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The Pokémon Phenomenon

The Pokémon Phenomenon

The franchise of Pokémon, which ranges from movies, video games and even card games, which are after more than 20 years, is as strong as ever. It has kept evolving with new and fresh ideas (like the 'Go' version) and has incorporated new technology (like embracing smartphones) to keep the fans interested.

It is one of the few ‘brands’ to have its own magazine, which is now going strong after 28 issues.

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MORE IDEAS FROM Why Pokémon remains a cultural phenomenon 20 years on

Pokémon is an easy game to get into but is intriguing and difficult to master, whether it is consoles or trading cards. There are a lot of characters (or creatures) to know about and it is a pleasant world to get lost into.

The 2016 ‘Detective Pikachu’ movie, coming after 17 years after the original Pokémon movie, made it clear that it is still popular and has a captive audience.

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Pokémon is one of the few games to have tournaments and championships at an international scale, like the 2019 Europe Championships which happened in Berlin.

Youngsters get hooked to the world of e-sports like a gateway drug that is Pokémon.

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Used in sports to explain why teams who win championships are often ultimately dethroned, not by other, better teams, but by forces from within the organization itself. The players want more: more money, more TV commercials, more playing time, more media attention, etc. As a result, what was once a cohesive group begins to fray and they end up failing.

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Pokémon

Pokémon, with its first incarnation as a video game + trading card collection, emerged in Japan back in 1996 and created a viral storm, earning USD 5 billion for Nintendo, its parent company, in just three years. It created a frenzy of fans all across the world, something known as “Pokémania".

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Men and Women with The Most Titles

Men's:

  1. William Renshaw - 7 singles, 5 doubles
  2. Laurence Doherty - 5 singles, 7 doubles
  3. Reginald Doherty - 4 singles, 7 doubles
  4. John McEnroe - 3 singles, 5 doubles
  5. Roger Federer - 8 singles
  6. Pete Sampras - 7 singles
  7. Rod Laver - 4 singles, 1 doubles, 2 mixed doubles

Women's:

  1. Billie Jean King - 6 singles, 10 doubles, 4 mixed doubles
  2. Martina Navratilova - 9 singles, 7 doubles, 4 mixed doubles
  3. Elizabeth Ryan - 12 doubles, 7 mixed doubles
  4. Suzanne Lenglen - 6 singles, 6 doubles, 3 mixed doubles
  5. Serena Williams - 7 singles, 6 doubles, 1 mixed doubles

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