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->''"Hello there! Welcome to the world of Pokémon!"''
-->-- '''Professor Oak''', ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''

These {{Role Playing Game}}s, developed by Creator/GameFreak and published by Creator/{{Nintendo}}, spawned a [[CashCowFranchise multi-billion dollar franchise]] rivaling the ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' series (which of course is also published by Nintendo), and indirectly caused the proliferation of Western broadcasts of {{anime}}, along with ''Franchise/DragonBall'' and ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. ''Pokémon'' went on to become the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_highest-grossing_media_franchises highest-grossing]] entertainment media franchise of all time, surpassing not only ''Mario'' and ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', but even ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' and ''Franchise/StarWars''.[[note]]Although there is a minor caveat; as the linked Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} article notes, 35% of the revenue was generated in the franchise's home country of Japan, so if you exclude that country, then it's the second-highest grossing franchise behind ''Star Wars'', although this is based on ''Star Wars''[='=]s Japanese sales (which we don't know the exact percentage of when compared to its overall revenue) still being incorporated into its revenue.[[/note]]

Released in Japan in February of 1996 for the UsefulNotes/GameBoy, ''Pokémon'' (or in Japan, ''[[MarketBasedTitle Pocket Monsters]]'') [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo came in]] [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue two versions]]: ''Red'' and ''Green''. The idea of the game is to run around and battle wild {{Mons}} with your own, catch them with hand-held balls, and teach them to battle ([[NonLethalKO non-lethally]]) with each other under the guidance of human Trainers for fun and profit. The original idea was for an artificial form of insect collecting for kids that lived in cities and thus couldn't participate in such a hobby (as the original creator was a bug collector when he was a kid), with the paired versions providing incentive for players to get together and trade Mons with their friends (but more on that later).

The strategy in the gameplay comes from two factors. First of all, there's an ambitiously large ElementalRockPaperScissors setup. 15 (later 17, and now 18[[note]]excluding the ???-type, which was removed in ''Black'' and ''White'' and the shadow type, which only exists in certain spinoff titles [[/note]]) different elements are in play, and some species of Pokémon belong to ''two'' elements instead of just one, which can neutralize or compound the elements' respective resistances or weak points. Pokémon aren't strictly limited to moves of their elemental type either,[[note]]though they do receive an attack bonus for it[[/note]] but can learn almost any move the particular creature might ''reasonably'' be capable of executing (like [[MakingASplash Water]] Pokémon using [[AnIcePerson Ice]]-type moves, or [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragon]] Pokémon using [[PlayingWithFire Fire]]-type moves), and sometimes ones they aren't (a [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Lapras plesiosaur-like creature]] learning to eat dreams and shoot lightning? [[RuleOfCool Okay!]]).

The second factor is the strict move limit: each of your Pokémon can only know 4 moves at once, out of a large movepool that they can learn from. This was hampered in the first generation by balance issues leading to some elements and species becoming obvious {{Game Breaker}}s, but later generations have made many strides in balancing them out, most notably with the addition of new types: [[CombatPragmatist Dark]], [[ExtraOreDinary Steel]] and [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Fairy]]. Other restrictions placed on the player are the number of Pokémon one can have on a given team, which is no more than six at a time. Other mechanics introduced in later generations, such as items that Pokémon can hold and abilities they can possess are also limited but serve to increase depth in strategy.

The {{plot}} of each main-series game is typically a quest ToBeAMaster; the player is given one Pokémon to start their team with, then proceeds to take on the region's "Pokémon League" by catching new Pokémon, defeating other Pokémon trainers in battles (most importantly your childhood friend and [[TheRival rival]]), challenging type-specialist Gym Leaders and collecting Gym Badges, and ultimately battling the Elite Four to become the regional League Champion. During your journey, you also manage to single-handedly take down some kind of crime syndicate (and/or save the world) at some point along the way, and capture really powerful Pokémon that the local legends are based on.

While these [[PlayTheGameSkipTheStory aren't necessarily the greatest stories ever told]], the games are certainly enjoyable, especially if you have friends that also play the games. You see, the completion of the in-game storyline and {{Bonus Dungeon}}s only comprise part of the gameplay. The rest of the game (or as some insist, the only point of the game) is the [[PlayerVersusPlayer one-on-one]] CompetitiveMultiplayer. Not only are the player's Pokémon usable against the in-game enemies, these same Pokémon can be pitted against Pokémon trained by other live players of the game. As such, players can continue to train and catch Pokémon in order to have the best team among their peers. To further facilitate interaction between players, Pokémon can also be traded between games, and [[SocializationBonus certain Pokémon can only be obtained by trading]]. That is the rationale behind releasing different versions of the game, as each version has certain Pokémon that were exclusive to it, and trading is the only way to get those exclusives in the other version.

To say that the brand took off like a [[JustForPun (Team) rocket]] would be an understatement. Part of its success is down to the fact that with each generation, you must have access to (through purchase or a friend) at least ''two'' games to complete your Pokédex, trading with another player, and you ''both'' need Game Boys and alternate copies of the game. Despite being a relatively young series, the franchise is the second-best-selling video game franchise of all time, by a wide margin,[[note]]''Pokémon'' is a whopping seventy million copies ahead of number three, the ''UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}'' series (''VideoGame/WiiSports'', ''VideoGame/WiiSportsResort'', ''VideoGame/WiiPlay'', ''VideoGame/WiiFit'', ''VideoGame/WiiMusic'', ''VideoGame/WiiParty''), also published by Nintendo![[/note]] and is only beaten by its older brother, the ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' franchise. And that's just as a game franchise; as stated above, as a wider media franchise [[CashCowFranchise it is literally the most profitable thing ever.]]

