The big new release on the Nintendo 3DS this Christmas is Pokémon Sun & Moon. We’ve seen plenty of footage of the game in action as well as some of the bizarre new Pokémon which inhabit the world. Kotaku recently spoke to the creators behind the game about some of the strange designs they have chosen and to find out if they’re just trolling at this point or trying to be funny. The answer is that all of the designs are intentional.
“When the designers first came up with the idea, the background is that the sun in Alola is so strong, that [Exeggutor] just keeps growing and growing,” Ohmori said.
“I asked the developers if they designed creatures like Alolan Exeggutor just to mess or troll with people, and Game Freak collectively laughed. I was told that they felt it was important to have some fun with the designs because it was a special occasion.”
“For the 20th anniversary, we wanted to have a lot of special surprises… we wanted a funny element,” Ohmori explained. “At the same time, we had to find a balance of cool ones, serious ones. We looked at the Alola region as a whole and thought about that ecosystem.”