During the latest broadcast of Japanese variety show Pokémon Smash, Nintendo and Game Freak revealed an all new Pokémon for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS games, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.
Having been with Pokémon series since it first landed in Australia way back in 1998 (Charmander for best.starter.ever) I’ll admit when my eyes gazed over this new Pokémon – who sports a striking resemblance to fan-favourite Mewtwo – I felt a small part of my childhood slip away.
While so little is actually known about this mysterious Pokémon – including type and name – there’s no doubt it’s somehow connected to that 150th entry in the Pokédex. Even the official English Pokémon X and Pokémon Y website strongly suggests as much.
“How could this be a thing?” I asked myself on Sunday morning as I looked at the official image online. “How could Game Freak do this?” Much like many other “veteran fans” I thought this a mockery of those special memories of carefully trekking through Cerulean Cave in search for the legendary Mewtwo. How could they tarnish them by introducing an all new Forme? Or, even worse. An actual evolution.
I’m not going to waste time by speculating on what the connection to Mewtwo could be, rather I’m going to stand up and say despite a brief trip down “WTF” lane I’m willing to embrace this.
If anything, new Forme’s on existing Pokémon – especially Pokémon that for the most part have faded into the background in most fans’ minds – see the spotlight once more cast back onto them. Think about it in the context of Mewtwo.
Back in the Red and Blue days he was the Pokémon to have on your team, bar done. Now, Pokémon fans are inundated with numerous “super-ledgendaries”, not to mention a growing roster of pseudo-ledgenaries, all vying for their attention and spot on players 6-Pokémon strong team.
Not only that, so many rumours and shady GameShark codes circulated around the primitive internet regarding Mewtwo. The most prominent was the much fabled Mewthree rumour, which involved a Lv. 100 Mewthree appearing in the spot where you caught Mewtwo if you managed to fill all 150 pages of the Pokédex.
And when I think about this rumour – along with the countless others that have had their existence wiped from the internet, sadly – this new Pokémon marks a fairly significant moment for all us Red/Blue veterans. No matter what this Pokémon ends up being, be it a new Forme or something else entirely, for a brief moment we are able to live in a world where Mewthree – one of the most prominent Poké-rumours ever – may indeed be a thing.
For my money that’s pretty incredible. While this may go to great lengths to highlight my fanboy mentality towards this series just that little too much, this is like discovering that the Santa is in fact real. Despite everyone telling you for almost fifteen years he isn’t.
What do you think of this new Pokémon? Does it dash your childhood memories, or are you ready to embrace change and see this series march into a bright future?