Crafty Japanophiles have uncovered new information regarding two new Pokemon from the next generation of games, a project that was announced earlier this month. Supposedly they're going to be upgrading the mechanics and trying to give the series a more fresh set of improvements, but whatever. Let's talk new faces. Here they are:
Part of me wants to believe these aren't even real based on two things: the first is that they kind of don't really even look like Pokemon. Maybe the one on the right (clearly the unevolved form), but that thing on the left... I don't know, maybe. The other reason I don't think they're real leads back to the misinformation I remember finding about the last generation of Pokemon games. IGN says they're supposed to be dark types, which only further leads my suspicion. Seeing as how dark types are generally regarded as being "cool" by the older crowd (likely because they're dark and gritty), if someone WERE to make up fake Pokemon, dark would be the first type I would expect them to do.
In any case, I don't suppose it looks too terrible. I would expect some fire in there, if it's not strictly dark, just because of the little flame tuft of hair on the tiny guy's head. It's not the worst designed Pokemon (*Cough*Claydol*Cough*). I hope this is not a symbol of some crazy direction they're taking with the next generation designs. I don't need them trying to give my Pokemans an edge. I'm not one of those people who thinks there hasn't been a cool Pokemon since the original 150... not by a long shot. I love Loudred and Bastiodon and whatever that crazy Metroid Prime looking thing Shellos evolves into....I'm just worried that we don't really need more monsters. Allthough I should have known they would never stop. They will never stop. Even if the series does evolve into a completely new type of game, there will always be new monsters piled on top.
I'll save my discussion on how to make a better Pokemon for closer to the release of HeartGold and SoulSilver, so for now, let's just talk about our thoughts on this Pokemon, shall we?