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Red1530
April 1st, 2007, 06:00 PM
I noticed recently that the popularity is increasing. I see a number of kids playing third generation games and also today on Fox & Friends Sunday showed a number of Pokemon toys including Diamond and Pearl on a segment on toys ( not joking ). Has anyone else noticed this as well?

Aegis
April 1st, 2007, 06:12 PM
I've noticed it growing in popularity, but none of the things you mentioned. Mostly people not making fun of it anymore, and more people joining forums.

MegaDitto
April 1st, 2007, 06:13 PM
It increases by each generation. In the next year, it may decrease.

Spirit Rubi
April 1st, 2007, 06:49 PM
I've noticed this but not because just of the new generation, also the 10th anniversary stuff too.

I've seen quite a few forums of people talking about how they use to remember liking Pokemon when they were younger and how they can't believe it's been 10 whole years. I've heard people saying how they want to check out Pokemon again now and stuff. It was pretty cool. I'm also starting to get some people to like Pokemon. I'm planning on buying Diamond & Pearl for them.

I'm really excited and how people are coming back to try Pokemon again and some new people. Hopefully it doesn't die too much next year.

Jeremy
April 1st, 2007, 07:29 PM
Well sweeties, I assume it slowly increases with a new release of the traditional game, then it's popularity slowly decreases after a year or so. But still sweeties, it's popularity is still strong. =3

Otter Mii-kun
April 2nd, 2007, 01:58 PM
Even with the release of new games every so often, the popularity rate continues to decline-perhaps rapidly...

Alakazam17
April 2nd, 2007, 05:50 PM
The popularity has done quite a bit, but I'm not one to notice. Pokemon has been around for 40% of the time that the Mario games have been being made. Yet, Mario remains the ONLY series that has done better than Pokemon.

I wonder if DP & PBR will cause Pokemon to surpass, at least until Super Mario Galaxy comes out. =O

Obelisk
April 3rd, 2007, 07:23 PM
ive noticed it i think with the release of a new game pokemon popularity increases

_Prince_
April 3rd, 2007, 10:46 PM
Yeah the popularity is increasing each generation all over the world, but I've noticed my friends in my school don't have interest in pokemon like they used to so it could be decreasing. Back in the rby and gsc versions nearly everyone I knew played those games. when the 3rd generation games came out not everyone brought them or played them.

Drifblim
April 4th, 2007, 06:19 AM
Gold, Silver, and Crystal did very little to help the situation when they came out — not many people had the games to begin with, having just played the TCG — but a resurgence — perhaps to a level of popularity higher than initial — came when Ruby and Sapphire came out. All of the sudden everyone was playing them. Unfortunately, Mystery Dungeon arrived to muted interest (as did Colosseum and XD). I'm not very confident that anyone will be buying Diamond and Pearl, even if they're one of the few I know who own a DS.

Lt. Surge's Raichu
April 4th, 2007, 06:43 AM
Every pokemon generation it gets bigger :)
I think it will get enormous

Melody
April 8th, 2007, 12:23 AM
I am unsure of that because there are only 10 pokemon fans total here where i live...
But since D&P was announced i have noticied it is kind of making a comeback...

Captain Arcane
April 8th, 2007, 01:56 AM
I to, have noticed not just an increase in popularity, but also an outburst of the Pokemon franchise. I am constantly seeing comercials and what not, and like Alakazam17 said, Mario is basically the only other Nintendo franchise thats able to compete. If you don't believe me, look at the evidence.

Mario does not have a show, it did, but it sucked, and I don't think anyone ever thought about it reaching a 10th season, which it didn't. On the other hand Pokemon has a show and is approaching its 10th season.

Mario does not have theme park, despite his longevity. Again, on the other hand, Pokemon has a theme park, and its younger than Mario. Now, I'm not saying that a theme park desides wether one franchise is better than the other, but it sure helps.

