wonder how it'll compare to D/P - they have a female sidesick who isn't Ms. Fanservice? They're cutting Brock from the main cast?! They're cutting down the filler?!
  • Team Rocket is getting a promotion. Likely going to goof it up somehow...wait a second. Are they actually being competent? Taking their job seriously? No silly little fantasies about the boss? They have not been sent blasting off again ever since this new series started?! Holy shit, this is the most incredible growth in badassness ever!
  • Them finally releasing the ~OK!~ Victory Theme, which was known for playing during the scene when Ash beat Gary.
  • I wonder how the new movie will turn out? Wait, Keldeo is being voiced by Vic Mignogna!?
  • Damn Earthquake, now we'll never see Team Plasma in the anime...Wait, what's that? N is finally going to appear in BEST WISHES? YES, OH YES!
    • To add to that, they're finally appearing with Ghetsis and Colress, no less. Given how the former is such a Love to Hate villain, the fandom went CRAZY.
    • Charizard's return in BW. Not only that, Brock and Misty appear in reanimated flashbacks from the Original Series, featuring Charizard's story, so it all worked out somehow.
  • You know, I really do wish that the current arc of Pokémon would show off some more old school characters than just Charizard and Butter....Clair!? Blackthorn City Gym Leader Clair!? YES!
  • I wonder what new intro tune they're gonna use for the dub of XY—''I wanna be the very best! Like no one ever was! To catch them is my real test! To train them is my cause!''
  • After a many year absence, Dan Green has returned to the cast of the Pokémon Anime, Just in time for the X/Y Dub.
  • Pokémon episodes and movies are now available on Hulu and Netflix!
  • New episode titles for XY have been revealed for November. Nothing too special and of the titles is Ninja Art Showdown! Frogadier VS Barbaracle!! Well it could be Sanpei's Frogadier, as the summary states that Ash and friends reunite with Sanpei and...his Greninja!? But if Frogadier is not Sanpei's, then that must mean...Ohhh, is it happening? Ash's Froakie is evolving!? It's been 3000 years...but the Water-Type Curse is FINALLY broken!!! note 
    • And it's reportedly going to evolve again, into Greninja. A fully-evolved water starter in the main characters' lineup is unheard of already, but the reveal that it sports a distinct looknote , put the fandom into a frenzy!
  • Ugh, can't Ash see that Serena is completely smitten with him? I mean, I know he is Oblivious to Love, but come o- Ash and Serena's First Date?! The Vow Tree And The Presents!?! OH YEAH!
  • Oh, come on! It's almost two years, so where in the world is Team Flare? Sure, seeing Lysandre in the Mega Evolution Specials is nice, but it better not mean, Ash and co. won't get to—wait? A poster for Pokémon XY & Z featuring Ash, his friends, and Alain and...LYSANDRE?! Zygarde also has MULTIPLE FORMS?! Ash facing of the Team Flare scientists and grunts in the trailer over Zygarde Core?! Ash crossing paths with Alain?! ABOUT DAMN TIME!
  • While the fandom's initial response to the Sun and Moon poster was mixed to negative, one element did stand out as an overall positive: Ash having a Z-Ring. Unlike Mega Evolutions, it seems like Ash will have access to the new mechanic in full.
  • Man, the Pokémon movies have gone down the gutter these days, nothing more than underwhelming promotional advertisement vehicles for event Mythical Pokémon with little to no continuity with the show. Can they ever focus on an actual story for a change? Bet the 20th movie is going to be an advertisement for Marshadow and...wait, is that Pallet Town? And is that Ash? With his fingerless gloves? And original hat (albeit redesigned)? Could be it? A movie celebrating the 20th anniversary of the show...with the one of the greatest episodes of all time as the plot basis, Pokémon - I Choose You!? Cue the original Japanese theme song, Aim to be a Pokémon Master!
  • Guess whose coming into the series in May 2017? Gladion! And he has a Z-Ring.
  • Many were hoping Ash would get a Rockruff, but with him living with Kukui and his Rockruff, it's not gonna happen. It would just get too confusing for the kids watching the show, after all...wait, why is Ash shown with one in those promos. Wait, did he get catch Kukui's Rockruff?!
    • Fans are really having a hard time figuring out what Rockruff will evolve into, or even if it would evolve it at all. Then it's found out the upcoming Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon games will feature a third Rockruff evolution, Lycanroc Dusk Forme, and shortly after the announcement, Ash's Rockruff is going to evolve into that.
  • Wait, what's this? Is Ash taking an extracurricular trip to Kanto? Meeting with Brock!? AND MISTY!!?! And in their old outfits!? And the two of them will have mega-evolving Steelix and Gyarados????!!!!!! You are not dreaming. This is not fake. Every news site and fan sites have posted it. It's real. You may rejoice.
  • After nearly a year of waiting, Nebby is going to join the main cast in October!
  • While 2018's preview did not make many jump, there was an exception: Bewear vs a Buzzwole.
    • Later previews also revealed the appearance of not only Nanu, but Acerola as well. After Ilima was Adapted Out, many fans are happy to see her present in the show herself.
    • And apparently Ilima wasn't adapted out after all, and got a two part special as The Sixth Ranger prior to either of them debuting.
    • Nebby's gone? Disappointing but, well, there's that everlasting rule that Ash never catch a Legendary and yet—Is that Ash holding a BEAST BALL?!
    • A preview for the Alola League finale...IS THAT ASH WITH THE LEAGUE TROPHY!? Ladies and gentlemen, it's been 22 years, but it finally happened: Ash won an official Pokémon League!note 
  • Finally! A trailer for the 2019 anime that shows some actual animation. Looks pretty. Wait, was that Pichu voiced by Ikue Otani? After 22 years, we are going to get a backstory for Ash's Pikachu?!? It's about time!!!
  • At the beginning of April 2020, a new trailer for upcoming episodes dropped, and what's in it? Raihan vs Leon! Sobble, Riolu, and a Morpeko potentially joining the heroes. Korrina from XY returns in another match against Ash, complete with Mega Lucario. And don't forget Sonia!


