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Game Freak

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Game Freak
Game Freak logo.png
The logo of Game Freak.
Founded: 1983, 1989
Founder: N/A
President: N/A
Parent / owner: N/A
Divisions / subsidiaries: N/A

Game Freak Inc., formally Taji Corporation (1983) is a Japanese video game development studio. They are primarily known as the developers of the mainline Pokémon series of games.


Game Freak began as Game Freak magazine written and published by Satoshi Tajiri and Ken Sugimori during the 1980s, with volume 1 being published in 1983 by Taji Corp. In 1989, this company would become Game Freak, likely named after the original magazine series and/or Satoshi Tajiri's pen name.

In 1995, Game Freak released a book about video game design called Shin Game Design. While it was about many video games, it featured a small amount of information about Pokémon (prototype sprites and a screenshot) just prior to its release, and Game Freak's other games.

With the success of their Pokémon franchise, in 1998, Nintendo, Creatures, Inc., and Game Freak would establish The Pokémon Company, with the purpose of handling the marketing and licensing of the franchise.

In October 2015, Game Freak would purchase Moa Games, a mobile development company.

Games published by Nintendo

Game Year Console
Yoshi 1991 NES / Game Boy
Mario & Wario 1993 SNES
Pokémon Red and Green / Pokémon Red and Blue Versions 1996 Game Boy
Pokémon Blue (Japanese) 1996 Game Boy
Game Boy Camera 1998 Game Boy
Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition 1998 Game Boy
Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions 2000 Game Boy Color
Pokémon Crystal Version 2000 Game Boy Color
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions 2002 Game Boy Advance
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions 2004 Game Boy Advance
Pokémon Emerald Version 2005 Game Boy Advance
Drill Dozer 2005 Game Boy Advance
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions 2007 Nintendo DS
Pokémon Platinum Version 2008 Nintendo DS
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions 2010 Nintendo DS
Pokémon Black and White Versions 2011 Nintendo DS
Pokémon Black and White Versions 2 2012 Nintendo DS
HarmoKnight 2012 Nintendo 3DS
Pocket Card Jockey* 2013 Nintendo 3DS, iOS, Android
Pokémon X and Y 2013 Nintendo 3DS
Pokémon Bank 2013 Nintendo 3DS
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire 2014 Nintendo 3DS
Pokémon Sun and Moon 2016 Nintendo 3DS
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon 2017 Nintendo 3DS
Pokémon Quest 2018 Nintendo Switch
Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! 2018 Nintendo Switch
Pokémon Sword and Shield 2019 Nintendo Switch
Pokémon Home 2020 Nintendo Switch
Pokémon Legends: Arceus 2022 Nintendo Switch

External links

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1st & 2nd Party / Owned
Internal divisions
Owned / Affiliated Seattle Mariners* • The Pokémon Company • Warpstar Inc.
* – Former / Defunct
3rd Parties / Partners
8-4 • AlphaDream* • Ambrella* • Argonaut Games* • Arika • Artoon* • Arzest • AS Tokyo Studios • Bandai Namco • Capcom • Camelot • Cing* • Creatures Inc. • DeNA • DigiNin* • DigitalScape • Eighting • Flagship* • Fuse Games* • Game Freak • Ganbarion • Genius Sonority • Good-Feel • Grezzo • HAL Laboratory • Hatena • Hudson Soft* • indieszero • iNiS • Intelligent Systems • Jamsworks • Jupiter • Koei Tecmo • Kuju • Left Field Productions* • Level-5 • Mistwalker • Monster Games • Noise • Paon • PlatinumGames • Q-Games • Rare* • Red Entertainment • Sega (Atlus) • Sora Ltd. • skip • Softnica • Spike Chunsoft • Square Enix • St.GIGA* • Syn Sophia • TOSE • Treasure • Vanpool* • Vitei
* – Former / Defunct
Key employees
Managers, etc. Internal
  • NNSD: Yusuke Beppu
  • Monolith Soft: Hirohide Sugiura, Tetsuya Takahashi
  • 1-Up Studio: Gen Kadoi
  • ND Cube: Hidetoshi Endo
  • Retro: Michael Kelbaugh
  • NERD: Alexandre Delattre