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Quick! Who has made the mainline Pokémon games? That’s right, Game Freak. But some people think the answer is Nintendo. According to Junichi Masuda, lots of people do.
In a recent clip on Game Freak’s official YouTube Channel, Masuda recalled how when Pokémon first came out, it was called a Nintendo game. While the game was released on Nintendo hardware and while Nintendo is involved in publishing, Nintendo did not make Pokémon.
The relationship between Game Freak, Nintendo, Creatures, and the Pokémon Company is rather complex. But as Nintendo World Report explains, Nintendo does the game publishing and distribution, Creatures handles the cards (though it also does games), Game Freak develops the games, and the Pokémon Company seems to handle everything else and have its fingers in all aspects. Granted, this is an oversimplification. Game Freak has released its games on non-Nintendo hardware, including the Mega Drive, PC Engine, Windows, and the PS4.
Plus, Nintendo, of course, does make spin-off games like Pokémon Stadium. Other studios have also developed Pokémon spin-offs, including Jupiter and Spike Chunsoft. However…
“I’ve asked about 200 people who they thought made Pokémon,” Masuda said, adding that almost 100 percent said Nintendo. “Even now, there are those people who think I’m a Nintendo employee.” This notion is so pervasive that when Masuda goes back to his hometown, he’ll overhear people express disbelief to each other that he is actually Junichi Masuda, saying, “Someone from Nintendo would never come to a place like this.”
So remember, Game Freak has made the mainline Pokémon games! Also, I’m sure someone from Nintendo would visit Masuda’s hometown.
Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Goomy!
Average Height: 1‘ 00″
Average Weight: 6.2 lbs.
First Added In Generation VI
When you think of dragons, you think of a powerful creature like Charizard. Massive and dangerous beasts, usually capable of flying and other cool stuff. Goomy isn’t like those dragons. Instead, Goomy is like a puddle of mucus that can die if stays out in the sun too long. Calm down kids, don’t all try to catch this thing at the same time. I know it sounds amazing.
I feel bad for poor Goomy, honestly. Throughout most of its Pokedex entries, it is referred to as “The weakest of all Dragon-type Pokemon.” Way to kick someone while they’re down. Although, kicking Goomy actually won’t do much to the little puddle of slime. Its body is covered in a thick slimy mucus that defends it from attacks. So kicking it will probably just feel weird and be a waste of time. But don’t touch Goomy if you can help it. According to Bulbapedia, the outside of Goomy is filled with germs. In fact, one Pokedex entry even mentions that after touching this creature you will need to really wash your hands. Gross.
Don’t leave these creatures out in the sun either. They use their slimy covering to breath. If they dry out they can actually die. So most Goomy stay in the shade and don’t move much. Again, kids I know this thing sounds amazing. Please don’t crowd around it and for god’s sake, don’t touch it.
If after hearing all this you still want to, for some reason, grab and hold one of these slimy things be careful. These creatures are very sensitive and even just picking them up or grabbing them can shock them so much that they will be unable to move for some time. So to recap, to keep this Pokemon alive and happy you need to never touch it, never hold it and never let it hang out in the sun.
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What did we just talk about?! Don’t eat this or touch this and just like actual ice cream, don’t leave it outside in the sun.
It uses antennas on its head to get a sense of its surroundings and what’s going on around it. For some reason, it has four of these?
Goomy is the shortest and lightest Dragon-type Pokemon in the games. It also is tied with another Dragon-type Pokemon for having the lowest base defense. Basically, it sucks.
I used to help run a Tumblr blog that did Pokemon splices, and Luvdisc drove me crazy. It was often requested to be spliced with another Pokemon, but the problem is that it’s just a blob. Combining it in a satisfying way with another Pokemon was almost impossible because it has no arms, legs, tails, or ANYTHING interesting on it.
Who is requesting Luvdisc for something like that? That person has the option of any Pokemon, literally any other Pokemon, and they choose the pink blob with no interesting features. That person probably likes plain vanilla ice cream too.
“How has he not been found yet?!” Nikola Markovic demanded as he slammed his fist down on his desk. “How hard can it be to find one ship?! It’s been six months!”
Accustomed to their father’s outbursts of anger, neither of the Romanov crime lord’s sons flinched … unlike several of the other men present. “This Gaster Jameson has proven to be an elusive target,” calmly stated Luka, the elder of the two Markovic brothers. His younger brother Emil, meanwhile, remained silent, watching from the corner where he stood.
