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It's no secret that by 2000, Pokémon was at the height of its popularity. So much so that Nintendo created the first (and only) game console dedicated to a single franchise in the form of the Pokémon mini. The console was released in November 16, 2001 in North America, December 14, the same year in Japan and March 15, 2002 in Europe and was Nintendo's smallest cartridge-based handheld to date. Despite its single-color dot-matrix LCD screen, the system had revolutionary features for its time, including an infrared port, a shock detector, a real-time clock, and a vibrator to produce force feedback. The system lasted for about a year, edged out by the far fancier Game Boy Advance, but has gained a large homebrew fanbase.

The System only had 10 games with half of them being Japan-Exclusives and one that was never released in the US but in Japan and PAL-Regions, leaving the System only having '''4 games''' in North America.

For those interested, the Japan-only games did eventually get English fan translations. Link to the Translations.

Pokémon Channel has an official Pokémon mini emulator in the game.

Interstingly, The last game for the system (Pokémon Breeder mini) was released in December 14, 2002, exactly a year after the system's Japanese launch.


  • Dimensions: 74mm×58mm×23mm
  • Display: 96×64 pixel monochrome LCD
  • Weight: 70g (with Game and battery inserted)
  • 8-bit custom Nintendo 4MHz processor
  • 4 KB RAM shared with video memory
  • Uses 1 AAA battery (Up to a whopping length of 60 hours)


  • Pokémon Party mini (Pack-In Game)
  • Pokémon Zany Cards
  • Pokémon Pinball mini
  • Pokémon Puzzle Collection
  • Pokémon Tetris (Not released in North America)
  • Pokémon Puzzle Collection Vol. 2 (Japan Only)
  • Pokémon Race mini (Japan Only)
  • Pichu Bros. mini (Japan Only)
  • Togepi's Great Adventure (Japan Only)
  • Pokémon Breeder mini (Japan Only)