Pokémon Art Academy

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Pokémon Art Academy
ポケモン アートアカデミー
Art Academy US boxart.png
North American boxart for Art Academy
Basic info
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Category: Art training
Players: 1
Connectivity: Nintendo Network
Developer: Headstrong Games
Publisher: Nintendo
Part of: Generation VI side series
GSRR: 0+
Release dates
Japan: June 19, 2014
North America: October 24, 2014[1]
Australia: July 5, 2014
Europe: July 4, 2014
South Korea: April 23, 2015[2]
Hong Kong: October 24, 2014
Taiwan: October 24, 2014
Japanese: Official Japanese Nintendo site
English: Pokémon.com
Official English Nintendo site
Japanese boxart
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Art Academy Japanese boxart

Pokémon Art Academy (Japanese: ポケモン アートアカデミー Pokémon Art Academy) is a spin-off crossover of the Pokémon and Art Academy series. It was released in Japan on June 19, 2014, Europe on July 4, 2014, Australia and New Zealand on July 5, 2014, North America on October 24, 2014, and South Korea on April 23, 2015.

The game was first announced on April 30, 2014.


The player is enrolled in the Pokémon Art Academy under Professor Andy, who teaches them how to draw Pokémon. There is also a classmate named Lee or Lily enrolled at the academy.

Pokémon Art Academy features 40 art lessons, ranging from easy tutorials to hard complicated designs, along with free draw mode and templates. There are three courses made up of multiple lessons: Normal with 17, Apprentice with 10, and Graduate with 7. After all courses are passed, three bonus lessons unlock that teach the player how to draw Mega Evolved Pokémon.

The game also includes the function of the 3DS Camera, to take images for reference while drawing. Art can be posted onto Miiverse.

Free Paint

The player can draw using a variety of unlockable and downloadable reference images, a photo from the 3DS Camera, or no image at all as a guide. Images unlocked through in-game events feature an optional step-by-step guide and multiple templates. All tools and colors are available for use. The player can select a custom background color, use any unlocked in-game background image, or use an image from the 3DS Camera.

Quick Sketch

The game features a total of 14 unlockable mini-lessons, called "Quick Sketches" in-game. These allow the player to draw simple images using a limited selection of tools and colors. These are unlocked at certain points throughout the main lessons. The quick sketches are designed to help reinforce skills learned in each section of the main course.

Downloadable references

Reference images for Groudon and Kyogre were available for download for a limited time. Groudon's reference could be downloaded from July 4, 2014 to July 20, 2014 and from August 4, 2014 to August 17, 2014 while Kyogre's reference could be downloaded from July 21, 2014 to August 3, 2014 and from August 18, 2014 to August 31, 2014.

In Australia and New Zealand, a Shiny Mega Gengar reference image could be downloaded from October 8, 2014 to October 14, 2014.

In Europe, a Rayquaza reference could be downloaded from November 15, 2014 to December 12, 2014.


Main article: Staff of Pokémon Art Academy


Gaming magazine Famitsu gave Pokémon Art Academy a score of 31 out of 40.[3] It holds a rating of 77.93% on GameRankings, based on 14 reviews.[4]


Japanese sales

Pokémon Art Academy sold 31,080 units on its first week on the Japanese market,[5] with a sell-through of 70.11%. By December 31, 2017, the end of its 185th week, it had sold 167,240 copies.[6]

Week Week ending Ranking Units sold Total units sold
1 June 22, 2014 1st 31,080 31,080
2 June 29, 2014 9th 15,373 46,454
3 July 6, 2014 8th 10,003 56,456
4 July 13, 2014 7th 7,465 63,922
5 July 20, 2014 9th 5,714 69,636
6 July 27, 2014 12th 5,768 75,404
7 August 3, 2014 13th 4,858 80,262
8 August 10, 2014 15th 4,326 84,588
9 August 17, 2014 11th 6,644 91,232
10 August 24, 2014 21st - -
11 August 31, 2014 27th - -
12 September 7, 2014 37th - -
13 September 14, 2014 33rd - -
14 September 21, 2014 27th - -
15 September 28, 2014 39th - -
16 October 5, 2014 41st - -
17 October 12, 2014 46th - -
18 October 19, 2014 41st - -
20 November 2, 2014 44th - -
28 December 28, 2014 45th - 130,090
81 January 3, 2016 - - 158,463
133 January 1, 2017 - - 164,361
185 December 31, 2017 - - 167,240



In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Pokémon Art Academy
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon Art Academy
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokémon Art Academy
South Korea Flag.png Korean 포켓몬 아트 아카데미 Pokémon ateu akademi
Russia Flag.png Russian Академия Искусств Покемонов* Akademiya Iskusstv Pokémonov
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pokémon Art Academy


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