Game Freak Inc.(JP)(CN) is a Japanese video game developer. They are a second party developer for Nintendo most well known for its development on the Pokémon series of games. Game Freak jointly owns The Pokémon Company alongside Nintendo and Creatures.


Game Freak was originally a self published gaming magazine created by Satoshi Tajiri and Ken Sugimori in the 1980s. Tajiri wrote and edited the text and Sugimori illustrated. On 26th April 1989 Tajiri and Sugimori started a video game development company with the same name.

In 2012, Game Freak started to let newcomers pitch new game ideas. They dubbed it the "Gear Project" with the first one being HarmoKnight.

Games developed by Game Freak

Title Format Release date
Mendel Palace NES 1989-06-27June 27, 1989
Smart Ball SNES 1991-09-13September 13, 1991
Yoshi NES 1991-12-14December 14, 1991
Yoshi Game Boy 1991-12-14December 14, 1991
Magical Taruruuto-kun: Magic Adventure Super Famicom 1992-03-28March 28, 1992
Mario & Wario Super Famicom 1993-08-27August 27, 1993
Nontan to Issho! Kuru-Kuru Puzzle Game Boy 1994-04-28April 28, 1994
Nontan no Issho: Kuru Kuru Puzzle Super Famicom 1994-11-25November 25, 1994
Pokemon Red/Green Game Boy 1996-02-27February 27, 1996
Pokemon Blue Game Boy 1996-10-15October 15, 1996
BUSHI Seiryūden: Futari no YūshaSuper Famicom1997-01-17January 17, 1997
Game Boy CameraGame Boy1998-02-21February 21, 1998
Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu EditionGame Boy1998-09-12September 12, 1998
Pokémon Gold and SilverGame Boy Color1999-11-21November 21, 1999
Pokémon CrystalGame Boy Color2000-12-14December 14, 2000
Pokémon Ruby and SapphireGame Boy Advance2002-11-21November 21, 2002
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreenGame Boy Advance2004-01-29January 29, 2004
Pokémon EmeraldGame Boy Advance2004-09-16September 16, 2004
Drill DozerGame Boy Advance2005-09-22September 22, 2005
Pokémon Diamond and PearlNintendo DS2006-09-28September 28, 2006
PulsemanMega Drive (VC)2007-04-24April 24, 2007
Pokémon PlatinumNintendo DS2008-09-13September 13, 2008
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilverNintendo DS2009-09-12September 12, 2009
Pokémon Black and WhiteNintendo DS2010-09-18September 18, 2010
Pokémon Black and White 2Nintendo DS2012-06-23June 23, 2012
HarmoKnightNintendo 3DS2012-09-05September 5, 2012
Pocket Card JockeyNintendo 3DS2013-07-31July 31, 2013
Pokémon X and YNintendo 3DS2013-10-12October 12, 2013
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha SapphireNintendo 3DS2014-11-21November 21, 2014
Pokémon Sun and Moon Nintendo 3DS November 18, 2016
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Nintendo 3DS November 17, 2017
Pokémon Quest Nintendo Switch May 29, 2018
Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! Nintendo Switch November 16, 2018
Giga Wrecker Alt. Nintendo Switch April 12, 2019
Little Town Hero Nintendo Switch October 16, 2019
Pokémon Sword and Shield Nintendo Switch November 15, 2019
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