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Pokemon is a money magnet for Nintendo, no doubt, and its due in no small part to the franchise's great translation to merchandise. Goods like Pokemon trading cards and figures have been all the rage for fans of the series since its inception. High sales for popular merchandise arguably has something to do with good advertising, which leads us to this 1998 commercial for Pokemon figures.

The highlight of the ad, aside from the audible "yikes!" when finding a wild Meowth in a pizza box, is easily the vacuum-like pants the kid at the end is wearing. "Gotta catch 'em all" has taken on new meaning.

Wii U: 308,142 [UP] 308,142
3DS LL: 136,373 [UP] 29,616 (27.74%)
3DS: 75,126 [UP] 14,475 (23.87%)
PS3: 36,994 [UP] 7,185 (24.10%)
PSP: 19,637 [UP] 3,696 (23.19%)
Vita: 11,039 [DOWN] 27 (0.24%)
Wii: 6,714 [UP] 1,164 (20.97%)
Xbox 360: 1,216 [DOWN] 1 (0.08%)
PS2: 904 [UP] 92 (11.33%)
DSi: 245 [UP] 36 (17.22%)
DSi LL: 179 [DOWN] 69 (27.82%)

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