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Game Freak Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Junichi Masuda has confirmed that Game Freak celebrated its 25th anniversary on April 26th. Best known for the Pokemon series of role-playing titles, the developer was founded in 1989 by Pokemon creator Satoshi Tajiri. The studio’s latest projects, Pokemon X and Y, were released worldwide on October 12, 2013, marking the first global launch in franchise history. The two games combined sold more than four million units across Japan, North America and Europe in their first two days on the market.

Masuda Explains Fairy-Type Introduction And Why Raising Pokemon Is Easier In X & Y

SylveonWhile Pokémon X & Y may have only been available for a number of days worldwide, Game Freak says there’s a definitive reason why Pokémon are easier to raise this time around. Speaking to Famitsu, director Junichi Masuda said that, as gamers and consumers, our time is much more limited and precious than it used to be. When Game Freak developed X & Y, they adapted Pokémon to gamers’ needs, making the levelling process a little less time-consuming.

“While we did integrate a lot of detailed adjustments into the game balance, another part would be the ease of raising Pokémon. Nowadays, we have the Internet, smartphones, and more, so I think the time spent playing games has decreased.

“For those reasons, we made it much easier to raise your Pokémon that will allow you to play smoother and more comfortably than before. For example, simply catching a Pokémon with a Pokéball will net you some experience points.”

Masuda also revealed why the Fairy-type was introduced in this generation after a 14-year drought since Gold and Silver’s Steel and Dark types. He said that many fans preferred to use Dragon-types in tournaments, and that an unequivocal balance was needed within the typing structure.

“This is something we’ve talked about since we released the very first generation of the games, but Dragon-types are strong, and we saw little deviation in the Pokémon that were used, even at tournaments. While we did balance the games for each new title, this time we put more effort into the adjustments, and added a new type that is strong against Dragons.

“We had many candidates for the new type, but in the end, you could say it’s due to a fantasy-like connection, that we went with a plan that involved having ‘a fairy that is strong against dragons,’ and settled with the type name as Fairy.”

Nintendo Reveals New Pokémon X And Pokémon Y Communication Feature, Gameplay Trailer

During Nintendo’s Developer Roundtable at E3 on Tuesday, Game Freak Director Junichi Masuda revealed a new communication feature debuting in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. The Player Sear System or PSS allows players to connect, battle and trade with other players locally or globally. Also debuting in the upcoming games is the Pokémon-Amie, which is a new way for players to bond with their Pokémon and is demonstrated in the above trailer. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will be released worldwide on October 12th, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS. Read more information on the PSS below:

The PSS allows players to connect, battle, and trade with other players nearby and around the world. The PSS makes it easy to find other people playing Pokémon X or Pokémon Y near you or even on the other side of the world. When the new communication feature is on, the PSS alerts players when someone nearby is playing Pokémon X or Pokémon Y and gives you the option to battle or trade with them wirelessly. Players with a wireless Internet connection can also connect with Pokémon X and Pokémon Y players anywhere in the world via the PSS, making it easy to battle or trade with others close by or thousands of miles away.

More Pokémon X And Y News Coming May 19, Possibly Before

pokemon_x_pokemon_yThere’s some new Pokémon information brewing overseas and it’s expected next week. Game Freak Director Junichi Masuda is due to appear on the popular Japanese variety show, Pokémon Smash, on May 19 to reveal more news about the highly anticipated Pokémon X and Y on the Nintendo 3DS.

However, it’s likely that the announcement may come sooner than expected – much to the joy of Pokémon fans – and may be revealed in the next edition of CoroCoro magazine, which is due out next Wednesday. Could it be the new fairy type that’s been fluttering around the rumour mill, more in-depth news on the new Mewtwo-like Pokémon, or something completely different? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Pokémon X And Pokémon Y Director Confirms Existence Of New Mewtwo-Like Pokémon


During today’s “Pokémon Smash” episode, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y director Junichi Masuda confirmed that a newly discovered Pokémon that bears a resemblance to the Legendary Mewtwo exists. The name of the new Pokémon wasn’t shared during the episode, and, interestingly, Masuda didn’t confirm whether it is related to Mewtwo. As seen in the image above, it appears as though Mewtwo’s tail is on top of the new Pokémon’s head. What do you think of the new Pokémon’s look? Is it a form of Mewtwo? Let us know in the comments section below.

Update: The Pokémon Company released a video of the newly discovered Pokémon in action.

Pokemon X And Pokemon Y Aren’t Reboots Of The Franchise; They’re An Evolution

yveltalAccording to The Pokémon Company’s International director of consumer marketing, J.C. Smith., Nintendo 3DS-exclusives Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are not ‘reboots'; they’re an evolution of the franchise. Smith said the games’ developer, Game Freak, has been hard at work producing Pokémon X and Pokémon Y for the Nintendo 3DS. Also, Smith confirmed that Pokémon series producer and director Junichi Masuda is working on the two projects.

“There’s never been a conscious decision to reboot. There’s always been an evolution of the look and feel; it just happens to be that we played Black and White, and Heart Gold and Soul Silver, and Diamond and Pearl, and Platinum — all of those games on the same platform. So it feels like it’s been a long time in the same way. But between the original Game Boy and Game Boy Color, and moving up into the DS now, it’s always had that change.”

“There’s never been a conscious decision to reboot, it’s just a decision to try new things and express the world in a new way.”

“This game has been a long time coming. Obviously, Game Freak wanted to make sure that when they created this new universe on the 3DS, that it looked fantastic; both in the polygonal style and also when people are able to see the 3D effects as well. It’s really exciting to see the Pokemon come to life a little more.

“They’re always working hard to make sure the games are as slick and polished as possible. But with the new expression of that game — they’ve had the DS for three generations of games now, so I’m sure it took some getting used to to fully utilize the 3DS. But even in this early stage of development, it’s looking really cool.”

“[Pokemon series producer and director Junichi] Masuda is still working on this project, and has been working on Pokemon games since the beginning. Moving to the new platform and having a new look and feel they decided that they wanted to pursue, just opened up their ideas to doing something a little different.”

Game Freak’s Harmo Knight For Nintendo 3DS May Come To West

Game Freak wants to bring its rhythm platformer, Harmo Knight, to Europe and North America. When the game launched September 5th in Japan, it became one of the biggest downloadable titles for Nintendo 3DS and is the most expensive Nintendo eShop-exclusive title to date. It is up to Nintendo, of course, to decide whether to localize the game.

“In terms of a North American or European release, it’s definitely something we’d like to do, but we’re working out the details with Nintendo now and seeing what would be the best way to get that to players.”

-Harmo Knight producer Junichi Masuda