Retro Vault is our regular weekly feature in which we dive into gaming's past and share five classic nuggets of retro nostalgia. If you want to catch up on previous Retro Vaults, check out the CVG Retro Vault archive.
September 1998 - Pokemon Red and Blue magazine ad
In the late summer of 1998, an unassuming duo of Game Boy games came to the west, a pair of games that would transform the handheld market much like Tetris had done a decade previously.
Originally released in Japan as Pocket Monsters, Pokemon Red and Blue tasked players with catching, training and battling a variety of creatures in order to become the Pokemon master.
The brainchild of game designer Satoshi Tajiri, Pokemon was inspired by his childhood hobby of discovering and collecting bugs. In Japan, the game's main character was named Satoshi (he became Ash in the west) and his rival, known as Gary overseas, was called Shigeru, after his mentor Shigeru Miyamoto.
Little did Tajiri know how popular the series would become, and over the years his original 151 Pokemon were joined by many more to bring the total number of creatures (to date) to over 700.
In our Pokemon X & Y review, we called the newly-released sixth-generation title "a major leap forward for the franchise" and "the first Pokémon game worthy of the 21st century".