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(Okay, this is pretty clearly officially called the "core series" in English. The recent Iwata Asks is the third interview I've read where they've called it this.)
("Core series" is the official term. Also, "third version/game" is not an accurate term so I replaced all instances of it with the more neutral "solitary version", which we had already come up with long ago.)
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[[File:RedTitle.png|thumb|The title screen of the English {{game3|Red and Blue|Pokémon Red Version|s}}]]
 
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A '''version''' of the Pokémon games is a {{pkmn|games|game}}, up to present, always released on a [[Nintendo]] handheld system and developed by [[Game Freak]], which follows the now-standard model of a {{player}}'s journey through a specific [[region]] to collect all of the species of Pokémon there. Collectively, the twenty games (twenty-one in Japan and eleven in South Korea) released with the label ''Version'' after the game's title are known by fans as the '''main series''' of Pokémon games. In Japan, this series of games is officially named '''Pocket Monsters Series''' (Japanese: '''{{tt|ポケットモンスターシリーズ|Poketto Monsutā Shirīzu}}''').<ref>[http://www.pokemon.co.jp/game-series/ Official Japanese Pokémon site section]</ref>
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The '''core series'''<ref>[http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/3ds/pokemonxy/0/1 Iwata Asks : Pokémon X & Pokémon Y : Pokémon Born Anew]</ref> of the [[Pokémon games]] is the official term used to collectively refer to the so-far twenty games (twenty-one in Japan and eleven in South Korea) always released on a [[Nintendo]] handheld system and developed by [[Game Freak]], which follow the now-standard model of a {{player}}'s journey through a specific [[region]] to collect all of the species of Pokémon there. Most of these games have the label ''Version'' in their title. The core series is known by fans as the '''main series''' of Pokémon games.
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In Japan, this series of games is officially named '''''Pocket Monsters Series''''' (Japanese: '''ポケットモンスターシリーズ''').<ref>[http://www.pokemon.co.jp/game-series/ Official Japanese Pokémon site section]</ref> This is consistent with their titles, as [[Spin-off Pokémon games|spin-off]]s use the ''Pokémon'' (Japanese: ポケモン) moniker instead of ''Pocket Monsters'' (Japanese: ''ポケットモンスター'').
   
 
==Main series model==
 
==Main series model==
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In all generations, there are some Pokémon that cannot be encountered until after the player enters the [[Hall of Fame]]. These may be legendary Pokémon, such as {{p|Mewtwo}}, or simply Pokémon that are not part of the game's [[regional Pokédex]].
 
In all generations, there are some Pokémon that cannot be encountered until after the player enters the [[Hall of Fame]]. These may be legendary Pokémon, such as {{p|Mewtwo}}, or simply Pokémon that are not part of the game's [[regional Pokédex]].
   
Before the release of a new generation, new Pokémon are often used to promote the new games by including them in the anime or in [[Side series|side games]] or [[Spin-off Pokémon games|spin-off games]].<!--If/when [[User:Caciulacdlac/Pokémon that appeared before their generation]] enters the mainspace, provide a link in this paragraph.-->
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Before the release of a new generation, new Pokémon are often used to promote the new games by including them in the anime or in [[Spin-off Pokémon games|spin-off games]].<!--If/when [[User:Caciulacdlac/Pokémon that appeared before their generation]] enters the mainspace, provide a link in this paragraph.-->
   
 
====Mascots====
 
====Mascots====
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When a [[generation]] of Pokémon games begins, a pair of games is always released. These paired versions feature virtually the same storyline as each other, but the [[Version-exclusive Pokémon|Pokémon available]] differ, and some other mechanics are usually slightly different. This encourages [[trade|trading]], as it is required in order to complete the [[Pokédex]].
 
When a [[generation]] of Pokémon games begins, a pair of games is always released. These paired versions feature virtually the same storyline as each other, but the [[Version-exclusive Pokémon|Pokémon available]] differ, and some other mechanics are usually slightly different. This encourages [[trade|trading]], as it is required in order to complete the [[Pokédex]].
   
A third game is later released with several minor storyline tweaks, but taking place in the same [[region]] and following the same basic storyline. Like the first two games, it will always lack some of the Pokémon present in the other games, but will also contain some of those species missing from either of them; thus, a player of the third version must link together with the original pair of games to complete the Pokédex as well.
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A solitary version is later released with several minor storyline tweaks, but taking place in the same [[region]] and following the same basic storyline. Like the paired versions before it, it will always lack some of the Pokémon present in the other games, but will also contain some of those species missing from either of them; thus, a player of the solitary must link together with the paired versions to complete the Pokédex as well.
   
Sometimes, a second set of paired versions may be released. These paired version are usually [[remake]]s of earlier titles, and are not accompanied by a third version. [[Generation V]] broke with tradition by releasing {{game3|Black and White|a pair of games|s 2}} as a sequel to the {{game3|Black and White|previous paired versions|s}} instead of a remake.
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Sometimes, a second set of paired versions may be released. These paired version are usually [[remake]]s of earlier titles, and are not accompanied by a solitary version. [[Generation V]] broke with tradition by releasing {{game3|Black and White|a pair of games|s 2}} as a sequel to the {{game3|Black and White|previous paired versions|s}} instead of a remake.
   
 
New generations are typically announced and marketed every three to four years.
 
