10 amazing Pokemon facts, handpicked from the Did you know thread on ONM's Pokemon forum was where we started our wonderful trivia journey, a journey that has since spanned many of Nintendo's franchises such as Metroid, Star Fox, Kirby and Mario. To celebrate the release of Pokemon Black and White 2, it seems appropriate to return with another selection of interesting things you may not have known about the world of the pocket monsters.
1. Capsule Monsters
Like the loveable monsters themselves, the original idea for Pokemon evolved and transformed. Satoshi Tajiri's concept for Pokémon manifested itself in a manga named Capsule Monsters. Within its pages, you can see the birth of many of the ideas that have since become so familiar to gamers everywhere, such as interactions with other trainers on routes, the shape of Kanto and Pokeballs.
Perhaps more interesting is the presence of some early Pokemon designs. The front cover of the manga depicts an oddly familiar reptilian creature bounding towards similarly familiar humanoid creature. These would eventually become Nidorino and Gengar, who, as every Pokemon fan should know, are famous for appearing in the opening sequence to Pokemon Red. That's exactly why these two seemingly random Pokemon appear together... to pay homage to that original manga concept.