Game Freak

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Editions by mr3urious, TheLogoChamp, Shadeed A. Kelly, alexmcferren, Flake R, Liwakip, GETENT and TheBigLogoFan2

Background: Game Freak is a Japanese video game developer, best known as the primary developer of Nintendo's Pokémon series of role-playing video games.

1st Logo
(February 27, 1996-June 16, 2002, February 27, 2016)

Game Freak (1996)Game Freak (1999) (color, presents variant)Game Freak (1996, w/o presents)

Logo: On a letterboxed white background, a gray star shoots by from the top right of the screen to the bottom left. The Game Freak logo, which is a blobby black circle with a "G" on it, appears with "GAME FREAK" written below. Stars fall from the logo, and "PRESENTS" appears below.

  • The North American and European releases of the Pokémon games do not have "PRESENTS". This is likely due to a bug during the localization process.
  • If you play Pokémon on the Game Boy Color, the logo becomes colorized. By default, the stars and the "G" are the designated color of the version you're playing. However, the Game Boy Color has a feature to change the color palette. On the Super Game Boy, Pokémon Stadium and its sequel's GB Tower mode, and Pokémon Yellow on the Game Boy Color, the "G" is yellow and the stars are rainbow colored.

FX/SFX: The star, the logo flashing. Standard graphics for the Game Boy.

Music/Sounds: A shooting star sound which sounds similar to the move Metronome in the Pok
émon games. The Japanese versions of Pokémon Red and Green have a slightly different sound.

Availability: Can be found on copies of Poké
mon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version, Pokémon Yellow Version, and Pokémon Green Version (Japan only) for the Game Boy, as well as their respective downloadable versions on the Nintendo 3DS.

Editor's Note: This is a very popular logo with fans of Pokémon's first generation.

2nd Logo
(January 28, 1999)

Game Freak (1999)Logo: On a black background, the Game Freak logo appears. A yellow star falls onto the logo, it explodes into little stars and at the same time, "GAME FREAK INC." appears below via a 'drop-&-slide' animation letter-by-letter. The black background turns dark blue gradient.

FX/SFX: The star moving and exploding, The text sliding in.

Music/Sounds: None, it's a silent Logo.

Availability: Extremely rare; Only known to be seen on Click Medic
for the PlayStation. The game was only released in Japan, so it is a tough find.

3rd Logo
(October 14, 1999-April 24, 2002, September 22, 2017)

Game Freak - CLG WikiLogo: On a black (or white if playing on the Super Game Boy 2 and older) background, a yellow star spirals into the center of the screen, causing the Game Freak logo from before to appear, only with the "G" yellow and the text white. Yellow bubbles float from the logo, and "PRESENTS", in slightly smaller text, appears below.

FX/SFX: The star and bubbles.

Music/Sounds: A high-pitched twinkling sound based on the 1st logo.

Availability: Seen on Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silver Version for the Game Boy Color,
as well as their respective downloadable versions on the Nintendo 3DS.

4th Logo
(December 14, 2000-November 2, 2001, December 14, 2017, January 26, 2018)

Game Freak - CLG WikiLogo: On a black background, a pink blob drops down from the center of the screen and bounces once, revealing it to be the Pokémon Ditto (known as Metamon in Japan). It then morphs into a yellow Game Freak logo, and "GAME FREAK", in white, appears below, alongwith "PRESENTS" in slightly smaller text.

FX/SFX: Ditto/Metamon's animations.

Music/Sounds: A couple of "thud" sounds, followed by a "morphing" sound, and ending with a short jingle.

Availability: Seen on Pokémon Crystal Version for the Game Boy Color,
as well as their respective downloadable versions on the Nintendo 3DS.

5th Logo
(November 21, 2002-October 21, 2005)

Game Freak - CLG WikiLogo: In a forest, we see a raindrop flowing down a leaf on the top-right. It drops into the water, followed by two more drops dropping down. After the drops are finished, the Game Freak logo, in blue, fades in, with "GAME FREAK" in white over it with "PRESENTS" in green below. We pan up to the opening to the game.

Variant: A different version is found on Pokémon Emerald Version where the logo appears earlier than usual in a bubble-like fashion instead of a fade. This version also zooms in at the end. The "PRESENTS" does not appear in this version.

FX/SFX: The logo fading-in and fading-out.

Music/Sounds: The intro of the game.

Availability: Seen on Pokémon Ruby Version, Pokémon Sapphire Version, and Pokémon Emerald Version for the Game Boy Advance.

6th Logo
(January 29-October 1, 2004, September 25, 2006)

Game Freak - CLG WikiLogo: Exactly like the 1st logo, but it's different. On a black background, the star is bigger and slower, leaves a star trail to form the Game Freak logo, and the words "GAME FREAK", with "PRESENTS" below, fade in over the G.

