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Game Freak talks about its origins

Posted on August 9, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

Game Informer is continuing its coverage of Game Freak and Pokemon today with some new insight into the studio. For the latest entry, the magazine goes over the company’s early history.

Game Freak first started out as a magazine / mini comic. When the Famicom was introduced, co-founder Junichi Masuda says the development of Mendel Palace started. Masuda said that the team “didn’t really have any official development equipment, so we just sort of had to hack the NES and figure out how it worked so we could develop on it ourselves without the official sort of development tools.”

Game Freak itself was founded after Namco said it couldn’t sign a contract with an individual, and needed to be incorporated. The studio’s next game was Smart Ball, a game made with Sony for the SNES. According to Masuda, this project is when Game Freak’s relationship with Nintendo really formed.

Another early project for Game Freak was Mario and Wario. The SNES game used the same mouse peripheral tied to Mario Paint. However, according to Masuda, the team originally thought about using the Super Scope. But since “it was pretty difficult to work with,” they dropped the idea.

Masuda told Game Informer:

“When it was first starting out you would shoot the Super Scope and launch nets to catch monsters but back then most people’s TVs were pretty small and the Super Scope? We couldn’t get it to quite determine the top and the bottom of the TV so there were a lot of situations where it just wouldn’t recognize the net getting shot out.”

Finally, in 1996, Game Freak put out Pokemon Red and Green in Japan after developing the project for more than six years. No contacts were signed while development was taking place, though Nintendo stopped by every so often to offer suggestions such as Shigeru Miyamoto putting out an idea about releasing the game on multiple cartridges.

Masuda said:

“With Pokémon, we were just kind of making it ourselves at first and we did present the game concept to Nintendo and they said, ‘Oh okay, good luck. As long as you guys have money, keep working on it.’ Kind of the feeling at the time wasn’t that we got a deal with them and kept working on it over six years or anything like that. We were just us developing it on our own.”


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  • Princess_Eevee9

    That Super Scope idea sounds amazing, please think about using that for the Nintendo Switch title or something similar!

    • RoadyMike

      …So basically a more developed Pokemon Snap mixed with Pokemon Ranger but with accessories
      Lose the accessory part and you might be on to something

      • Princess_Eevee9

        Drop Pokémon Snap and add better elements like Pokémon Contests, Musical, Breeding, etc. And you got what I always wanted in Life of A Pokémon Trainer game.

  • Auragar

    Of course it was Miyamoto who decided on two versions.

    • Princess_Eevee9

      We have him to thank too.

      • Auragar

        “Thank” yeah that’s what I’m gonna do when it is just an artificial means to make more money.

        • Princess_Eevee9

          I literally think you’re just talking out your rear, and one of those stupid folk who bash Miyamoto for absolutely no reason at all. And please do not bring up Paper Mario that’s so tired and full of misinformation.

          • Auragar

            I don’t bash Miyamoto, he’s a cool guy, I am just like so over the fact that he was supposedly involved in literally every freaking thing. And the two release nonsense is just stupid. So if it really was his idea then that is not something to be proud of and that is probably why they are saying it was his idea because they know that the idea is clearly nothing but greed.

          • Princess_Eevee9

            GameFreak would be worshipping these ideas as it netted them boatloads of cash.

            Do you get that Shigeru Miyamoto is basically one of the founding fathers of gaming /Nintendo? How area you sick of hearing how new basically created several key franchises that got the ball rolling in the first place?

          • Auragar

            I suppose that is true but it also gives them a bad look though I guess nowadays more than ever any press is good press. And because even if he did it gets annoying to always hear he was involved in this and that like ok we get it.