In celebration of April 22nd’s release of Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl for the Nintendo DS, we’ve decided to give you our picks for the top 25 Pokémon of all-time. We’ve gone through the first three generations’ entire list of 386 different Pokémon, and we’ve been listing out a few of our picks each day over the course of the past week until tonight. Now, we’re prepared to put an end to the speculation and bring this list to and end!
Over the past week, revealing more and more of our list has stirred some of the members of our forums to figure out which Pokémon would top The Tanooki’s list of favorite Pokémon. Given our history of controversial lists, however, it should be no surprise that our #1 pick isn’t the Pokémon everyone thought it would be. Which Pokémon was (by far) our favorite Pokémon? Click on to find out!
Who’s That Pokémon?
Mew is supposedly the primordial Pokémon, a common assumption due to the fact that its DNA contains the genetic code found in every existing Pokémon to date (other than the Porygon family, the legendary dogs, and three new god-like Pokémon in Diamond/Pearl). In fact, there are some that suggest Mew resembles a fetus, especially when it sits inside its protective bubble. Records suggest that the first discovery of Mew was in South America, but it was thought for the longest time that Mew had gone extinct. It was later determined that Mew has the ability to become invisible, explaining the inability for any human to see Mew even if it had been right in front of them. In the Game Boy Advance games, the only Mew actually in the games lives on Faraway Island in Pokémon Emerald. An old sign on the island reads, “…ber, 6th day. If any human…sets foot here…again…et it be a kindhearted pers…ith that hope, I depar…” However, the only way to get there is with an Old Sea Map, which has only been available to Japan so far.
Fortunately, Mew has been available through Nintendo events and contests. The most recent, widespread event where Mew was made available to the public was in celebration of a Toys ‘R’ Us anniversary last September. In the games, Mew seems to fit into a league of small, cute, yet powerful Pokémon unavailable through normal means in the games. Unlike Celebi, Jirachi, Manaphy, and Sheimi, however, Mew seems to have an advantage in that it can learn every move offered through technical machines.
In the anime movie, Pokémon: The First Movie, Mew emerged in its bubble from a body of water. It then flew around and managed to find its way to Mewtwo’s fortress where Ash Ketchum, his friends, and a few other trainers were trapped and their Pokémon in the hands of Mewtwo, a Pokémon scientifically cloned from Mew’s DNA. It was here where fans got to see Mew’s playful nature for the first time. Despite its seemingly immature behavior (it was easily distracted and started chasing its tail as Mewtwo was talking to it), Mew is extremely intelligent and wise, especially in battle. In the movie, its powers were seemingly equal to Mewtwo’s, though their battle never ended as Ash’s petrification brought everything to a screeching halt.
Why did we pick it?
Mew was a special Pokemon to me because I managed to snag a legitimate Mew from a Nintendo Power contest. I remember sending in my little red cartridge, anxiously waiting by the mailbox for weeks, and finally getting my copy of Pokémon Red back with an authentic Mew with Yoshira as the original trainer. Unfortunately, I really only had one friend to boast to at the time, but I still had fun whipping out Mew as a secret weapon.
My Mew memories reach back to the recesses of Pokémon Snap as well; I spent hours following Mew around that rainbow world to get the perfect rare snapshot! And there was always the sudden pandemonium that erupted during a raging game of Super Smash Bros. Melee when Mew burst out of a deployed Pokéball. Now the list of super rare Pokemon has grown from just Mew, but nothing will ever compare to that first feeling of realization that secret Pokemon exsisted outside the game.
To us early Pokémon fans, Mew was our first glimpse at life outside the standard 150 creatures, and we loved that glimpse. To see that “#151” blew my mind the first time I laid eyes upon Mew, but I also yearned for more of this new life form.
Just as Mew was revealed, Pokémon card mania was sweeping the world and as many of you know by now, I was seriously addicted. I not only collected the domestic cards, but I often found myself buying several Japanese booster packs at a cool $9 each. My favorite series to blow my limited funds on was the Japanese Fossil series, since the Japanese series had a certain card that the English Fossil series lacked- Mew.
I attempted for months to score some Mew goodness (only one pack of an entire box had Mew, if you were lucky), with absolutely no luck. But on one balmy April afternoon at the local card shop, I felt rather saucy and decided to lay down all my money for what only turned out to be only 2 Fossil booster packs. The Pokéstars must have been aligned that day, because in my final pack I discovered the holy grail of Pokémon cards at the time, Mew. Talk about childhood memories!
As Matt pointed out, Mew was the initial “secret” Pokémon, listed after the supposed 150 Pokémon of the first generation games. In addition, it’s no secret that Mew wasn’t available through any conventional methods in the game, which meant Mew was the first Pokémon we couldn’t have. It a perfect example of the Pandora’s Box phenomenon: the things you want most are the things you can’t have.
Not only was Mew super rare in the world, but Mew was a one powerful little psychic cat. Supposedly, Mew rivaled the abilities of other psychic Pokémon such as Mewtwo and Alakazam. I have a thing for psychic Pokémon, and the fact that Mew seems to be able to perform its moves an attacks to effortlessly and gracefully (as shown in the movie) only made me desire a Mew even more.
Nonetheless, Mew was something that Pokémon trainers could hope to one day obtain, something to aspire to. It took me several years, but I finally snagged a Mew at the Toys ‘R’ Us birthday event last fall. It was beautiful. It was lovely.
And that’s it! We’ve taken a week to cover The Tanooki’s 25 Favorite Pokémon of All-Time, and Mew was the clear winner among all our choices. Not Charizard, not Deoxys – it was that legendary, rare, and secret white cat that most people have yet to obtain in their games. With Pokémon Diamond & Pearl launching in only a few hours, it’s unclear as to whether a Pokémon like Arceus could potentially dethrone Mew in our eyes. But we won’t know, and you won’t know… at least not until we all pick up these new games!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this special list, and we wish everyone luck as they begin their next Pokémon quest into the Sinnoh region tomorrow. Have fun tomorrow as you finally get your hands on Pokémon Diamond & Pearl!
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