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"We all know Kusaka had Future Sight."
Pokémon Adventures has been going on since around the creation of the franchise and so many ideas that originated of it happened in the games or other media till point it's almost more prophetic than hilarious. One wonders if the developers looked at the manga and decided to take inspiration from there. (Ordered in the date the "predictions" came true)

RGB arc

  • Early on in the arc, Green steals her Squirtle from Professor Oak. Come generation II, game Silver does the exact same thing. Naturally, this was tied into the story in generation II, possibly being what started the idea of them having a Like Brother and Sister relationship and Dark and Troubled Past together.
  • Misty's Gyarados was forced to evolve and driven berserk by Team Rocket's experiments. In Pokémon Gold and Silver, the Red Gyarados of the Lake of Rage just so happens to have been forced to evolve and driven berserk by Team Rocket's experiments. At one point in the manga, that Gyarados and the Red Gyarados are shown side-by-side against Entei.
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  • Some readers might find it strange that Blaine has a hand in creating Mewtwo rather than Mr. Fuji. However, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen reveals that Mr. Fuji and Blaine used to work together in the past.
  • Zapmolcuno is finished off by a Blastoise, Charizard, and Venusaur simultaneously using their strongest attacks. It's the Triple Finish!
  • So, you dress up as a Rocket member to infiltrate their base, only to have your cover blown because your disguise was ripped off... Adventures did it long before the HeartGold and SoulSilver games were released.
  • It took five generations for Game Freak to have the Gym Leaders more involved with the plot, have secondary jobs, and have them directly oppose the evil villainous team. It took only one for Adventures.
  • Red rescues Yellow in Viridian Forest, before meeting her later in Yellow arc. In episode 7 of XY anime, it is revealed that Serena was also rescued by Ash in a forest during their childhood. Bonus points that Serena wears a straw hat, and a Poliwag pops out before Ash does.
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  • Very early in the finale of the Red Green and Blue arc, we have Professor Oak disguising himself as a boxer for his participation in the Pokémon League. Fast forward to Sun and Moon, a certain Professor has a wrestler like persona for the battle royale.
  • Leaf/Green's reappearance in Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee had become this when said game had her characterized to be a Troll just like Adventures' Green/Blue did. It's as if Kusaka already knew that Leaf/Green would actually be a Troll in the game. Supported by how she owns a (Mega) Blastoise and Clefable.
  • As Yamamoto himself has noted the way Leon wears his hat is similar to Red, another champion. Leon also has a poor sense of direction, reminiscent of how Red has trouble discerning left and right.
  • Blue makes up for her lack of flying types with her Blastoise. While it doesn’t shoot water from its cannon, there’s a Blastoise in New Pokémon Snap that flies by expelling water.
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Yellow arc

  • Though it does run off of in-universe logic, Adventures correctly predicted Hitmonlee's eventual ability as well, Limber.
  • There's a flashback of Oak's Kangaskhan beating one of Agatha's ghosts with a Dizzy Punch, which should be a total cop out seeing how Normal moves don't affect Ghosts. Now about a decade later in the newer games, Kangaskhan is given the ability Scrappy...which allows Normal (and Fighting) attacks to hit Ghost-types. But of course, Oak knew that and Agatha thought he was making fun of her, but he just didn't want to hurt her Pokémon.
  • A trainer with the ability to read the minds of Pokémon tries to separate humans and Pokémon through the power of a legendary Pokémon. Now, is that game universe N, or Adventures universe Lance? (The sole difference is that N isn't murderous about it.)
  • Similarly, the entire story arc was about humans being bad for Pokémon and for all humans in the world to be eliminated for their sake. Cue Black and White, the main conflict of the story being about Pokémon liberation. In addition to that, the Elite Four planned to Kill All Humans on the continent except for the elite trainers chosen by them to live and guard over the world of Pokémon. Cue X and Y, where Team Flare's plan has a similar sentiment to it.

