ByJeffrey Ryan Porter, writer at
Jeffrey Ryan Porter

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are set to release on November 18, and what an expedition it's been for the franchise! It's hard to believe we're in the seventh generation of Pokémon games and still not tired of it. Pokémon Yellow was of the first generation, released way back in September of 1998, and some may not to this day realize you could actually battle Professor Oak!

Before getting lost in the seventh generation of Pokémon this month, let's take a moment to look back on one of, if not the greatest Pokémon game and get your brain biscuits baking!

1. Hop, Don't Splash

Ever wonder about Magikarp's seemingly useless attack Splash? Or how other Normal-type Pokémon could learn a move called Splash? Well, as it turns out, there was a translation bump converting from Japanese to English — the move was originally called Hop! Speaking of useless moves...

2. Focus Energy Does What?

If you think Splash is useless, how about another move that wastes your turn, but also negatively effects you? In the first generation of games, Focus Energy was supposed to boost your chance of landing a critical strike. Sounds pretty decent to me. However, there was a glitch that made it almost impossible to land a critical strike, basically wasting your turn. Maybe instead, focus your energy on using an attack that deals damage.

3. Gotta Catch All 190?

Thought trying to catch the original 151 sounded terrifying? How about 190? Originally there were 190 different Pokémon intended for the first generation, and it's said the unused designs for the leftover 39 where saved for the second generation's Pokémon Gold and Silver. Among them were Elekid, Scizor and some of the Legendaries!

4. Game Over In Under Two Hours?

There are world-record speed challenges, and for many players beating the game in under two hours seems impossible. However, there are numerous gamers who, without the use of glitches, can run through the game and defeat it in an hour and 55 minutes. Think I'm lying? Check it out!

5. War In Kanto Region?

Ever wonder where all the adults were in Pokémon Yellow? So did other fans, and many theorize that a few years before the story takes place, there was a terrible war. That explains why there may be a lack of father characters in the main plot, or any adults at all for that matter. Or even why the Kanto infrastructure is the way it is. This will probably never be answered, but many gamers like to have their theories, and this one might hold water!

Now that we have all this nostalgia built up, maybe we should go play another round on the old Game Boy Color, just for good luck. Will you be out getting Pokémon Sun or Moon this week?

Did you know any of these fun facts? What are some other facts or theories I left out? Let me know in the comment section below!


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