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The Pokémon series first reached Greece in 1999 with the debut of the anime, shortly followed by the release of Pokémon Red and Blue Versions. A wide array of media have appeared since then, including spin-off games, movies, and several books. Following the Pokémon phenomenon of early 00’s, the series maintain a strong fanbase among Greek video game communities to this day. Pokémon is written in Greek script as Πόκεμον, and an official adapted logo has been used for certain instances, such as advertisements.
Pokémon video games
Pokémon video games in Greece are released in accordance to their European release dates, typically in their English-language localization. Packaging has undergone changes through the years, coming in its English version during the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance eras, and finally receiving a Greek localization during the Nintendo DS era. Greek-translated manuals have been included with the games since the first release, initially as separate prints alongside their English versions, and as a single bilingual print starting with Nintendo DS. In a few occasions, certain spin-offs did not receive localized packaging, and opted for a brief instruction sheet instead of a fully translated manual.
Nortec was the official Nintendo distributor in Greece until December 31st, 2015. They handled marketing, distribution and service of all Pokémon-related games starting from the first release of Pokémon Red and Blue in 1999. They have brought all games released before 2016, including Pokémon Pikachu, its sequel, and Pokémon mini, with the notable exception of Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure. Following Nortec's divorce from Nintendo of Europe, CD Media took over as the Greek Nintendo distributor in October 1st, 2016. Some retailers continued importing games via other channels during the intermediate period and Nintendo of Europe continued eShop operation in Greece, making Super Mystery Dungeon and Pokkén Tournament available for purchase. Nonetheless, the latter was eventually officially brought over in retail form through CD Media.
A number of local Pokémon event distributions have been made available in Greece between 2000 and 2014, including significant ones like Mew for Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, Deoxys for the Generation III games, and Diancie for Pokémon X and Y. Distribution dates have often deviated from their European counterparts, at times being numerous weeks or months later, while more rarely, like in certain Summer 2011 events, being earlier. All events from Mew in Generation I to the ORAS Special Demo were arranged by Nortec. They have been handled by a number of different retailers, including historically Jumbo and Plaisio, and more recently Public, Germanos, and Moustakas.
Two National Championships, arranged by Nortec in association with the popular fansite Legendary Pokémon, took place in 2009 and 2010.
The Pokémon anime in Greece was broadcast on Star Channel until Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Battle Dimension, at which point Disney XD acquired the rights. Irregular broadcasts of specials and movies still happen in Star Channel, especially during holiday seasons, but the regular series now appears exclusively on Disney XD. Older episodes of the series have been made available in VHS and DVD formats, with Ethnos, a newspaper, coming with free DVDs of the series every Saturday during 2007.
In Greece the anime is available on Netflix.
The first three Pokémon movies has been brought to Greek cinemas, with Pokémon the First Movie premiering in April 21, 2000. After over six years of hiatus, Jirachi: Wish Maker released in DVD format, in 2006. Pokémon 4Ever, Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias and Destiny Deoxys, followed shortly after, one after another. The initial two movies were also re-released in that time. Pokémon movies are often broadcasted on television. Also Arceus and the Jewel of life, Zoroark: Master of Illusions and Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram was screened on the Greek Disney XD. Most recently on September 7, 2014, Genesect and the Legend Awakened broadcasted on the Greek Disney XD, dubbed in the Greek language. Also, the movie was shown in Cyprus on Nova, a pay tv channel, in the same period.
Instead Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice has been skipped for unknown reasons.
Cast and crew
The lead role of Ash Ketchum is dubbed by Voula Kosta (Βούλα Κώστα). Michaela Antoniou (Μιχαέλα Αντωνίου) gave her voice to several main female characters, including Misty, Jessie, Officer Jenny, and Nurse Joy. James is dubbed by Fotis Petridis (Φώτης Πετρίδης), while Meowth and Brock are both voiced by Haris Grigoropoulos (Χάρης Γρηγορόπουλος). Loukas Frangoulis (Λουκάς Φραγκούλης) joined the main cast as Tracey Sketchit. May and Dawn are both dubbed by Stella Bonatsou (Στέλλα Μπονάτσου). Giorgos Mataragkas (Γιώργος Ματαράγκας) joined the cast as Trip in the Best Wishes series.
Several different types of Pokémon merchandise has been available in Greece over the years, including toys and an Official Pokémon Magazine.
The first fifteen rounds of Pokémon Adventures (Greek: Pokémon Περιπέτειες) were translated into Greek by Modern Times, a publisher. Translation was done by Andreas Kolokythas (Ανδρέας Κολοκύθας). The fifteen rounds were published over five books, and started releasing in 2000, with the first book titled Pokémon Περιπέτειες: Ο Καλύτερος Εκπαιδευτής.
Pokémon Trading Card Game
The Pokémon Trading Card Game is being distributed in its English format by Kaissa, starting with the Base Set. A limited number of Play! Pokémon events also take place, typically in Athens.