Pokemon is hot, hot, hot


Yak's Corner

Just for kids

May 31, 1999

Do you know Pikachu? The yellow, mouse-like monster (right) is the favorite critter of Nintendo's super-hot Game Boy game, "Pokemon."

How hot is the game? Since Nintendo launched the game in the United States in September, about 2.4 million games have been sold. "Pokemon," which means "Pocket Monsters," is a video game from Japan.

When the Yak visited Japan about a year and a half ago, everywhere he went, he saw kids playing with Pocket Monsters.

Right now, there are two versions of the game to plug in to your Game Boy -- red and blue. A yellow version, based on the TV show with Pikachu as one of the main characters, will be out later this year.

Why is "Pokemon" so hot? We asked Tom Davis, a Nintendo Super Agent.

Tom has been helping people with gaming questions at Nintendo for 10 years. He says "Pokemon" is so popular because it's kind of like a virtual pet with an aspect of adventure. At the same time, you're collecting these little critters -- and you have to work together with a friend to get all of them. It's competition and teamwork, it's strategizing and it's fun, says Tom.

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Tom's Top Tips

1. Once you get your first couple Pokemons, stay around the first towns or areas where you found them and continue to go out and defeat other Pokemons to try to get your power levels higher. Stronger monsters will help you later.

2. Save often! Save often! Save often! You can pretty much save anywhere in the game just by hitting the start button.

3. Use all the "Pokemon" resources you can get your hands on: Web sites (including Pokemon.com), player's guides, Nintendo Power magazine and the animated TV show. Plus, talk to your friends and find out their strategies.

4. Don't get discouraged if you get defeated.

5. Don't forget to get your characters back when you trade for different Pokemons, using a Game Link cable.

Pub Date: 05/31/99

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