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On the Origin of Species: Mew

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Mew might have remained a secret forever were it not for certain bugs in the games that led some players to discover its existence. As rumors of a hidden Pokémon began to spread, Nintendo capitalized on them by launching the "Legendary Pokémon Offer" in {{bp|CoroCoro|CoroCoro Comic}}. Twenty winners would be selected to have Mew put on their game cartridges, and there were around 78,000 entrants. Nintendo and Game Freak have both indicated that this was the turning point for Red and Green, lifting them to best-seller status.
 
Mew definitely had a role to play in the growing popularity of the Pokémon franchise, and itits place in the in-game universe is equally important. It is often described as the ancestor of all Pokémon, although this phrasing wasn't used until {{bp|Pokémon Crystal Version|Pokémon Crystal}}, where it can be found in Mew's Pokédex entry. Prior to this, in {{bp|Pokémon Silver Version|Pokémon Silver}} it was stated that ''"Its DNA is said to contain the genetic codes of all Pokémon"'', which was used to explain Mew's ability to learn all {{bp|TM|TM moves}}. In the whole of the first generation, however, no statements were made regarding Mew's relation to other Pokémon. This is interesting, because it seems that Mew wasn't originally conceived as the ancestor of all Pokémon at all. Instead, this is an idea that seems to have gradually developed over time. To see why the designers arrived at this decision, let's take a look at Mew's appearance.
 
In the games, Mew seems to have been the template upon which Mewtwo was based. Mewtwo was an enhanced Mew: bigger, stronger and meaner. And so, it follows that Mew would resemble Mewtwo in many ways... but to emphasize the changes that have been made, Mew is much smaller and cuter, with a definite softness to its design. Most notably, however, there are many aspects of Mew's design that are lifted from the process of {{wp|embryogenesis}}. It's smooth, pink, has a large head, and is often depicted in a {{wp|uterus}}-like bubble. What better way to represent the prototypic form of Mewtwo than by using the prototypic form of life itself?