Pokemon Pikachu Token
Approximately the size of a standard “351” style pick
Pokémon (Japanese: ポケモン Hepburn: Pokemon, Japanese pronunciation: [pokemoɴ]; English: /ˈpoʊkeɪˌmɒn/ POH-kay-mon or /ˈpoʊkɪˌmɒn/ POH-ki-mon) is a 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.
Pokémon is the second best-selling video game franchise, behind only Nintendo’s Mario franchise and the highest-grossing media franchise of all time.
Cumulative sales of the video games (including home console games, such as Hey You, Pikachu! for the Nintendo 64) have reached more than 290 million copies. 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. The Pokémon Company International (formerly Pokémon USA Inc.), a subsidiary of Japan’s Pokémon Co., oversees all Pokémon licensing outside Asia. As of March 2017, the Pokémon franchise has grossed revenues of $55.15 billion worldwide.
Pokemon celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2006. 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the original games, with the company celebrating by airing an ad during Super Bowl 50, issuing re-releases of Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, and completely redesigning the way the newest games are played. The mobile augmented reality game Pokémon Go was released in July 2016.The first seventh-generation games Pokémon Sun and Moon were released worldwide on November 18, 2016. A live-action film adaptation based on Great Detective Pikachu began production in 2017. The English slogan for the franchise is “Gotta Catch ‘Em All”. (Wikipedia)