As Pokémon has become one of Nintendo's dominant franchises, it has made appearances across various platforms in a variety of non-Pokémon specific games. Most notably Pokémon has appeared within the Smash Bros series, which is covered on this site, but Pokémon has also appeared in a variety of official Nintendo games. This page is to detail all of its appearances

Nintendo Badge Arcade

Console: Nintendo 3DS
Japan Release Date: December 17th 2014
EU Rekease Date November 13th 2015
US Rekease Date November 11th 2015

Nintendo Badge Arcade (Collectible Badge Center in Japan) is a free piece of downloadable software that lets you use a crane machine style game to collect various badges. These badges can then be used to decorate your home menu and often provide home menu themes to fit it. You get free attempts each day to get badges, or you can pay to get more attempts at 90¥/Ł0.90/€1.00/$1.00 for 5 attempts. Most Nintendo franchises have had a variety of panels introduced and on September 17th 2015, Pokémon had the first panels introduced

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Super Mario Maker

Console: Nintendo Wii U
Japan Release Date: September 10th 2015
US/European Release Date: September 11th 2015
amiibo Support?: Yes

In Super Mario Maker, you can get various costumes to access through the Mystery Mushroom in the Super Mario Bros. style. These costumes can be of a variety of characters from many Nintendo franchises, and this includes Pokémon. To get the costumes, you either have to scan the appropriate amiibo or complete the 100 Mario Challenge where you will receive a random costume for doing so. There are 6 different Pokémon costumes in this game, each with different animations but they lack additional Pokémon related sound effects.

Pose Charizard Pikachu Jigglypuff Mewtwo Lucario Greninja
Stationary Stationary Stationary Stationary Stationary Stationary Stationary
Up Pose Up Pose Up Pose Up Pose Up Pose Up Pose Up Pose
Crouch Crouch Crouch Crouch Crouch Crouch Crouch
Swim Swim Swim Swim Swim Swim Swim
Climb Climb Climb Climb Climb Climb Climb
Run Run Run Run Run Run Run
StreetPass Plaza - Puzzle Swap

Console: Nintendo 3DS
Worldwide Release Date: February 26th 2011

Puzzle Swap is a part of the built-in application on the Nintendo 3DS called StreetPass Plaza. As you StreetPass other players, you'll be able to receive puzzle pieces from them, or spend 2 Play Coins to get a puzzle piece. Various panels get sent through SpotPass to celebrate a variety of games and when the puzzle is complete, then you can watch a special animation. Pokémon is one of the many franchises which has had representation in this piece of software

Image Name Description Release
Pokémon X & Y The animation shows Xerneas and Yveltal statically with close ups moving between the Pokémon as they do an animation October 2013
Swapnote / Nintendo Letterbox

Console: Nintendo 3DS
Worldwide Release Date: December 22nd 2011

Swapnote, known in Europe as Nintendo Letterbox, is a piece of free download software available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. This game allows you to send various messages to other players across the world but, after writing 20 messages, you get the ability to save and use new stationery. This stationery has specific themes and numerous Pokémon themed stationery has been released. This stationery typically requires you to have a game played on the 3DS. The stationery is as follows

Image Name Method Release
Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 - Kyurem Have Pokémon Black 2 or White 2
North America distribution
November 1st 2012
Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 - Genesect Have Pokémon Black 2
North America distribution
November 1st 2012
Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 - Genesect Have Pokémon White 2
North America distribution
November 1st 2012
Pokédex 3D Pro - Genesect Have Pokédex 3D Pro
North America distribution
January 30th 2013
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Have Pokémon Black 2
North America distribution
March 15th 2013
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Have Pokémon White 2
North America distribution
March 15th 2013
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Have Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
North America distribution
April 18th 2013
Pokémon X & Y Have any Pokémon game
North America & Europe distribution
June 11th 2013
Pokémon X & Y Have any Pokémon game
North America & Europe distribution
June 11th 2013
HarmoKnight

Console: Nintendo 3DS
Jp. Release Date: September 5th 2012
US Release Date: March 28th 2013
EU Release Date: March 28th 2013

HarmoKnight is a platform game developed by the developer of the main series Pokémon games, GameFreak. This game has you play as Tempo as he travels through the stages hitting enemies and jumping to the tune of the music. This game has five stages which feature Pokémon music and backgrounds. The five levels feature the following music

  • Pokémon Unova Trainer Music
  • Pokémon Bicycle Music
  • Pokémon Gym Music
  • Pokémon Route 27 Music
  • Pokémon Kanto Champion Music
Mario Artist: Paint Studio

Console: Nintendo 64 DD
Jp. Release Date: December 1st 1999

This Japanese-only Nintendo 64 DD game is the sequel to Mario Paint and allowed for you to draw various art designs using a special mouse that came with the game. As with the original Mario Paint, you can add various stickers onto your art, and with the power of the Nintendo 64, it allowed for you to paste in artwork of the Pokémon from Bulbasaur to Mew

GameBoy Camera

Console: GameBoy
Jp. Release Date: February 21st 1998
US Release Date: June 1st 1998

The special GameBoy Camera peripheral for the GameBoy and GameBoy Color came out within 1998 and within it, like with Mario Artist, came a variety of Pokémon stamps. These stamps can be placed upon your photographs and feature Pokémon sprites from Pokémon Red & Blue of Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle and Pikachu across all verisons, Rattata, Nidoran, Clefairy, Cubone, Poliwhirl & Eevee in the Japanese version and Mew and Meowth in the International version. Several pictures were pre-loaded onto the game including various other Pokémon such as Mewtwo. Finally, the Japanese version has several borders which can be printed out. These featured Red on a bicycle, Blastoise and Pikachu & Clefairy.

In addition to this, a special Pokémon themed printer was released for use with the GameBoy Camera, and it even had some features within Pokémon Yellow, Gold, Silver & Crystal

Picross NP Vol. 1

Console: Super Nintendo
Jp. Release Date: February 1st 1999

Following the cancellation of the once mentioned Pokémon Picross, Pokémon appeared in a Picross style on the Japanese only Picross NP Vol. 1. In this game, there was a variety of Pokémon Puzzles, specifically focusing on Meowth, Mr. Mime, Psyduck, Clefairy, Togepi, Electrode, Gloom, Pikachu, Zapdos, Rapidash, Poliwag & Snorlax, each with advancing difficulty.

 
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