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( Pokemon, pronounced /'po.k.mn/, although frequently, and even intentionally mispronounced /po?.ki.'m?n/), 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 Pokémon is a portmanteau of its Japanese name, "Pocket Monsters" ( Poketto Monsut). Pokémon is also the collective name for the fictional creatures within the Pokémon universe.
The franchise has 386 unique monsters that lie at the heart of the Pokémon series (391 including currently known Pokémon from future games).
These figures have grown from the 151 monsters - including #151 Mew - from the original Pokémon Red/Blue games. As of 2006, Pokémon USA Inc., a subsidiary of Japan's Pokémon Co., will oversee all Pokémon licensing outside of Asia. The first, and the more familiar one, Pocket Monsters or simply Pokémon (often referred to as Pokémon: Gotta Catch Em All to distinguish it from the later series) tells the adventures of Ash Ketchum (Satoshi in the original Japanese version) as he travels through Kanto, the Orange Islands, and Johto to become the greatest Pokémon Master.
This series is based on the first and second generation games.
Accompanying Ash on his journeys were Brock, the Pewter City Gym Leader, Misty, the baby sister of the Gym Leaders from Cerulean City and Tracey Sketchit, an artist. In the original series Ash's main rival yet friend was a trainer, also from Pallet Town, named Gary. Gary, whose grandfather was none other than Professor Oak, the man in charge of giving new trainers their first Pokémon, was well known and acompanied by 'cheerleaders'. The names of Ash and Gary were taken from the two ......
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