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Shigeru Miyamoto celebrates Pokémon’s 20th anniversary in new video

Iconic game creator Shigeru Miyamoto appeared in a new video over the weekend, congratulating Pokémon on its 20th anniversary. In the video, he describes his role as a producer on the first games.

Here’s the transcript of his video message:

Pokémon, congratulations on your 20th anniversary. At the same time, as one of the producers on the very first Pokémon games, I want to say thank you for all your kind support.

Although this year marks the 20th anniversary, I was working with Ishihara-san from about six years before that, testing out what would become the first Pokémon games. The reason it took so long was because we were also working on EarthBound. Once that was finished, we were able to move full speed ahead with Pokémon.

My main contribution was working with Tajiri-san and his team on creating a new way to play using a Nintendo Game Link Cable to connect two Game Boy systems. Time flew by, and now there are Pokémon games in so many colours! Twenty years. I almost can’t believe it. Everyone, thank you for your support.

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