Game Freak

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Game Freak
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Founded April 26, 1989
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people Satoshi Tajiri (founder)
Ken Sugimori (Pokémon art director)
Junichi Masuda (Pokémon game director)
Employees 73(As of April 2014)

Game Freak (1989- Present) is a Japanese video game developer. They are a second party developer for Nintendo, most well known for its development on the Pokémon series of games.


Game Freak was originally a self-published gaming magazine created by Satoshi Tajiri and Ken Sugimori in the 1980s. Tajiri wrote and edited the text and Sugimori illustrated. On April 26, 1989, Tajiri and Sugimori started a video game development company with the same name.

Games developed by Game Freak

Title Format Release Date Source
Mendel PalaceNES1990-10October 1990[1]
Smart BallSNES1992-03March 1992[2]
YoshiNES1992-06June 1992[3]
YoshiGame Boy1992-07July 1992[4]
Mario & WarioSNES1993-08August 1993[5]
Smart Ball 2SNES1994-001994
Nontan to Issho! Kuru-Kuru PuzzleGame Boy1994-04April 1994[6]
Nontan no Issho: Kuru Kuru PuzzleSNES1994-11November 1994[7]
BUSHI Seiryūden: Futari no YūshaSNES1997-01January 1997[8]
Pokémon Blue VersionGame Boy1998-09September 1998[9]
Pokémon Red VersionGame Boy1998-09September 1998[10]
Game Boy CameraGame Boy19981998[11]
Pokémon Yellow VersionGame Boy1999-10October 1999[12]
Pokémon Gold VersionGame Boy Color2000-10October 2000[13]
Pokémon Silver VersionGame Boy Color2000-10October 2000[14]
Pokémon Crystal VersionGame Boy Color2001-07July 2001[15]
Pokémon Ruby VersionGame Boy Advance2003-03March 2003[16]
Pokémon Sapphire VersionGame Boy Advance2003-03March 2003[17]
Pokémon FireRed VersionGame Boy Advance2004-09September 2004[18]
Pokémon LeafGreen VersionGame Boy Advance2004-09September 2004[19]
Pokémon Emerald VersionGame Boy Advance2005-04April 2005[20]
Drill DozerGame Boy Advance2006-02February 2006[21]
Pokémon Diamond VersionNintendo DS2007-04April 2007[22]
Pokémon Pearl VersionNintendo DS2007-04April 2007[23]
Pokémon Platinum VersionNintendo DS2009-03March 2009[24]
PulsemanGenesis (Virtual Console)2009-07July 2009[25]
Pokémon HeartGold VersionNintendo DS2010-03March 2010[26]
Pokémon SoulSilver VersionNintendo DS2010-03March 2010[27]
Pokémon Black VersionNintendo DS2011-03March 2011[28]
Pokémon White VersionNintendo DS2011-03March 2011[29]
Pokémon Black Version 2Nintendo DS2012-07October 2012[30]
Pokémon White Version 2Nintendo DS2012-07October 2012[31]
HarmoKnightNintendo 3DS2013-03March 2013
SolitiBaNintendo 3DS2013-03March 2013
Pokémon XNintendo 3DS2013-10October 2013[32]
Pokémon YNintendo 3DS2013-10October 2013[33]
Pokémon Omega RubyNintendo 3DS2014-11November 2014
Pokémon Alpha SapphireNintendo 3DS2014-11November 2014

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