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:''This article is about Nintendo's franchise, Pokémon. For other uses, see [[Pokémon]].''
 
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'''''Pokémon''''' is the name of the franchise, and originally, a series of video games, TV shows and more developed by the company ''[[Game Freak]]'' and published by [[Nintendo]]. The actual name "Pokémon" means Pocket Monster or known as ポケットモンスター ''(Pokettomonsutā)'' in Japan. Although several spinoffs for other Nintendo systems have been released, the main series games are exclusive to [[Nintendo]]'s hand-held platform, for which 14 games have been released, as well as 4 remakes. Pokémon was created by [[Satoshi Tajiri]], who still has a hand in production of the games. Pokémon was created in 1995.
'''''Pokémon''''' is the name of the franchise, and originally, a series of video games, TV shows and more developed by the company ''[[Game Freak]]'' and published by [[Nintendo]]. The actual name "Pokémon" means Pocket Monster or known as ポケットモンスター ''(Pokettomonsutā)'' in Japan. Although several spinoffs for other Nintendo systems have been released, the main series games are exclusive to [[Nintendo]]'s hand-held platform, for which 14 games have been released, as well as 4 remakes. Pokémon was created by [[Satoshi Tajiri]], who still has a hand in production of the games.
 
   
 
== Gameplay ==
 
== Gameplay ==
The main Pokémon games all center around the strategic manipulation of creatures called [[Pokémon (character)|Pokémon]], from which the series takes its name. In the games, the player takes the role of a male or female human who has just received a license to catch Pokémon. The player usually goes to the local [[Pokémon Lab]] to receive a [[Starter Pokémon]]. In every main series game, the player is given a choice of three Pokémon; a [[Grass Pokémon|Grass-type]], a [[Fire Pokémon|Fire-type]], or a [[Water Pokémon|Water-type]]. A person possessing a Pokémon that trains it is called a [[Pokémon Trainer]].
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The main Pokémon games all center around the strategic manipulation of creatures called [[Pokémon (creature)|Pokémon]], from which the series takes its name. In the games, the player takes the role of a male or female human who has just received a license to catch Pokémon. The player usually goes to the local [[Pokémon Lab]] to receive a [[Starter Pokémon]]. In every main series game, the player is given a choice of three Pokémon; a [[Grass Pokémon|Grass-type]], a [[Fire Pokémon|Fire-type]], or a [[Water Pokémon|Water-type]]. A person possessing a Pokémon that trains it is called a [[Pokémon Trainer]].
   
 
Using their first Pokémon, players are now usually free to set off on their own adventure, in which they will collect [[Badges]] by defeating [[Gym Leader]]s. Once the player has collected eight badges, they can battle the [[Elite Four]]; four representatives of the [[Pokémon League]] that are considered the best Trainers in their respective region.
 
Using their first Pokémon, players are now usually free to set off on their own adventure, in which they will collect [[Badges]] by defeating [[Gym Leader]]s. Once the player has collected eight badges, they can battle the [[Elite Four]]; four representatives of the [[Pokémon League]] that are considered the best Trainers in their respective region.
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== History ==
 
== History ==
''Pokémon'' was the brainchild of a Japanese man named [[Satoshi Tajiri]], born August 28, 1965. As a child, Tajiri was fascinated with insects, and loved to hunt and collect different species of them, as well as devise new methods to attract them.
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''Pokémon'' was the brainchild of a Japanese man named [[Satoshi Tajiri]], born August 28, 1965. As a child, Tajiri was fascinated with insects, and loved to hunt and collect different species of them, as well as devise new methods to attract them. The franchise was originally made for young women and teenagers, but developed male fans instead.
   
 
Eventually, whilst Tajiri was in his early teens, most of the areas where Tajiri liked to hunt for bugs were replaced with modern establishments or demolished. No longer having the opportunity to collect insects, Tajiri created a fantasy in his mind about his adventures, his thoughts eventually evolving into a complicated idea. During the same time, Tajiri gained an interest in video games.
 
Eventually, whilst Tajiri was in his early teens, most of the areas where Tajiri liked to hunt for bugs were replaced with modern establishments or demolished. No longer having the opportunity to collect insects, Tajiri created a fantasy in his mind about his adventures, his thoughts eventually evolving into a complicated idea. During the same time, Tajiri gained an interest in video games.
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In 1982, Tajiri formed a magazine with a few of his friends dedicated to video games. The name of this magazine was ''[[Game Freak]]''. Over the years, Game Freak's focous changed from covering gaming news into creating games — they officially announced themselves as a video game developer in 1989, and released their first game, ''Mario & Yoshi'', in 1991, for both the Game Boy and the NES.
 
