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World’s most popular little monsters, research reveals

Since the release of Pokémon Go, Nintendo’s monsters have invaded the cell phones of millions of people around the world. Everyone has their favorite pet, but a ToyZone study found that this preference varies from country to country.

The discovery was made to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the franchise, by analyzing the search volume for each Pokémon in different countries.

The greatest of all

The study only took into account the Pokémon introduced in the first games – Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue – launched in 1996. Of the 151 original Pokémon, the one that stood out in more countries does not surprise anyone. : it is the Pikachu, the mascot of the franchise.

Pikachu played in his own match in 2018

The Electric Rodent earned his fame by starring in all 23 seasons of the anime alongside Ash. It also explains why its popularity is even greater in Asia, a strong anime consumer market, and Africa, where games are not as appealing.

Europe seems to be more influenced by card games and laptops. In the old continent, the most sought after were Abra and Golem, very different from the world average.

The winner of the Americas

In the Americas, the division is much more balanced. In North America, the great research champion is the ghost Pokémon Gengar. Most of the Pokémon fans around the world are focused on American soil, so their preference for playful pokémon has boosted their popularity in the region.

Ash captured a Gengar last season.

Central America doesn’t exactly have a consensus on its favorite little monster. There is some preference for the initials, the Pokémon available for players to choose from at the start of each game. Squirtle and the evolving line of the Charmander share the hearts of fans, while the Bulbasaur remains forgotten.

Here in South America we also have a tie, between the mascot Pikachu and Charmander – this second, being the most adored of Brazilians. Argentina and Uruguay named Bulbasaur as their champion, but in the first publication of the research it was different.

As the Trainer Life page reports, Onix had been wrongly declared the most popular Pokémon in this region. It turns out that the best-selling car in Latin America between 2016 and 2019 shares its name with the stone giant, which has baffled British researchers.

Kanto’s initials are also popular outside of Pokémon

Check out the results for all countries on the map below:

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