Game Freak

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Industry Video game
Founded April 26, 1989
Headquarters 〒 154-0004, No. 1 chome, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo Taishido Carrot Tower 22F Japan
Key people
Satoshi Tajiri (founder)
Ken Sugimori (Pokémon art director)
Junichi Masuda (Pokémon game director)
Products Pokémon series
Number of employees
81 (as of April 2015)[1]

Game Freak Inc. (株式会社ゲームフリーク 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.


The covers of several issues of Game Freak

Game Freak was originally a self-published official gaming magazine created by Satoshi Tajiri, and Ken Sugimori in the 1980s. Tajiri wrote and edited the text and Sugimori illustrated. On April 26, 1989, Tajiri and Sugimori started a video game development company with the same name.[2][3][4][5] One of Game Freak's first games was Famicom action/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?)[6]—is published by Nintendo in Japan, North America and Europe.

In October 2015, Game Freak bought Koa Games, a mobile development company.[7]

Developed games[edit]


  • Solitiba (2014, self-published)

Game Boy[edit]

Game Boy Color[edit]

Game Boy Advance[edit]


  • Solitiba (2014, self-published)

Nintendo DS[edit]

Nintendo 3DS[edit]


  • Click Medic (1999, Sony)

PlayStation 4[edit]

Family Computer/Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

Super Famicom/Super Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

  • BUSHI Seiryūden: Futari no Yūsha (1997, T&E Soft)
  • Mario & Wario (1993, Nintendo)
  • Smart Ball / Jerry Boy (1991, Sony)
  • Smart Ball 2 / Jerry Boy 2 (1994, Sony)
  • Nontan to Issho: Kuru Kuru Puzzle (1994, Victor Interactive)


PC Engine[edit]

  • Bazaar de Gosāru no Game de Gosāru (1996, NEC)

Sega Mega Drive[edit]

Xbox One[edit]


  1. ^ 会社概要 (in Japanese). Game Freak Inc. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  2. ^ Kohler, Chris (2010-04-19). "Pokémon Creators' Fanzine Fetches High Price". Wired. 
  3. ^ "COLUMN: 'Game Mag Weaseling': Just Checking In". GameSetWatch. 
  4. ^ Previous post Next post (2010-04-19). "Pokémon Creators' Fanzine Fetches High Price | GameLife". Retrieved 2010-11-16. 
  5. ^ Gifford, Kevin (2008-04-07). "COLUMN: 'Game Mag Weaseling': Just Checking In". GameSetWatch. Retrieved 2010-11-16. 
  6. ^ Swider, Matt. "The Pokemon Series Pokedex". Gaming Target. Gaming Target. Retrieved February 28, 2007. 
  7. ^

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