When the U.S. was struck by Pokémon, it happened in one fell swoop: The game was such a success that the cartoon adaptation arrived almost immediately.

How did that go? Ten seasons, five films, a store at Rockefeller Plaza—and hundreds of millions of dollars later, the creators' children and grandchildren won't ever have to work again. With Digimon and Monster Rancher following the same formula (but failing), we think it's OK to co-sign Pokemon off of success alone. And seriously, who didn't wish they were real?