Well, here’s your ‘Weird News Story of the Week™’. In a clip posted to Twitter via the latest episode of the Kit and Krysta podcast, former Nintendo employees received a question from one of their Patreon followers about whether they had ever played a Pokemon ‘Nuzlocke run’. .
This prompted the pair to tell a story in which they pitched an idea to The Pokémon Company to play a Nuzlocke race on an episode of “Nintendo Minute.” Apparently, their suggestion was not only quickly shut down, but they were nearly fired, with The Pokémon Company stating that the Nuzlocke Challenge is “on the same level as a hack or ROM.”
Naturally, this bomb might come as a bit of a shock to those familiar with the Nuzlocke Challenge. For the uninitiated, this is a set of self-imposed community rules that must be adhered to when playing Pokémon. The two basic rules include releasing any Pokemon that faint during battle, as it should be considered “dead”, and the player should only catch the first Pokémon they encounter in each area. There are a plethora of additional rules that most players follow as well, and you can read them all on the Nuzlocke Challenge Bulbapedia page.
Regardless of your familiarity with the Nuzlocke Challenge, our brief overview should make it clear that it is not on the same level as piracy or ROMs; it’s simply a set of self-imposed restrictions that take place within the basic game settings. Indeed, Kit and Krysta were clearly shocked by The Pokémon Company’s reaction and pointed out its unpredictability towards the suggestions from the community.
Since the clip was released, Serebii webmaster Joe Merrick said he has contacted The Pokémon Company regarding the claim, which confirmed that players are free to play Pokémon games in any way they see fit. as long as it stays within the boundaries of the game itself, stating “we have no problem with fans/creators playing games with Nuzlocke rules”.
While there’s no doubt that Kit and Krysta’s story is true, we suspect there may have been some misunderstanding regarding the definition of hacks and ROMs and their relationship (or lack thereof) to the Nuzlocke Challenge. It’s possible that while The Pokémon Company had no problem with the Nuzlocke challenge per se, they might not have been keen on the challenge being presented through an official channel such as Nintendo Minute. Anyway, Kit and Krysta seem to have taken the controversy head on, posting a funny tweet last night:
What do you think of Kit and Krysta’s claims? Are you a Nuzlocke challenge fan? Let us know in the comments below.
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