Shigeru Miyamoto looks back on 20 years of Pokémon0 Comments
Shigeru Miyamoto, producer of Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow — not to mention a number of other classic Nintendo titles — took to YouTube last week to reminisce on the series, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Miyamoto started work on the first Pokémon games six years before their release in Japan in 1996. Miyamoto talks about the game's long development cycle, noting that the company was also working on cult-classic Earthbound, which was released in 1994, at the same time.
In another interesting tidbit, Miyamoto says his main contribution to the series was the system link feature, allowing players to battle and trade Pokémon between Game Boy systems using an external link cable, which, at the time, was pretty innovative. Miyamoto went on to thank fans for their continued support for the franchise.
Pokémon celebrated its 20th anniversary on February 27, 2016, but Nintendo has made the occasion into a festive, year-long celebration. Fans can still expect Pokémon GO, an augmented reality mobile app, and the newest full-length Pokémon games for the Nintendo 3DS, Pokémon Sun and Moon, later this year.