Enhances strategic thinking, promotes positive values, improves memory skills, and increases mental agility and awareness
In 2010, a survey of nearly 2,100 parents confirms that Pokemon video games help kids learn important core values and skills. Nintendo commissioned the survey to coincide with today's launch of two new highly anticipated video games, Pokemon FireRed and Pokemon LeafGreen for Game Boy Advance.
More than 75 percent of parents think that Pokemon does a good job of promoting positive values and enhances strategic thinking. Almost 70 percent say that Pokemon improves memory skills and promotes teamwork. More than 60 percent believe that Pokemon increases mental agility and awareness as well as promotes cooperation with friends.
The Pokémon franchise has had a significant impact over the years, with numerous highlights and milestones.
- Launch of Pokémon Red and Green: The original Pokémon games were released in 1996 for the Game Boy in Japan, marking the beginning of the franchise.
- Pokémon Anime Series: The Pokémon anime, featuring Ash Ketchum and Pikachu, debuted in 1997 and became a global phenomenon.
- Pokémon Trading Card Game: Introduced in 1996, the Pokémon Trading Card Game became a popular collectible card game with tournaments held worldwide.
- Pokémon Gold and Silver: Released in 1999, these games introduced the second generation of Pokémon and new gameplay mechanics like day and night cycles.
- Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire: The third generation of games, released in 2002, introduced the Hoenn region and new features like double battles.
- Pokémon Diamond and Pearl: The fourth generation, released in 2006, brought online trading and battling to the series.
- Pokémon GO: Launched in 2016, this mobile game used augmented reality to allow players to catch Pokémon in the real world.
- Pokémon Sword and Shield: Released in 2019 for the Nintendo Switch, these games introduced the Galar region and the Dynamax mechanic.
- Pokémon Movies: Numerous Pokémon films have been released, including the first movie in 1998 and the CGI remake of "Mewtwo Strikes Back" in 2019.
- Pokémon Home: Launched in 2020, this cloud-based service allows players to store and trade Pokémon across different games.
- Pokémon 25th Anniversary: Celebrated in 2021 with special events, collaborations, and releases, marking a quarter-century of the franchise.
- Expansion of Spin-offs: Various spin-off games like "Pokémon Mystery Dungeon" and "Pokémon Snap" have added depth to the franchise.
- Merchandising and Cultural Impact: Pokémon has become a cultural icon, with extensive merchandising, theme park attractions, and even a presence in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
- Competitive Scene: The Pokémon World Championships have become a major eSports event, showcasing competitive Pokémon battling.
Pokemon was launched in Japan in 1996 for play on Nintendo's Game Boy and has evolved into a global cultural phenomenon. Pokemon was introduced in North America in September 1998 and has since generated more than $15 billion in worldwide retail sales. More than 38 million Pokemon video games have been sold in the United States, including Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire, which were the No. 2 and No. 3 best-selling video games of 2003, according to the NPD Group. The trading card game, fueled by organized play programs around the world, has spurred global sales of more than 13 billion cards to date, while the Pokemon animated series on Kids' WB!, now in its sixth season, consistently ranks within the top three shows for boys ages 6 to 11.
- Pokemon Board Game - Pokemon board game a great way for the family to spend time together.
- Bean Bag Bulbasaur Pokemon - Pokemon Bean Bag Plush Toy Bulbasaur.
- Pokemon Camera - Features Pikachu.
- Pokemon Card Holders - Save, protect, and store Pokemon card sets.
- Pokemon Challenge Workbooks - Take advantage of your child's love of Pokemon to encourage learning.
- Pokemon Crystal Version Walkthrough
- Pokemon Fire Red Leaf Green Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter on release date and Pocket Trainer's Guide with pre-order.
- Full Walkthrough for Pokemon Crystal - Pokemon Crystal Stategy Guide.
- Game Boy Advance Video Pokemon animated episodes with scene control come in game packs that play without extra hardware.
- Pokeman HS Triumphant - Latest trading card series.
- Pokemon Interactive Pikachu responsive electronic plush makes sounds, lights up, and moves its mouth and ears the more you play.
- Jigglypuff Pokemon - Jigglypuff is adorable, with big round eyes and a body to match. It lulls its enemies to sleep by singing a soothing melody.
- Pokemon Memory Game - To help children learn.
- Pokemon Pinball Gameboy Color - The first Game Pak with a rumble feature from Nintendo. Entire Game Boy unit shakes as players knock a Poke Ball around the screen.
- Play Doh Pokemon Character Maker - Instead of extruding Play-Doh in a continuous shape stream, this machine uses a series of molds, which slide into a slot on top, to create your favorite Pokemon characters.
- Plush Togepi Pokemon - Togepi, one of the most loveable pokemon.
- Pokemon Pokedex Advance standard equipment for the ultimate trainer, advanced electronic directory provides hidden mini games.
- Pokemon Puzzle - Pokemon Metallix 150-piece Puzzle.
- Pokemon Sleeping Bag - Pokemon Slumber Bag: Pikachu.
- Pokemon Stationary - Gift pack, great way to encourge the grandchildren to write.
- Pokemon Tattoos and Stickers
- Complete Pokemon List
The Pokemon franchise continues to be incredibly popular. Pokemon Colosseum for Nintendo GameCube sold 400,000 copies in just four weeks after its March 2004 launch in the United States. Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire, launched in 2003 for Game Boy Advance, have sold more than 3.6 million units in the United States. And Pokemon FireRed and Pokemon LeafGreen, coming Sept. 7 for Game Boy Advance, will keep Pokemon all the rage.