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13 things you'll know if you grew up through the Pokémon craze

The 90s. Heady days.

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THE FIRST POKÉMON game launched 20 years ago, in 1996 – by 1999, there were trading cards and a massive TV show, and children all over the world were obsessed.

Were you one of those kids? Then you’ll be familiar with all these things.

1. The original 151 are the only ones you care to recognise

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They kept adding on, but you know the only true list starts with Bulbasaur and ends with Mew.

2. And you desperately wanted this book so you could learn about them all

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Which one of you lucky sods had it?

3. Ash was way too young to be out roaming the world as a Pokémon Trainer

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He was 11! He should have been at home watching it on TV like you were!

4. And these guys were the WORST

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5. Waiting through the ad break for the answer to the ‘Who’s That Pokémon?’ question was stressful as hell

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6. This was the biggest treat ever

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7. And this was the most beautiful sight of all

Omg guys I Got A Shiny Ponyta Wooot so cool Anyway home early field trip lol fun Kay so yah #pokemon#shinyponyta#shinypokemoncard#shinypokemon#pokemoncard#card#blueflame#shadowtheumbreon#hashtag#yolo#swag#money#wood#minecraft# Source: Instagram/umbreon_gamer72

It’s a SHINY.

8. Spending your every waking moment blowing into these cartridges

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Were you Red or Blue?

9. Stabbing the A button to get you through the Pokémon Centre faster

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NOT NOW NURSE JOY.

10. And really sobbing at the end of the Pokémon Movie

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Is Pikachu… crying? *bursts into tears*

11. This choice had to be taken incredibly seriously

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But when you made it, you made it for life. (Squirtle 4Ever)

12. And you took care of your Pokémon like they were your children

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13. That’s because you wanted to be “the very best, like no one ever was…”

To catch them is my real test, to train them is my cause… Oh go on, listen to it. You know you want to.

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