After the success of Nintendo's Japanese only Pokemon Red and Green Gameboy title in 1996, the cartoon which thankfully held true to the game version aired. The characters in the Pokemon show traveled around searching and caring for rare pocket monsters. At commercial breaks, viewers were challenged to guess a mystery Pokemon creature and at the return found out which one it was. If you think about it, that was the most ingenious way to get kids to beg their parents for more games and merchandise.
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