ByJoseph Jonathan Estacion, writer at Creators.co
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Joseph Jonathan Estacion

#Pokémon. A franchise that's stood the test of time. We may have started off getting addicted to the handheld game that made us catch 'em all. We could've also encountered these creatures by watching Ash and his never-ending journey to be "the very best." Maybe we learned about them from our friends who were playing the ever-so-popular card game. The fact is, after all those years, we still love Pokémon.

So let's take a look at why almost everyone, young and old, still loves the Pokémon gaming and anime franchise.

1. The Adventure

Pokémon opening theme.
Pokémon opening theme.

"I will travel across the land, searching far and wide."

Yes! The sense of adventure is one of the most powerful themes of #Pokémon. Being able to traverse an entire world — or region — and having the mission to catch as many monsters as you can is a very appealing concept. You need to consider a lot of things — like safety and funds — if you were to travel in real life and have an adventure. This is what Pokémon brought to the table for its players: An adventure from your own home, without the worry of our regular worldly necessities.

Being able to just go out and have and epic adventure is a big plus.
Being able to just go out and have and epic adventure is a big plus.

2. The Thrill Of The Hunt

It's easy to laugh at the ridiculous number of Pokémon we now have. We thought that catching 151 monsters was difficult — now we have more than 700. But it never stopped us from loving the concept! No matter how many criticisms the series received about the monsters, we still love catching whatever #Nintendo throws at us.

Pokémon Go got us up on our feet to catch Pokémon with our mobile phones (hopefully Gen 2 will revive it). Catching new Pokémon is very appealing — even if it's a Diglett with hair.

Diglett's rumored/confirmed Alola form in "Pokémon Sun" and "Moon."
Diglett's rumored/confirmed Alola form in "Pokémon Sun" and "Moon."

3. It Brings Out Our Competitive Side

"Pokkén Tournament": Lucario vs. Machamp.
"Pokkén Tournament": Lucario vs. Machamp.

There are the collectors and casual breeders, and on the other side of the spectrum there are the hardcore fighting trainers. There's a diehard cult following for the competitive battling in Pokémon, whether that's for the cards or the games. If you're interested, visit Smogon. These guys love the franchise so much and its battling system, they even made rules that are utilized worldwide and for official tournaments. People's competitive nature was brought out by Pokémon gameplay, and with the continuously evolving metagame and Gen 7 coming out, there's no stopping it.

Pokémon World Championships.
Pokémon World Championships.

4. The Lovable Monsters Themselves

There's fighting and collecting, but one of the most powerful hooks of Pokémon are the monsters. As cheesy as it may sound, the bonds we have with our Pokémon is what made us fall in love with the games and the entire franchise. These reliable partners that we've carried along through our adventures really grow on us and makes us crave for more. You'll never forget your first starter and the special thing the two of you shared after hundreds of battles and hours of gameplay. It's far from reality, but still, we end up loving our Pokémon, whether it be in game or through our stuffed toys.

Final evolution of the starters from Gens 1–5.
Final evolution of the starters from Gens 1–5.

5. Ash And Pikachu

Finally — the cartoon, anime, or whatever you call it. The adventures of Ash and #Pikachu are still something that all Pokémon fans can relate to. Since he left Pallet Town and all the repetitive Team Rocket blastoffs, we've loved the epic adventures of Ash and Pikachu. And after the beautiful Pokémon: XY&Z ended, we'll be getting the new Pokémon Sun and Moon this week!

The most unforgettable scene in "Pokémon: The First Movie" *sniff sniff*.
The most unforgettable scene in "Pokémon: The First Movie" *sniff sniff*.

We still love Pokémon. Ash and Pikachu always joined our adventures and we won't stop loving them. Even if Pokémon Sun and Moon might be a bit goofy looking compared to the sharp and beautiful Pokémon: XY&Z, we'll always follow them on their adventure. Here's the extended preview for the new Pokémon Sun and Moon, out November 18.

Do you have any other thoughts on why we still love Pokémon? Leave a comment!