Pokémon: 10 incredible world records to celebrate the game's 20th anniversary

Pokémon celebrated its 20th birthday on 27 February!
Pokémon (which is a word blend of ‘Pocket monster’) was created by the Japanese game designer Satoshi Tajiri in 1995 and has gone on to become a huge household name for both kids and adults.

There are an amazing range of Pokémon products including video games, trading card games, movies and anime TV series.

To celebrate the special occasion, here is a list of some of the most exciting Guinness World Records titles that are related to Pokémon...

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1. First Pokémon character

Pikachu may be the one on all the lunchboxes, but Rhydon was the first Pokémon ever designed.

2. Largest collection of Pokémon memorabilia

The largest collection of Pokémon memorabilia belongs to Lisa Courtney (UK), with 17,127 different items as of 10 August 2016, which she has been collecting for almost 20 years! Part of the collection (including her Guinness World Records certificate) has been displayed at the Museum of Hertford as part of an exhibition on popular culture.
Largest collection of Pokemon memorabilia


3. Best-selling RPG series

With sales of the main series tipping 204.24 million worldwide, Pokémon is by far the best-selling RPG series ever created.
Originally released in Japan as Pocket Monsters Red and Pocket Monsters Green, the Game Boy classics have together sold a (pocket) monstrous 31.37 million copies, making them the best-selling Pokémon game. Sequel releases Gold and Silver have second place with a very respectable 23.10 million units sold.

4. Longest-running videogame TV spin-off

The hugely popular Pokémon anime first screened on Japanese television on 1 April 1997, with the episode "Pokémon, I Choose You!". Since then the show has clocked up a monster 884 episodes across 18 seasons, as of 30 July 2015.

5. Heaviest Pokémon

At 950 kg (2,094 lb), “Ground-type Legendary” Pokémon Groudon is the heaviest monster in the Pokédex to date. It weighs so much that its movements have the ability to expand whole continents and make volcanoes erupt.

6. Least popular Pokémon

According to a 2014 survey completed by 500,000 voters on the website Dorkly, the least popular pocket monster of them all is Luvdisc – a heart-shaped water type that made its first appearance in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire (2002). Unlike the majority of Pokémon creatures, poor Luvdisc doesn't even evolve.

7. Largest competitive Pokémon videogame family

Largest competitive Pokemon videogame family

Pokémon’s family-friendly charm is confirmed by the record-breaking five members of the Arnold family from Frankfort, Illinois, USA, who take part in official Pokémon videogame world championships. The family include Ryan, mum Linda, Ryan’s twin David, dad Glenn and youngest child Grace.

8. Fastest selling instalments of Pokémon

Released in the USA on 22 April 2007, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl became the fastest selling Pokémon installments ever. Just eight days after launch sales had reached one million.

9. Smallest hand-made Pokémon sculptures

A range of Pokémon clay sculptures, hand-made by the artist Ruby "Lonelysouthpaw" Huang (USA), measured on average between 2 mm and 5 mm in height. As of 5 January 2016, the smallest in the collection, dubbed "Pinkymon Project", was Voltorb, which measured 2 mm height x 2 mm width x 2 mm depth.

10. Most wins of the Pokémon World Championship

On 11 August 2012, 19-year-old Ray Rizzo defeated rival Wolfe Glick (both USA) in the Pokémon World Championship final – taking the title for a third consecutive time. Following his victory, Ray featured in Pokémon Black/White Version 2 (2012) via a downloadable update.

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For more amazing Pokémon facts and feats, check out the debut Guinness World Records 2016 Blockbusters book, now available in the UK, Ireland and Australia which includes a spread all about the game.

This brand new title from Guinness World Records features a huge range of records from showbiz, media, popular toys and technology.