Pokemon - catching 'em all

Bad anime

The Pokémon anime series has been hugely successful, with more than 500 TV episodes produced and a 10th movie on the way. With that kind of volume, something is bound to go awry from time to time, particularly where translations to countries with differing sensibilities are concerned, and Pokémon has had its share of controversies.

One episode from the first series was never shown outside of Japan due to scenes of guns being pointed at children and, erm, Meowth dressed as Hitler. Another was censored here thanks to Team Rocket villain James sprouting giant fake breasts in order to win a swimsuit contest.

In the same series, a scene of flashing red and blue lights caused hundreds of Japanese children to suffer simultaneous epileptic seizures when it was broadcast. Jynx’s (accidental) resemblance to a blackface entertainer also caused offense, and is now redrawn to have purple skin.

Mew downloads

A killer feature of the original Red and Blue versions of the game, this incredibly rare pokémon could only be obtained by winning it in a real-world competition or downloading it at a Nintendo roadshow. Shopping centers around the country would be packed with eager Pokémon fans, desperate to complete their collection. The advent of Action Replay cheat codes released hordes of ill-gotten Mews into the wild, rendering the roadshows obsolete.

Pokemon Mini

A tiny cartridge-based system that played an assortment of Pokémon-themed games. Launched in 2001 with a bundled Pokémon Party game, only a handful of carts were ever released for it. Pokémon Shock Tetris was probably the best title, the name referring to the Mini’s built-in rumble and “shock sensor” - you could shake it violently to play certain games and it would buzz back at you. Neither great nor particularly collectable, but enterprising hackers have figured out how to write games for it.




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