Blog Suggestion for PokéManiacs!

junichi masuda pokemon

I’ve followed the blog of Junichi Masuda, the Game Director of Game Freak, for some time and I’m not sure all fans knows of this one. I think everyone should have a read, as he takes time to write in English for us (though I sometimes suspect Google Translate having a role in the process) and presents a lot of juicy information to us fans. He also describes a lot of the creative process of both current games and previous games, and has even made a retrospective on the intro music of each game from Red & Blue to Platinum version, while describing his thought process behind each piece.

Anyhow, I want to share it with you. Either click the pic at the top of the page or the Link below to read his stuff:

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Game Freak is the group behind Pokémon, Mario & Yoshi, Drill Dozer, Smart Ball, Mario & Wario, HarmoKnight and Pulseman. There are some interesting references to Pulseman in the Pokémon games (from Wikipedia):

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  • One of Pikachu’s attacks is called Volt Tackle, which in Japan is called Volteccer and utilizes the same idea of turning into an electrically-charged ball and smashing into an enemy.
  • In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, the organization Team Galactic  may be a reference to Doc Waruyama’s gang of the same name.
  • The Gunfish enemy that appears underwater in Stage 6 of Pulseman resembles Remoraid, as they are both combinations of fish and revolver pistols.
  • The Pokémon Rotom has a similarly shaped head to Pulseman, and is able to enter electrical devices much like Pulseman. Rotom is also surrounded by a blue electrical aura that resembles Pulseman’s electrical powers. When Rotom is first encountered, it comes out of a television with only static on the screen, similar to how the game Pulseman begins.
  • Commander Charon from Pokémon Platinum, who is said to have first discovered the Pokémon Rotom, has a very similar hairstyle to the Doc Waruyama, the character who created Pulseman.

Also, I’m led to think that this Pokémon is a homage to Pulseman:

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…maybe not, but Bisharp and Pulseman sure look alike!

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Images from: http://www.gamefreak.co.jp/http://www.videogameologists.com/http://operationrainfall.com/ and http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/

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