Of course! I believe it started to become popular around here when I was 8 or so...the first time I got my Game Boy Colour and Pokemon Red as a gift, I played it for 11 hours straight. :P
Anyone preorder Pokemon Black & White 2? I'm really excited for it! I really liked Pokemon White, much more so than the last two generations.
Oh, and my favourite Pokemon? I have a lot actually! But my all time favourite Pokemon is:
Other favourites are Scizor, Mareep & its evolutions, Cyndaquil & its evolutions, Scraggy, and Archen.