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Logo used for the website until the 2010 overhaul
Logo used for the website in 2000

Pokémon.com, known as Pokémon World prior to 2000, is the official international Pokémon website which was created on January 8, 1998[1]. It has gone by many different names throughout its history, such as Pokémon-games.com and Go-Pokemon.com, though has finally settled on the simple Pokémon.com nominer. Most iterations have had an online Pokédex. On January 11, 2010, the website was overhauled, now having full episodes, new online games, and Trading Card Game information, among others. The design was overhauled yet again on January 27, 2014, were the basic layout was "simplified" along with further linking the official website with the TCG site (such as now incorporating the same avatar system). This also updated the Pokédex to contain all Pokémon up to Generation VI and the showed the return of the "Gotta catch 'em all!" slogan.

History

Sections

Online Pokédex

The site features an online National Pokédex.

It, like all other Pokédexes allows the user to search for Pokémon by name (Basic Search Mode), and also by type, Ability, or size (Advanced Search Mode). The search function is in the left column. Search results for the basic mode are displayed in the left column itself, but results for the advanced mode are displayed in the middle column.

The middle column displays the Pokémon's image, info, type, Abilities and weaknesses. It has three colors, blue for displaying results of the advanced search mode, grey for the Pokémon's info, and orange for showing evolutions.

The right column shows height, weight, species, HP, attack, defense, special attack, special defense, speed, and a dark silhouette of the Pokémon. It also gives the user an option to add that Pokémon to their favorites (if registered on the site) and to search the whole site for that Pokémon.

  • For Generation V Pokémon, there are entries from both Black and White versions.

After the 2014 January update, the Pokédex was completely redesigned and now includes Generation VI Pokémon. The new interface has a grid-like structure and a much more advanced search system. As to coincide with the new Generation VI games, each Pokémon has a choice of either their X or Y Pokédex entry.

What was also added was further options below the basic Pokédex info, including the ability to share the selected Pokémon via several social media and included a list of all currently aired Anime Episodes and available Trading Cards including that Pokémon.

Video games

Before the overhaul, the video games section had information of the games, with some of them having mini-sites and sub-sites. After the overhaul, the section was expanded to include game strategies, and information about video game Organized Play. However, many of the game mini-sites were removed.

Trading Card Game

Before the overhaul, most TCG news was on Go-Pokémon.com. However, after the overhaul, the TCG was brought to Pokémon.com. The Trading Card Game section of the site includes sets from EX Ruby & Sapphire to the current set, strategies, and news. Most news articles and images from Go-Pokémon were not transferred over, and thus have been lost.

Pokémon TV

Before the overhaul, the television section simply had synopses of almost every anime episode. After the overhaul, a changing selection of episodes can be viewed, along with summaries and screenshots for every episode and movie. Rather than separating the episodes by seasons, each are categorized by 'region'; with the current options being 'Kanto Channel', 'Johto Channel', 'Hoenn Channel', 'Sinnoh Channel' and the 'Unova Channel'.

A Pokémon TV mobile application was also introduced, which can be downloaded for free from Apple's App Store or through Google Play.

Pokémon Fun Zone

The Pokémon Fun Zone Logo

The Pokémon Fun Zone contains games, wallpapers, and screensavers. Before the 2010 update, the games were mostly based on Generation III and Pokémon Platinum; after the update the games featured a larger number of Generation IV Pokémon, all translated from the Japanese Pokémon Daisuki Club. The games released after the site revamp are interactive, and allow players to earn Trainer Tokens, also brought over from the Pokémon Daisuki Club. The games that were previously available on the site are not available any longer.

News & Events

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The News & Events section has news about events and other things. It currently has news that dates back to September 2011.

Pokémon Trainer Club

The Pokémon Trainer Club is the equivalent of Japan's Pokémon Daisuki Club. Many features have been brought over from the Pokémon Daisuki Club, including customizable Trainer personalities for each user. Outfits and accessories are bought with Trainer Tokens, which are rewarded when playing the online games. Users must have a Pokémon Trainer Club account in order to register high scores in the online games or to earn tokens. Anyone who has a Pokémon Trainer Club account can also keep track of their Organized Play statistics.

Defunct sections

Pokémon Center

The Pokémon Center website on its last day of operation

The Pokémon Center is an online store where people can buy different kinds of Pokémon merchandise over the internet. It also features exclusive items only available at the online store. The store closed on January 31, 2008. When it was closed, it was claimed that Pokémon merchandise would now be mainly distributed by other retailers.

It is set to reopen on August 6, 2014; some chosen fans received invitations that lets them access the online store sooner, on July 2, 2014.

Mailbag

The Pokémon.com mailbag was an official source of information from the company directors. Fans could write in and ask questions about the games, anime, and other aspects of the franchise. It had been updated quite regularly, often providing information that was not available in other sources (such as the English name of one character from the eleventh movie), but the last update came in October/November 2009. When the site was revamped in January 2010, the mailbag section was removed.

Media player

The site once contained a media player that played music from the Pokémon X collection. Like the mailbag, it was removed in the revamp.

Errors

Throughout Pokémon.com's lifespan, it has been notorious for errors. Some of these are as minor as referring to Team Galactic as Team Rocket, others as important as stating that Phione was a legendary Pokémon (although this is a subject of debate). Other errors are stated below.

Trivia

  • Several (but not all) Pokémon namespaces (such as "bulbasaur.com") redirect to either Pokémon.com or Nintendo.com, and others, such as Manaphy.com and Darkrai.com, redirected to their respective minisites. After the update in January 2010, many links became broken as the respective pages no longer exist at the same location. Such namespaces have since been changed to redirect to the website's Pokédex page on that Pokémon.
  • Despite the overhaul the site received in early January 2010, the old version was made available for a limited period of time at http://origin.pokemon.com/. This also affected links that got broken with the revamp, making them available again, only at a different address.
    • However, since the old version is no longer available, all old links are once again broken.
    • A minisite about Darkrai which originally appeared in 2008 was located at http://origin2.pokemon.com, but has since been taken down.
  • The only time the site refers to itself as "Pokémon.com" (with the e acute) is if the user clicks on an external link on the HeartGold and SoulSilver website.

External links

References

  1. WHOIS information for Pokémon.com