It's been more than 26 years since the first Pokémon games released on the Game Boy in Japan, and now with Pokémon Scarlet and Violet introducing even more virtual critters to fans of the franchise, the whopping total number of official Pokémon that can be encountered throughout the game series stands at a whopping 1,008.
It's pretty incredible how a franchise such as Pokémon has managed to keep things fresh with each new iteration of its mainline games, and at the same time, it's worth taking a stroll down memory lane to revisit the the moments where players could encounter each one of the 1,008 monsters while roaming through the virtual world of Pokémon.
In fact, that's exactly what The Pokémon Company has done with a charming commemorative video lasting over eight minutes, which you can watch below:
Hardcore fans of the series will be familiar with most of the Pokémon and their variations, while more casual fans and newcomers should find some of the newer additions pretty eye-opening, like Pokémon number 1,000, also known as Gholdengo.
Making the 1,000th Pokémon a friendly golden-colored creature made entirely out of coins is a pretty cute way to mark a massive milestone for the Pokémon game universe, and its design feels strangely like a mash of what you might expect from an early-generation roster and the weirder creature concepts from the more recent games.
Either way, the whole premise of there now being over 1,000 official Pokémon is pretty significant, in that most of us who've been fans of the franchise since the first games will now feel pretty old and nostalgic, while newer and younger fans of the series might be able to see how the whole IP is still going strong.
Hopefully, this is a sign of many more games to come over the next couple of decades. Fingers crossed!
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