Pokemon Monday 31 - Geography controversy

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Welcome to Pokemon Monday, GamesRadar's podcast 100% devoted to all things Pokemon. Step into the bizarre hivemind of several adult Pokemon fantatics each Monday as we bring you a no-frills, raw and unedited passionate Pokemon discussion covering breaking news, events, and whatever else is on our singularly devoted Pokemon brains. No Pokemon-related topic is off limits.

Episode 31 highlights

Reopening the "ground zero" controversy - Listener SuperSEGABros wrote in to ask us to take another look at the debate over whether or not the contruction area in Route 4 of B&W is based in any way on 9/11's ground zero. He sites this blog post as evidence, and we have to agree it's a compelling argument, although it's highly unlikely (read: not possible) that Game Freak or Nintendo meant any offense by it. Make sure you look at the high-res version for maximum convincing!

Rumor: New Pokemon game for Wii? - We don't need to hear a rumor to agree that it makes logical sense that Nintendo will release another Pokemon Battle game for Wii that will be compatible with Black and White.

Pokemon Black and White spotlight: The Ice-types - This generation has more pure Ice-types than every previous generation combined! Quantity doesn't necessarily mean quality though... 

Pokemon Post fanzine - Shout out to GamesRadar forum user Pry0citer, who created an online fanzine dedicated to Pokemon.  

Pokemon of the week: Weavile - the Sharp Claw Pokemon. Continuing our salute to Ice-types, we take a look at this truly unique Dark/Ice Pokemon. With its super speed and high attack stat combo, Weavile is definitely worth checking out if you have yet to discover this gen 4 gem.

Question of the week: What do you think about the geography of the Unova region? Do you think the "ground zero" theory is valid?

See you next week!

Jan 10, 2010


  • themaster465 - January 31, 2011 5:13 a.m.

    nintendo or gamefreak would never touch 9/11
  • evire - January 19, 2011 12:40 a.m.

    Might I ask a question for question of the week? What, in your opinion, is the worst pokemon design-wise, and name-wise?
  • SecretBlaziken101 - January 18, 2011 11:25 p.m.

    I don't get why it would even matter if it represented ground zero, the past is the past, it shouldn't offend anyone. Even if they may have lost someone in 9/11, they can't dwell in sadness, so i think if it actually does resemble ground zero, it doesn't mean anything except that it means it's probably based off of New York. Or it could be tokyo too, never know
  • SecretBlaziken101 - January 18, 2011 11:21 p.m.

    I can't wait for pokemon black and white, it comes out a day before my birthday!!!!!!!!!! When i finish it, im trading my Blaziken into the game. Hail Yeah!!!!!!!
  • Mau5 - January 17, 2011 6:55 p.m.

    All the new black/white pokemon here:
  • Taxtm - January 15, 2011 2:24 p.m.

    It's pretty obvious that the area debated on in regards to 9/11 is inspired by it, but really, is it THAT big a problem? To me, it doesn't seem to be something that should be that big a deal. So it's inspired by 9/11. Big deal. The whole region is inspired by New York, and Ground Zero is a big part of New York, and US history. It's been 10 years since the events, and yeah, you could say that putting it in a Pokemon game is "insensitive," but come on. This just seems like something blown out of proportion to me.
  • enlargedhousecats - January 15, 2011 6:38 a.m. that's what I say to the ground zero thing
  • Entreri10 - January 15, 2011 12:42 a.m.

    Have you guys done favorite or least favorite legendaries for question of the week?
  • shinyrob360 - January 14, 2011 9:11 p.m.

    Please add Pokemon Monday to the Zune Marketplace.
  • HankVenture - January 13, 2011 11:58 p.m.

    ps. I don't think it's totally crazy to think it's ground zero, but I think they just needed a desert style area for the game.I think they just added it there so they can have a large area to separate the big city from the central area and decided to make it ruins to have a completely new style area and give a sort of mystery area like in silver, I think, were you had the unknowns cave that was just sort of a mystery.
  • GamesRadarJuniorWildlifeEditor - January 13, 2011 3:43 a.m.

    Not to sound ungrateful, but weren't we promised Brett's anaymous embarrassing article?
  • mojo4567 - January 12, 2011 5:53 p.m.

    I'm with you amagine a 3D character running around the screen interacting with characters!just imagine upped graphics and playing pokemon on the wii catching pokemon would look awsome then imagin surfing by twisting the wii remote and flying to! I weep at the stupidity of nintendo to not enlarge pokemon
  • HankVenture - January 12, 2011 2:34 p.m.

    I think a Black and White Pokemon game on the Wii that copied almost exactly the same layout would sell like hot cakes, espically if you could easily just plug in ur DS and it sends you to the exact place you where in the DS and all the same pokemon, of course a brand new pokemon game on the Wii would sell even more..Black and White on the DS, and then BAM Grey on the Wii
  • ShokuaHyuga - January 12, 2011 6:48 a.m.

    Maybe it is supposed to resemble ground zero, but so what if it is? I'm personally more interested in how there's a mountain range at either side of the region.
  • nomnom52 - January 12, 2011 1:02 a.m.

    @Carolyn: I actually just remembered that today, sorry if I offended anybody with my ignorance.
  • HowdyCowboyCheesesBurger0911 - January 11, 2011 7:58 p.m.

    Michael Grimm should be on talkradar more often
  • Daver123 - January 11, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    Carolyn mentioned that Gamefreak (or Nintendo, not sure) have said publicly that they based the new region on New York, so why wouldn't they include ground zero? IMO, it would be disrespectful to base a game on New York but ignore such a significant part of the city.
  • TheHouseofQuark - January 11, 2011 5:49 p.m.

    I think the Ground Zero thing is just a coincidence, its just a desert with some ruins to explore like in other games and that city isn't necessarily New York. also 'Howdy cowboy cheese burger 9-11' LOL
  • bry830 - January 11, 2011 3:39 p.m.

    They made a good point about Nintendo maybe making it sort of an homage, so to speak. I'm not sure if I really care what Nintendo's motives were; it's just a map on a game (hopefully a good one at that).
  • Kingofthewoodlandrealm - January 11, 2011 1:39 p.m.

    Just on the physical Alakazam thing.. I worked it out that the highest attack stat he can reach (including a positive nature and 255 EVs) is 218. which is still beaten by his Sp. attack which is 275 with no EVs and a negative nature.I done my work on it :D and incase you didnt realise im a real EV battler ha. O and i love the show and i assume the Irish release date will be March 4th?

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