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Pok└mon (Japanese: ポケモン Pokemon, pronounced Poh-Kay-Mon, although it is frequently mispronounced "Poh-Kee-Mon") is a video game franchise, created by Satoshi Tajiri and published by Nintendo for several of their systems, most importantly the Game Boy. It has been merchandised into anime, manga, trading cards, toys, and much more. The name Pok└mon is a portmanteau of the words Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスタ` Poketto Monsut─), which is its Japanese name.

Pok└mon is also the collective name for the fictional creatures within the Pok└mon games. The franchise has 386 unique monsters that lie at the heart of the Pok└mon series (391 including currently known Pok└mon from future games). These figures have grown from the 151 monsters (including the secret one, Mew) from the original games.

The logo with the "Gotta catch 'em all" slogan.The Pok└mon games are strategy games with a small RPG element which allow players to catch, collect, and train pets with various abilities, and battle them against each other to build their strength and evolve them into more powerful Pok└mon. Pok└mon battles are based on the non-lethal Eastern sport of fighting insects, but the Pok└mon never bleed or die, only faint. The game's catchphrase used to be "Gotta catch 'em all!", although now it is no longer officially used. (In an "in-joke" used in the English version of the Pok└mon anime movie "Destiny Deoxys," Brock says this as he catches hot dogs from a machine in mid-air.)The games have sold over 100 million copies to date, not counting the ones released for consoles.

Pikachu, numbered 25 in the national Pok└dex, is probably the most well-known Pok└mon.The Pok└mon characters have become pop-culture icons, with a Pikachu balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, thousands of merchandise items, and in 2005, a theme park in Nagoya, Japan. The satirical cartoon South Park spoofed Pok└mon in Episode 312, entitled "Chinpokomon", in which the bosses behind the creation of the toys were revealed to be Japanese ultranationalists bent on avenging Japan's defeat in World War II. Shows such as the Simpsons have made mild references to Pok└mon and other anime in their cartoons.

Because of the unprecedented popularity of the franchise, Nintendo formed a subsidary company called The Pok└mon Company to handle the franchise. The subsidary handles everything from publishing the games in Japan to running the official merchandise stores, the Pok└mon Centers. The Pok└mon Company in turn has a U.S. based subsidary called Pok└mon USA, which a minority owner is 4Kids Entertainment, the international distributors outside Japan of the popular Pokemon anime series.

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Premiere September 8, 1998
Network WB
Format/Time Color / 30 Minutes
Country United States
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