The Pokemon realm extends into TV, video games, card games and toys. Are you a Pokemon superfan? Take this quiz to see if you can "catch 'em all."
The animated series "Pokemon" debuted in the United States on Sept. 8, 1998.
The "Pokemon" video game was the first Pokemon franchise product released.
"Pokemon" was released in Japan on April 1, 1997, roughly 17 months before the U.S. release.
The main character is Ash Ketchum.
Game Freak was founded in 1989.
The "Pokemon" trading cards were first published in Japan on Oct. 20, 1996.
Media Factory was founded in 1986.
The Nintendo Game Boy is a handheld device.
One hundred two different "Pokemon" trading cards were released in Japan in October 1996.
"Pokemon" trading cards were first available in the U.S. in January 1999, three years after their debut in Japan.
Pikachu is Ash's partner. The Japanese actress Ikue Otani plays the voice of Pikachu in 805 episodes of the animated series.
The name "Pokemon" is short for the Japanese words "<i>poketto monsuta</i>," which translate to "pocket monsters" in English.
The animated series "Pokemon" is broadcast to more than 70 countries around the globe.
The Pikachu Illustrator card is the most valuable and rare card of the series. The cards were awarded to winners of Pokemon illustration contests in 1997 and 1998, and only 39 were distributed. These cards have sold for $20,000 in the past.
The 38th episode of the animated series "Pokemon," titled "Electric Soldier Porygon," aired on Dec. 16, 1997 and caused more than 600 Japanese children to experience seizurelike symptoms as a result of a strobelike visual effect.
In June 2003, Nintendo took over publishing of the "Pokemon" trading cards.
Pikachu is yellow with red cheeks.
Tajiri founded Game Freak alongside Ken Sugimori.
There are 18 Pokemon creature types, including bug and fighting types.
True to the name, electric types have electricity-related powers.
Before being released to the public, the game "Pokemon" was originally called "Capsule Monsters."
Gary is Professor Oak's grandson.
Giovanni is the leader of Team Rocket.
Geller once sued Nintendo over a "Pokemon" character named Kadabra. Gellar alleged that the character, which uses a spoon as a psychic aid, was an unlicensed copy of himself.
The original pilot for the series featured Ash catching a Clefairy, but the character was ultimately switched to Pikachu.
Ash and his friends are searching for all 150 Pokemon creatures in the animated series "Pokemon."
Players are allowed 60 cards.
The tagline for "Pokemon" is "gotta catch 'em all."
In 2008, Japanese scientists named a protein after Pikachu. The protein, named Pikachurin, is involved in transporting electrical signals from the human eye to the brain.
There are three types of cards in the "Pokemon" trading card game: Pokemon cards, trainer cards and energy cards.