“The men have been trying, Boss,” said Gennadi, one of Nikola’s top lieutenants. “We’ve got all the usual bounty hunters on it.”
Nikola let out an angry sigh. Gennadi may have been fiercely loyal, a trait the crime lord greatly appreciated in his men, but he was an idiot. “They’re not trying hard enough, it would seem,” he said coldly, his raw rage having given way to seething anger. “If, after all this time, the usual bounty hunters have turned up nothing, then clearly they are not enough. We need the best, the toughest, the most ruthless.”
“None of them have answered the call,” Emil finally spoke.
“Then make them,” Nikola said, turning to his son. “By whatever means necessary. Double the bounty. Put the word out: four-hundred-thousand credits for whoever brings me Gaster Jameson, dead or alive.”
Emil nodded. “Yes father.”
“Will doubling the bounty really be enough to entice anyone new to join the hunt?” Luke asked.
“It’s a start,” Nikola said. “But you are right; to get the best of the best we need to do more. We need to speak with them directly and entice them with advanced payment and a larger reward.”
“Is there anyone specific you have in mind, father?”
“There is, in fact. Luka, reach out to our contacts in the Union. Let them know Nikola Markovic wants to hire Moric Gulyas.”
“… right away.”
“As for you, Emil,” Nikola said, turning back to his other son. “Contact the best bounty hunters in the Rim and get them on board.”
“As you wish.”
Nikola leaned back in his chair as he watched his sons and the rest of the men file out of the room. Gaster Jameson had evaded him for too long, but that would soon change. He would make sure the man died, one way or another.
The pale blue glow of the holoscreen was the only source of light in the darkened starship cockpit. Eyes reflecting the screen as they scanned the lines of text it displayed, feared Romanov assassin Moric Gulyas read over the message he had been sent. A curious contract had been sent his way and he was intrigued to say the least. Moric had killed for the Koscheis, he’d killed for the Xiannus, he’d killed for the Yongs, and he’d killed for crime lords all across the Romanov Union and the Outer Rim, but he’d yet to kill for Nikola Markovic. The employer, however, wasn’t what made this particular job stand out from those he had worked in the past. No, it was the nature of the contract that struck Moric as unusual. In all his years as a professional hitman for hire, he’d never been offered a job quite like this.
The message from Markovic’s son Luka, which had been forwarded to Moric through one of his underground contacts, was a request to take up a six-month old bounty that had yet to be completed. The mark, a smuggler called Gaster Jameson, had obviously wronged Markovic in some fashion; the man wanted him dead real bad. The bounty had recently been doubled from two-hundred-thousand credits to four-hundred-thousand, but Moric was been offered an additional half-million to take on the contract— one-hundred-thousand in advance and the remaining four-hundred-thousand upon completion.
Moric wondered what some nobody smuggler could possibly have done to earn such a high price on his head or why it was necessary to bring in someone with his skills. The assassin didn’t normally take contracts on people of this sort, but the money was too good and too easy to turn down. Moric had killed Koscheis, he’d killed Xiannus, he’d killed Yongs, and he’d killed countless dangerous high profile targets; some smuggler dumb enough to cross Nikola Markovic would be like target practice.
His mind made up, Moric sent a brief reply to Luka’s message. He wasn’t much for conversation. Four words were all that was needed.
I accept your terms.
With that taken care of, Moric fired up the engines and his ship roared to life. Gaster Jameson would soon be dead. He just didn’t know it yet.
Freya Frost sat on the bridge of her ship, frowning at the picture displayed on the holoscreen. It was of a wanted man, apparently wanted very badly based on the price on his head. She knew that face from somewhere, but she couldn’t quite place it. It apparently belonged to a man called Gaster Jameson, but that name didn’t ring any bells. She sighed, and decided to just continue reading his profile.
As a rule, Freya tended to avoid publicly available bounties, especially the ones with high rewards. High rewards meant more competition, and therefore more chances that dumb luck would lead to someone else claiming the bounty. Such an outcome was unacceptable for Team Vogue. They were not going to waste time and resources only for another to receive the prize. However, it was different this time. This bounty had been posted quite some time ago with no success. This Gaster fellow remained at large, and it seemed the one who wanted him was getting impatient. Only a few hours ago she had received a message from Emil Markovic, son of the infamous Romanov crime lord Nikola Markovic, specifically requesting Team Vogue to join in the hunt. Among the listed perks included a not-insignificant advance payment as well as the promise of a reward far greater than the original bounty was posted for. It was certainly a tempting offer.
