Game Freak

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Game Freak
Private
Industry Video game
Founded April 26, 1989
Headquarters 〒 154-0004, No. 1 chome, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo Taishido Carrot Tower 22F Japan
Key people
Products Pokémon series
Number of employees
81 (As of April 2015)[1]
Website www.gamefreak.co.jp
The covers of several issues of Game Freak magazine

Game Freak Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社ゲームフリーク Hepburn: Kabushiki gaisha Gēmu Furīku?), officially stylized as GAME FREAK inc. and GAMEFREAK inc., is a Japanese video game developer. It is best known as a developer of the Pokémon series of role-playing video games.

History[edit]

Predating the video game company, Game Freak was a self-published video game magazine created by Satoshi Tajiri and Ken Sugimori in the 1980s. Tajiri wrote and edited the text and Sugimori illustrated. Tajiri also used "Game Freak" as his pen name when he wrote as a freelance writer to publications such as Family Computer Magazine and Famicom Tsūshin.[2][3]

On April 26, 1989, Tajiri and Sugimori started a video game development company with the same name.[4][5][6][7] One of Game Freak's first games is the Nintendo Entertainment System action and puzzle game Quinty, which was released in North America as Mendel Palace. Its most popular series, Pokémon (ポケモン Pokemon?)—the romanized contraction of the Japanese brand Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター Poketto Monsutā?)[8]—is published by Nintendo in Japan, North America and Europe.

In October 2015, Game Freak bought Koa Games, a mobile development company.[9]

Gameography[edit]

List of software developed by Game Freak
Year Title Publisher Platform
1989
1990
Family Computer
NES
1991 Smart Ball / Jerry Boy Sony Super Famicom/Super NES
1991 Nintendo Family Computer/NES
Game Boy
1992 Magical Tarurūto-kun Sega Sega Mega Drive
1993 Mario & Wario Nintendo Super Famicom/Super NES
1994 Nontan to Issho! Kuru-Kuru Puzzle Victor Interactive Game Boy
1994 Pulseman Sega Sega Mega Drive
1994 Smart Ball 2 / Jerry Boy 2 Sony Super Famicom/Super NES
1994 Nontan to Issho: Kuru Kuru Puzzle Victor Interactive Super Famicom/Super NES
1996 Pocket Monsters: Red & Green Nintendo Game Boy
1996 Pocket Monsters: Blue Nintendo Game Boy
1996 Pokémon Red and Blue Nintendo Game Boy
1996 Bazaar de Gosāru no Game de Gosāru NEC PC Engine
1997 BUSHI Seiryūden: Futari no Yūsha T&E Soft Super Famicom/Super NES
1998 Game Boy Camera Nintendo Game Boy
1998 Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition Nintendo Game Boy
1999 Pokémon Gold Version and Silver Version Nintendo Game Boy Color
1999 Click Medic Sony PlayStation
2000 Pokémon Crystal Version Nintendo Game Boy Color
2002 Pokémon Ruby Version and Sapphire Version Nintendo Game Boy Advance
2004 Pokémon FireRed Version and LeafGreen Version Nintendo Game Boy Advance
2005 Pokémon Emerald Version Nintendo Game Boy Advance
2005 Drill Dozer Nintendo Game Boy Advance
2007 Pokémon Diamond Version and Pearl Version Nintendo Nintendo DS
2009 Pokémon Platinum Version Nintendo Nintendo DS
2010 Pokémon HeartGold Version and SoulSilver Version Nintendo Nintendo DS
2011 Pokémon Black Version and White Version Nintendo Nintendo DS
2012 Pokémon Black Version 2 and White Version 2 Nintendo Nintendo DS
2012 HarmoKnight Nintendo Nintendo 3DS
2013 Pokémon X and Y Nintendo Nintendo 3DS
2014 Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Nintendo Nintendo 3DS
2014 Solitiba Self-Published Android
iOS
Nintendo 3DS
2015 Tembo the Badass Elephant Sega Xbox One
PlayStation 4
Windows

References[edit]

  1. ^ 会社概要 (in Japanese). Game Freak Inc. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  2. ^ Satoshi Tajiri (1989-01-06). ぼくたちゲーセン野郎. Family Computer Magazine (in Japanese): 114-115. Retrieved 2015-11-29. 
  3. ^ Satoshi Tajiri (1986-08-01). ビデヲゲーム通信. Biweekly Famicom Journal (in Japanese). Retrieved 2015-11-29. 
  4. ^ Kohler, Chris (2010-04-19). "Pokémon Creators' Fanzine Fetches High Price". Wired. 
  5. ^ "COLUMN: 'Game Mag Weaseling': Just Checking In". GameSetWatch. 
  6. ^ Previous post Next post (2010-04-19). "Pokémon Creators' Fanzine Fetches High Price | GameLife". Wired.com. Retrieved 2010-11-16. 
  7. ^ Gifford, Kevin (2008-04-07). "COLUMN: 'Game Mag Weaseling': Just Checking In". GameSetWatch. Retrieved 2010-11-16. 
  8. ^ Swider, Matt. "The Pokemon Series Pokedex". Gaming Target. Gaming Target. Retrieved February 28, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Pokémon Developer Game Freak Has Purchased a Mobile Game Development Company". 

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