Play This Game on Your Android Mobile Pokémon,a,1,2,3 also known as Pocket Monsters b in Japan, is a Japanese media franchise managed by the Pokémon Company, a company founded by Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures. The franchise was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995,4 and is centered on fictional creatures called “Pokémon”, which humans, known as Pokémon Trainers, catch and train to battle each other for sport. Works within the franchise are set in the Pokémon universe. The English slogan for the franchise is “Gotta Catch ‘Em All”.5,6
The franchise began as Pokémon Red and Green (later released outside of Japan as Pokémon Red and Blue), a pair of video games for the original Game Boy handheld system that were developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo in February 1996. It soon became a media mix franchise adapted into various different media.,7 Pokémon has since become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time,8,9,10 with $90 billion in total franchise revenue.11,12 The original video game series is the second-best-selling video game franchise (behind Nintendo’s Mario franchise) 13vwith more than 368 million copies sold 14 and one billion mobile downloads,15 and it spawned a hit anime television series that has become the most successful video game adaptation.16 with over 20 seasons and 1,000 episodes in 169 countries.14 In addition, the Pokémon franchise includes the world’s top-selling toy brand,17 the top-selling trading card game 18 with over 30.4 billion cards sold, 14 an anime film series, a live-action film, books, manga comics, music, merchandise, and a theme park. The franchise is also represented in other Nintendo media, such as the Super Smash Bros. series.