When Red and Green/Blue first came out, they didn't exactly have a lot going for them. Game Freak wasn't exactly a notable developer at the time, the graphics weren't that great for the game boy (have you ever seen any of the old Japanese Red/Green sprites?), the game boy's popularity was starting to die out, and even Satoshi Tajiri thought that Nintendo would reject the games, and that even if they were published, they would never be very successful. And yet, Pokemon has gone on to be one of the most successful Video Game franchises ever, with black and white selling over 11.5 million copies worldwide. So what I'm asking is this: What is it that initially drew people into Pokemon, and helped it become the phenomenon it is today? And sorry if there is already a thread like this, but I couldn't find one.