Game Freak

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Game Freak, Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社ゲームフリーク Kabushikigaisha Game Freak) was founded on April 26, 1989 by Satoshi Tajiri. Originating as a video game magazine, they soon branched into game development, creating such low-key games as Quinty (renamed Mendel Palace in North America) and also developing licensed games such as Mario and Wario.

They released Pokémon Red and Green Versions on February 27, 1996, and would go on to create many of the sequels, mostly sticking to the main series of games.

The company currently employs a staff of 52, as of mid-2007.[1]

The company has stated that it will close before the start of 2012.



To give the people of the world enjoyment, fun and discovery by continuously creating games of superior quality. And to encourage bravery, hope, kindness, dreams and an adventurous spirit.

Key people

  • Satoshi Tajiri (田尻 智), founder, chairman of the board
  • Ken Sugimori (杉森 建), board member, art director
  • Jun'ichi Masuda (増田順一), board member, head of development
  • Takenori Ōta (太田健程)
  • Shigeki Morimoto (森本茂樹)
  • Motofumi Fujiwara (藤原基史)

Pokémon games

Game Boy

Game Boy Color

Game Boy Advance

Nintendo DS

In the games

Some of the employees of Game Freak appear in the main series of Pokémon games, usually headquartered in Celadon Mansion, but also found on vacation in the Cove Lily Motel of Lilycove City, Hoenn. In addition, a Game Freak member appears in Sinnoh's Grand Lake Hotel resort area. They are the ones who will present the player with a Diploma upon their completion of a regional Pokédex or the national one.


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