Pokémon in Greece

Pokémon in Greece
Pokemon logo Greek.png
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Flag of Greece
Languages Greek
Continent Europe
Original anime airdates
EP001 1999
AG001 2004
DP001 2009
BW001 February 4, 2012
XY001 September 1, 2014
SM001 April 1, 2018
JN001 July 1, 2021

The Pokémon series first reached Greece in 1999 with the airing of Πόκεμον, διαλέγω εσένα!, shortly followed by the release of Pokémon Red and Blue Versions. A wide array of media have appeared since then, including spin-off games, movies, and several books. Following the Pokémon phenomenon of early 00’s, the series maintain a strong fanbase among Greek video game communities to this day. Pokémon is written in Greek script as Πόκεμον, and an official adapted logo has been used for certain instances, such as advertisements.

Pokémon video games

Pokémon video games in Greece are released in accordance to their European release dates, typically in their English-language localization. Packaging has undergone changes through the years, coming in its English version during the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance eras, and finally receiving a Greek localization during the Nintendo DS era. Greek-translated manuals have been included with the games since the first release, initially as separate prints alongside their English versions, and as a single bilingual print starting with Nintendo DS. In a few occasions, certain spin-offs did not receive localized packaging, and opted for a brief instruction sheet instead of a fully translated manual.

Nortec was the official Nintendo distributor in Greece until December 31, 2015. They handled marketing, distribution and service of all Pokémon-related games starting from the first release of Pokémon Red and Blue in 1999. They have brought all games released before 2016, including Pokémon Pikachu, its sequel, and Pokémon mini, with the notable exception of Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure. Following Nortec's divorce from Nintendo of Europe, CD Media took over as the Greek Nintendo distributor in October 1, 2016. During the intermediate period, Nintendo of Europe continued eShop operations in Greece and many retailers continued importing games through other channels, making Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon and Pokkén Tournament available for purchase when they first released. Nonetheless, the latter was eventually officially brought over in retail form through CD Media.

A number of local Pokémon event distributions have been made available in Greece between 2000 and 2014, all arranged by Nortec. These include Mythical Pokémon like Mew for Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow; Deoxys for the Generation III games; and Diancie for Pokémon X and Y, but only a small number of events of secondary importance. Distribution dates have often deviated from their European counterparts, at times being numerous weeks or months later, while more rarely debut earlier, as with certain Summer 2011 events. The ORAS Special Demo became the last distribution organized by Nortec, while Volcanion, given in the Pokémon Sun and Moon launch event organized in association with fansite ninty.gr, marked CD Media's debut. Events have been handled by a number of different retailers, including historically Jumbo and Plaisio, and more recently Public, Germanos, and Moustakas.

Two National Championships, arranged by Nortec in association with the popular fansite Legendary Pokémon, took place in 2009 and 2010.

Pokémon anime

The Pokémon anime in Greece first premiered on Star Channel in 1999 and continued until 2004. That same year, Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire aired from there until late 2008. After that, in 2009, the same channel began airing Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl until Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Battle Dimension in 2010. After this, Disney XD which acquired the rights continued that series until 2012. Pokémon the Series: Black & White premiered on February 4, 2012, still on Disney XD until mid-2014. On September 1 of that same year, Pokémon the Series: XY aired until 2016. For unknown reasons, the 19th season was skipped. They went on a hiatus until April 1, 2018 when they released Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon on Netflix Greece under the title Πόκεμον η Σειρά: Ήλιος και Σελήνη. Irregular broadcasts of specials and movies still happen on Star Channel, especially during holiday seasons, but the regular series now appears exclusively on Disney XD. Older episodes of the series have been made available in VHS and DVD formats, with Ethnos, a newspaper, coming with free DVDs of the series every Saturday during 2007.

In Greece, the anime is available on Netflix.

Pokémon movies

The first three Pokémon movies have been brought to Greek cinemas, with Mewtwo Strikes Back premiering in April 21, 2000. After over six years of hiatus, Jirachi: Wish Maker was released in DVD format in 2006. Pokémon 4Ever, Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias, and Destiny Deoxys followed shortly after, one after another. The initial two movies were also re-released at that time. Pokémon movies are often broadcasted on television. Also, Arceus and the Jewel of life, Zoroark: Master of Illusions, and Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram were screened on the Greek Disney XD. Most recently, on September 7, 2014, Genesect and the Legend Awakened broadcasted on the Greek Disney XD, dubbed in the Greek language. Also, the movie was shown in Cyprus on Nova, a pay TV channel, in the same period. Instead, Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice was skipped for unknown reasons.

Cast and crew

The lead role of Ash Ketchum is dubbed by Voula Kosta (Βούλα Κώστα). Michaela Antoniou (Μιχαέλα Αντωνίου) gave her voice to several main female characters, including Misty, Jessie, Officer Jenny, and Nurse Joy. James is dubbed by Fotis Petridis (Φώτης Πετρίδης), while Meowth and Brock are both voiced by Haris Grigoropoulos (Χάρης Γρηγορόπουλος). Loukas Frangoulis (Λουκάς Φραγκούλης) joined the main cast as Tracey Sketchit. May, Dawn and Chloe are all dubbed by Stella Bonatsou (Στέλλα Μπονάτσου). Giorgos Mataragkas (Γιώργος Ματαράγκας) joined the cast as Trip in Pokémon the Series: Black & White. Starting with Pokémon Journeys: The Series, Goh is voiced by Dimitris Sarlos (Δημήτρης Σάρλος).

Pokémon merchandise

The second book of Pokémon Περιπέτειες in Greek

Several different types of Pokémon merchandise has been available in Greece over the years, including toys and an Official Pokémon Magazine.

Pokémon manga

The first fifteen rounds of Pokémon Adventures (Greek: Pokémon Περιπέτειες) were translated into Greek by Modern Times, a publisher. Translation was done by Andreas Kolokythas (Ανδρέας Κολοκύθας). The fifteen rounds were published over five books, and started releasing in 2000, with the first book titled Pokémon Περιπέτειες: Ο Καλύτερος Εκπαιδευτής.

Pokémon Trading Card Game

The Pokémon Trading Card Game is being distributed in its English format by Kaissa, starting with the Base Set. A limited number of Play! Pokémon events also take place, typically in Athens.

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