Game Freak

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Game Freak Inc.
Private
IndustryVideo game
FoundedApril 26, 1989; 29 years ago (1989-04-26)
FoundersSatoshi Tajiri
Ken Sugimori
HeadquartersTokyo, Japan
Key people
ProductsPokémon series
Number of employees
143 (2018)[1]
Websitewww.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) is a Japanese video game developer, best known as the primary developer of the Pokémon series of role-playing video games published by Nintendo.

History[edit]

An animated history of how Satoshi Tajiri came to conceive Pokémon

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 was the Nintendo Entertainment System action and puzzle game Quinty, which was released in North America as Mendel Palace. Its most popular series, Pokémon—the romanized portmanteau of the Japanese brand Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター, Poketto Monsutā)[8]—is published and distributed respectively by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo worldwide.

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

Gameography[edit]

Year Title Publisher Platform(s)
1989 QuintyJP, Mendel PalaceNA NamcoJP, Hudson SoftNA NES
1991 Smart Ball Sony Music Entertainment Japan SNES
Yoshi Nintendo NES, Game Boy
1992 Magical Tarurūto-kun Sega Mega Drive
1993 Mario & Wario Nintendo SNES
1994 Nontan to Issho: Kuru-Kuru Puzzle Victor Interactive Software Game Boy, Super Famicom
Pulseman Sega Mega Drive
1996 Pokémon Red and Blue Nintendo Game Boy
Bazaar de Gosāru no Game de Gosāru NEC PC Engine
1997 Bushi Seiryūden: Futari no Yūsha T&E Soft Super Famicom
1998 Game Boy Camera Nintendo Game Boy
Pokémon Yellow
1999 Pokémon Gold and Silver Game Boy Color
Click Medic Sony Music Entertainment Japan PlayStation
2000 Pokémon Crystal Nintendo Game Boy Color
2002 Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
Game Boy Advance
2004 Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
Pokémon Emerald
2005 Drill Dozer Nintendo
2006 Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
Nintendo DS
2008 Pokémon Platinum
2009 Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
2010 Pokémon Black and White
2012 Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
HarmoKnight Nintendo Nintendo 3DS
2013 Pocket Card Jockey[10] Game FreakJP, NintendoWW Nintendo 3DS, iOS, Android
Pokémon X and Y Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
Nintendo 3DS
2014 Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
2015 Tembo the Badass Elephant Sega Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows
2016 Pokémon Sun and Moon Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
Nintendo 3DS
2017 Giga Wrecker Game Freak Windows
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
Nintendo 3DS
2018 Pokémon Quest Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android
Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! Nintendo Switch
2019 Untitled Pokémon RPG[11]
Town (working title)[12] Game Freak

References[edit]

  1. ^ 会社概要 (in Japanese). Game Freak Inc. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  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".
  10. ^ "Pocket Card Jockey for Nintendo 3DS". Nintendo of America, Inc. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  11. ^ "The Core Pokemon Game For Nintendo Switch Is Releasing In 2019". Gamespot. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  12. ^ Frank, Allegra (September 13, 2018). "Pokémon team's next game is a monster RPG called Town". Polygon. Retrieved September 14, 2018.

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