1996 was the year where the terrible Pokemon Series was created. It was also the start of Generation 1, where the shames and anime took place in Kanto. Well, with Nintendo's location they were all first seen in the country of Japan. North America just had to wait for two years before they suffered from the low quality shames. By then, they were occupied by other shames series like the Mario, Donkey and Pong Country, The Legend of Zeldumb, and several other shameful series that were less notable but more successful. There's not much else we could tell you about 1996.