Pokémon Facts

Pokémon Facts
Pokémon is a fictional character media franchise that was created in 1995 by Satoshi Tajiri, and is owned by The Pokémon Company. Pokémon first appeared in 1996 as Pocket Monsters: Red and Green - two video games for the Game Boy by Nintendo. The video games expanded to trading card games, animated shows, comics, movies, and toys, making it the second most successful media franchise (based on a video game) in the world, following Mario. Pokémon are fictional species which Pokémon trainers (humans) collect and train to win the Pokémon League against other Pokémon trainers.
Interesting Pokémon Facts:
Prior to Generation IV of Pokémon games, the settings were all reminiscent of real places in Japan.
The first Pokémon movie was released in 1998 called Pokémon: The First Movie-Mewtwo Strikes Back. By 2015 18 Pokémon movies had been produced.
In addition to the video games produced by Pokémon there are also Pokémon trading card games, manga series, animated TV shows, many movies, and even soundtracks to movies released around the world.
The Pokémon characters Hitmonchan is believed to have been named after Jackie Chan. Hitmonlee is believed to have been named after Bruce Lee.
In Japanese folklore the tapir is capable of eating dreams and nightmares. The Pokémon character Drowzee is based upon the tapir.
The Pokémon character Poliwag has a swirl on it that resembles the intestines of tadpoles, which are visible from the exterior.
The Pokémon character Koffing was originally going to be named Ny after New York, because of its smog. The same is true for Weezing, which was originally going to be name La, after Los Angeles.
Pikachu is a Pokémon character named from a combination of the Japanese words pikapika (meaning sparkle), and chūchū (squeaking sound).
The only Pokémon character that can de-evolve is Slowbro, which will revert to a Slowpoke if the Shellder on its tail is taken away.
In 1997 a Pokémon episode called "Dennō Senshi Porygon" aired that resulted in 635 Japanese children having epileptic seizures. These children suffered the seizures because of the strobe light effects in the episode. The episode was never aired again.
Some groups have claimed that Pokémon involves violent themes and occult themes that go against the creation ideology of Genesis in the Bible.
Saudi Arabia banned Pokémon in 2001 because of some symbols used in the trading cards and games and because it includes gambling which violates Muslim faith doctrine.
Pokémon characters have become a part of modern culture. Pikachu has appeared in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Pokémon appeared on the cover of Time in 1999.
Pokémon characters have made appearances in other franchises such as the Simpsons, South Park, ReBoot, and Robot Chicken.
The most valuable Pokémon cards are the Pikachu Illustrator Cards, worth as much as $100,000. Only a few of the cards exist.
The Pokémon Company generates an average of $1.5 billion each year. This places the Pokémon Company ahead of the Coca-Cola Company, Sony Pictures, and the NHL in terms of its profitability as a license. Pokémon is just behind The Hershey Company in profitability.

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