Pokémon originated in Japan with the release of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green for the Game Boy in 1996. Two years later, Pokémon arrived in North America with the release of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue and the debut of the animated series.
Since then, the brand has grown to include a trading card game, feature films, books, live tournaments, merchandise, and more! As Pokémon continues to grow, The Pokémon Company International (TPCi) remains committed to delighting fans of all ages through excellent products and meaningful experiences in a safe environment.
Ask a child what their favorite Pokémon is, and you’re bound to get an enthusiastic response. There are hundreds of Pokémon for you and your child to discover together, ranging from big to small, cute to fierce, and everything in between, so everyone is sure to find one to bond with. In the world of Pokémon, Pokémon Trainers form lasting friendships with their Pokémon partners. As a team, they go on adventures, train to improve their skills, and battle in friendly competitions. You can learn more about the many different Pokémon in the Pokédex on the official Pokémon website.
Debuting shortly after the release of the original Pokémon video games, the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) has been loved by fans of all ages for decades. Some collect the cards to appreciate the beautiful artwork of their favorite Pokémon characters while others build decks to enjoy the deep, strategic gameplay. Players can even compete against each other at official Play! Pokémon events that range from casual Pokémon League gatherings to the annual Pokémon World Championships.
Pokémon video games have been the heart of the franchise since its inception, and they continue to be loved all around the world. Over the years, there have been many different types of Pokémon video games that can be enjoyed by players of all ages, from preschoolers to older fans (although the games are always family friendly). Pokémon games have also branched onto mobile devices with titles such as the popular Pokémon GO.
Animation is a great way to visit the world of Pokémon. For decades now, fans have been able to follow the exciting adventures of Ash Ketchum and his friend Pikachu in Pokémon the Series, which has also spawned multiple full-length animated films. Younger children will love Pokémon Kids TV, which features animated shorts such as nursery rhymes and sing-a-longs.
You can watch all sorts of Pokémon programming for free on Pokémon TV, which can be accessed through your web browser or as a downloadable app on many mobile devices, set-top boxes, or Nintendo Switch. Pokémon TV is available in many countries and in multiple languages, too!
Pokémon appear on a wide range of products that fans of all ages will love. Available merchandise includes toys, plush, apparel, home decor, tech gear, holiday decorations, designer collaborations, and much, much more. TPCi strives to bring the Pokémon experience to a broad global audience, but we prioritize child-friendly engagement.
TPCi cares about children, and as such, we are committed to child safety. To that end, we have a partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). Pokémon is also a participating member in good standing with the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) and CARU’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Safe Harbor Program.