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Is this the most detailed Pokemon map ever?

Published: 12/Apr/2019 10:35 Updated: 12/Apr/2019 10:51

by Paul Cot

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It might be over 20 years since the release of Pokemon Red and Green but Pokemon enthusiasts are still making content for the iconic games. One player has created the most detailed original Kanto map to date.

Pokemon Red and Blue

Pokemon’s first video game was made for the original Game Boy and despite its ageing graphics, still retains a cult following. Pokemon Red and Blue are still played today and widely discussed in Pokemon communities.

While Pokemon Green never officially made it to America or Europe, other versions of the Kanto region did hit the mainstream. Yellow and the Game Boy Advance games Fire Red and Leaf Green also became some of the most popular games of all time.

The Pokemon games that the Kanto region first appeared in…

Most detailed Kanto map

Reddit user, ZaidusRecon, has made possibly the most informative Pokemon map to date. They have taken the entirety of the Kanto region, not only including the whole map in one image but also the inside of key buildings, trainers to fight and all items.

It is quite an astonishing feat considering the effort and patience needed to create something so meticulous.

Zaidus said the task to them 32 hours to complete. Specifically Zaidus stated: “downloading Timeline’s map, downloading the dungeons from StrategyWiki, adding the dungeons, using RetroGamingFan’s map to correct Timeline’s map, labelling the cities, gyms, and other locations, adding the directions and summaries, discovering further errors in the map, comparing the map to a manual playthrough of the game and correcting, then finally adding item labels.”

u/ZaidusReconA much zoomed out version the Pokemon map. Use the inline link above to see a zoomed in version…

Old school strategy guide

Before the days of fast Internet access, physical strategy guides often accompanied role-playing games. These guides would essentially work as a walk-through, having pages dedicated to each area of the game.

While this map doesn’t include Pokemon spawn locations, it does basically provide an entire strategy guide all in one image.

The detail and dimensions of the image result in the file being over 11mb big. This might not seem huge by today’s standards but when you consider a Pokemon Red or Blue ROM is less than 1mb in size, it shows how comprehensive it is.

Moreover, it shows just how incredible it is that one of the most popular games (and best selling) can be under 1mb in size.

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Pokemon GO to celebrate series’ 25th anniversary with special Kanto event

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:13

by Brent Koepp

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According to reports, Pokemon GO is gearing up to celebrate the series’ upcoming 25th anniversary by going back to the Kanto region. The special event will be centered around the 1996 Japanese Game Boy games Red & Green.

Pokemon initially made its debut in 1996, and quickly became a worldwide phenomena. Decades later, the beloved Nintendo property has grown into an absolute juggernaut and has even become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time.

According to reports, the hit mobile title GO will honor the series upcoming 25th anniversary by going back to very first region, Kanto. The special event will have players choose between the groundbreaking Japanese RPGs Red & Green.

Photograph of Pokemon Red & Green's Game Boy box art from 1996.
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Pokemon GO will celebrate the series’ 25th anniversary with a special themed event based on the 1996 RPGs.

Pokemon GO’s 25th anniversary celebration

While most of the world first played Pokemon in 1998, the series originally launched in Japan two years prior with the Game Boy titles Red and Green (instead of Blue). In 2021, the the franchise will officially reach its 25th anniversary.

So far, Nintendo has been tight-lipped about how it will celebrate the epic milestone, however reports have surfaced about how GO will honor its legacy. According to popular outlet Serebii, the mobile game will be launching a special themed event based around the Kanto region.

While there aren’t a lot of details known yet, the Pokemon site further revealed it will feature an interesting in-game mechanic. “In a single day, players pick either Pokemon Red or Green and get unique spawns  and Special Research based on on what they have picked and can interact to get all Pokemon,” they wrote.

Perhaps the most interesting part is that Trainers will reportedly be able to work with friends to catch all 151 original Pokemon in a single day – which sounds absolutely wild. According to Serebii’s Joe Merrick, there is currently no date for the Gen I celebration. “This event is likely the one Niantic teased for release in February. We don’t have the date for this one yet,” he tweeted.

Serebii's Joe Merrick tweets about Pokemon GO Kanto event.

At the time of writing, there has been no official confirmation as to when Trainers can expect the event to go live. However, since it’s tied to the 25th anniversary, February 2021 is probably a safe bet.

Despite releasing over two decades ago, players still can’t get enough of Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design – proof that the franchise has never been more popular.