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Crazy coincidence sees trainer reunited with Pokemon from 20 years ago

Published: 11/May/2020 15:36

by Paul Cot


It has been 20 years since one trainer last saw their Pokemon from Pokemon Stadium but, due to a truly freak coincidence, they have been reunited once again.

Ever bought a game and it wasn’t quite as described? Well, that’s how this story starts.

Nintendo 64 cartridges work a little different to CDs of today, whereby they were often marked to identify them. This obviously devalued them somewhat, but that didn’t deter many from marking them anyway.

The chosen Sam

DerekRRose took to Twitter to complain about buying Pokemon Stadium and it not coming as the picture showed. On the game art it said “this game pak belongs to SamG”, which prompted users to say he got “SamG’d” – pretty funny.

However, another Twitter user then tagged someone by the name of Sam G and that’s where things started to get really interesting.

Although the Sam in question wasn’t the seller, he suspected that he may have owned the game at some point. After some back and forth questions about the Pokemon left on the game – a Fearow named INVINCABLE and a Charizard that knew “a suspicious lack of moves” – they took the conversation over to private messaging.

That’s where they did indeed discover that was once Sam’s Pokemon Stadium again – a ridiculous coincidence considering the many Sam G’s that are out there. “My copy of Pokemon Stadium from 2000 (!) was bought by this guy, a mutual connected us, and now I have the Pokémon from that game today,” Sam announced on Twitter.

Sending 20 year old Pokemon

Derek then went one step further, wanting to give Sam some of his old Pokemon. It isn’t clear how this conversation went but Derek did send a Hitmonchan (and others) from the cartridge itself to Sam’s Pokemon Sword and Shield game.

“With the power of a cartridge dumper and a hacked 3DS I was able to reunite someone with three 20-year-old Pokémon from their childhood, saved onto a copy of Pokémon Stadium that they sold in 2003, that I bought off eBay, that wasn’t even the cartridge in the auction photo.” So, even after identifying the person that used to own the cartridge, the transfer process was far from easy.

All of this arose from having a mutual Twitter connection, too. There are many crazy instances in the world of Pokemon but this may just top them all!


What is the best Pokemon? Community crowns their winner

Published: 19/Nov/2020 18:51 Updated: 19/Nov/2020 18:52

by Paul Cot


The question of who is the best Pokemon is a debate that will likely never end, so we decided to find out the answer once and for all (sort of).

Composing a question to find out, fairly, who the best Pokemon is, is a challenge in and of itself. If we gave every trainer one vote, out of all species, then Pikachu would likely perform way better than realistic given the character’s media popularity.

On the other hand, if we limited it to just a handful of ‘mons then one could easily be missed out. So, we needed to do something to combine the two.

First off, we asked our nearly 300,000 followers on the Dexerto Pokemon Twitter page which Pokemon they believed is the very best. Naturally this generated a lot of responses with lots of different species of Pokemon.

We had a rough idea as to what species would be the most popular but a couple surprised us. Gengar was one that appeared as much as any other when scrolling through. Equally, the lack of Pikachu and Eevee responses was also fascinating.

Best Pokemon poll

Now, since we had a lot of replies to work with, we took the four most-frequently quoted Pokemon and put them into a separate poll. Those Pokemon were Bulbasaur, Charizard, Gengar, and Riolu.

These options aren’t perfect and many will argue that the likes of Squirtle, Mewtwo, and Lugia should be included. Unfortunately we were limited to four and the ones included were dictated by the community’s responses.

The results of the poll, which had 2,439 votes, were as follows:

  • Charizard – 39.8%
  • Gengar – 24.5%
  • Riolu – 21%
  • Bulbasaur – 14.8%

Yes that means, to the dismay of many, Charizard is the best Pokemon — at least according to our poll. The Pokemon Company have often been mocked for their apparent Charizard obsession, but given these results we can understand why.

Meanwhile, Gengar ousted Riolu for 2nd place, proving that the most infamous ghost-type Pokemon is underrated within the franchise. Bulbasaur picked up a respectable 15% of the vote, showing the first ‘mon in the Pokedex is worthy of such a place.

In truth there are various ways to find out which the best Pokemon is and each of them could very well have different results. For example, Charizard may have won here but it could also feature highly on a least favorite poll due to its polarizing nature. For now though, like it or not, Charizard is on top.