North America: November 16th 2001
Japan: December 14th 2001
Europe: March 15th 2002
Pokémon mini was a dedicated handheld console for Pokémon games that was released in 2001 globally. This small device only had a D-Pad and three buttons, as well as a gyrometer in order for you to play the games. Each game came on a unique cartridge which allowed for the play of the game. Only 10 games were released for this device.
While Pokémon mini was short lived, with a lifespan of just under 18 months in Japan, its legacy continued in the Gamecube title, Pokémon Channel, which featured small versions of various Pokémon mini games, as well as its own unique game in Snorlax's Lunchtime.
Despite the games being on cartridges, the games were saved on the Pokémon mini console. There are only 5 save slots on the game console but you can lay any game without saving if all slots are taken.
There were three models of Pokémon mini released globally, each based on a specific Pokémon. There was Wooper Blue, Chikorita Green and Smoochum Pink.