“But where have I seen you?” she murmured.
“Everything alright, Mademoiselle?” asked Marie, who had been lounging in the pilot’s seat.
Freya’s head jerked up in surprise. She had forgotten the rest of the crew were here on the bridge as well. “Yes, fine,” Freya confirmed. “We may have a new job.”
“Better be bloody interesting,” Francis muttered. “Or we may as well rename ourselves to the Team Vogue Postal Service. We’ll get you your bloody mail in half the time and double the boredom.”
Marie snorted at this. Team Vogue’s leader scowled at Francis, but he did have a point. She had been choosing somewhat safer jobs since … Nevermind that, she thought. These simple deliveries were, admittedly, getting tiresome.
“If I choose to take the job, I do believe it will be to your liking,” Freya reassured Francis. “It’s a high profile bounty. Some idiot has gotten himself very much on the bad side of Nikola Markovic and has been evading capture for quite some time. It seems the client’s finally come to his senses and decided to consult professionals.”
Francis’s eyebrows rose at this. “Very nice!” he exclaimed. “What information do we have on the poor bastard?”
While Freya’s English companion was very excited about this new mission, Marie appeared to be a bit more skeptical. “Markovic? You sure zat man can be trusted?”
“I’d say that it’s better than some nameless, faceless mystery man,” Francis retorted.
Freya barely suppressed a wince at that jab. She was convinced that disaster hadn’t been her fault. It was the other bounty hunters who had dared to get in their … no, her, way. They would have been well on their way off the planet long before that thing showed up had it not been for those other cocky buffoons.
Freya composed herself, then said, “He would not have made it this far in the underworld if he didn’t make good on his promises.”
“Yeah, what she said!” Francis agreed impatiently. “Now come on, tell us about the target!”
The bounty hunter captain rolled her eyes. She shouldn’t have said anything about the job, now they practically had to accept it. “It has some details here. He looks familiar, but I don’t know where I’ve seen him.”
Schwartzenpanzer, who had been sitting cross-legged on the floor sleeping or meditating or whatever he did, opened his eyes and glanced at Freya’s console. After a moment, he simply said, “Troyva,” then closed his eyes again.
“Troyva?” Freya questioned.
“Ja,” he confirmed.
She turned back to the holoscreen to analyze the image again and suddenly everything clicked into place. Yes, that was one of the men from the Troyva mission that had gone so horribly wrong. He had been part of the team that wasn’t decimated by the telekinetic monstrosity, which was also the team that had initially interrupted Team Vogue’s flawless plan. Those idiots had caused the delay that resulted in them not being able to escape with the governor.
Rage suddenly filled her, only to be immediately replaced with grim satisfaction. Oh, this was perfect! She could imagine the encounter now. Team Vogue appears out of nowhere, surprising the unsuspecting band of mercenaries. The ambushed crew is confident and defiant at first, since they’re the bumbling type that think some idiocy like true love and friendship will get them through every encounter. However, in time they realize they are outmatched by the clearly superior Team Vogue. In moments, their spirits are broken and they surrender. Team Vogue snatches their crewmate right out from under them and they are devastated. Should she kill the rest of them at this point? It would be momentarily gratifying and greatly reduce the risk of pursuit by the remaining members, but on the other hand it would be wonderful knowing the survivors’ despair lived on. Maybe she’d just kill one of them, the captain probably. That would cut the head off of the snake to leave the body in disarray. Then, Team Vogue delivers this Gaster Jameson to Markovic and collects a handsome bounty. It wasn’t often that someone offered to pay you to enact your own plan of revenge.
Fate had smiled down upon Freya Frost this day, and she smiled back. Returning to her console she typed out a simple reply to Emil’s offer.
Team Vogue accepts. You will not be disappointed.
Nikola Markovic sat behind his desk in his office, awaiting an important call. The blinds covering the glass walls were drawn and the door was locked to ensure the utmost privacy. The crime lord could not risk any of his men hearing the conversation he was about to have.
The light on the comms console soon flashed on to indicate an incoming call. Nikola pressed the accept button and the hologram projector conjured up the image of his employer. The projection of a dark-haired man stood before the desk, thin and not particularly tall, but with a commanding presence. The man gazed upon Nikola with a piercing gaze and spoke with a calm, cold voice.
