Originating in Japan as part of a video game
created by Nintendo for its Game Boy system,
Pokémon (pronounced POH-kay-mahn) is the
American name for 150 cartoon characters
that each have their own power and personality.
Their phenomenal success in Japan--where they're
called Pocket Monsters has come to America with
Pokémon products such as a television show,
a movie, trading cards,dolls, books, and more.
Whether you play the video games or play
with the trading cards,the core of the
Pokémon mission is summed up in its slogan,
"Gotta catch 'em all!"
You are challenged to become a Pokémon trainer,
which means you train Pokémon for battle
and trade them with other trainers
in hopes of capturing more Pokémon
and becoming a Pokémon master.