In 1982, Tajiri formed a magazine with a few of his friends dedicated to video games. The name of this magazine was ''[[Game Freak]]''. Over the years, Game Freak's focous changed from covering gaming news into creating games — they officially announced themselves as a video game developer in 1989, and released their first game, ''Mario & Yoshi'', in 1991, for both the Game Boy and the NES.
   
They subsequently released several other games, but in 1996 they struck gold; they, along with the help of Creatures and Nintendo, released ''Pocket Monsters Akai'' and ''Pocket Monsters Midori'' in Japan. The games were both a hit, with ''Akai'' doing best, and Nintendo decided to translate the games to English and release them in North America and Europe. Before this, they remade the games with the improved ''Pocket Monsters Blue'', and thus incorporated the improvements into the two games to be released in North America. Since ''Pocket Monsters'' was already trademarked by another company in the United States, they needed to change the name – so, they just combined the words to form ''Pokémon''. Since Midori did not sell well, they decided to change some aspects of it for the American release — including changing the name from the translated ''Green'' to ''Blue'' (although a "Blue" version was also released in Japan earlier, which improved on the original games). ''[[Pokémon Red]]'' and ''[[Pokémon Red|Pokémon Blue]]'' were both ''very'' successful in North America, and a series was born. The past English-language catchphrase was: "Gotta Catch `em all!"
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They subsequently released several other games, but in 1995 they struck gold; they, along with the help of Creatures and Nintendo, released ''Pocket Monsters Akai'' and ''Pocket Monsters Midori'' in Japan. The games were both a hit, with ''Akai'' doing best, and Nintendo decided to translate the games to English and release them in North America and Europe. Before this, they remade the games with the improved ''Pocket Monsters Blue'', and thus incorporated the improvements into the two games to be released in North America. Since ''Pocket Monsters'' was already trademarked by another company in the United States, they needed to change the name – so, they just combined the words to form ''Pokémon''. Since Midori did not sell well, they decided to change some aspects of it for the American release — including changing the name from the translated ''Green'' to ''Blue'' (although a "Blue" version was also released in Japan earlier, which improved on the original games). ''[[Pokémon Red]]'' and ''[[Pokémon Red|Pokémon Blue]]'' were both ''very'' successful in North America, and a series was born. The past English-language catchphrase was: "Gotta Catch `em all!"
   
 
== Game Releases ==
 
== Game Releases ==
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=== Main Series Games ===
 
=== Main Series Games ===
 
==== Game Boy ====
 
==== Game Boy ====
* ''[[Pokémon Red and Green|Pokémon Red]] and'' [[Pokémon Red and Green|''Pokémon Green'']] (Japan)
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* ''[[Pokémon Red & Green Version|Pokémon Red and Green]]'' (Japan)
* [[Pokémon Blue|''Pokémon Blue'']] (Japan)
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* ''[[Pokémon Blue Version (Japan)|Pokémon Blue]]'' (Japan)
* [[Pokémon Red and Blue|''Pokémon Red'']] and [[Pokémon Red and Blue|''Pokémon Blue'']] (International)
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* ''[[Pokémon Red & Blue Version|Pokémon Red & Blue]]'' (International)
* ''[[Pokémon Yellow]] ''(Also Known as ''Pokemon Pikachu'' in Japan)
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* ''[[Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition|Pokémon Yellow]]'' (Also known as ''Pokemon Pikachu'' in Japan)
   
 
==== Game Boy Color ====
 
==== Game Boy Color ====
* [[Pokémon Gold and Silver|''Pokémon Gold'']] and [[Pokémon Gold and Silver|''Pokémon Silver'']]
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* ''[[Pokémon Gold and Silver]]''
 
* ''[[Pokémon Crystal]]''
 
* ''[[Pokémon Crystal]]''
   
 
==== Game Boy Advance ====
 
==== Game Boy Advance ====
* [[Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire|''Pokémon Ruby'']] and [[Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire|''Pokémon Sapphire'']]
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* ''[[Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire Version|Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire]]''
* [[Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen|''Pokémon FireRed'']] and [[Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen|''Pokémon LeafGreen'']]
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* ''[[Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen Version|Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen]]''
* ''[[Pokémon Emerald]]''
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* ''[[Pokémon Emerald Version|Pokémon Emerald]]''
   
 
==== Nintendo DS ====
 
==== Nintendo DS ====
* ''[[Pokémon Diamond and Pearl]]''
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* ''[[Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Version|Pokémon Diamond & Pearl]]''
 
