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In the latest issue of Famitsu, Game Freak said that the company wants to make 2016 “into a great year of celebrations” for Pokemon. Junichi Masuda offered up a little something more in this month’s Nintendo Dream.

Here’s our translation of what was said:

“Happy New Year! On February 27, 2016, Pokemon will celebrate its 20th anniversary. On this day, Virtual Console versions of Pokemon Red, Green, Blue & Yellow will be released, so if we can hype it up with everyone while feeling nostalgic with the past, I’ll be glad! And this year I think we’ll give a feel of the future with Pokemon Go! We’re challenging [ourselves] so that the 20th anniversary will be fun for everyone in the world, so please keep up your continuing support. The ring of Pokemon is still getting bigger! I look forward to working with you all this year!

In a new interview with 4Gamer, Tsunekazu Ishihara talked about how late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata’s vital work helped bring the original Pokemon games to the west. You can read up on the full excerpt below, courtesy of Siliconera’s translation.

4Gamer: I believe there may be more people now that don’t know that Iwata-san was involved in Pokémon.

Ishihara: I think there are even people within Nintendo that don’t even know. 1998 was around the time Iwata-san was working as President of HAL Laboratory.

This week’s issue of Famitsu features comments from various developers about what’s in store for 2016. For Pokemon developer Game Freak, the studio shared the following:

“2016 is Pokémon’s 20th anniversary. We’d like to make it into a great year of celebrations.”

There are a couple of other Nintendo-related comments from other developers as well. Here’s what Arc System Works and Koei Tecmo said:

Arc System Works: We have various things planned out for the excitement of Kunio-kun series’ 30th anniversary.

Koei Tecmo: Attack on Titan, Yo-kai Watch: Three Kingdoms, Ni-Oh,and more. There are many big titles that we wouldn’t able to fit in here, along with some amazing titles that we’ve yet to announce.

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Game Freak, developer of the Pokemon RPGs, has acquired Koa Games. The mobile studio created titles such as Labyrinth RPG, Erunea Kingdom, Legendary Legion and Road Roller.

Koa Games had been suffering from financial losses, which prompted the takeover from Game Freak. As for the actual studio, Koa will be disbanded and absorbed into Game Freak. The acquisition itself took place in August.

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Gamescom will take place in Cologne from August 5th to August 9th. If you attend, be on the lookout for the Pokemon area if you own a copy of Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire since you’ll be able to receive a code card that gives you access to 2 out of 4 possible Pokemon. They were selected by Shigeki Morimoto, a developer at Game Freak who has worked on most Pokemon games. The Pokemon are as follows:

Aromatisse with Trick Room, Heal Pulse, Disable, Moonblast; Held item: Babiri Berry; Ability: Aroma Veil

Malamar with Superpower, Knock Off, Facade, Rock Slide; Held item: Assault Vest; Ability: Contrary

Sableye with Calm Mind, Will-O-Wisp, Recover, Shadow Ball; Held item: Sablenite; Ability: Prankster

Bouffalant with Head Charge, Facade, Earthquake, Rock Slide; Held item: Choice Band; Ability: Soundproof

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SEGA and Game Freak announced its new collaboration title today: Tembo the Badass Elephant. The game is coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC as a digital download, but not Wii U.

James Turner, director and character designer at Game Freak, was recently asked by Gamereactor about why Tembo isn’t coming to Nintendo’s console. Turner replied:

When I was writing the presentation documents for this game, I drew a mockup poster, and I put the Steam, PlayStation, and Xbox logos at the bottom. It seemed to fit, and it happened to stick that way. We thought about other hardware during development, but our hands were pretty full with those three platforms!

Turner was also asked about the possibility of bringing the game to other platforms in the future, such as 3DS. To this, he said: “Information on the potential for other platforms is classified. Right now our main mission is deployment on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.”

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Update: (3/11/15) It’s not a mobile game as many had expected, but it isn’t for a Nintendo platform. The game is “Tembo The Badass Elephant” – read about it here.


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The postcard above, coming from Game Freak and SEGA, was sent out to certain folks today. It seems to be teasing a potential collaboration between the two companies. I have no idea what this is about – and there’s a possibility that this has nothing to do with Nintendo – but I figured this was worth sharing!

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Producer Junichi Masuda of GAME FREAK will be releasing the very first Eon Ticket at a Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire launch event in London.

The Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Eon Ticket can be claimed via StreetPass, attend the special launch event and be one of the first to get your special EON Ticket.

With the Eon Ticket you’ll have the opportunity to catch one of the Legendary Eon Pokémon, Latias or Latios.

The Pokemon Company will also be sending 15 people from 15 cities across the UK to the special event to help spread the Eon Ticket far and wide as most will have to wait to get the ticket from someone who has already recieved it.

Check out The Great EON Ticket Relay UK site for more details

 

This week’s issue of Famitsu contains an interview with Pokemon president Tsunekazu Ishihara. Ishihara discussed Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire and a few other topics, but the most interesting comments came about when he talked about the future of Game Freak’s titles.

Famitsu first inquires about Pokemon as a whole. When asked about the current situation and views of the future from his perspective, Ishihara teased:

New entries in the Pokemon series tend to introduce brand new regions. Generation 1, for example, brought us Kanto. There has also been Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova and Kalos.

Something that could be interesting is a Pokemon game the encompasses all of the major regions we’ve seen thus far. Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda appears to be open to the possibility, though the team would need to “could come up with a way to really make that interesting”.

Masuda told Kotaku:

If we could come up with a way to really make that interesting, then it’s something we’d implement – but for me, personally, as a theory, I think it would be more fun for us all to enjoy different locations and then share that experience together than all have the same experience in the same region.

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