Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Newest Pokémon!

I wanted to wait until a good bit of details had come to light before posting too much on this, but I want to talk a little about the newest pokémon released by Nintendo. These are the starters for pokémon as well as the newest legends Zekrom and Reshiram (all seen to the right).

Beginning with the starters, the Grass on is supposedly a Grass Snake pokémon, then there is the Fire Pig, and the Water Otter. I'm not using the Japanese names for these guys to reduce confusion when the English names are actually announced. Thier designs seem to take a little from each of the earlier gens. The Fire Pig resembles the kinds of pokémon we got from gen 1 and 2 from an artistic standpoint (the pokémon art was very similar in those two gens). The Grass Snake seems more like gen 3 (and looks a lot like Treecko in it's eye). The Water Otter seems to take a lot from gen 4, mainly looking a lot like Piplup in it's body shape (as pointed out by a friend of mine in Germany). As with any new set of starters there has been a lot of controversy surrounding these. Normally, I would wait until the evolutions are announced before forming opinions as a whole, but to each thier own.

The most ridicule has fallen on the Water Otter in that it's "ugly" or "unimaginative." There are some who disagree, however, like my finace Lauren who has already said she's starting with it. As for me, I'm not sure if I will be choosing the Grass or Fire starter yet. I liked the grass starter from the start, but the fire one is starting to grow on me too. Unlike many people I've talked to, I actually like these starters ok. I do like some from the earlier gens more, but that's just how it goes. I'm sure as soon as the evolutions are announced I will start to like these more and more.

Now for the legendaries Zekrom and Reshiram. First of all, thier names will stay the same in both English and Japanese so there won't be any confusion there. Thier design reminds me a lot of the 4th gen legends (Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina). I'm ok with thier complex designs because, in my mind, the more complex they look the more legendary they look. I'm sure some people will disagree, but legends like Lugia or Ho-ohy don't look that legendary to me when based solely on thier design. In fact if I didn't know better, I could see Ho-oh as just a fully evolved starter when basing my opinion solely on how it looks. That being said, I'm not a huge fan of Reshiram. It's body looks too big for it almost. However, I do like Zekrom so I will be getting the White version. Both have been announced to be Dragon type, and Zekrom has been rumored to be Dragon/Electric... but that remains to be seen.

What are your opinions of these pokémon?