for its international releases;
is short for the original Japanese title of
Pocket Monsters Pokémon (, also known as Japanese: ポケモン Hepburn: Pokemon, Japanese: ; [pokemoɴ] ) English: Pocket Monsters ( in Japan, is a Japanese ポケットモンスター) media franchise managed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese consortium between Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures. The franchise copyright is shared by all three companies, but Nintendo is the sole owner of the trademark. The franchise was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995, and is centered on fictional creatures called "Pokémon", which humans, known as Pokémon Trainers, catch and train to battle each other for sport. The English slogan for the franchise is "Gotta Catch 'Em All".
The franchise began as
(released outside of Japan as Pokémon Red and Green Pokémon Red and Blue), a pair of video games for the original Game Boy that were developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo in February 1996. Pokémon has since gone on to become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time, with over $70 billion in revenue up until March 2017. The original video game series is the second best-selling video game franchise (behind Nintendo's ) with more than 300 Mario franchise million copies sold and over 800 million mobile downloads. In addition, the Pokémon franchise includes the world's top-selling toy brand, the top-selling trading card game with over 25.7 billion cards sold, an anime television series that has become the most successful video game adaptation with over 20 seasons and 1,000 episodes in 124 countries, as well as an anime film series, a live-action film, books, manga comics, music, and merchandise. The franchise is also represented in other Nintendo media, such as the series.
Super Smash Bros.
Caterpie (, known as the キャタピー Kyatapī) Worm Pokémon, are larval Pokémon found in the wild early in the Kanto and Johto regions. In main series Pokémon games set in these regions, Caterpie are among the earliest and easiest Pokémon species caught by players, as they are very weak. They can be evolved into their cocoon-like Metapod form and eventually into the butterfly-like Butterfree form. Caterpie resembles a green caterpillar with yellow ring-shaped markings down its body. Its most notable characteristic is the bright orange antennae on its head. These and the large eye-shaped markings help to startle predators. Their green bodies are useful for camouflage in foliage, their eyes are patterned to scare away predators,  their suction-cup feet allow them to climb any surface,  and the  osmeterium on their heads can project a horrid stench to repel predators. It bears a resemblance to the  spicebush swallowtail caterpillar.
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have received mixed reception, some arguing that they represented the Abra, Kadabra, and Alakazam occult? ... that the
glitch occurs as a result of MissingNo. buffer data containing the player's name not being cleared? ... that
has been criticized as being a bad combination of mimes and clowns? Mr. Mime ... that the skin color of
was modified because of complaints that the original design was racist? Jynx ... that
have been described as examples of Japanese Koffing and Weezing shinto practices? ... that the region took heavy influences from Kalos France? References
Pokédex: It crawls into foliage where it camouflages itself among leaves that are the same color as its body. Game Freak (2001-07-29). Pokémon Crystal . Game Boy Color. Nintendo.
Pokédex: It has large, eye-like patterns on its head as protection. They are used to frighten off enemies. Game Freak (2000-03-06). Pokémon Stadium . Nintendo 64. Nintendo.
Pokédex: Its short feet are tipped with suction pads that enable it to tirelessly climb slopes and walls. Game Freak (1998-09-30). Pokémon Red and Blue. Game Boy. Nintendo.
Pokédex: For protection, it releases a horrible stench from the antenna on its head to drive away enemies. Game Freak (2000-10-15). Pokémon Gold. Game Boy. Nintendo.