“Good evening,” Nikola replied. “I trust you are well?”
A frown crossed the man’s face, but he said nothing. A long, uncomfortable moment of silence passed before he spoke again. “The smuggler is still alive.”
“I am taking care of the problem,” Nikola was quick to answer.
“No. You have been failing to deal with the problem, and you have been doing so for months now.”
“I have taken great steps toward finding him. I’ve doubled the bounty, I’ve contracted Moric Gulyas, Team Vogue, and—”
“And yet he still lives!”
Nikola jumped in his seat, taken aback by the sudden boom of his employer’s voice.
“You will deal with this,” the man on the other end of the call said, returning to his quiet, yet firm tone just as suddenly as it had exploded with volume. “Now.”
Nikola opened his mouth to speak, but his employer had already ended the call.
“Shit,” he muttered. This was not good.
Notes: This was a super fun chapter to write. It’s another chapter of non-session material that serves as a prelude to the final “season” of Spacemon: Frontier. I’d known for a while that I wanted to work on a chapter set during the time jump written from the perspective of some of the villain characters to set up for some events in later chapters, but I didn’t know exactly what form it would take. I recently put out the offer to other members of the Spacemon gang to contribute their own writing pieces to the lore and unknown approached me with some ideas he had for a chapter following Team Vogue based on some events in the campaign. I decided to break up the scenes he wrote and integrate them directly into the chapters I was working on and I took inspiration from them as well. This chapter started with the scene following Team Vogue he wrote and I built the rest of the chapter around it using the ideas I’d been kicking around in my head. I absolutely love how it turned out.
That does it for this chapter. As always the Spacemon gang and I will be monitoring the comments to foster discussion and answer any questions. Feel free to give feedback and critiques of the writing so I can improve it for the future, or just leave a comment with what you think about what went down in this chapter or what you think might happen next! You can also revisit past chapters, check out the rest of the Spacemon saga, join the Spacemon Discord server, or like our Facebook page to stay updated on all things Spacemon! Click here for the next exciting installment of Spacemon: Frontier!
Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Luvdisc!
Average Height: 2′ 00″
Average Weight: 19.2 lbs.
First Added In Generation III
If you ever visit the Pokemon universe and come across a large ocean or body of water that seems to be covered in a giant pink mass, be careful. You have just stumbled upon a giant group of Luvdiscs breeding. Technically calling this an orgy is a bit incorrect because Luvdiscs breed through spawning and not humping, as scientists say. But they do group together and breed, so I’m choosing to count that as an orgy. It’s close enough.
Luvdiscs are heart-shaped creatures who live in shallow warm water. They mostly live in and around coral reefs and are in close proximity with another Pokemon, Corsola. They also get eaten by the bird Pokemon Pelipper. That’s not surprising. I mean look at this thing. This is not a creature that can really put up a fight. It lacks any poison or sharp spikes. It is basically a floating meal for anything with a big enough mouth. It is a miracle they aren’t extinct.
According to Pokedex entries, Luvdiscs are known for finding couples who are in love at beaches and then just swimming up on them. Which is a bit creepy. Why are you stalking people making out, Luvdisc. You pervert. However, many couples see this intrusion as a sign of good luck. It is said that if a couple is approached by a Luvdisc they will have a wonderful relationship that will never end. This belief is so strong that some hotels will release Luvdiscs into their pools and beaches, I guess as a selling point to couples.
“Hey honey, I found a great deal on this hotel that chucks Luvdiscs into the pool every day. They also scoop the deads one out every night!”
Favorite Fan Art
I love this piece of fan art for two reasons. Number one: it shows that in the oceans of the Pokemon world, Luvdiscs are easy meals and probably die by the truckload. Reason number two: It paints a creepy picture of how dangerous the seas and oceans in the Pokemon games must actually be. I wouldn’t swim in them.
Two Luvdisc kissing can actually fly. This newfound ability only lasts for a short amount of time as seen in an episode of the Pokemon anime.
Over 75% of Luvdiscs are female.
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I understand. You found paradise in Alola. You made a good trade, you had good battles. Officer Jenny protected you and there were island challenges. So you didn’t need a friend like me. Now you come and say “Drampa, give me justice.” But you don’t ask with respect. You don’t offer friendship. You don’t even think to call me “Godpa.” You come to my house on the day I eat my berries and you ask me to do arson – for money.