* ''[[Pokémon Platinum]]''
 
* ''[[Pokémon Platinum]]''
* ''[[Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver]]''
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* ''[[Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver Version|Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver]]''
* ''[[Pokémon Black and White]]''
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* ''[[Pokémon Black & White Version|Pokémon Black & White]]''
* ''[[Pokémon Black and White Versions 2|Pokémon Black and White 2]]''
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* ''[[Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 Version|Pokémon Black 2 & White 2]]''
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==== Nintendo 3DS====
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* ''[[Pokémon X and Y (game)|Pokemon X & Y]]''
   
 
=== Spin-off Games ===
 
=== Spin-off Games ===
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==== Nintendo DS ====
 
==== Nintendo DS ====
 
* ''[[Pokémon Dash]]''
 
* ''[[Pokémon Dash]]''
* [[Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team|''Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team'']]
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* ''[[Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team]]''
* [[Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness|''Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers Of Time'']] and [[Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness|''Explorers Of Darkness'']]
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* ''[[Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness]]''
 
* ''[[Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky]]''
 
* ''[[Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky]]''
 
* ''[[Pokémon Trozei!]]''
 
* ''[[Pokémon Trozei!]]''
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* ''[[Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia]]''
 
* ''[[Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia]]''
 
* ''[[Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs]]''
 
* ''[[Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs]]''
* ''[[Battle and Get! Pokémon Typing DS]]''
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* ''[[Pokémon Typing Adventure]]''
 
* ''[[Pokémon Conquest]]''
 
* ''[[Pokémon Conquest]]''
   
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=== Upcoming Games ===
 
=== Upcoming Games ===
==== Nintendo 3DS ====
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*''[[Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire]]''
* ''[[Pokédex 3D Pro]]''
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*''[[Untitled Pokémon Detective Game]]''
   
 
== Gallery ==
 
== Gallery ==
 
{{Gallery Box|<gallery captionalign="left" widths="100">
 
{{Gallery Box|<gallery captionalign="left" widths="100">
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GreenBox(J).jpg
Pokemon Blue.jpg
 
 
Rbbox1.gif
 
Rbbox1.gif
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Pokemon Blue.jpg
 
Pokemon Yellow.jpg
 
Pokemon Yellow.jpg
 
Pokemon gold.jpg
 
Pokemon gold.jpg
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PearlUS.jpg
 
PearlUS.jpg
 
PokPlatinumBoxArt.jpg
 
PokPlatinumBoxArt.jpg
Pokemon HGSS cover.png
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HeartGoldUS.jpg
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White 2 English Boxart.png
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Pokemon X Version Boxart.png
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Pokemon Y Version Boxart.png
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OmegaRuby-EN.png
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AlphaSapphire-EN.png
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</gallery>}}
 
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== Logo Timeline ==
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[[File:Pocket monsters.png|thumb|left]]
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===English===
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[[File:PokémonLogo(Eng).png|thumb|left]]
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== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==

Latest revision as of 14:45, July 9, 2014

PokémonLogo(Eng)

The official logo for the Pokémon franchise (1998-Present).

This article is about Nintendo's franchise, Pokémon. For other uses, see Pokémon.

Pokémon is the name of the franchise, and originally, a series of video games, TV shows and more developed by the company Game Freak and published by Nintendo. The actual name "Pokémon" means Pocket Monster or known as ポケットモンスター (Pokettomonsutā) in Japan. Although several spinoffs for other Nintendo systems have been released, the main series games are exclusive to Nintendo's hand-held platform, for which 14 games have been released, as well as 4 remakes. Pokémon was created by Satoshi Tajiri, who still has a hand in production of the games. Pokémon was created in 1995.

Gameplay Edit

The main Pokémon games all center around the strategic manipulation of creatures called Pokémon, from which the series takes its name. In the games, the player takes the role of a male or female human who has just received a license to catch Pokémon. The player usually goes to the local Pokémon Lab to receive a Starter Pokémon. In every main series game, the player is given a choice of three Pokémon; a Grass-type, a Fire-type, or a Water-type. A person possessing a Pokémon that trains it is called a Pokémon Trainer.

Using their first Pokémon, players are now usually free to set off on their own adventure, in which they will collect Badges by defeating Gym Leaders. Once the player has collected eight badges, they can battle the Elite Four; four representatives of the Pokémon League that are considered the best Trainers in their respective region.

