Pokemon is a long-running video game franchise that began with the Japanese release of Pokemon Red and Green for the Game Boy in 1996. Since the original games were launched, Nintendo has published nearly 60 video games, arcade games, and TGCs under the Pokemon name all over the world. A variety of developers, from Game Freak to Bandai Namco, have worked on the Pokemon IP throughout its lifetime. The most recent main series game, Pokemon Sun and Moon, has players exploring the Alola region and experiencing a brand new generation of Pokemon with brand new forms. The series has also expanded to the mobile sphere with games like Magikarp Jump and Niantic's AR experience, Pokemon GO -- which quickly game a massive cultural phenomenon. Pokemon also has a thriving competitive scene where trainers breed, raise, train, and perfect their Pokemon until they find a perfect set of stats that will allow them to dominate others in battle and truly be the very best (like no one ever was). Players can also test their battling skills in fighter-style games like Pokken tournament, which has an intense professional scene where players compete in tournaments for real cash prizes. The Pokemon series has appeared on a number of consoles since its original release, and its most recent iterations are available on Nintendo's 3DS, Wii, Wii U, and Switch systems, as well as Android and iOS devices.