“Someday, and that day may never come, I’ll call upon you to do a service for me. Maybe burn down a rival bar or something.”
If you’re able to hold off a few weeks on buying the new Nintendo Switch Lite when it releases September 20, you’ll have the chance to get a pretty slick version of Nintendo’s latest Switch: the Pokémon Sword and Shield-themed Zacian and Zamazenta edition.
As you can see, it’s an elegant light gray with cyan and magenta buttons and joysticks, with illustrations of the eponymous Pokémon on the back.
Unfortunately, this is just a cool new color scheme for the Switch—it doesn’t come with Pokémon Sword or Shield bundled or pre-loaded as currently listed. Still, those Zacian and Zamazenta illustrations are pretty sweet.
The Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta edition will be available November 8 for $199.99. Take a closer look below.
In August 2018, someone on eBay paid $60,000 for a very rare Pokemon card. It’s now almost a year later, the card still hasn’t arrived, and nobody knows where it’s got to.
YouTuber and Pokemon card collector smpratte has the story (via CNET), as he claims to know both the buyer and seller personally. What appears to have happened, smpratte says, is that having sold the card for $60,000 last year to someone outside the US, the seller posted it domestically, after which the card was forwarded to a Global Shipping Program centre in New York City.
The card was signed for, valued at $50,000 for insurance purposes—the highest figure possible—and was supposed to then be sent on its way. However that’s where the card’s journey ends, as no further tracking was ever noted, and no trace of it has turned up since.
The card in question is a “Trainer No.3″ (left), one of the rarest in existence, which was given out to third-place finishers at a “Secret Super Battle” in Japan in 1999. smpratte guesses that the card went missing at the New York GSP office when someone noted the insured value of the package, but there’s no proof of that; the video instead seems mostly geared towards warning whoever is in possession of it now that, thanks to the card’s rarity, there’s no way it can be sold without attracting the attention of people who know what it is and who legally owns it.
Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Drampa!
Average Height: 9′ 10″
Average Weight: 407.9 lbs.
First Added In Generation VII
Sometimes I spend an hour or so digging around for the next Pokemon creature to feature in these weekly posts. Then other times, the internet collectively shoves one in my face. This is why this week we are taking a look at Drampa. Because a few different folks shared this tweet with me and asked: “Is this a good candidate for Here’s Another Pokemon?” Yes. It is. You see Drampa is a nice dragon unless you hurt one of its loved ones. Then it will burn your fucking house to the ground.
This big dragon lives in the mountains far above the villages and homes of people. But it loves eating a specific type of berry and every morning it flies down to eat some. During these trips, it will often communicate with locals and other Pokemon. It especially loves kids and will often play with them, even letting kids ride on top of the dragon’s long snake-like body.
But be careful. If you harm or harass any of these kids, Drampa will stop being a gentle giant and start being an arsonist. According to the official Pokemon: Sun & Moon website, Drampa will use its fire breath to blow up the homes of people who have hurt any of the children in Drampa’s care. Drampa doesn’t believe in spanking and will REALLY let you know.
Weirdly, Drampa’s Pokedex entry doesn’t actually talk about this destructive behavior. Instead, it only mentions how docile it is and how Drampas love berries. Which makes me wonder if Drampa has paid off the people who write these entries and wants to keep his little crimes out of the public eye.
Favorite Fan Art
Ohhhh…that’s why Drampa is so chill. I get now. He just needs some more “berries.” You know, for his glaucoma.
In the anime, there is Drampa known as Grandpa Forest. It has saved the lives of some kids and is sort of like a local celebrity. I wonder how mad people would get if someone swung by and captured him?
Drampa kind of sounds like grampa or grandpa. So I assume this is supposed to be an old dragon. He probably doesn’t understand what Fortnite is.
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The tidbit about Pachirisu tiring people out was shown in the anime where it keeps running in circles and exhausting Dawn whenever it shows up. But the better anime tidbit is that Dawn’s actually knows Super Fang, and it looks hilarious.
I love how silly those big fangs look. Reminds of when actors are forced to wear fake teeth to be an alien and it is very clear they can’t close their mouth or talk normally.
Also, big shout out to MegaBlastoise. Always dropping cool bits of knowledge and information in the comments each week. Thanks!
Mewtwo is coming back to Pokemon GO raids but will be sporting a new look. This armored version is based on Mewtwo’s appearance from the upcoming Pokemon anime film Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution.
