Pokémon Mini

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Pokémon Mini
Pokemon mini logo.svg
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"Wooper blue" Pokémon mini
ManufacturerNintendo
TypeHandheld game console
Release date
MediaROM cartridge
CPUS1C88 @ 4 MHz
Memory4 KB RAM
Storage6 "files" on-board system memory[4]
DisplayMonochrome LCD, 96 × 64 pixels
Power1 AAA battery, up to 60 hours
Dimensions74mm × 58mm 23 mm (0.91 in) x 2.28in x 0.91in)[5]
Mass70 g (2.5 oz) with cartridge and battery inserted[5]
Related articlesPokémon Pikachu

The Pokémon Mini[a] (officially stylized as Pokémon mini) is a handheld game console that was designed and manufactured by Nintendo and themed around the Pokémon media franchise. It is the smallest game system with interchangeable cartridges ever produced by Nintendo, weighing just under two and a half ounces (71 grams).[5] It was first released in North America on November 16, 2001,[2] then in Japan on December 14, 2001,[1] and in Europe on March 15, 2002.[3] The systems were released in three colors: Wooper Blue, Chikorita Green, and Smoochum Purple.[6]

Features of the Pokémon mini include an internal real-time clock, an infrared port used to facilitate multiplayer gaming, a reed switch for detecting shakes, and a motor used to implement force feedback. The Nintendo GameCube game Pokémon Channel features playable demo versions of several Pokémon mini games via console emulation. Also included in the game is Snorlax's Lunch Time, a Pokémon Channel exclusive. Some games were only released in Japan, such as Togepi's Adventure.

Various hackers have reverse engineered the Pokémon mini (with the aid of the aforementioned emulator in Pokémon Channel) in order to enable the creation of homebrew games, and to allow official games to be played on other platforms (such as a PC, Dreamcast and various others).

Technical details[edit]

  • CPU 8-bit, 4 MHz Seiko (now Epson) S1C88
  • 96 x 64 pixel monochrome LCD
  • Game Pak (512KiB cartridge)
  • Internal BIOS of 4kB
  • Internal ram 4kB (shared with video subsystem)
  • 21-bit cartridge bus
  • 256 hardware register; in most cases Open-Bus registers
  • Dimensions: 74mm x 58mm x 23mm (2.91in x 2.28in x 0.91in)[5]
  • Weight: 70 grams (2.5 oz) with Game Pak and AAA battery inserted[5]
  • Power: 1 AAA battery (lasting circa 60 hours)

List of games[edit]

Title Genre Developer[7][8] Publisher Release date
JP NA PAL
Pichu Bros. mini Mini games Denyusha Nintendo August 9, 2002 Unreleased Unreleased
Pokémon Breeder mini Simulation Jupiter Nintendo December 14, 2002 Unreleased Unreleased
Pokémon Party mini Mini games Denyusha Nintendo December 14, 2001 November 16, 2001 March 15, 2002
Pokémon Pinball mini Pinball Jupiter Nintendo December 14, 2001 November 16, 2001 March 15, 2002
Pokémon Puzzle Collection Puzzle Jupiter Nintendo December 14, 2001 November 16, 2001 March 15, 2002
Pokémon Puzzle Collection vol. 2 Puzzle Jupiter Nintendo April 26, 2002 Unreleased Unreleased
Pokémon Race mini Racing Jupiter Nintendo July 19, 2002 Unreleased Unreleased
Pokémon Tetris Puzzle Nintendo Nintendo March 21, 2002 Unreleased 2002
Pokémon Zany Cards Strategy Denyusha Nintendo December 14, 2001 November 16, 2001 March 15, 2002
Togepi's Great Adventure Adventure Jupiter Nintendo October 18, 2002 Unreleased Unreleased
Pokémon Pinball mini

In all three regions the console was released, the Pokémon mini handheld launched with four games that could be bought separately:

  • Pokémon Party mini:[b] A collection of several minigames, included with the Pokémon mini. The minigames include: Hitmonchan's Boxing, where you shake the system to 'punch'; Pikachu's Rocket Start, a game where you have to launch off a starting line before another Pokémon; Bellossom's Dance, a Dance Dance Revolution-like game; Chansey's Dribble, kick the ball to the finish line as quickly as possible; Slowking's Judge, predict if the tennis ball will land in or out of the court; Sneasel's Fakeout, a rock-paper-scissors-like game for two players; Battlefield, where two to six players battle for the highest score; and Celebi's Clock, which is essentially a clock with date, alarm and stopwatch function.
  • Pokémon Pinball mini:[c] A pinball game with several levels where a Diglett or a Pikachu acts as the 'bumping' mechanism.
  • Pokémon Puzzle Collection:[d] A collection of different puzzle-games such as: Shadow Puzzle, where different shapes are put together to make an image of a Pokémon; Motion Puzzle, a sliding game where an image of a Pokémon has to be unscrambled; Escape, where one has to move blocks to let a Pokémon out of a maze; and a bonus for completing most of your Minidex is the game Power On, a 'Pipe Dream'-like game where one has to connect a Pikachu to a light bulb, creating a circuit).
  • Pokémon Zany Cards:[e] A small collection of four card games featuring Pokémon-oriented cards.

Due to low sales, no further games for the system were released in North America. Developed by Nintendo, Pokémon Tetris was then released in Japan and Europe:

All subsequent games were only released in Japan:

  • Pokémon Puzzle Collection vol. 2:[g] Similar to the first puzzle collection, but some games are different and there are 80 new puzzles.
  • Pokémon Race mini:[h] A platform racing competition where the player controls a Pikachu racing against other Pokémon.
  • Pichu Bros. mini:[i] A collection of several mini-games, similar to Pokémon Party mini.
  • Togepi's Great Adventure:[j] The player guides Togepi out of a tower, avoiding traps.
  • Pokémon Breeder mini:[k] The player cares for a young Pokémon, such as Treecko, Torchic and Mudkip.

Homebrew[edit]

Through reverse engineering the Pokémon Mini was hacked, since then it has been possible to program the Pokémon Mini for homebrew purposes. A demo SHizZLE which was released at Breakpoint in 2005 caused some excitement within the demoscene and media.[9][10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Japanese: ポケモンミニ?
  2. ^ Japanese: ポケモンパーティミニ?
  3. ^ Japanese: ポケモンピンボールミニ?
  4. ^ Japanese: ポケモンパズルコレクション?
  5. ^ Japanese: ポケモンアニメカード大作戦 Hepburn: Pokemon Anime Kādo Daisakusen?, lit. Pokémon Anime Card Great Strategy
  6. ^ Japanese: ポケモンショックテトリス Hepburn: Pokemon Shokku Tetorisu?, lit. Pokémon Shock Tetris
  7. ^ Japanese: ポケモンパズルコレクションVol.2?
  8. ^ Japanese: ポケモンレースミニ?
  9. ^ Japanese: ピチューブラザーズミニ?
  10. ^ Japanese: トゲピーのだいぼうけん Hepburn: Togepī no Daibōken?
  11. ^ Japanese: ポケモンそだてやさんミニ Hepburn: Pokemon Sodateyasan mini?

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ハマるゲームが目白押し! ポケモンミニ体験レポート (in Japanese). Nintendo. Archived from the original on 2002-12-16. Retrieved 2009-02-25. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ a b "'Pokémon Mini'". NinDB. Archived from the original on 2010-06-19. Retrieved 2009-02-25. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Nintendo History". Nintendo of Europe. Archived from the original on 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 2002: [...] Pokémon mini, the world's smallest console, was launched on 15 March across Europe with four titles, including Pokémon mini Party and Pokémon mini Pinball. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ Pokémon mini Instruction Booklet. Nintendo of America. 2001. p. 20.
  5. ^ a b c d e Pokémon mini Instruction Booklet. Nintendo of America. 2001. p. 27.
  6. ^ "Other Systems - Pokémon Mini". Nintendo. Archived from the original on 2016-10-02. Retrieved 2009-09-05. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Denyusha Consumer Games". Denyusha. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
  8. ^ "Jupiter Game Software-Pokémon mini". Jupiter. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
  9. ^ SHizZLE by Team Pokeme
  10. ^ Nintendo Pokemon Mini LCD Game Hacked, retrieved 2016-12-08

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