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Digimon (デジモン Dejimon), short for Digital Monsters (デジタルモンスター Dejitaru Monsutā), originally named Otokotchi (おとこっち Otokotchi)[N 1] and later on changed to Capsule Zaurus (カプセルザウルス Kapuseru Zaurusu)[1], began as a series of Virtual Pets, that expanded into a franchise centered around the creatures living inside them that quickly eclipsed the popularity of the Virtual Pets themselves.

Based partially on the sister franchise, Tamagotchi, the idea was to raise a creature called a Digimon that would evolve and change form depending on how it was cared for. Digimon could be pitted against each other in battle - the chief difference between Digimon and Tamagotchi. Digimon was designed to appeal to boys in the same way Tamagotchi were geared towards girls.

The term Digimon may refer to the video game franchise, an individual Digimon, or a species of Digimon.


See Digimon History

While the most popular part of the Digimon franchise has always been the anime, other aspects include video games, Virtual Pets, a Trading Card Game, and manga, and much merchandise.


Manga / Comics[edit]

Video Games[edit]

See List of Video Games

Virtual Pets[edit]

See List of Virtual Pets

List of Digimon[edit]

See List of Digimon

Additional Information[edit]

References Notes
  1. Otokotchi is a portmanteau of Otoko (男), meaning "boy/male" in Japanese, and Tamagotchi.