Nintendo president Satoru Iwata recently unveiled a fascinating tidbit of information: the adorable little Pokemon series (excluding the Grimer family) was originally advised to follow its name more. As in more monster than cute pocket creatures. Of course, I spent countless hours as a kid using cute animals to beat up other cute animals, so who knows what would've happened if Nintendo had taken this advice?
Pokémon, or Pocket Monsters as its known in Japan, made its way into the video game scene with Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Red. Recently, however, we've learned that it might not have been so appealing to little kids if the creators had taken some early advice. Iwata says that Nintendo was often contacted by naysayers telling them to stay true to the title.
Iwata remarks, "This cute yellow thing is not a monster, everyone told us."
Luckily for the players, Nintendo's former president, Hiroshi Yamauchi, stuck with his plan and gave us the fun little creatures we still have today, spanning six generation of games.
How do you think the series would've changed if they had followed the advice of the skeptics and made Pikachu big and muscular? Would you still be celebrating the recent release of Pokémon Bank?