But that opens up the question why the first evolutions, the Nidorinos, resemble horned rodents. And then there's the question of why they were the only like to be given a gender-species divide as well.
I always thought the Nidoran's were based on Triceratops, and Nidoking bears a strong resemblance to Armadon from Primal Rage, another bipedal triceratops.
It makes a specific mention of the mustache being iron filings attracted by Probopass' magnetic nose, and using a magnet to draw facial hair with iron filings is what Wooly Willy (and a shitload of other kids' toys) is all about. I don't think magnets or iron filings are involved in Groucho glasses at all, so Wooly Willy is probably a stronger connection.
I don't know if Wooly Willy started the whole iron filings mustache thing, though. I always just thought it was just a... generic toy thing.
I'm not convinced Groucho glasses have anything to do with it...
Groucho glasses consist of a nose, a mustache, huge eyebrows and, most importantly, glasses. Probopass is missing those last two, meaning he has as much in common with Groucho glasses as Mario does. Or as Tom Selleck does.
Let it be publicly known that I apologize for bringing up Probopass. As penance, a bunch of yokai based Pokemon! Yokai are the Japanese equivalent of demons, BTW.
Drowzee (Baku) and the Lotad family (Kappa) have already been brought up. Froslass is another great example. She is based on Yuki-onna, a well known Yokai that is the ghost of a woman who died in a snowstorm. For some reason, she now kills mortals by controlling snowstorms.
Snorunt, on the other hand i sbased on the Zashiki warashi. a type of ghost that inhabits houses and cared for like a child. Part of its name means tatami mat, and may be the reason for Snorunt's "hat". It is also partially based on the Yukinko, a Japanese snow sprite.
The Ninetails family and perhaps the Zorark family are based on the Kitsune.. Kitsune, AKA keatons, are sometimes mischievous, sometimes benevolent fox spirits. Ninetails ability to grow more tails as it grows older is based explicitly on Kitsune.
Shiftry are based on tengu. Tengu are crow demons with big ol' noses and fans for arms. Tengu Man, from Mega Man, is a good example of what one looks like, actually, An interesting note about this family is that it was exclusive to Ruby, whereas the Ludicolo family was exclusive to Sapphire- both based on very well known, popular Yokai (in Japan, at least.)
Not quite Yokai, but the Torchick family is based on the Basan, a fire breathing chicken of Japanese bestiaries. Yeah. Fire breathing chicken.
Jolteon and the Manetric family may be based on Raiju, thunder god Raijin's pet.
Absol is perhaps based on two disparate beasts- the Barghest. a Celtic cat/dog beast that portends doom to those who see it and the and the Kutabe, a white beast that portends doom to those who see it. As in, it tells them about doom.
.Spiritomb is based around the 108 temptations of Buddhism. This is why the number 108 occurs so much with it- it is 108 spirits who gave in to the 108 temptations and were imprisoned in the Odd Keystone for it.
Zigzagoon's family is an aversion- while based on Tanuki, they are based on the factual Racoon Dogs, and not the mythical Tanooki. Wouldn't want to see one of those anyways- giant balls are something I want to keep out of Pokemon, thank you very much.
And lets end on a whimsical note. Snorlax may be based on Totoro. Which would make Munchlax Chu Totoro. I can see it:
Absol is definitely a Kutabe. Its got the bat wing ear thing. I'd say, like 85% of Pokemon are based on something Japanese, which is sort of disappointing because Pokemon is (if not more than Japan) very popular in the west.
Also, I never put two and two together with that whole Snorlax/Munchlax Totoro/baby Totoro thing. That's awesome, and it makes sense because Totoro slept a lot.
nocturnal YL: According to Nintendo's IR calendar, they're going to release their financial information up to December 2020 on 1 Feb. Switch sales (68.30 mil at Sep 2020) may very well surpass that of the 3DS (75.94 mil), but how will it compare to the GBA (81.51 mil)?
Jan 31, 2021 12:10:02 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: It's closer to the GBA sales than I thought. Switch hardware sales up to December 2020 is 79.87 mil, while I expected about 78 mil.
Feb 1, 2021 8:07:53 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Also, while they stopped counting 3DS and Wii U hardware sales, software went up from 385.12 mil to 385.85 mil and 103.27 mil to 103.31 mil. Switch software sales went from 456.49 mil to 532.34 mil, surpassing that of NES and Game Boy.
Feb 1, 2021 8:09:41 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: So now that I have a capture device, I've been looking at my games and tried to figure out the resolution and frame rate they run at. Trials Rising is 540p30, Project DIVA Mega Mix has the UI at 720p60 and the simpler, single-singer PVs run at 540p60…?
Feb 6, 2021 11:42:34 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: All the Atelier games I've seen so far (Arland 1-4) run at 1080p30, which is a bit surprising as I expected a lower resolution for Lulua. Void Terrarium and Puyo Puyo Tetris 1 and 2 all run at 1080p60. PPT1 also ran at 1080p60 on Wii U, so no surprise.
Feb 6, 2021 11:45:41 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: ↑ In Atelier Lulua, the system UI and even some parts with 3D models (like the synthesis screen) run at full 1080p at 60 fps. That's a huge leap from the previous two games in the series. World map runs at 30 fps though, despite not being intensive.
Feb 8, 2021 11:13:44 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Rune Factory 4 Special runs at 720p60. Fire Emblem Three Houses is a weird case; it looks like 900p30 to me, but because of the way the edge of the models are drawn, the graphics end up looking very ugly.
Feb 8, 2021 11:15:06 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I've been doing the same thing I do every time I consider getting Smash Ultimate: playing Smash for Wii U. It turns out there are still plenty of people playing it online. Makes me curious about Splatoon 1.
Feb 20, 2021 10:08:42 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: The online also worked better than I remember. Maybe because there are fewer people...?
Feb 20, 2021 10:10:09 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: My skill curve in Smash Bros seems to be the opposite of other games: the more I play, the worse I get.
Feb 23, 2021 17:28:27 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: TIL I had not yet unlocked all the stages in Smash for Wii U. Just unlocked the last one today, six years after getting the game.
Feb 24, 2021 18:35:31 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: If you want a new perspective on your own Mario Maker levels, just wait more than three years before playing them again.
Mar 6, 2021 9:44:32 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: This kind of reminds me of modern 3D printing, where the software needs to formulate the steps for replicating the object rather than just going in a simple 2D matrix manner as in inkjet printing. Nice video.
Apr 3, 2021 9:13:25 GMT -5
Evie the Mother Hen ❤✿: From the looks of it we could create a Pokémon Family ROM hack, FE Family, etc.; but if the number of stiching points was changed from the original design you'd need to fix that with more hacking.
Apr 6, 2021 14:22:17 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I'm working on something for the forum. Hopefully I'll have it finished this week.
Apr 10, 2021 11:30:13 GMT -5