No. 14

Maps in Pokemon games look somewhat peculiar, don’t they?

The thing was, in order to include many graphics
of Pokemon and to save the ROM capacity,
our programmers had to sacrifice something.
To cope with the problem, we came up with the idea of
using roads.

Oftentimes limitations like this can make a game
more entertaining.

For example, the maximum number of letters
you can use for Pokemon names and moves are fixed.
Also, the player can carry only 6 Pokemon
and 4 moves at hand.
This kinds of limitations I think contribute greatly
to the playability of the game.

When we were developing Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire,
we went back to where we started
and discussed changing the number of Pokemon
you can carry, or the number of moves Pokemon can learn,
but in the end we came to the conclusion that
the original numbers were the best, and that
not one more or less would make the game more fun.

Limitations force us to think harder and
they can bring many difficulties, of course,
but I try to think that they are what “forces us to
think of ways to polish up our products so that
they are of the highest quality.”
So, limitations are important to us.


No. 11

Pokemon “FireRed” and “LeafGreen” will go on sale
on September 9th in North America.

Those of you who thought “Green??” are right on the money!

In North America, we released “Aka (red)” and “Midori (green)”
as “Red” and “Blue.”ツ? The Japanese version is called
“Midori” and the North American version is called “Blue.”
Both are the same game. But we had to use “Blue” in
North America for a reason.

If we follow the naming scheme of the original series,
the new games should be “FireRed” and “WaterBlue,”
but I wanted to use “Green” for the following reasons.

- A leaf is a symbol of peace
- Fire and water are opposing concepts so it seems like a conflict
- on the jacket we wanted to have a colorful drawing of Bulbasaur
- A leaf may not be immediately familiar to Japanese kids but
for kids overseas it is an easy concept to grasp
- in this world of conflicts we wanted to give a name
that is suggestive of a peaceful world

As a result we decided for the name “LeafGreen”
all over the world.
I’m very glad.

It’s not easy to come up with a title
that is used in all countries.
But it’s a really interesting process
because in order to persuade other people
I need to explain for myself
why I want to do it?
(During this process I discover why I’m so particular about it!)

Here’s a tip…
We take so much time and effort
when we try to choose titles for our games,
because it involves trademark issues among other things.
But, this time both “FireRed” and “LeafGreen” have been
developed with a focus for ‘simplicity’
so when we had to decide on the titles
we thought about what types of games they are.
Therefore, it didn’t take as much time as it used to.
This too was a gladly glad.

See ya.

No. 5

59 years ago today the first US atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
Let’s take a moment of reflection.
We should try our best not to repeat that awful act.
War is wrong.


Game Freak is having a summer holiday from tomorrow.
Holidays are nice, aren’t they?

So, a word to those who are going on a trip!

As is the case with Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire,
you can have a battle and trade Pokemon
with people all over the world
when you play Pokemon FireRed or LeafGreen.

If you’re planning on an overseas trip,
don’t forget to carry your Gameboy Advance
and a game pak of Pokemon to have a battle and
trade Pokemon with people you’ve never met!

We at Game Freak believe that
everyone on earth can communicate with each other,
and with that in mind we created such words
as ‘Pokemon’ ‘Pikachu’ ‘Groudon’ ‘Jirachi’
that are common all over the world.

Pokemon that appear in Pokemon movies are
the same all over the world.

If you go overseas, say the words like ‘Lugia’ or ‘Pikachu’
and people will turn their face and greet you.

Whether you’re a kid or a grown-up, let’s
make friends with people from all over the world!!!


No. 3

Yesterday, I did magazine interviews.

Pokemon Emerald will go on sale on September 16 (Thursday).
They came to talk with me about Pokemon Emerald.

But, unfortunately, there’s not much I can talk about
games like Pokemon…
Because we want the players to discover
everything themselves.
So we don’t want to give away any secret.
But at the same time, I wanted to discuss it
because I’m excited about it…
It was such a dilemma.

Please reserve your copy!

Those of you who have played Pokemon Ruby or Sapphire
will enjoy what’s different in this new game.
Those who have played Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen
will find Pokemon Emerald as the latest installment of the series.

We have put every kind of tricks and secrets
into Pokemon Emerald and I’m sure you will have great fun
playing it.
We at Game Freak are really proud of
what we have achieved this time.
Give it a try!

See ya!