Pokemon Black/White version 2 (Credit: Nintendo)Though nobody saw Pokemon's success coming when the first game hit unsuspecting streets in 1996, in retrospect it shouldn't have been too hard to predict. Tapping into kids' timeless love of building collections, playing with cute critters, swapping things with friends, and fighting each other, it was an immediate hit.
Not much has changed. The latest pair of Nintendo DS games, Pokemon Black and White Versions 2, launch this weekend, and they're all but guaranteed to be best-sellers, too. Pikachu might be a cuddly little guy, but he pulls in quite a profit -- over 200 million Pokemon games have been sold so far, putting the series second only to Mario as video games' biggest earner.
It's not just a sales juggernaut, though -- the Pokemon pan-media powerhouse is also a treasure-trove of trivia. Here are a few Pokefacts you might have overlooked.
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