PokéJungle translator Kriffix here. The internet has been a flurry with speculation on the silhouette shown in the pre-release screens for the Pokémon AR Searcher game that allows you to transfer Pokémon to Black 2 and White 2. Just what is this Pokémon?
At first glance a lot of fans thought it was Ho-oh, and others like myself believed it to be Archeops. However, no matter what pre-existing Pokémon you compare it to there is always a blaring difference that makes coming to a conclusion very difficult. The general consensus now is that it is an Articuno with it’s tail obscuring the head. However there are just two problems with this theory. The lumps on the wings are too round and the legs are too thick and short.
Having had the pleasure of meeting Pokémon game director and co-creator Jun’ichi Masuda during his visit to London, not to mention having spent the last two years subtitling a lot of his announcements, I decided to contact him regarding this mysterious bird-like Pokémon. He’s aware from our previous chat (albeit brief) of us here at PokéJungle and our loyal fans. I’ve not translated the unnecessary bits. Kriffix:“…Just what is that bird-like Pokémon from the released AR Searcher pics? Is it a secret? ”
Masuda:”Good morning! It’s been a long time since we last met! Oh, how perceptive of you! However I have to say ‘no comment’! (>_<)”
Dang. So basically we weren’t able to gather much from this, other than the fact it is something he cannot comment on. The possible reasons for this are as follows; 1.He does not want to spoil what Pokémon are obtainable in the game 2.Although Gamefreak now have some 3D designers and it may well in fact be them working on the game, he may not want to comment on work that is potentially done by ‘Creatures’ inc. 3.It’s a new Pokémon/form and so he can’t comment on it yet.
What do you guys think?
Just keep in mind that we may well have a new Pokémon/form announcement right round the corner. Last month’s CoroCoro says “新ポケモンスクープ”, which can be interpreted as either “scoop on a new Pokémon” or “a new scoop on Pokémon”. As well as “新ポケモンの発表” which can also be interpreted as either “announcement on new Pokémon” or “new announcement regarding Pokémon”. However, the average person reading and not thinking too deeply would assume the former, it would be pretty sneaky for CoroCoro to try to trick us like this.
PS. All this speculation of an unknown bird-Pokémon silhouette makes me all nostalgic. Perhaps some of the younger fans may not know what I’m talking about, but the words “Rainbow Bird” still have a special place in my heart. I’m sure some of you know what I’m talking about.