Whether you're a Pokémaniac or a staunch detractor of the popular Pocket Monsters craze, you have to admit that Pokémon has done wonders for handheld gaming. It hasn't single-handedly saved it from obscurity, but it certainly has done its part. If you love carrying around your stylish DS and gaming on the go, next time you have a moment stop and thank Pokémon for its many contributions. That, or curse it for stealing so many hours of your life, and move on. Here are fifteen ways Pokémon has helped keep gaming alive.

As a bonus, if you have a copy of the new Pokémon X and Y game, here's a surpise gift from the folks at Pokémon.