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Pokémon (ポケモン Pokemon?, /ˈpkmɒn/) is a media franchise owned by a popular video game producer Nintendo and created by Satoshi Tajiri around 1995. Originally released as a pair of interlinkable Game Boy role-playing video games, Pokémon has since become the second most successful and lucrative videogame-based media franchise in the world, falling only behind Nintendo's Mario series. Pokémon properties have since been merchandised into anime, manga, trading cards, toys, books, and other media. The franchise celebrated its tenth anniversary on February 27, 2006, and as of December 1, 2006, cumulative sold units of the video games (including home console versions) have reached more than 155 million copies, Pokémon were meant for all people to have fun and enjoy and have fun with each other and their Pokémon.

The name Pokémon is the romanized contraction of the Japanese brand, "Pocket Monsters" (ポケットモンスター Poketto Monsutā?), as such contractions are extremely common in Japan. The term "Pokémon", in addition to referring to the Pokémon franchise itself, also collectively refers to the 721 fictional species that have made appearances in Pokémon media as of the recent release of the newest Pokémon role-playing games (RPGs) for the Nintendo 3DS, Pokémon X and Y. As with the words deer and sheep, the singular and plural forms of the word "Pokémon" do not differ, nor does each individual species name; in short, it is grammatically correct to say both "one Pokémon" and "many Pokémon". Nintendo originally translated Poketto Monsutā literally, but a naming conflict with the Monster in My Pocket toy line caused Nintendo to rebrand the franchise as "Pokémon" in early 1996. The game's catchphrase in the Japanese language versions of the franchise is "ポケモンGETだぜ! (Pokémon Getto Daze! - Let's Get Pokémon!)"; in English language versions of the franchise, it was originally "Gotta catch 'em all!," although it was dropped after Pokémon Crystal, before returning in promotional materials for Pokémon X and Y, and the spin-off series Pokémon Chronicles.

In November 2005, 4Kids Entertainment, which had managed the non-game related licensing of Pokémon, announced that it had agreed not to renew the Pokémon representation agreement. Pokémon USA Inc., a subsidiary of Japan's Pokémon Co., now oversees all Pokémon licensing outside of Asia.

Selected Pokémon

Lucario (ルカリオ Rukario?), known as the Aura Pokémon, is a Fighting- and Steel-type Pokémon. It is featured in the fourth generation of Pokémon games, as well as the film Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, where Lucario mistakes Ash for its old friend Sir Aaron due to his similar Aura. Lucario is a bipedal, jackal-like Pokémon that's around four feet in height. It has the ability to sense the aura in all living things, and the one featured in the film is capable of telepathic human speech,[1] similar to Legendary Pokémon of past films. By catching the Aura emanating from others, it can read their thoughts and movements.[2] A well-trained one can sense auras to identify and take in the feelings of creatures over half a mile away.[3]

In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Lucario is only available by evolving from Riolu through happiness. It is used by Maylene, the third Sinnoh Gym Leader, a tag-team partner known as Riley, and by Cynthia, Sinnoh's Elite Four Champion. In the anime, Lucario was first seen battling with Maylene in their training.[4] Lucario was seen again where it battled in Dawn's gym battle with Maylene.[5] Then, in the next episode, it participated in Ash's gym battle against Maylene.[6] Lucario is featured as an unlockable playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii. It is unlocked by encountering it in The Subspace Emissary or through other special means[7] It uses moves such as Aura Sphere, Force Palm, ExtremeSpeed, Double Team, and its Final Smash move Aura Storm. Lucario was confirmed to be a playable character due to an unintentional leak. [8] more...

Did you know?

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  • ... that Mr. Mime has been criticized as being a bad combination of mimes and clowns?
  • ... that the skin color of Jynx was modified because of complaints that the original design was racist?
  • ... that Koffing and Weezing have been described as examples of Japanese shinto practices?
  • ... that the new Kalos region took heavy influences from France?


  1. ^ Pokédex: It has the ability to sense the Auras of all things. It understands human speech. Game Freak (2007-04-22). Pokémon Diamond. Nintendo DS. Nintendo. 
  2. ^ Pokédex: By catching the Aura emanating from others, it can read their thoughts and movements. Game Freak (2007-04-22). Pokémon Pearl. Nintendo DS. Nintendo. 
  3. ^ Pokédex: A well-trained Lucario can sense auras to identify and take in the feelings of creatures over half a mile away. Game Freak (2009-03-22). Pokémon Platinum. Nintendo DS. Nintendo. 
  4. ^ Atsuhiro Tomioka (writer) (2008-07-19). "Lost Leader Strategy". Pokémon. Season 11. Episode 66. Various. 
  5. ^ Atsuhiro Tomioka (writer) (2008-07-26). "Crossing the Battle Line". Pokémon. Season 11. Episode 67. Various. 
  6. ^ Shōji Yonemura (writer) (2008-08-02). "A Triple Fighting Chance". Pokémon. Season 11. Episode 68. Various. 
  7. ^ Smash Bros. DOJO!! http://www.smashbros.com/en_us/characters/hidden06.html
  8. ^ Scott Jon Siegel (2008-01-21). "Nintendo accidentally confirms Lucario, Ness, Jigglypuff for Brawl". Joystiq. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 

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