Pokémon has been around since 1996 when it debuted in Japan on the Game Boy. Almost eighteen years later and the series is still going strong in both the gaming and animation worlds. With Pokémon X and Y hitting shelves today swarms of Pokémaniacs will be gathering to get their hands on the game and experience the dozens of new Pokémon available for capturing. But how many of our favorite pocket monsters are actually worth calling new?

Ever since the third generation of Pokémon games we’ve seen quite a few “new” creatures that were suspiciously similar to previously released Pokémon. And with the introduction of mega evolutions – now including some classic favorites such as the three original starter Pokémon – it seems the creators of this beloved series are running low on innovation.

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Honorable Mentions

Lilligant is similar to Vileplume. With thousands of known plant species inhabiting the world you think the designers could come up with something other than another rafflesia.

Grimer is quite similar to Trubbish. The latter has faced a lot of animosity for its design and though many argue that a Pokémon made of sludge is no better than one made of garbage, Grimer’s design was at least original when it debuted.

Drowzee and Hypno share a lot of similarities to Munna and Musharna. The latter are known as the Dream Eater Pokémon which is something that the former exemplified.

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This article was first posted on October 14, 2013