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It was 1999, and Pokémon hype was in full swing. Pokémon Red and Blue were earning rave reviews in the United States. The second Pokémon movie had just been released in Japan. And Nintendo was almost ready to launch the next entries in the series, Gold and Silver.
Today, we’re taking a field trip to the white-hot center of Pokémania: Space World 1999!
Space World was an event Nintendo used to run in Japan where they’d showcase their newest games and hardware. These photos from our archives show off the huge Pokémon presence at Space World ‘99, including one very cuddly Meowth who looks a little overwhelmed by everyone who wants to hug him.
Today’s sponsor is StudioMDHR! This indie studio is the brainchild behind Cuphead, a run & gun platformer with a retro animation aesthetic.
…are we really explaining Cuphead? You know what Cuphead is.
They’ve offered to DOUBLE every dollar put toward our goal this year, up to an incredible $10,000! As I write this we’re still pretty far from our goal, so if you’ve been waiting to give this year, this would be a really great time. Producing content like this takes a lot of effort, and if you’re able this year, we could really use your support.
The Space World events have become legendary among Pokémon fans for being one of the first places where Pokémon Gold and Silver were shown off in public. Event photos like these can give historians a first-hand look into what it was like to be there.
But we’ll never know for ourselves just how cuddly that Meowth was.
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Coming tomorrow: A gallery of contemporary character artwork from Mega Man Legends that, as far as we know, is new to the internet. You don’t find gorgeous “lost” art like this from a beloved game very often!