Nintendo creative fellow Shigeru Miyamoto has become the latest luminary to help commemorate 20 years since the first Pokémon games launched in Japan.
That touches on his involvement in bringing the games to fruition, which had been held up while development on EarthBound was wrapped up. That then saw him work with series creator Satoshi Tajiri on implementing the Game Boy’s Game Link Cable, so that Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue could interact with one another.
The rest, as they say, is history, but it’s interesting to look back at the start of the phenomenon from another perspective.
“Pokémon, congratulations on your 20th anniversary. At the same time, as one of the producers on the very first Pokémon games, I want to say thank you for all your kind support,” Miyamoto begins.
“Although this year marks the 20th anniversary, I was working with Ishihara-san from about six years before that, testing out what would become the first Pokémon games. The reason it took so long was because we were also working on EarthBound. Once that was finished, we were able to move full speed ahead with Pokémon.
“My main contribution was working with Tajiri-san and his team on creating a new way to play using a Nintendo Game Link Cable to connect two Game Boy systems. Time flew by, and now there are Pokémon games in so many colours! Twenty years. I almost can’t believe it. Everyone, thank you for your support.”