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Generation I

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Kanto thematic motif:
Two battle arena games were released in this generation: the mostly-incomplete [[Pokémon Stadium (Japanese)]], which went unreleased outside of Japan and only allowed use of 42 Pokémon, and the improved {{eng|Pokémon Stadium}}, which featured several special battle modes and a [[Gym Leader Castle]] where players could take their fully-trained teams for matches against the Kanto [[Gym Leader]]s, [[Elite Four]], and {{pkmn|Champion}}.
The games proved popular enough that, eight years after their original release, they received [[remake]]s in the form of {{game|FireRed and LeafGreen|s}}, as the original versions are incompatible with [[Generation III]] and onward. Pokémon Yellow received a remake twenty years after its original release in the form of [[Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!]].
The storyline of the [[Kanto]] region is contemporaneous with the [[Hoenn]] story of [[Generation III]], as revealed by details in both the Hoenn-based games as well as the {{game|FireRed and LeafGreen|s|later remakes}} of Generation I. The storylines of the [[Generation II]] and [[Generation IV]] games occur three years after this generation, with details about this link explicitly noted throughout the [[Johto]]-based games.
==Kanto thematic motif==
The first generation of Pokémon games dealt with genetics and engineering. The three starters, {{p|Bulbasaur}} (dinosaur-plant hybridfrog), {{p|Charmander}} (salamanderlizard), and {{p|Squirtle}} (turtle), are all reptilian in nature, and take some elements from the dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are reptiles, and were one of the most successful groups of animals to exist. Bulbasaur, the most similar to dinosaurs of the three, is the first listed in the [[Pokédex]]. Other Pokémon in the generation continue this theme. {{p|Eevee}} is capable of evolving into multiple forms due to its unstable DNA; {{p|Voltorb}} is the result of a Poké Ball experiment gone awry; {{p|Porygon}} is a virtual reality Pokémon. These games also introduce three Fossils, the most introduced in any generation, which can be resurrected into prehistoric Pokémon: {{p|Aerodactyl}}, {{p|Kabuto}} and {{p|Omanyte}}. Finally, out of the four legendaries that appeared, the most powerful was man-made through genetic engineering: {{p|Mewtwo}}. The uncatchable [[Mythical Pokémon]], {{p|Mew}}, also has the DNA of every Pokémon in existence.
[[Bill]] himself invented the sophisticated PC used in most regions and accidentally turned himself into a Pokémon. {{p|Ditto}} could also mimic the abilities and structure of any Pokémon it encountered, making it capable of breeding with most Pokémon from Generation II and onwards. The [[Master Ball]] is the most powerful Poké Ball in the franchise, and was first engineered by Kanto scientists. With this generation being the very foundation of the Pokémon franchise, most successors have only expanded upon Kanto's basics.