Welcome to the fifth week of my PokÃ©mon feature here on Game Podunk! Sorry for taking an unplanned hiatus throughout December! I'm back now. In case you missed the last one, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday morning.
Gotta Catch 'Em All?
As of Wednesday, ladies and gentlemen, I am (once again) a PokÃ©mon Master. And as I may have mentioned already, I take my compulsion to the next level by stocking one of every single available PokÃ©mon species in my PC for inventory/future use. That“s right—I“m not just satisfied with filling my PokÃ©dex. Over twenty-five boxes is what it takes to house Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard...all the way up to #719, Diancie.
But I“m not saying this to brag. It“s not a tiny accomplishment, by any means. What I really want to see are more and more people able to accomplish this! The reward you get for completing your PokÃ©dex is the Shiny Charm, an item that allows you to encounter Shiny PokÃ©mon at an increased rate. Since I“m more than a little obsessed with that aspect of â€œthe huntâ€, I kind of want everyone, everywhere to reap the benefits!
But is it possible for someone just starting out to â€œcatch ”em allâ€, as it were? Here“s a little something: Have you noticed the popular slogan from the nineties has actually disappeared from the front of the boxes over time? Gotta catch ”em all! was a lot more conceivable when there were only 150, I guess. 719 (for the moment) is an obscene number.
As I mentioned in my review, PokÃ©mon ORAS features over twenty Legendary PokÃ©mon, many of whom are not native to the Hoenn region at all. That“s because
Here“s the long and short of it, though. Even if you had every game in Generation VI, there are still thirteen PokÃ©mon that are beyond your reach. They are: Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, and Diancie.
But...man, all the aforementioned PokÃ©mon took actually going somewhere or purchasing other games to obtain. Like Mew, for example—only three distributions of Mew ever happened in the United States, and the last one happened in 2010 via Wi-Fi. Why has Mew, the original â€œsuper-special legendaryâ€ from the Red, Blue and Yellow days...remained so elusive?!
I still have PokÃ©mon from my â€œnewbie daysâ€ in 2006 that I absolutely need to complete my PokÃ©dex, and—to this day—Mew is one of those. Soâ€¦.while completing one“s PokÃ©dex is conceivable thanks to so many PokÃ©mon being available in Generation VI...it“s not easy. You can“t do it without trading something like Diancie away for someone else“s Mew, or something like that. Or finding a Shiny PokÃ©mon that somebody really wants. Etc, etc.
Is that disheartening? Does the fact that â€œcatching ”em allâ€ between two carts is...theoretically impossible...turn some or most of you away from the series? Is 719 (again, for now...because #720 Hoopa and #721 Volcanion have yet to even be officially announced by the PokÃ©mon company, despite the modern â€œcheating sceneâ€ finding out about them) too large or intimidating a number for you non-PokÃ©mon fans, casual players, or other ilk that happen to be reading this right now? I“m genuinely curious how you feel about all this, so please do let me know below!