Know, I love Mario, I grew up with him, but I also grew up with Pokemon, also for you big Mario fans, I'm not bagging on Mario, I'm just showing evidence.
The point I'm just trying to make is that Pokemon is one of Nintendo's main and best franchizes. But time will tell what happens to Pokemon, so I'm not going to predect anthything, I'm just taking a spot in the back seat of this great ride, and enjoy it. ^_^

Gumball Watterson
April 8th, 2007, 08:58 PM
Know, I love Mario, I grew up with him, but I also grew up with Pokemon, also for you big Mario fans, I'm not bagging on Mario, I'm just showing evidence.
The point I'm just trying to make is that Pokemon is one of Nintendo's main and best franchizes. But time will tell what happens to Pokemon, so I'm not going to predect anthything, I'm just taking a spot in the back seat of this great ride, and enjoy it. ^_^

I can tell that pokemon will live forever and will pwn di$ne# someday

Some people at my school used to like pokemon but now they say

"it zucks. id die. Disney pwns. pokman zucks"

Those words are sure to never get out of my mouth

Ausaudriel
April 8th, 2007, 10:45 PM
Yeah the popularity is increasing each generation all over the world, but I've noticed my friends in my school don't have interest in pokemon like they used to so it could be decreasing. Back in the rby and gsc versions nearly everyone I knew played those games. when the 3rd generation games came out not everyone brought them or played them.

That, my friend, is called growing up. Sad, I know. u_u

I constantly see younger kids playing R/S/E/FR/LG and I want to say "Hey, can I play?" XD

Problem is, those of us that have been with Pokemon for a while are unavoidably getting older, and it becomes less and less "acceptable" to like things like Pokemon. I'm not saying I have any problem with liking it despite my age. I mean, I walk around my school playing Pokemon and don't care who sees, but not everybody is like that, so there aren't as many people to play it with. And those who DO like it (more than you'd think) are too worried about appearance to actually play (in public, at least.)

Luckily, there are tons of fans online, and with the release of D/P, we have wifi. :D

bgt
April 9th, 2007, 04:54 AM
Games, probably so.

Anime (dub), no.

acrof
April 9th, 2007, 09:06 AM
That, my friend, is called growing up. Sad, I know. u_u

I hate that, you can´t say in public that you like pokemon nowadays, so I think it´s popularity is decreasing.

About the anime, they should forget that Satoshi created pokemon and and because of that he deserves a place in the anime as Ash, and RESTART it.
I see some kids that don´t watch pokemon nowadays, because they don´t understand WHAT is pokemon, HOW it started, WHO are the characters, etc.
Creating a new generation (with Brenadan staring for example) instead of putting the brat (Ash) in a new continent, kids would be able to follow the main story

About the games, I´m OK with D/P, but PBR was made in a hurry
and was released already in Japan, so no upgrades will be made in the american and european versions of the game, so
I think it will be a STADIUM 3, with less buyers than expected.
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About the TCG, it´s popularity is surely increasing, new cards are created every day!:knockedou So I think it will survive:laugh:

Te-em
April 12th, 2007, 05:47 AM
Pokémon does not seem to be so popular as it was when it was new. It's harder to find people to play the cards and games with these days. Over 20 people gathered at the Pokémon League where we play the card game. Now there are no more than ten and sometimes none at all. And I know only two friends who play the games.

Jubilation
April 12th, 2007, 06:47 AM
Pokemon where I am is tottaly uncool and coz I grew up with I get teasted U_U so I think its decreasing...

Te-em
April 13th, 2007, 01:24 AM
I think it has decreased, but it will not disappear. Pokémon has changed a little from the old games though. Old sprites were better and the graphics of the new games are not good. It was less childish then I have heard.

sam@strand
April 13th, 2007, 07:08 AM
In my opinion pokemon has become a smudge more popular than it was in the past 4 years but its no where near as popular as it was back in 1997 where crazed kids roamed the streets with there pokemon cards and there trusty GBC and link cable by their sides.....those where the days lol!

~*!*~Tatsujin Gosuto~*!*~
April 13th, 2007, 06:20 PM
Yea I've noticed that especially for the release of D/P because of the wifi abilites

:t354:~*!*~Queen Boo~*!*~

Jude Mathis
April 13th, 2007, 06:35 PM
I've noticed that too, in multiple ways.

More Pokemon products are releasing in stores as well.

I was at Toys R Us buying something Naruto related for a friend and I saw this fairly large section of Pokemon stuff.
It was cool to see because for years the stores didn't have anything Pokemon related at all.

...or if they did it was only cards or something.

mrplanters
April 13th, 2007, 06:39 PM
I hope its increasing. Hopefully with wi-fi more people will get more into the pokemon craze.

