So 90s kids were the original embracers of Ash Ketchum, Pikachu and the other 149 pocket monsters. I remember the popularity of Pokémon in my school and looking back, it was pretty remarkable. Pokémon cards were like drugs, there were kids spending their lunch money on cards or stealing from Mom’s purse for a holographic Charizard (in case you don’t remember, holographic cards were running for crack prices — or so it seemed that way). There was so much Pokémon every which way you turned that it consumed you. Before school you could watch the cartoon, during school you played and/or traded the cards and after school you could watch some more while playing the video games on your Gameboy. I recall a point where a good portion of my classmates were able to list all 150 Pokémon with ease, yet they couldn’t fathom the thought of learning 10 new words for a spelling test. All of the 150 original Pokémon were LEGIT but of course, they had to expand and create more and more until it was damn near impossible to keep track. If you’re a 90s kid then it’s likely that the names Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle mean a lot more to you than Darkrai, Shaymin and Arceus (the three newest Pokémon). Now there are 400-something odd Pokémon so don’t bother trying to catch ‘em all. The original 150 will always hold a special place in our hearts and our Pokéballs.
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