Niantic and The Pokemon Company released a teaser video showing off the new Mewtwo in action. The return of this more potentially more powerful Mewtwo will only be a limited time event. Players can start fighting this armored Mewtwo on July 10th.
Beyond the teaser and the release date, not much else is known about this upcoming Pokemon GO event and this new version of Mewtwo.
Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Pachirisu!
Average Height: 1‘ 04“
Average Weight: 8.6 lbs.
First Added In Generation IV
When I was a kid, my brother and I would hide food from each other. We had plenty of food, our parents weren’t starving us or anything. But the stuff we loved, like Oreos and Brownies, we would grab some and hid it somewhere in the kitchen. Pachirisu does something similar, but goes another level and electrifies their hidden food stashes. If I could have done that as a kid, I probably would have. Nobody gets my Oreos.
According to Pokedex entries found in various Pokemon games, these small electric rodents will store their favorite berries and nuts in small furballs, which like them, contain electrical charges. If someone grabs one of these hidden traps they will feel a powerful surge of static electricity. How bad are the injuries? Considering this is the Pokemon universe and shit can get dark around here, I just assume these traps are killing kids by the truckload around various villages.
I do have questions for the people who find a furball in a tree and decide to just grab it. That is wild to me. Especially in this universe. Do they not know how crazy things are in this world? Do they not realize that their planet is filled with deadly, dangerous and weird creatures who will hurt or even kill them at the drop of a hat? I have to assume after enough people grabbed these dangerous furballs, they started making public service announcements with famous Pokemon celebrities explaining to kids and teens to “Stop grabbing furballs and start grabbing more fruit and veggies. But not the living plants that will also kill you.”
Also, how many damn electrical rodents are there in the Pokemon universe? It seems like a lot. Is it a lot? Do people get them confused? Are there clubs where people gather and show off their electrical rat?
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No!! Pachirisu get away from that thing. It isn’t a harmless balloon! No! Let go. Run!
By rubbing their cheeks together, Pachirisu can share their electrical charges. Which means, theoretically (according to me, a non-expert) if enough of them charge up one Pachirisu, they could create a supercharged creature that might be able to take out half of a small town.
These little rats are fast. According to Bulbapedia, they can actually run fast enough and long enough to tire out most other Pokemon. So don’t piss one of these things off by calling it Pikachu or something.
They are often found in woods on the outskirts of power plants, which makes you wonder how safe those plants are to live around.
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I keep bees as a hobby, and it never occurred to me that only female combees can evolve, which is just awesome. Drone bees are basically useless and pretty much just exist as sperm receptacles.
It is creepy though that the Combee hive exists in its mom’s butt, that’s unsettling.
It really is unsettling. I don’t want this to become a trend in future Pokemon creatures. Like, hey look at this bear that has a dog face, also it shoots babies out its stomach holes. Don’t make that Pokemon, Gamefreak. Please.
After weeks of fan outrage and anger, the producer of Pokemon Sword & Shield, Junichi Masuda, released a statement yesterday addressing the decision to not have all Pokemon move forward into Sword & Shield. The statement is fairly short and the main takeaway is simple: They hear all the anger and disappointment, but they aren’t changing their plans to only have some Pokemon return from previous games.
Earlier this month at E3 2019, during a Nintendo stream, Masuda confirmed the bad news to viewers. Unlike previous games in the franchise, Sword & Shield would only allow some Pokemon to be imported from other generations and regions. This news spread fast across the Pokemon community and many fans were upset over the news. For some players who have been importing their favorite Pokemon for years from game to game, they were fearful this would no longer be possible.
In the statement released yesterday and during that initial announcement, Masuda assured fans that this wasn’t an easy decision to make. Masuda feels that moving forward, this was for the best. Masuda also added that just because a Pokemon doesn’t appear in Sword & Shield, doesn’t mean it won’t appear in a future Pokemon game.
He also ended his short statement with a simple message to fans:
“We are pouring our hearts into these games, and we hope you will look forward to joining us on this new journey.”
This is something to remember. The people at Gamefreak who are working on this game are spending months and years of their lives developing this new Pokemon adventure. It’s okay to be disappointed or even a bit upset about the National Dex news. But don’t attack, harass or insult the people making this game. That accomplishes nothing and is a shitty way to treat people.
We still don’t know the full list of Pokemon in Sword & Shield and which creatures have made the cut. Until we learn that information, players will have to hope their favorite Pokemon has made it into the upcoming game.