Post by Johans Nidorino on Apr 26, 2010 1:56:15 GMT -5
George Hutcheon, biologist and member of the news section at Bulbagarden (also known as Bulbanews) is publishing a column about the origin of certain Pokémon species and how their peculiarities mirror those of real-life beings, things or legends.
Last week it was about Wooper and the axólotl, the anphibian it's based on, also explaining why Wooper evolves into a different-looking salamander.
This week, the article is about Castform, the weather Pokémon introduced in the third generation, and why it is and looks the way we know it.
I know you people are interested in this stuff!
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Reminds me of a feature I did for another site, called PokeOrigins. I only got two articles done before the site went on hiatus, though. And the second one was dedicated to Kaiju based Pokemon at that.
didn't cover any of these Pokemon though. Shoulda covered Wooper, since I knew the Axolotl thing, and most people don't.
And you're right... I am interested... and it extends into series other than Pokemon too
Big time. Everything from Koopas to Ganon to Kirby have some ties to myth. And not even just in Nintendo, mythical ties are pretty common in all video game companies, though it seems to me that the Japanese companies do it more often.
There used to be a site that was devoted to this. ScytheMantis was the guy, I believe. I'm usually pretty good at placing these things since I talk about it with a friend all the time, but some of this shit is incredibly insightful and clever. Bravo!
I second 8bit's comments. I love these updates, but can't be bothered to go to the site and find them myself, so keep 'em up Johans! ;D
I don't think I'd create a separate forum for it. On the site, such distinctions would simply be a part of the character descriptions. For example:
Goomba The Japanese name "Kuribo" means literally "chestnut person", despite being mushrooms rejected from the Mushroom Kingdom. Their colouring and shape is based on the Japanese chestnut Castanea Crenata, and their relationship to the nut has been referred to several times. The "Goomnut" is simply a chestnut, and in NSMBWii Goombas even jump out of spiked green shells in some stages, much like those that drop from a chestnut tree.
Despite this, the Goomba is a mushroom, and it would appear to be a Shiitake Mushroom or (to push the comparison further) a brown cap chestnut mushroom (although because this name isn't widely used internationally, it's less likely than it sounds).
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Nester the Lark: ^ I think I do something similar in that I tend to favor less popular things. It's not something I do intentionally or even consciously; I think it's just part of my personality.
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nocturnal YL: Official pairings in games sometimes surprise me. Like <spoiler> in BLUE REFLECTION 2. Or Astrid and Makalov in Fire Emblem 10 which is less shocking but still unexpected. For a non-romantic example, Meta Knight and Dedede in KF2 work so well together.
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nocturnal YL: BLUE REFLECTION: Second Light is a… shocking experience. I'm at the start of Chapter 9 (so 3 more to go), and considering the side quests and maxing out character Talent Points, I'm about 70% done.
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nocturnal YL: I'll say this: I'm glad it's not a popular game. I don't need to worry about spoilers. Is it worth playing? Yes for story, no for other elements. An overall huge yes for me, because I really like the story so far.
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nocturnal YL: Almost anything I can say is spoiler, and I really think it's best to jump into it blind, not even reading the official website. I'll probably write a review on it, so stay tuned.
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Apr 25, 2022 10:39:45 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Writing too little would make it difficult to appreciate why is the story good, but writing everything out would defeat the point. Umm…
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