Shigeki Morimoto Reflects On Pokémon’s Early Success

Game Freak game designer and battle director Shigeki Morimoto is the next industry luminary to look back on the 20 years since Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green first saw release in Japan.

“So, it’s the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, meaning that it’s been 20 full years since the games first went on sale,” Morimoto starts. “I remember back when they were first released, and I would go around to various shops to see if the games were selling at all…

“It wasn’t long before I could see that they were selling very well, and many shops were actually running out of stock! I thought to myself, ‘Is this turning into something big?’ And it definitely did. It continued to sell really well, and then became really successful internationally, and here we are today!

“And it’s really thanks to all of our partners and the support of all of our fans that Pokémon has made it this far. We will continue to evolve Pokemon in various ways in the future, and I hope that all of you will continue your relationship with the series, too!”

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will release exclusively for Nintendo 3DS in North America, Australia and New Zealand on November 18th, and in Europe on November 23rd.

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