Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! available now on Netflix in North America, Europe and Australia

You can score the latest Pokémon theatrical adventure, Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, on DVD and Blu-ray today. Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! is also now available on Netflix in North America, Europe and Australia, so you can enjoy Ash and Pikachu’s latest epic adventure wherever you like. Netflix offers the English dub version of the film, as well as … Continue reading Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! available now on Netflix in North America, Europe and Australia

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Learn Pikachu’s origin story from Pokémon creators Ken Sugimori, Koji Nishino and Atsuko Nishida

Creator Profile: The Creators of Pikachu. Learn Pikachu’s origin story from Ken Sugimori, Koji Nishino, and Atsuko Nishida. Two years prior to the release of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue in the United States, Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green launched in Japan in 1996 for Nintendo Game Boy. It was a hit and drew many fans, especially children. The games' popularity spread beyond … Continue reading Learn Pikachu’s origin story from Pokémon creators Ken Sugimori, Koji Nishino and Atsuko Nishida

Game Freak details the origins of Pokémon mascot Pikachu, its history, canceled Gorochu evolution and more

The Pokémon Company itself recently interviewed Game Freak co-founder Ken Sugimori, character designer Atsuko Nishida and game designer Koji Nishino — who talked about some of the inspiration behind the iconic Pokémon mascot Pikachu. Pikachu was specifically designed to be cute, Sugimori said, according to a translation of the interview. While Pokémon were originally envisioned … Continue reading Game Freak details the origins of Pokémon mascot Pikachu, its history, canceled Gorochu evolution and more

Pikachu originally had an evil-looking second evolution called Gorochu, plus more Pokémon and Pikachu history

The history behind the design of Pikachu just keeps getting deeper and deeper. In addition to resembling a squirrel, the Pokémon mascot originally had a second evolution called Gorochu, complete with large fangs and two frightening horns. This fact was made known by three key illustrators and designers behind the creation of Pokémon - Ken … Continue reading Pikachu originally had an evil-looking second evolution called Gorochu, plus more Pokémon and Pikachu history

Why Pikachu loves coffee and sounds like an old man in Detective Pikachu

Certain Pikachu love coffee almost more than anything else in the world. This little known tidbit was confirmed via the Detective Pikachu game, in which the titular character can be spotted drinking coffee on numerous occasions. In a recent Famitsu interview, game director Naoki Miyashita explained what that is the case: “If you’re talking about … Continue reading Why Pikachu loves coffee and sounds like an old man in Detective Pikachu

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! now playing on Singapore Airlines

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! is among next month's movies playing for Singapore Airlines customers. To view the full list of next month's movies, click here. The film's description on the official Singapore Airlines website is as follows: Ash and Pikachu become close friends and true partners—and when they catch a rare glimpse of … Continue reading Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! now playing on Singapore Airlines

Game Freak wasn’t initially keen on the Pokémon anime

The folks at Game Informer recently had an opportunity to visit Game Freak's studio in Tokyo, Japan, to learn more about Pokémon's origins. One of their detailed talks dealt with the long-running Pokémon anime series, which is believed to have attributed significantly to Pikachu's popularity: "Probably thanks to Pikachu being in the anime and being … Continue reading Game Freak wasn’t initially keen on the Pokémon anime