12 Facts About Pokemon

1. Pokemon is a Japanese media franchise managed by The Pokemon Company, a company founded by Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures.

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2. Pokemon is estimated to be the highest-grossing media franchise of all time.

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3. Nintendo initially feared that Pokemon was too Japanese for Western tastes but Alfred Kahn, then CEO of 4Kids Entertainment convinced the company otherwise.

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4. The mobile augmented reality game Pokemon Go was released in July 2016.

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5. Name Pokemon is a syllabic abbreviation of the Japanese brand Pocket Monsters.

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6. When leveling up, the Pokemon's battling aptitude statistics increase.

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7. The cards were intended for sale in Japan only, but the popularity of Pokemon led to import into the United States with approval from Nintendo.

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8. Pokemon, being a globally popular franchise, has left a significant mark on today's popular culture.

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9. Pokemon appeared on the cover of the US magazine Time in 1999.

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10. Pokemon was featured on VH1's I Love the '90s: Part Deux.

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11. Pokemon gained popularity because it provides a sense of identity to a wide variety of children, and lost it quickly when many of those children found that the identity groups were too big and searched for identities that would distinguish them into smaller groups.

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12. Challenge called the Nuzlocke Challenge allows players to only capture the first Pokemon encountered in each area.

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