GSC arc

  • So in its proper appearance, Lugia lifts the entire S.S. Aqua...and here is Shadow Lugia, doing the exact same thing to S.S. Libra in Gale of Darkness released years later.
  • Eusine's Electrode can fly around with the power of electric currents. Gen 4 introduces Magnet Rise note .
  • The Masked Man, Pryce pointed out that each of the major villains wanted something for their goal. For Giovanni, it was possessions (matter), for Lance, it was a Pokémon utopia (space), and for him, it was to go back in time. Come Pokémon Diamond and Pearl with Dialga (master of time), Palkia (master of space), and Giratina (master of antimatter). This comes full circle in HeartGold and SoulSilver , where each former villain fights their respective dragon).
  • Gold's Togepi turns out to be delinquent-like, which carries over to the anime.
  • Misty ends up fighting Suicune in a cave behind Tohjo Falls. Turns out there really is a cave there in the game canon...
  • Falkner and Janine are shown to be civilized with one another due to both having father complexes. Heartgold and Soulsilver gives them interactions, but in a different light; they occasionally argue about whose father is better than the other.
  • Some Rocket grunts supercharge Spinarak's Spider Web with electricity. Gen 5 introduces the move Electroweb.
  • The new "critical captures" feature in the Black and White games sound a lot like capture spots. (Spots, which Silver describes it as, where the life energy of a Pokémon is concentrated, and thus the best spot to throw a Pokéball.)
  • So the Masked man is Pryce. Well, when Pokémon Black and White came out, it introduced a gym leader named Brycen. Where just like Pryce, he is the second to last Gym Leader and specializes in Ice Type. But more importantly, his gym shows him with the title "Masked Man."
  • The confirmation of the world tournament showcasing the Gym Leaders and Champions in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2... yup, Adventures already had it in the Gold, Silver, and Crystal arc.
  • Bill mentions to Crystal that Pokémon in Kanto and Johto could differ in colors and features. Come Pokémon Sun and Moon with Regional Variants.
  • Crystal uses a portable transporter so that she can transfer Pokémon from wherever she is. The Let's Go games introduce the Box Link system.
  • Kris/Crystal's reappearance in Pokémon Masters has her characterized as a spirited fledgling researcher exactly as she is in the manga.

RS arc

  • Most readers found Ruby scaring away a wild Salamence, an intimidating pseudo-legendary, with just a Poochyena, Ralts, and a Skitty to be a bit far-fetched. Then Gen VI came out and introduced a new Fairy type amongst a select group of Pokémon, with the Ralts line being one of them. Fairy types are super effective against Dragon types. Salamence is a Dragon type. This scene holds much more water now. Likewise, Gold's Togepi takes down a Tyranitar and a Dragonite, both weak against its retconned Fairy-type.
  • Viz called the climatic battle of Hoenn "The Beginning and the End with Groudon and Kyogre". The Ruby and Sapphire remakes are called Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (The last and first letters of the Greek alphabet, respectively).
  • Team Magma's hideout is nothing more than a cave, Maxie is sometimes shown drinking, and the him and Three Fires often snarked but clearly looked out for each other. Team Aqua had a snazzier hideout, Archie was the trusted head of the TV station, and he and the SSS ultimately ditched each other. In the remakes, this is all but reversed; Team Magma are modeled after scientists and are personally indifferent to each other, while Team Aqua look like pirates and clearly treat each other like family.
  • This arc goes out of its way to focus on the romance between Ruby and Sapphire. The remake that is ORAS would double down on the Implied Love Interest schtick between Brendan and May, with them even going on a date at the Mossdeep Space Center at the end of the Delta Episode.
  • In Norman's backstory, a Salamence trashed a lab, resulting in Rayquaza's escape. Again in the remakes, there is a new character called Zinnia that owns a Salamence and is related to Rayquaza. This was even tied together in when Adventures got to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
  • A shard of the Meteorite plays a vital role in the final battle of Hoenn. For the third time in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire games, a Meteorite Shard is a Key Item needed for a different but equally important part.
    • Even better, Ruby theorized that the energy contained in the meteor shards could be used to pacify Groudon and Kyogre. As it so happens, Rayquaza eats meteors to power its Mega Evolution, with which it can completely shut down the abilities of Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre. In the Delta Episode, the legend told by the Draconids even states that the wind created by Delta Stream stripped them of the natural energy necessary to power their Primal Reversions and sent them to slumber.

FRLG arc

  • In the FRLG chapter, Mewtwo splits the physical manifestation of its psychic powers, its spoon, into pieces to fire onto its opponent. Gen 5 gives Mewtwo a new signature move, Psystrike, which uses its special attack to deal physical damage. The XY chapter shows the move again, this time explicitly calling it by name.
  • Of all of the Pokémon that Silver leaves with his dying father, a ground type specialist who wrote a book about it, it's his Ursaring, which would receive a ground type evolution five generations later.

