Pokemon Designer Explains New Legendary Monsters
Posted by James Newton
Strong, sharp, lots of lines
Pokémon Black & White aren't just offering new features like online video chat, three-on-three battles and seasonal gameplay: two of the biggest new additions are slapped right on the front of the box. Legendary Pokémon Reshiram and Zekrom take centre stage on the game's box art, but how did Pokémon master Ken Sugimori craft the two new titans?
Contemplating polar opposites, Sugimori thought of "man versus woman" and settled on different silhouettes, with Game Freak director Junichi Masuda giving specific instructions: the Pokémon had to be cool. Sugimori used straight lines instead of curved lines, with a focus on "sharpness" to bring the cool creatures to life. The crowning glory for each monster, Sugimori says, is the thick tail that emphasises their powerfulness.
These two new Pokémon promise to be the ultimate goal for new trainers to catch when Pokémon Black & White launch in North America on March 6th, with a European release on March 4th. We'll have a full review of the new games available before launch.