According to the authoritative website data, “Pokémon” is the third best-selling video game series in the world, with a total sales of all games of 386 million. According to HP.com, two of the 25 best-selling video games of all time belong to the Pokémon franchise, Pokémon Red/Green/Blue/Yellow and Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal.
Each new Pokémon entry brings a new list of Pokémon for players to discover. However, more than 20 years have passed since the first Pokémon video game was released, and Bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net says that with nearly nine generations of Pokémon, the number of discoveries continues to climb.
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How many Pokémon are there?
According to Bulbapedia, there have been 8 generations of 905 Pokémon released since 1996. The eighth and latest generation adds 96 new Pokémon, while the next generation will add an undisclosed number. The “Pokémon Scarlet” and “Pokémon Violet”, scheduled for release in late 2022, will kick off the ninth generation.
The first generation of Pokémon began in 1996 with the first 151 Pokémon in the series. Pokémon Red, Pokémon Green, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow are the core franchises of the first generation.
The second generation of Pokémon, starting in 1999, added 100 new Pokémon, bringing the total to 251. It features the core games “Pokémon,” “Pokémon Silver,” and “Pokémon Crystal.”
The third generation in 2002 brought the total number of Pokémon to 386 after adding 135 new species. It added “Pokémon Rubyy”, “Pokémon Sapphire”, “Pokémon FireRed”, “Pokémon LeafGreen” and “Pokémon Emerald” to its core game.