Emerald arc

  • A green jewel meant to control Rayquaza...Emerald had one on his forehead before the HeartGold and SoulSilver games came up with the concept.
  • It is noted that Emerald's Pokémon are extremely affectionate towards him and go out of their way to please him. In two different battles, Sudowoodo barely survives an attack that should've taken it out and Sceptile breaks free of the "frozen" status on its own. Both of these instances are now possible in-game via Pokémon-Amie, which works through affection.
  • In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Primal Kyogre is several times larger than regular Kyogre and its body composition now matches that of seawater. In the Emerald chapter, Guile Hideout uses Jirachi to wish up a monstrously-large fake Kyogre made out of seawater.
  • Emerald's E shooter calms rampaging Pokémon down by making them remember their birthplace through shooting them with pellets of soil. In Legends Arceus, the player needs to calm frenzied Pokémon by hitting them with balms made of the Pokémon's favorite food.

DP arc

  • In Pokémon Platinum, you get the chance to purchase an insanely expensive villa and furnish it with insanely expensive furniture. Good thing that the lead character of the corresponding arc was conveniently already established to be insanely rich.
  • Diamond trains his Torterra to master a variation of Razor Leaf that trades its power for priority to make up for their lack of speed. It's essentially the Agile Style version of the move, a la Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

Platinum arc

  • In the Platinum arc, Caitlin's personal Pokémon is a Gallade. As it turns out in the Black and White games, she is a master of psychic Pokémon.
  • Cynthia is the one to take down Giratina, which is apt considering the actions of her ancestor.

BW arc

  • Black's Munna clearing his head is a reference to the C-Gear. There is now a Munna C-Gear skin available.
  • Being able to rent Pokémon actors in showbiz in Black 2 and White 2? Looks like the BW Agency will have a new source of revenue...
  • N gives his Servine to White. In Black 2 and White 2, it's possible to catch N's Pokémon.
  • It looks like the Galar region took some ideas from White, as she was the first to sponsor a trainer. The Poké Job system also runs similarly to the BW Agency's, where you submit a Pokémon so that it can be hired by a third party.

B2W2 arc

  • The Sun and Moon arc of the Pokémon anime has a school setting. The manga did this first. Also, all the girls in the school seems to have interest in Ash, just like with Blake.

XY arc

  • Kusaka and Yamamoto went to France. A month later, Generation VI was announced and the Kalos region is based on France.
  • Gurkinn states that the Tower of Mastery holds secrets to the Mythical Pokémon Diancie. A week later, Coro Coro reveals that Diancie has a Mega Evolution.

ORAS arc

  • The way Steven explains how Mega Evolution works (a mixture of the Trainer's physical and mental energy boosting the Pokémon) ended up being the same exact explanation given for Z moves in the Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon games.
  • Todd is given a cameo in the 9th chapter of ORAS (released in September of 2015), where shortly after in April 6, 2016, Pokémon Snap is released on Wii U virtual consoles.
  • Giovanni got a Key Stone in ORAS. While the Pokémon capable of Mega Evolution is different, his game counterpart also gets one in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

SMUSUM arc

  • Yamamoto tweeted that he modeled Moon after Bae Doona's character from the movie The Host (2006). She's well known in the west for her role in the Netflix show Sense8, where she plays a character named Sun.
    • Bae Doona later went on to play Seo-bi on Netflix's Kingdom, who is a physician who makes medicine and treats people.
  • In the Sun and Moon arc, Sun faces against Guzma in the semifinals, and then Gladion for the finals. Just like Ash as of recent. And they both win their respective tournament, much to everyone's surprise.
  • Moon has a bow based on Decidueye, has Rowlet as a starter Pokémon, and comes from the Sinnoh region. In Pokémon Legends: Arceus one of the starters to choose from is Rowlet.

SWSH arc

  • When Gloria was first revealed, many fans associated her Scottish design with the infamous Kilogram of Feathers/Steel Memetic Mutation with her as "Limmy". In the Sword and Shield arc, Casey Shield, who is based on Gloria, names her Pokémon after metric units.

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