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Pokémon is a media franchise that was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995. The franchise is owned by The Pokémon Company and started with two role-playing video games for the original Nintendo Game Boy. Since then, the franchise has expanded to include trading cards, TV shows and movies, toys, comic books, apps and video games. In July 2016, the franchise released Pokémon Go, an augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic, that immediately exploded in popularity with people of all ages. The explosive growth caused a near immediate rise in Nintendo's stock price of over 70%.
Similar to the other franchise games, the objective is to catch the fictional Pokémon characters and battle other players. Throughout its lifetime, the franchise has experienced continued success with handheld games and has become one of the most successful and lucrative video-game franchises in the world.

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A large reason for Pokemon Go's popularity is because it uses real locations and encourages players to search far and wide in the real world to find Pokemon.
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