  • Pokémon Origins: "An anime Mini Series? Sounds interesting...Wait, it's a new animated take on Pokémon Red and Blue featuring the game incarnations of the characters? Neat! Red's getting voiced by the Japanese voice actress of Naruto Uzumaki?! Nice! Brock and Lance are appearing? Cool!" These instances were just a few of the reactions to the announcement of the anime special miniseries Pokémon Origins, and fans practically went ballistic when Giovanni and Mewtwo were revealed to be making appearances.
    • To top those reactions, the revelation that the special was actually getting dubbed in English and was going to be viewable online sealed the deal for even more fans. No Export for You averted yet again!
    • People who were looking for a breath of fresh air when it came to the voice acting were excited when it was revealed this series will be dubbed by California-based voice actors, including veterans such as Kyle Hebert as Professor Oak and Bryce Papenbrook as Red.
    • Beginning January 30, 2014, the English-version episodes are officially/legally available to watch on Hulu!
  • A Spiritual Successor in the form of Pokémon Generations has been announced? Cue the tears of joy.
    • Much like Origins, Generations also uses California-based voice actors.
  • The first three movies are coming to Blu-ray for the twentieth anniversary? Woo!
  • Oh, so Base Set is pretty much getting a reprint. That's cool I guess. Wait. All the Pokémon are given HP buffs to make them more viable? AND there's completely new cards that use the old template, complete with Mitsuhiro Arita-inspired illustrations? AWESOME!


  • Wait, Pokémon Adventures is finally going to be re-released in America?! YES! No more expensive imports from Singapore! Going beyond the first seven volumes?! The GSC arc is finally going to be released in America?! YES AGAIN!
    • Although now there are quite a number of fans who don't like how Viz is running things when it comes to Pokémon Special. Running the fourth gen arcs aside of the second gen to catch up with the Japanese release? A few possible spoilers aside, yay! The not-yet-collected-in-volume-form fifth gen arc is being released as well? Um, okay, even if the previous point also applies here and that a lot of details that get changed from the magazine to the volumes...What?! You have no plans to release the third gen arcs, whose loss will inevitably cause massive plot holes in the arcs you have already published? WRONG! The Ruby/Sapphire arc and FREAKING HEARTGOLD/SOULSILVER arcs have been confirmed for release in 2013! LET THE FLAILING COMMENCE!


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