Pokemon Could Have Ended 14 Years Ago

According to Tsunekazu Ishihara, the president of the Pokemon Company, Pokemon Gold and Silver were actually intended to serve as the final entries in the Pokemon franchise.  This is why the game allows the player to travel between Johto (the region introduced in the new games) and Kanto (the region from the old games) it gives the player to have a new experience while also being able to say one final goodbye to the original games.  Of course this happened...

...and so Nintendo persuaded Ishihara and company to make another entry to the series for the upcoming Game Boy Advance.   And then another entry after that, and another after that, and another after that.   There is no end in site for this incredibly successful franchise, a fact for which I am simultaneously grateful and resentful.  Grateful because the games are incredibly fun and addicting.  Resentful because I'm worried the main series of games will eventually run out of steam and start declining in quality.  But if any company knows how to milk their franchises for all eternity while still making quality games, it's Nintendo.  So I'm not too worried.

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