The franchise will soon have [[Film/DetectivePikachu a live action movie]] on the way from Creator/LegendaryPictures and Creator/{{Universal}} Studios, based off the ''VideoGame/DetectivePikachu'' spin-off game. It will be the first live-action entry of the franchise to be officially licensed, and the first live-action media related to ''Pokémon'' since the short-lived ''Pokémon Live!'' concert tour in the United States (besides the 20th anniversary Pokémon commercial shown during Super Bowl 50). Although it is expected not to be based off any of the main ''Pokémon'' entries, such films could also be in the pipeline should the ''Detective Pikachu'' movie do well.

You can visit the official website(s) ([[http://www.pokemon.co.jp/ Japanese]], [[http://www.pokemon.com English/Worldwide]]), as well as the official Website/YouTube account ([[http://www.youtube.com/user/PokemonCoJp Japanese,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/user/Pokemon English]]), Tumblr account ([[https://pokemon.tumblr.com/ English]]), Website/{{Twitter}} account ([[https://www.twitter.com/Pokemon_cojp Japanese,]] [[https://twitter.com/Pokemon English]]), and Website/{{Facebook}} account ([[https://www.facebook.com/PokemonCoJp Japanese,]] [[https://www.facebook.com/Pokemon English]]). See also Creator/GameFreak's official website ([[http://www.gamefreak.co.jp here, in Japanese]]), and Junichi Masuda's blog (which contains content regarding the ''Pokémon'' series -- [[http://www.gamefreak.co.jp/blog/dir/ Japanese]]; [[http://www.gamefreak.co.jp/blog/dir_english English]]).



[[folder:Main Series Games]]
[-''Pokémon'' games are categorized by "generations", with each generation using its own game engine and introducing a new setting and new Pokémon.-]

* Generation I
** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Pokémon Red Version and Blue Version]]'' (also known as ''Pokémon Red Version and Green Version'' in Japan; 1996 Japan (JP)/1998 United States (US))
** ''Pokémon Blue Version'' (1996 JP)
** ''Pokémon Yellow Version'' (1998 JP/1999 US)
* Generation II
** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokémon Gold Version and Silver Version]]'' (1999 JP/2000 US)
** ''Pokémon Crystal Version'' (2000 JP/2001 US)
* Generation III
** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Ruby Version and Sapphire Version]]'' (2002 JP/2003 US)
** ''Pokémon Emerald Version'' (2004 JP/2005 US)
** ''Pokémon [=FireRed=] Version and [=LeafGreen=] Version'' (Remake of ''Pokémon Red and Blue Versions'', 2004)
* Generation IV
** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Pokémon Diamond Version and Pearl Version]]'' (2006 JP/2007 US)
** ''Pokémon Platinum Version'' (2008 JP/2009 US)
** ''Pokémon [=HeartGold=] Version and [=SoulSilver=] Version'' (Remake of ''Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions'', 2009 JP/2010 US)
* Generation V
** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Pokémon Black Version and White Version]]'' (2010 JP/2011 US)
** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 Pokémon Black Version 2 and White Version 2]]'' (2012)
* Generation VI
** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' (2013)
** ''Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'' (Remake of ''Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions'', 2014)
* Generation VII
** ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' (2016)
** ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'' (2017)
* [[/index]] Untitled main series game for the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch (TBA) [[index]]

[[folder:Spinoff Games]]
* ''VideoGame/PokemonTradingCardGame'' series
* ''VideoGame/PokemonSnap''
* ''VideoGame/PokemonPinball'' series
* ''[[VideoGame/PanelDePon Pokémon Puzzle League]]''
** ''Pokémon Puzzle Challenge''
* ''VideoGame/PokemonStadium''
** ''Pokémon Battle Revolution''
* ''VideoGame/HeyYouPikachu''
* ''VideoGame/PokemonChannel''
* ''UsefulNotes/PokemonMini''
* ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum''
** ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness''
* ''VideoGame/PokemonDash''
* ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger'' series
* ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' series
* ''VideoGame/PokemonTrozei'' series
** ''VideoGame/PokemonShuffle''
* ''VideoGame/MyPokemonRanch''
* ''VideoGame/PokemonRumble'' series
* ''VideoGame/PokeParkWii'' series
* ''VideoGame/PokemonConquest''
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series
* ''VideoGame/PokkenTournament''
* ''Pokémon VideoGame/{{Picross}}''
* ''VideoGame/PokemonGo''
* ''VideoGame/DetectivePikachu''
* ''Pokémon Tretta''
* ''Pokémon Ga-Olé''
* ''VideoGame/PokemonDuel'' (a.k.a. ''Pokémon Co-Master'')
* ''VideoGame/PokemonMagikarpJump''
* ''Pokémon Playhouse''

[[folder:Other Media]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime
** ''Film/{{Pokemon}}'' films
* ''Anime/PokemonOrigins''
* ''Anime/PokemonGenerations''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}}'' trading card game
* Various ''Manga/{{Pokemon}}'' manga (see page for list)
** ''Pokémon'' books
* Other:
** ''Theatre/PokemonLive'' (stage show)
** ''Series/PokemonSunday'' (TV show)
* Toys/{{amiibo}} (A few Pokémon amiibo have been released, and some games unlock Pokémon-themed content based on those amiibo.)
* ''LightNovel/PocketMonstersTheAnimation'' ([[NoExportForYou Japan only]])
* ''Radio/PokemonTheBirthOfMewtwo''
* Also see [[FanWorks/{{Pokemon}} Fan Works]]

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