Nintendo has a big smile on their face, and why not, their pocket monsters are in everybody’s hands. Pokemon X and Y is the latest iteration of the longstanding RPG and has been highly praised. We took the opportunity to fly overseas and speak to Haruka Takahashi Senior Manager of R & D Nintendo Pokemon Division.
She explained that after the success of Gold and Silver Nintendo knew they have established a solid new IP to add to their library. Since Pokemon was extremely successful from the start, as a nice side effect, it becomes a strong source of revenue. However, as Haruka puts it; “it was more important to Nintendo to start delving into the Pokemon Universe, and how to evolve the experience”. She further explained, when her department was created in 2002, and they are only partially responsible for the new Pokemon designs in the newer games and some of the concepts.
What have they been working on if they are only partially responsible for the new concepts and Pokemon? They have been developing living Pokemon. Takahashi showed us a living, breathing, running, Pikachu. She explained that Nintendo received so many letters from children in crayon wishing that when they grew up that they could be like Ash. Nintendo felt that they needed to be able to make good on making those wishes come true. Although by now, most of those kids who have authored those crayon letters are adults or much older than the age of Ash.
We asked what was preventing these genetically engineered animals from displacing all native life. Takahashi told us while the Pokemon can naturally reproduce they have been genetically bred to be unable to defend themselves unless being attacked by another Pokemon or an attempt to be captured by a trainer. If any natural earthly creature attacks any of the Pokemon, the Pokemon has been genetically engineered to be not comprehend the wildlife said Haruka. In other words, they are a free meal to any natural predator on earth. We asked what they would eat. Nintendo explained to us that some such as rock type eat minerals; water type need only water, and all others simply eat grasses. Again, all engineered to have minimal to no environmental impact. PETA can rest easy. No animals, nor Pokemon, were harmed in the engineering of these Pokemon.
In fact, Nintendo was assisted in large part by genetic engineering information provided from Monsanto, to prevent any harm to animals. We were explained instead of having an immediate final Pokemon, they have been bred and genetically engineered to be the Pokemon we all love and recognize. Nintendo let us know that the original 150 Pokemon are nearing completion.
“Our current timeline places us around three to five years before we will have all 150” -Takahashi
Takahashi did not disclose any further information regarding how they planned to execute The Ultimate Pokemon experience. We tried our best to squeeze more information out of her, but she simply couldn’t answer them.
“That is decided by the guys upstairs,” said Takahashi