How Pokemon are born

Are there any specific plans for Pokemon on the DSi? 

Masuda: We haven’t really considered it, but we certainly feel as if something fun could be done by utilizing the camera.

Has any serious consideration been given to bring a core game to a home console, in his case, the Wii?

Masuda: No, we are not thinking of going into development for the Wii because we feel the core idea of Pokemon, communicating and trading with friends and other trainers, is best represented by being able to go anywhere and bring the system with you. This core concept of Pokemon is tied very closely to the portable system.

Do you feel that at some point in the future when the online capabilities of a console system are more prevalent, that this idea of communication, trading and community could be done in a strictly online context?

Masuda: Yes I believe there is a potential that a home console might have a match for our Pokemon concept, but as I said the basic concept is that you trade, you communicate, you want to remain mobile. If that challenge is met by the home console, then we would consider development, but at this point the portable system is the best match for the Pokemon games.

Since the DS has allowed Pokemon to incorporate online features, are there any new ideas or things you would like to incorporate using the online connectivity?

Masuda: With Platinum we have created the Wi-fi plaza and the Battle Video feature which allows you to share your battles with other people or watch their battles, so for the moment we are content with our utilization of online features.

The story of Diamond and Pearl had a very heavy focus on the mythological side of Pokemon and their history. What inspired this, or how did you decide to create this story?

Masuda: When thinking about the story and scenario for Pokemon, I wanted to make an ideal world, for example a place with no war, no energy problems, no inflation or economic problems. When I think about “What makes the ideal world?”, I thought it’s something basic about human beings … So the mythology for me came from the urge to create an ideal world.


I’m sure you are both very busy, but what games are you playing currently, if any?

Kawachimaru: I myself am playing many, it’s very difficult to pick one, but the most recent was Fallout 3.

Masuda: I’m currently playing Mario and Luigi RPG 3. Everytime I play a game I think “How did the developer come up with this idea?” In this Mario game you have the upper and lower screens, and I was thinking about how they coordinated the screens as I played. It’s sad, (Laughs) but it’s my job to always be thinking of games in terms of design.

Do you feel as more Pokemon games come out, that you have to balance characters that might be more powerful than others to keep a level playing field, or do you feel it’s more important to maintain the personalities of the Pokemon?

Masuda: That’s a very good question, because we always have a difficult time determining balance. Do we want to have the specific Pokemon be powerful or do we want it to remain closer to its character? There is one staff member that deals with that and I always have lots of discussions with him. Basically when we make a decision, we ask ourselves if the player will enjoy it and if it will make the game more fun, if so then we go for it.

Mar 19, 2009



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  • Metagross - April 21, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    As a long loving poké fan I think that the wii SHOULD gain some form of a Pokémon adventure not that Pika park bollocks and Wifi Plaza !? COME ON MASUDA you can do better than that.
  • pokemonfr99 - April 4, 2009 6:41 p.m.

  • JoeMasturbaby - March 22, 2009 9:34 p.m.

    @Clucky: Psyduck is based off a platypus.
  • deathrebellion - March 21, 2009 12:44 p.m.

    the battle style and the traning of the Pokemons is lovely even though its very simple its just too gud
  • reyalejandro13 - March 21, 2009 8:55 a.m.

    Man, D/P are probably the best ones so far. I think the only "problem" in the series is that you can't get other regions starters, except for Fr/Lg. I hope pokemon never dies. I'm glad there won't be any core games for consoles. anyway... I think it's kinda funny how they said the whole "if you can't expand on a pokemon, it gets rejected" thing, but there are still pokemon like Girafarig and Lapras that can't evolve. Then again, that's what Gen. 5 Is for!
  • Magic_OF_Mayhem - March 20, 2009 10:27 p.m.

    really, they spent a year to make Chimchar? turtwig is just grass squirtle, but I could think of anything better than Chimchar in a day.
  • LordAlzorn - March 20, 2009 9:29 p.m.

    Very informitive. I hope Pokemon keeps going, if it doesn't I think we will all cry... POKEMON FOREVER!!!
  • shakeandbake710 - March 20, 2009 9:18 p.m.

    19th! they need to remake silver/gold/crystal cuz there my fav. my feraligatr. diamond and pearl sucked though. loved up to them but hsd to stop. it took 10 times longer to get into actually gameplay. the games arent about story its about destroying the game and lvling your top 15 pokemon to at least lvl mmm 60 or so
  • ToughGuy - March 20, 2009 6:21 p.m.

    Ah, CH3BURASHKA, I see you follow the Ms. Garrison approach to Pokemon Evolution
  • FierceDeity - March 19, 2009 11:59 p.m.

    i remember i drew an awesome articuno evolved form in school a long long time ago. man articuno rocked and no digimon was bad, just the first pokecopiers along with yugioh and all that shiz
  • HardNoks - March 19, 2009 11:48 p.m.

    whatever happened to digimon? i liked them better lol
  • brando333 - March 19, 2009 11:14 p.m.

    haha, true, it was a misleading title. .....fourth?
  • Pocotron - March 19, 2009 10:59 p.m.

    Would this count as a dare I say it... Pokemusing? ugh, third
  • Cyberninja - March 19, 2009 10:21 p.m.

    first, i love pokemon
  • cd518 - April 26, 2009 4:20 a.m.

    does anyone know how i can suggest a pokemon design to the designers or whoever? I have some cool ideas that might be good enough, but i highly doubt it. PLZ TELL ME IF YOU KNOW!!!!
  • WBxRelentless - March 25, 2009 8:43 a.m.

    ok hold on. before anymore people say "i love pokemon" or "pokemon forever" i bet you cant even name all 400-something pokemon in the game. i use to be in love with pokemon..but then it just kept growing and growing like a tumor. I could name all 101 pokemon by heart but i just lost track. QUIT MAKING MORE POKEMON ROSIE O'DONNEL'S VAG CANT HANDLE IT ANYMORE!!!
  • MisterPants - March 24, 2009 1:57 a.m.

    The only shinies I've ever caught were low grade pidgeys and zubats, the lamest of the lame pokemon. Such space wasters, they are.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - March 22, 2009 10:15 p.m.

    also @ Clucky: Manetric is a lion based pokemon. I personally never got the appeal of leccy poke's, too easily knocked out and could easily be neutered by a rock/ground pokemon, which are fairly common. Oh and Machamp FTW, Closely followed by Graveller don't like Golem tbh too much hype for a 3rd level pokemon and it wasnt that much better than Graveller Then Gyrados and Magmar My 2 favourite poke's from newer generations are Shedinja and Walrien. Shedinja for the obscurity and insane special ability Walrien because it was my first ever shiney pokemon ^^ Caught at level 19 when it was just a Spheal, he's purple/pink (instead of blue) and level 98 now. Nicknamed Sparkle. Because im lame xD
  • loonyman978 - March 22, 2009 6:50 p.m.

    I think Pokemon was my first game on the old black snd white gameboy. Such a great game, kept playing it for years.
  • Spartan11794 - March 21, 2009 8:19 p.m.

    I would has asked them if a remake of silver and gold is a possibilty!!!!

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