MissingNo. is a Pokémon species found in the video games Pokémon Red
and Blue. Standing for "Missing Number", MissingNo. Pokémon are used as
error handlers by game developer Game Freak; they appear when the game
attempts to access data for a nonexistent Pokémon species. Due to the
programming of three in-game events, players can encounter MissingNo.
via a glitch. The species was first documented by Nintendo in the May
1999 issue of Nintendo Power. Encountering MissingNo. causes graphical
errors and the mass replication of the sixth item in the player's item
menu; the latter effect resulted in the glitch's coverage by strategy
guides and game magazines. IGN has noted MissingNo.'s appearance in
Pokémon Red and Blue as one of the most famous video game glitches.
Fans of the series have attempted to rationalize MissingNo. as canon,
which has sparked discussion in sociological studies about the impact
of video games upon society. (more...)
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