There are a variety of titles that encompass the Pokémon series. From spin-offs to anime to film, there isn’t a stone left unturned for the pocket monsters. However, credit must be given where it is due. Quick question: who is the developer of the mainline Pokémon games? If you said Nintendo, then Pokémon director Junichi Masuda is disappointed in you.
The Pokémon director just wants you to acknowledge his company
Check out this clip of Masuda and others discussing Pokémon (I hope you know Japanese):
As Masuda states in the video, a lot of people consider Pokémon to be a Nintendo-developed game. While Nintendo publishes the series and most of the titles appear on Nintendo systems, Game Freak is the actual developer of the main games.
This confusion still pops up today. According to Masuda:
I’ve asked about 200 people who they thought made Pokémon. Even now, there are those people who think I’m a Nintendo employee.
It’s worth noting half the people Masuda asked that question to answered Nintendo.
Just do a little research
I can understand some of these gamers’ lines of thinking. Pokémon is almost synonymous with the Game Boy, DS, and Switch. Sure, Pokémon Go is available on mobile devices, but more often than not, Nintendo is home to Game Freak’s baby. Besides, if someone were to just go off that information, of course, they would think Pokémon is a strictly Nintendo affair.
On the other hand, lots of games appear on Nintendo systems that people don’t regard as platform exclusive. The Castlevania, Mega Man, and Final Fantasy series have been a part of the Big N family for years. Yet, most folks know they belong to Konami, Capcom, and Square Enix, respectively. The solution to this issue is clear: Pokémon must launch on PS4 and Xbox One, just to avoid confusion in the future. Game Freak has made games for other consoles, after all.
My fellow Pokémaniacs, do you feel for Pokémon director Junichi Masuda? Do you ever slip up and tell your friends Pokémon is made by Nintendo? Let us know in the comment section below.