From lawyers to French novels and Brazilian footballers, the meaning behind the names of Nintendo's most famous stars is fascinating. Here, our expert fact finder tells you about the origins of the big names such as Mario, Link and Pikachu plus other heroes such as Lucas and Captain Olimar.
So read on and let us know how many of these you knew. Also, we are being promised more - after all, you could fill a whole book on the origins of Pokemon names. Talking of which...
PikachuIn Japanese, pikapika is onomatopoeia for something that sparkles or shines. Not too dissimilar from twinkle in English.
The word chuchu is meant to convey the sound of squeaking and is often used in relation to mice. A good example of this would be the popular puzzle game Chu Chu Rocket. So the name Pikachu is a combination of the two that could be translated literally as sparkling squeak which kind of describes everyone's favourite electric mouse Pokemon.