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Is Pokemon Let’s Go Johto coming in 2020?

Published: 6/Jan/2020 17:39 Updated: 9/Jan/2020 2:32

by Paul Cot

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We’re approaching the time of year where rumors of the next Pokemon game begin to circulate. Could that next game be Pokemon Let’s Go 2 – or Let’s Go Johto?

The HD remake of Pokemon Yellow, Let’s Go Pikachu! and Eevee! was well received by the Pokemon community, suggesting a second version is an inevitability. Could it come as soon as 2020, though?

There were initial concerns a remake of Pokemon’s first region wouldn’t prove a commercial success. After all the Kanto region has been playable in several games throughout the years.

EbayThe last remake of the Johto region, Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver, proved to be very popular…

However, the game sold very well, selling a reported 11.28 million units. This makes Pokemon Let’s Go the fifth best selling Nintendo Switch game and in doing so perhaps confirming a sequel.

Room for another Johto game?

Some fans are resistant to the idea of remakes of previous games but history suggests that the majority want them, and Johto has proven to be a fan-favorite region, too.

The previous games based on the second region, Pokemon Gold & Silver and Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver, are two of the highest-rated Pokemon games to date. With all of this going for it, it certainly suggests there is room for a second Pokemon Let’s Go game.

Masuda’s takes on a possible Let’s Go sequel

Back in October 2018, Junichi Masuda, executive director at Game Freak, was interviewed about the original Pokemon LGPE games and revealed some interesting insight into the prospect of another one.

He was asked if he had one eye on another Let’s Go style game in Johto, to which his response was interesting, especially considering what we know now. “So, you know, maybe – if everyone enjoys playing these games,” Masuda responded.

Now we do know that the games were a success, proven by the aforementioned sales figures.

Did an easter egg confirm the game?

For the 2019 Pokemon game, Sword and Shield, an announcement came on Pokemon Day on February 27 and it could well be the same this year. Sword and Shield was kept a complete secret, other than one or two leaks which weren’t taken seriously, and we’re sure the 2020 game announcement is being guarded just as well. In short, there aren’t any prominent rumors or leaks suggesting Let’s Go Johto is next in line.

However, there was an easter egg within Pokemon Let’s Go that alluded to a second game. Those who have played the classic Pokemon games will be familiar with the psychic gym leader, Sabrina.

In Let’s Go you can challenge gym leaders more than once, and in Sabrina’s case her message once you defeat her changes the second time around. “I won’t encounter another Trainer like you for around another three years,” the Saffron City gym leader says.

Could this simple easter egg have revealed the next Pokemon game?

Could that be the confirmation we need? It’s an interesting easter egg for two reasons with the first being it’s very well hidden, meaning not many will come across the message let alone take in its meaning. Secondly, she says around three years which suggests, at the time of being made, that the release for a sequel was undecided. Perhaps it could be this year or even 2021 or 2022.

If you believe this was anything more than a tease, then yes, Let’s Go Johto may already be in development. The downside is though, for those that want it sooner than later, it’s more likely to be in 2021 than this year.

Does that mean a Gen 4 remake (Pokemon Diamond & Pearl) could come first? Only time will tell.

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Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp

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A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
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The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.