Older fans of the video game phenomenon return to catch 'em all.
This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of the North American introduction to Pokemon, an evolving Japanese video game franchise. Rockefeller Center's Nintendo World celebrated the release of the newest games, "Pokemon X" and "Pokemon Y", with a launch party this weekend.
Jonathan Rodriguez is twenty-two years old. He was one of the thousands of Pokemon fans camped outside of Nintendo's superstore. He and his friends were first in line for the release of Pokemon X and Y, after waiting for three days. The new games feature improved graphics, all-new characters, and a 3D gaming experience, but Rodriguez was there out of nostalgia.
"[Pokemon is] probably going to be the biggest part of our generation now," Rodriguez said, "Because it was in our childhood, and it's part of our lives."
In Pokemon, players choose their own adventure as they catch, train, and battle monsters. Lance Strate is a professor of pop culture at Fordham University. He said he is not surprised that people in their twenties wait in line for a childhood favorite. He also said that Pokemon is notable for influencing American pop culture with Japanese culture.
"In some ways, the exotic quality of [Pokemon] actually made it more interesting," explained Strate.
According to Nintendo representatives, Pokemon has had the most dedicated fan base of all of Nintendo's video game franchises.