Another goal of the game is to try to catch every Pokémon available; in the first Generation, there were 151 Pokémon available, but with every new Generation the number of Pokémon increases. Currently, there are 649 known Pokémon, and five regions/generations, with the possibility of more being introduced in every new Generation.

Pokémon can be caught by weakening them with other Pokémon, and then capturing them in a Poké Ball, where they can be stored for future use, to battle and help capture more Pokémon. Each Pokémon has a health gauge, and whomever gauge runs out first loses; however, a trainer can have several Pokémon, so if one Pokémon's gauge reaches zero (called "Fainting"), they can send out another Pokémon. Each trainer can carry a maximum of 6 Pokémon, although many more can be caught and stored in a PC. In order to try to knock out the opposing Pokémon, Pokémon attack each other. Pokémon can learn up to four attacks, although there are many more attacks that they are capable of learning. When all of a Trainer's Pokémon have fainted, the trainer must depart to a Pokémon Center and hands an amount of money.

History Edit

Pokémon was the brainchild of a Japanese man named Satoshi Tajiri, born August 28, 1965. As a child, Tajiri was fascinated with insects, and loved to hunt and collect different species of them, as well as devise new methods to attract them. The franchise was originally made for young women and teenagers, but developed male fans instead.

Eventually, whilst Tajiri was in his early teens, most of the areas where Tajiri liked to hunt for bugs were replaced with modern establishments or demolished. No longer having the opportunity to collect insects, Tajiri created a fantasy in his mind about his adventures, his thoughts eventually evolving into a complicated idea. During the same time, Tajiri gained an interest in video games.

In 1982, Tajiri formed a magazine with a few of his friends dedicated to video games. The name of this magazine was Game Freak. Over the years, Game Freak's focous changed from covering gaming news into creating games — they officially announced themselves as a video game developer in 1989, and released their first game, Mario & Yoshi, in 1991, for both the Game Boy and the NES.

They subsequently released several other games, but in 1995 they struck gold; they, along with the help of Creatures and Nintendo, released Pocket Monsters Akai and Pocket Monsters Midori in Japan. The games were both a hit, with Akai doing best, and Nintendo decided to translate the games to English and release them in North America and Europe. Before this, they remade the games with the improved Pocket Monsters Blue, and thus incorporated the improvements into the two games to be released in North America. Since Pocket Monsters was already trademarked by another company in the United States, they needed to change the name – so, they just combined the words to form Pokémon. Since Midori did not sell well, they decided to change some aspects of it for the American release — including changing the name from the translated Green to Blue (although a "Blue" version was also released in Japan earlier, which improved on the original games). Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue were both very successful in North America, and a series was born. The past English-language catchphrase was: "Gotta Catch `em all!"

Game Releases Edit

The games are generally released in pairs. For example, two games will be immediately released that are basically the same, except with several minor changes, and later, another improvement upon the last two games will be released. After this, work will begin on a new pair, which will have a vastly different story and various game play improvements. Examples of this are Pokémon Red and Blue, which are generally the same game, except certain Pokémon can only be obtained in either one. Shortly after the release of Pokémon Red and Blue, an improvement on these games was released; Pokémon Yellow, which featured improved color, and the addition of a Pikachu which followed the main character.

List of Games Edit

The following lists all of the games in the Pokémon franchise.

Main Series Games Edit

Game Boy Edit

Game Boy Color Edit

Game Boy Advance Edit

Nintendo DS Edit

Nintendo 3DSEdit

Spin-off Games Edit

Game Boy Edit

Game Boy Color Edit

Game Boy Advance Edit

Nintendo DS Edit

Nintendo 3DSEdit

Nintendo 64 Edit

Game Cube Edit

Wii Edit

Upcoming Games Edit

Gallery Edit


Logo Timeline Edit

JapaneseEdit

1997-2002 (Generations I and II)Edit

Pocket monsters






EnglishEdit

1998-PresentEdit

PokémonLogo(Eng)




Trivia Edit

  • The main symbol of the Pokémon as a whole is the Poké Ball.
  • The second symbol of Pokémon is Pikachu (mainly anime).
  • There are 151 (if you count Mew) original Pokémon.
  • Mewtwo comes before Mew in the National and Kanto Pokédex.

See also Edit

External links Edit

Main game series
Generation I Red & Green(Japan)
Blue(Japan)
Red & Blue(International)
Yellow
Generation II Gold & Silver
Crystal
Generation III Ruby & Sapphire
FireRed & LeafGreen
Emerald
Generation IV Diamond & Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold & SoulSilver
Generation V Black & White
Black2 & White2
Generation VI X & Y
Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

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