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Spin-off Pokémon games are games that do not fit the model used by the core series and are not developed by Game Freak. These games vary widely in genre, and cover many different consoles and handheld game systems. Sometimes, it is possible to connect the core series games to certain spin-off games in order to get a reward, normally a special Pokémon.
In Japanese, Korean and Chinese, the names of the spin-off games use Pokémon (Japanese: ポケモン, Korean: 포켓몬, Chinese: 寶可夢 / 宝可梦) instead of Pocket Monsters (Japanese: ポケットモンスター, Korean: 포켓몬스터, Chinese: 精靈寶可夢 / 精灵宝可梦).
List of spin-off games
- Hey You, Pikachu! (N64 virtual pet; player owns and explores various locations with a Pikachu, talking to it with a microphone)
- Pokémon Channel (GameCube virtual pet; player watch TV with their Pikachu, and uses the GameCube's clock to unlock new programs)
- PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure (A Wii game; player takes the form of a Pikachu and competes in many minigames while befriending a variety of Pokémon)
- PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond (A Wii game; player takes the form of a Pikachu and helps to restore peace to a land with the help of friends. A sequel to the aforementioned title.)
Mystery Dungeon series
- Main article: Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series
- Main article: Pokémon Rumble series
Super Smash Bros. series
- Super Smash Bros. (N64 fighting game that pits various Nintendo characters against each other. Pikachu and Jigglypuff are playable, while various Pokémon appear out of Poké Balls to aid in combat)
- Super Smash Bros. Melee (GameCube sequel to Super Smash Bros., where Pichu and Mewtwo are added as playable characters. As with the previous game, a variety of Pokémon appear as helpers to the fighters, as well as Trophies)
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii sequel that sees the addition of Lucario and a Pokémon Trainer as added characters while Pichu and Mewtwo do not return. As in the previous two games, a variety of Pokémon appear as extra help and trophies)
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U (Sequel. Pikachu, Lucario, and Charizard will return as playable characters, and Greninja is a newcomer to the series, and Mewtwo returning as DLC. Charizard is a standalone character, rather than linked to Squirtle and Ivysaur with the Pokémon Trainer.)