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Pikachu - Everyone's favorite electric yellow mouse

Pikachu has become a major representative of Nintendo's collective mascots, and even an icon of Japanese pop culture overall. Pikachu first hit the scene in 1996, with the Japanese release of the Pokemon Red and Green video games for the original Game Boy and soon thereafter made his international debut in Pokemon Red and Blue. Pikachu is characterized by his squishy body covered in yellow fur with brown and black accents, tall ears, jagged lightning bolt-shaped tail and bright red circular cheeks. Along with his adorable appearance, Pikachu's iconic high-pitched "pika pika" cry and refusal to stay in his Pokeball drives fans wild.


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Pikachu is the mascot of Pokemon, a media franchise managed by The Pokemon Company, a Japanese consortium including Nintendo, Game Freak and Creatures. Pokemon (short for Pocket Monsters) was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995 and is set in a world filled with fictional creatures which humans, known as Pokemon Trainers, catch and coach to battle for sport. Many extremely successful Pokemon video games, animated television shows and movies, trading card games and comic books heavily feature Pikachu.

Pikachu's design was conceived by Atsuko Nishida and finalized by Ken Sugimori. Introduced in Generation I, Pikachu is an Electric-type Pokemon, which means that sometimes those who touch one will experience paralysis by shock. Pikachu has an average height of about one foot and an average weight of 13 lbs. Although some believe he looks more like a hamster, rabbit or even a cat, Pikachu has been confirmed to be a type of mouse. Pikachu evolves from Pichu when leveled up with high friendship and evolves into Raichu when exposed to a Thunder Stone. A slight change to this evolutionary process was made with the release of the Pokemon Sun and Moon video games in 2016. When exposed to a Thunder Stone in the game, Pikachu evolve into a half Psychic-type variant of Raichu, called Alolan Raichu. Other Pokemon said to resemble Pikachu (excluding those in its own evolution arc) are Plusle, Minun, Pachirisu, Emolga, Dedenne and Togedemaru.

Pikachu merchandise has been in steady production since the very beginning of the franchise. As the mascot of the franchise, Pikachu has also made multiple appearances in various promotional events. Pikachu has unquestionably received more merchandise than any other Pokemon, with many collections exclusively featuring Pikachu in varying poses, costumes, etc. In the Pokemon Trading Card Game, the total of known non-reprint cards representing different variations of Pikachu is an astounding 137. Entire video games have centered around Pikachu, such as Pokemon Yellow, Pokemon Channel, Pokemon Snap, PokePark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure, Detective Pikachu and Hey You, Pikachu! Fans love Pikachu so much that an unofficial and technically illegal 5-foot statue of him was erected in New Orleans, USA, amidst the Pokemon Go craze of July 2016.