Pokémon has been very popular worldwide since the game went on sale in 1996. The animations and movies of the franchise are also well known. In December 2014, the “Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo” opened in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Out of the eight Pokémon Centers in Japan (Pokémon official shops), this is the largest with a product lineup of over 2,500 items. It specializes in presenting the new world of Pokémon.