New generations are typically announced and marketed every three to four years.
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
* Only the international versions of {{2v2|Red|Blue}} and all versions of {{2v2|Ruby|Sapphire}}, {{2v2|Diamond|Pearl}}, {{2v2|Black|White}}, and {{pkmn|X and Y}} use their mascot's original [[Ken Sugimori]] artwork for their box art. All other games use specially made artwork.
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* Only the international {{game|Red and Blue|s}} and all versions of {{game|Ruby and Sapphire|s}}, {{game|Diamond and Pearl|s}}, {{game|Black and White|s}}, and [[Pokémon X and Y]] use their [[version mascot]]'s original [[Ken Sugimori]] artwork for their box art. All other games use specially made artwork.
   
 
==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 01:24, 3 November 2013

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The title screen of the English Pokémon Red Version

The core series[1] of the Pokémon games is the official term used to collectively refer to the so-far twenty games (twenty-one in Japan and eleven in South Korea) always released on a Nintendo handheld system and developed by Game Freak, which follow the now-standard model of a player's journey through a specific region to collect all of the species of Pokémon there. Most of these games have the label Version in their title. The core series is known by fans as the main series of Pokémon games.

In Japan, this series of games is officially named Pocket Monsters Series (Japanese: ポケットモンスターシリーズ).[2] This is consistent with their titles, as spin-offs use the Pokémon (Japanese: ポケモン) moniker instead of Pocket Monsters (Japanese: ポケットモンスター).

Main series model

Content model

While there are no strict rules that make a game a main series game, and previously assumed rules are continuously broken, the games generally have a similar plot and mechanics.

The player begins the game in a small town or city, having no Pokémon of their own. Through a course of events, he or she will receive a starter Pokémon from the region's Pokémon Professor; the starter Pokémon is always a choice of three, a Grass type, Fire type, or Water type, and the character who will become the player's rival will choose or already have the Pokémon whose type is super effective against that of the player's choice. The exceptions to this are Yellow, in which the player starts with Pikachu and the rival starts with Eevee, and Black and White, in which the player has two rivals, who each choose one of the starter Pokémon not picked by the player.

It is at this point where the storyline of all these games diverge. The player is allowed to journey across the entire region, capturing any wild Pokémon he or she chooses to, and using a party he or she assembles to take on the eight Gym Leaders of the region. Alongside encounters with both other Trainers and repeated interactions with their rival, the player must also stop the plans of a villainous team, whose plans often involve the manipulation of legendary Pokémon.

After all eight Gym Leaders have been defeated, the player can enter the Pokémon League, where the Elite Four and Champion await challengers. The Champion of the region is often introduced prior to the player's Pokémon League challenge, and may aid the player as he or she continues his or her adventure.

Though the game can be considered over as soon as the player has defeated the Champion, there is still post-game content. Often there is a post-game plotline and locations and facilities that could not be previously accessed. There is usually at least one facility specifically dedicated to battling. The overarching goal is the completion of the Pokédex; after this has been done, the player will receive a diploma for completing the regional Pokédex and another for completing the National Pokédex (only one diploma is awarded in games with only one Pokédex). Starting in Generation III, a new task is added in order to fully complete the game: obtaining all Trainer Card stars.

Geography

Within each region, there are various cities and towns, ranging from Kanto's 10 to Unova's 21. These cities and towns are connected by between 20 and 34 routes. Every game has included at least one water route, a mountain, caves, and a forest. The route leading up to the Pokémon League in each region is called Victory Road.

Pokémon

Most generations introduce Pokémon that evolve into or from previously released Pokémon. Legendary Pokémon with myths specific to the region are almost always included, and frequently appear in duos and trios.

In all generations, there are some Pokémon that cannot be encountered until after the player enters the Hall of Fame. These may be legendary Pokémon, such as Mewtwo, or simply Pokémon that are not part of the game's regional Pokédex.

Before the release of a new generation, new Pokémon are often used to promote the new games by including them in the anime or in spin-off games.

Mascots

Main article: Version mascot

The boxart for each game features one Pokémon which was introduced in that generation (or, in the case of remakes, the generation of the original versions). This Pokémon is referred to by fans as a version mascot, and — with the exception of Generation I and its remakes — it is always the legendary Pokémon available in that game at the climax of the storyline.

Release model

While releases continue to break patterns, there is an overall model that the release of new main series games follows.

When a generation of Pokémon games begins, a pair of games is always released. These paired versions feature virtually the same storyline as each other, but the Pokémon available differ, and some other mechanics are usually slightly different. This encourages trading, as it is required in order to complete the Pokédex.

A solitary version is later released with several minor storyline tweaks, but taking place in the same region and following the same basic storyline. Like the paired versions before it, it will always lack some of the Pokémon present in the other games, but will also contain some of those species missing from either of them; thus, a player of the solitary must link together with the paired versions to complete the Pokédex as well.

Sometimes, a second set of paired versions may be released. These paired version are usually remakes of earlier titles, and are not accompanied by a solitary version. Generation V broke with tradition by releasing a pair of games as a sequel to the previous paired versions instead of a remake.

New generations are typically announced and marketed every three to four years.

List of main series games

Paired versions Solitary versions
Generation I Japan
Red
Green
Blue
Yellow
International
Red
Blue
Yellow
Generation II
Gold
Silver
Crystal
Generation III
Ruby
Sapphire
Emerald
FireRed
LeafGreen
 
Generation IV
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold
SoulSilver
 
Generation V
Black
White
 
Black 2
White 2
 
Generation VI
X
Y
 

In other languages

Language Title
South Korea Flag.png Korean 포켓몬스터 시리즈 Pocket Monsters series

Trivia

References

  1. Iwata Asks : Pokémon X & Pokémon Y : Pokémon Born Anew
  2. Official Japanese Pokémon site section

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