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Marlon McDonald

We all know the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto has been a busy man over the past 20+ years — he's been involved in the creation of some of Nintendo's most iconic and epic IPs like Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda. But did you know he also had a hand in the Pokémon franchise too?

In a video celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Pokémon franchise (just in case you didn't realize Pokémon is 20), the Nintendo icon and Poképroducer discusses his influence on the seminal series and a even throws in a couple of cute stories for good measure.

In a typically Miyamoto fashion, his major contribution to the Pokémon franchise was creating the system link that allowed Trainers to connect their Game Boys, trade 'mons, and battle to their hearts' content.

Game link cable & two OG Game Boys
Game link cable & two OG Game Boys

Miyamoto also revealed the reason why Pokémon Red & Green (Blue in the west) had such an arduous development process: It was the fault of another vastly seminal Nintendo title, EarthBound. Both games were being worked on at the same time, and once EarthBound was finished it gave the devs room to really open up on Pokémon.


How cool is that? Anyway, in other Pokénews, did you hear that there's currently a bidding war for the rights to a live action Pokémon movie?

What is your fondest Pokémon memory?

(Source: Pokémon/YouTube)


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