Pokémon
April 13th, 2007, 09:55 PM
Well I think the popularity has drecresed sadly, Yeah I've gone to toys r us and Kay bee toys. and no one is at the pokemon toy aisle and it seems yu-gi-oh sells more cards than pokemon. I see alot of cards and toys at the sections. no one buys any ;(
the only people i see buying pokemon stuff are kids..and there buying the games. I am
21 and love pokemon to death, but it's true I can't say I love pokemon in public but I still do for example on Newgrounds.com and gamespot.com everyone gets flamed if they say they like it most comebacks are its "too kiddie" " use to play it when i was a kid" . i so hate that,,plus alot of anti-pokemon flash movies there too ;(

Astinus
April 14th, 2007, 11:55 AM
I would say that it has increased a small amount. For some time I couldn't find any Pokemon merchandise in the stores, aside from the cards. When Pokemon first came out, it was everywhere. Now, however, there are a few small sections where I go that are dedicated to Pokemon items. It makes me a little happy inside that it's coming back.

That, my friend, is called growing up. Sad, I know. u_u
I feel it as well. Being 20, I can't find any Pokemon fans my age. All of my friends who used to like it have moved on to more "mature" games and other hobbies. And I'm not about to go up to some 10-year-old kid who's playing the game and ask if I can play as well. ._. The parents might chase after me.

Lihinel
April 14th, 2007, 12:41 PM
I guess its also a question of support.

I can't speak about an increase in popularity here in germany, the TV Show seems to run great since there are 3 episodes per day, but this maybe because of the lack of other animes and the way they censored some showes to death. (like naruto, they even changed parts of the storyline -_-)

We dont even get any new Movies(on DVD) and the TCG is pretty much death compared to 4-5 years before.

But maybe it will get better with D/P.

Captain Arcane
April 15th, 2007, 03:40 AM
I guess its also a question of support.

I can't speak about an increase in popularity here in germany, the TV Show seems to run great since there are 3 episodes per day, but this maybe because of the lack of other animes and the way they censored some showes to death. (like naruto, they even changed parts of the storyline -_-)

We dont even get any new Movies(on DVD) and the TCG is pretty much death compared to 4-5 years before.

But maybe it will get better with D/P.

-_- thats sad to hear, I'm hoping that Pokemon gets better around your vacinity, for your sake, and for Pokemon's sake as well.

UnHoly
April 15th, 2007, 03:54 AM
i can't really say its increased here in the UK. The games are still going strong and D/P are thought to lead the game charts for atleast 3 months.

However the anime is showing with declining figures, the card game is gone without a trace and the toys well, lets just says my mates organised a pokemon toy buring bonfire party.

pokejungle
April 15th, 2007, 03:59 AM
Personally, I think it is separating itself from the 'fad'. Now it is also thought of as a traditional Nintendo staple...after all, it just celebrated 10 years!

Sure, it still has a somewhat kiddie image, but even that's changing as more and more gamers come back to what is an excellent RPG game. I think it is on the rise, and will end up being like Sonic or something, with almost no stigma. (Except for the show, ew)

Mr.Altosax
April 15th, 2007, 05:24 AM
I think it has decreased, but it will not disappear. Pokémon has changed a little from the old games though. Old sprites were better and the graphics of the new games are not good. It was less childish then I have heard.

Actually, from a (mediocre)spriter standpoint, I can safely say that the sprites in the new gen games are much, much better than the originals. We have a full color pallet and everything. The landscapes are more in depth, etc. The fences in Pallet town don't look like marshmallows anymore.

The only reason it seems like pokemon is fading is because we're getting older and others around us are losing interest. Pokemon is still a hit with the wee tykes.

Captain Arcane
April 15th, 2007, 01:40 PM
Actually, from a (mediocre)spriter standpoint, I can safely say that the sprites in the new gen games are much, much better than the originals. We have a full color pallet and everything. The landscapes are more in depth, etc. The fences in Pallet town don't look like marshmallows anymore.

The only reason it seems like pokemon is fading is because we're getting older and others around us are losing interest. Pokemon is still a hit with the wee tykes.

I agree with you 100% on that, the new sprites for D and P are much better, and the graphics are a huge advancement from GBA.