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The Pokémon franchise first reached the Republic of South Africa with the airing of Pokémon - I Choose You! on SABC 2 around 2000.
Pokémon video games
Most English-language Pokémon games have been released in South Africa. As European consoles and games are sold in South Africa by Nintendo of Europe, new games are released on the same day as in Europe, which is usually around the same time or shortly after their respective releases in the United States. Historically, most Pokémon games came out in Europe and South Africa several months after the United States.
Pokémon GO was released in South Africa on October 5, 2016, three months after its release in the United States.
The English dub of the Pokémon anime has been shown on SABC 2, SABC 3, e.tv, M-Net, Disney XD, and Nicktoons in South Africa.
Episodes from the Advanced Generation, Diamond & Pearl, and Best Wishes series have aired on eToonz+, a sister channel of e.tv.
e.tv began airing episodes from the XY series on August 4, 2015 every Tuesday at 3:30 PM. Pokémon the Series: XY Kalos Quest aired on Disney XD on weekdays from April 25 to May 23, 2016. The 19th season, Pokémon the Series: XYZ, began airing on e.tv on July 5, 2016.
Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon premiered on e.tv on June 13, 2017 and completed its run on April 10, 2018. The season also aired on NickToons Africa on weekdays beginning October 2, 2017 and in January 2018. Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon—Ultra Adventures premiered on e.tv on June 5, 2018 and completed its run on May 14, 2019. Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon—Ultra Legends premiered on e.tv on May 21, 2019 and completed its run on June 2, 2020.
Celebi: The Voice of the Forest, Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias, Jirachi: Wish Maker, and Destiny Deoxys have previously aired on M-Net.
Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, The Rise of Darkrai, Giratina and the Sky Warrior, Arceus and the Jewel of Life, Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice, and Genesect and the Legend Awakened have previously aired on e.tv or eToonz+.
Arceus and the Jewel of Life, Giratina and the Sky Warrior, and Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction have previously aired on Disney XD.
Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, I Choose You!, and The Power of Us premiered on e.tv on October 14, 2016, June 9, 2017, June 1, 2018, and April 1, 2020, respectively.
Pokémon manga licensed and translated into English by VIZ Media is available in South Africa. This includes Magical Pokémon Journey, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!, and the popular Pokémon Adventures series.
Pokémon Trading Card Game
English-language cards for the Pokémon Trading Card Game are sold in South Africa, with expansions becoming available a few months after their release in the United States.
Pokémon Tazos were available in South Africa.
A small number of officially sanctioned Pokémon Leagues and tournaments take place in South Africa. However, unlike players from most countries, South African players are not eligible for Travel Awards to International Championships.
Several event Pokémon have made their way to South Africa, including the Summer 2012 Keldeo, the Summer 2013 Shiny creation trio, and the Pokémon 20th Anniversary Mythical Pokémon.