Happy 45th B-day, Satoshi Tajiri! Here’s 7 fun facts about the Pokémon creator.
Albotas is sending out b-day wishes to Pokémon creator and Game Freak founder Satoshi Tajiri. Thanks for creating my personal favorite gaming franchise of all time, giving me hours of entertainment, and capturing the imaginations of millions. Happy birthday, Tajiri-san!
And now, some random Satoshi Tajiri fun facts!
-When he was just 16, he won a game design contest sponsored by… dun dun dunnnn… Nintendo’s arch rival, SEGA!
-The company Game Freak was named after Tajiri-san’s DIY arcade gaming magazine that he started when he was 17.  Ken Sugomori saw the magazine in a shop and decided to get involved. He  later wound up being the dude who drew the original 151 Pokémon that we  all know and love today. When they realized that most games sucked, they decided to start making their own and turned the magazine into a game company.
-Satoshi Tajiri was officially diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a form of Autism.
-Pokémon  was created out of his childhood hobby of collecting bugs. He saw two  kids playing with their linked Game Boys and he envisioned a bug  crawling across the link cable. The idea grew from there.
-During the six years it took to develop the original Pokémon  games, famous game designer Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of Mario, Donkey,  Zelda, and more) mentored Satoshi, who had already considered Miyamoto a  major influence. Because of this, in the Japanese version of the  Pokémon anime, Ash is named Satoshi and his rival, Gary, is named  Shigeru.
-Game Freak almost went bankrupt making the original  Pokémon Red & Green (Red & Blue in the U.S.). Five employees  quit in the process, the company was barely able to pay the workers, and  Tajiri didn’t even take a salary. Instead he was supported by his  father.
-His favorite Pokémon is Poliwhirl.

Happy 45th B-day, Satoshi Tajiri! Here’s 7 fun facts about the Pokémon creator.

Albotas is sending out b-day wishes to Pokémon creator and Game Freak founder Satoshi Tajiri. Thanks for creating my personal favorite gaming franchise of all time, giving me hours of entertainment, and capturing the imaginations of millions. Happy birthday, Tajiri-san!

And now, some random Satoshi Tajiri fun facts!

-When he was just 16, he won a game design contest sponsored by… dun dun dunnnn… Nintendo’s arch rival, SEGA!

-The company Game Freak was named after Tajiri-san’s DIY arcade gaming magazine that he started when he was 17. Ken Sugomori saw the magazine in a shop and decided to get involved. He later wound up being the dude who drew the original 151 Pokémon that we all know and love today. When they realized that most games sucked, they decided to start making their own and turned the magazine into a game company.

-Satoshi Tajiri was officially diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a form of Autism.

-Pokémon was created out of his childhood hobby of collecting bugs. He saw two kids playing with their linked Game Boys and he envisioned a bug crawling across the link cable. The idea grew from there.

-During the six years it took to develop the original Pokémon games, famous game designer Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of Mario, Donkey, Zelda, and more) mentored Satoshi, who had already considered Miyamoto a major influence. Because of this, in the Japanese version of the Pokémon anime, Ash is named Satoshi and his rival, Gary, is named Shigeru.

-Game Freak almost went bankrupt making the original Pokémon Red & Green (Red & Blue in the U.S.). Five employees quit in the process, the company was barely able to pay the workers, and Tajiri didn’t even take a salary. Instead he was supported by his father.

-His favorite Pokémon is Poliwhirl.

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