Variant: Version 1.0 releases of the English versions of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen do not have "PRESENTS" due to an error. Version 1.1 releases fix this error.

FX/SFX: The star, the logo flashing. It's just a remake of the first logo.

Music/Sounds: A warbly 8-bit tune followed by a little quiet, peaceful song.

Availability: Seen on Pokémon FireRed Version and LeafGreen Version on the Game Boy Advance.

7th Logo
(September 22, 2005, February 6, 2006, December 16, 2015-June 16, 2016)

Logo: On a brick wall, we see the white Game Freak logo. The camera pans to the right and the wall starts to burst, then we briefly see a red drill from the logo of the game zooming in and rotating.Game Freak (Drill Dozer variant, 2005-2006, 2015-2016)

FX/SFX: The camera panning to the right, The wall breaking.

Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the game.

Availability: Seen on Drill Dozer for the Game Boy Advance.
as well as their respective downloadable version on the Wii U.

8th Logo
(September 28, 2006-July 2, 2009)
Game Freak (2006-2009)

Logo: Stars go from the top screen to the bottom then the Game Freak symbol appears in gold. More stars fall to create the text on the bottom screen saying:


Variant: On Pokémon Platinum Version a small Game Freak symbol appears to the left of the text (which is more spaced out) on the bottom screen. Other than that, it's identical.

FX/SFX: Stars falling.

Music/Sounds: Dramatic music.

Availability: Seen on Pokémon Diamond Version and Pokémon Pearl Version on the Nintendo DS. Also on Pokémon Platinum Version.

9th Logo
(September 12, 2009-April 2, 2010)

Logo: Nearly the same as the Pokemon Platinum variant of the 8th logo, except it cuts to a scene of the ocean, then either Ho-Oh or Lugia flies towards the screen and the screen fades to white.

FX/SFX: None at first, then the sun moving.

: Bells tolling.

Availability: Seen on Pokémon HeartGold Version and SoulSilver Version on the Nintendo DS.

10th Logo
(September 18, 2010-October 12, 2012)

Game Freak (2011)Logo: On a black background, we see a bluish-white star with a trail. It then crashes into the spotlight, emitting in the cyan-pink cloud, forming the letters "G", "A", "M", "E", "F", "R", "E", "A" and "K". They form "G A M E---F R E A K", take place, and then the Game Freak symbol fades in from the left. The symbol then flashes and the words shine. Then the logo fades out.

FX/SFX: The star, the explosion, the words taking place and the fading. Concepted and animated by Game Freak designer and art director James Turner.

Music/Sounds: Ambient humming and futuristic sounds, such as laser sounds and an echoed glass shattering sound when the star explodes, then the ambient humming sound morphs into a choirs that abruptly changes to a logo jingle playing in reverse when the logo shines.

Availability: Seen on Pokémon Black Version, Pokémon White Version, Pokémon Black Version 2, and Pokémon White Version 2 on the Nintendo DS.

11th Logo
(September 5, 2012-July 21, 2015)

Logo: The Game Freak logo from the last logo fades in and out.

FX/SFX: The fade in and out.

Music/Sounds: None

Availability: Seen on HarmoKnight on the Nintendo 3DS and Tembo the Badass Elephant for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.

12th Logo
(October 12, 2013)

Logo: Just an in-credits text on the title screen reading:


The Game Freak Symbol is seen on the left as usual.

FX/SFX:The fade in and out.

Music/Sounds: The title screen music, which is the Pokémon theme.

Availability: Seen on Pokémon X and Y on the Nintendo 3DS, at the end of the title screen's animation when the game is left idle; thus it is possible to complete the game without even seeing the logo once.

13th Logo
(November 21-28, 2014)

Logo: We pan across a forest with three Beautiflies flying, and come across the pond, a Skitty and a Zigzaggon's tail are showing and then disappear. Then, the raindrop from the 5th logo flows down to the tip of the leaf and falls into the pond, and then 2 more drop, withPRESENTED BY fading in, followed by
GAME FREAK and the Game Freak symbol on the left. The camera then pans to Mt. Chimney, fading out as Latias/Latios fly toward the mountain, segueing into the game's intro.

FX/SFX: Just about everything.

Music/Sounds: A remixed version of the opening theme from the original Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.

Availability: Seen on Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire on the Nintendo 3DS.

14th Logo
(November 18, 2016-November 17, 2017)

15th Logo
(November 16, 2018)

Logo: On a white background, the Game Freak logo with the symbol to the left fade in, along with the words PRESENTED BY on top. Everything then fades out of view, later into the game's intro.

FX/SFX: The fading.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! for Nintendo Switch.