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Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda recently made some comments about Pokemon and Switch during an interview with Spanish site MeriStation which gained quite a bit of attention. However, we thought the entire interview might be worth sharing, as it’s interesting in its own right. And thankfully, Nintendo Everything reader Gumbatei was up to the task of translating the comments into English.

Masuda, along with Shigeru Ohmori, talked a fair amount about Pokemon Sun/Moon and the series in general. The two talked about Alola Forms and whether they’ll return, the future of the franchise, and more. A question was also asked about potential Pokemon Diamond/Pearl remakes, but the response is about what you’d expect.

Head past the break for the translated comments from Masuda and Ohmori.

The Pokemon Sun & Moon anime has been running for a couple of weeks now, and its reception on the internet has been fairly positive. Alongside the anime’s 8th episode, which aired today, broadcaster TV Tokyo released a short preview video which shows a couple things that will happen over the next weeks and months in the anime. Take a look if you don’t mind spoilers:

Later this month, Nintendo will be releasing new Pokemon Playing Cards in Japan. Fans will be able to choose between two versions based on Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. The two packs cost 540 yen each.

Each pack will have some different Pokemon. But as for the Joker cards, there are two kinds which are available in both.


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Apple users will now find new Pokemon stickers awaiting them on iMessage. These are based on creatures from Pokemon Sun/Moon, and also include Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur. The official iTunes page is located here.

The next Pokemon movie is set to debut in Japan next July. During the Japanese variety show Oha Suta, the first teaser was revealed, including a title.

The new Pokemon film, known as “Pokemon – I Choose You!”, arrives on July 15. Watch the video below.

Build-A-Bear recently announced – and released – a new plush based on Pokemon’s Charmander. IGN now has an unboxing video on its YouTube page, which you can watch below.

Since a mainline Pokemon has never graced a Nintendo home console, fans of the franchise are waiting to see if and when it will make an appearance on Switch. Of course, there has been plenty of speculation regarding a third version of Pokemon Sun/Moon for the platform.

When asked about Switch in a new Spanish interview, Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda said:

“Without a doubt, Nintendo Switch is the future, but we will have to wait until it goes out on the market and study how it can benefit from Pokemon. When people have it, we will have too see and deeply study how to use it so we can think how the next entries of Pokemon are going to be and how the saga can benefit from the new console.”

Masuda also mentioned that Pokemon has always evolved with Nintendo consoles, and will continue to do so. With the technology that’s available, they’ll explore how to highlight the series’ important aspect of communication.

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In its issue last month, Retro Gamer published a large feature on Pokemon which takes a look back at the series’ earliest days up to the present. It included a number of comments from people with big connections to the franchise, including Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda and Ken Sugimori. Masuda is well-known as the producer at Game Freak while Sugimori drew the original 151 Pokemon.

Masuda in particular shared some interesting comments about the process in which Game Freak went to work on the original games, how the team was limited by the Game Boy hardware, and localization overseas. Sugimori talked about why each new Pokemon generation tends to see no more than 100 creatures.

We’ve included these statements from both Masuda and Sugimori below.

Update: The Pokemon cover plates have now sold out.


Original: The Nintendo online store refreshed its stock of New 3DS cover plates today. Charizard and Blastoise are the two main highlights, as both were originally included in the system bundle that launched several months ago. All cover plates currently in stock can be found here.

Build-A-Bear Workshop and The Pokemon Company International are teaming up once again. As of today, the two sides are working together on the Pokemon Charmander set. It’s the third collaboration following Pikachu and Eevee.

Here’s the rundown of what’s being offered and pricing in the United States:

· Online Exclusive Pokémon Charmander Set (includes plush, Charmander sound chip, Great Ball Hoodie, Lucario Hoodie and the Build-A-Bear Workshop Charmander Pokémon TCG Card): $61, plus tax
· Make-your-own Pokémon Charmander plush: $28, plus tax, sold separately at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores and as part of the online exclusive set; includes Build-A-Bear Workshop Charmander Pokémon TCG Card
· Great Ball Hoodie: $12.50, plus tax, sold separately at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores and as part of the online exclusive set

Build-A-Bear Workshop will be selling the Great Ball hoodie and make-your-own Charmander at all U.S., U.K. and Canada stores starting December 8.

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