Japanese video-game designer Satoshi Tajiri came up with the idea for the “Pokémon” video game in 1990 when he encountered Nintendo’s handheld Game Boy and realized that individual devices could interact via linked cables. His company, Game Freak, nearly went bankrupt developing a prototype for Nintendo with 151 creatures known as Pokémon, short for “pocket monsters,” drawn by Game Freak’s Ken Sugimori. Inspired by anime and...Continue Reading