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Forza Motorsport Was Originally Inspired By Pokémon

Posted by Damien McFerran

Gotta drive 'em all

Nintendo is clearly an influential company in the realm of video gaming, but we're just beginning to see exactly how far-reaching its inflience has been.

Last week, we reported that Sony's WipEout was inspired by Super Mario Kart, and today we've learned that Xbox 360 favourite Forza Motorsport can count Pokémon as its muse.

Speaking to SPOnG, Turn 10 (the company responsible for the super-realistic racer) creative director Dan Greenawalt revealed:

I knew that I wanted this car-collecting element to be implemented into the game. What game, especially back in 2002, had inspired collecting more than Pokémon?

It did collecting using a rarity system - through different coloured versions - with a sense that everything felt very natural. And actually, there’s a really natural sense of rarity in cars. So in Forza 1, the cars had a rarity meter, and you had to pick your region - much like choosing Pokémon Sapphire or Ruby - and that made certain cars more or less rare in the game. That was directly inspired by Pokémon.

You really do learn something new every day.

[via spong.com]

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User Comments (28)

Xilef

#4

Xilef said:

And thought Wipeout being inspired by Mario Kart sounded a little odd.

Chris720

#11

Chris720 said:

Really? Microsoft, Sony... you wouldn't be here without Nintendo... obviously.

shingi_70

#13

shingi_70 said:

@Chris720

So were just going to ignore the fact that mi rosoft and Sony are in more than one market.

And one would argue that nintendo wouldn't be here without atari

AVahne

#14

AVahne said:

Well Atari didn't do anything to inspire Nintendo, besides contributing to the destruction of the game industry so that Nintendo could step in to save the day.

NintendoLand

#16

NintendoLand said:

What's with all the devs coming out of the closet lately about being inspired by Nintendo??

I mean it's always obvious and goes without saying. Most games range from being inspired to blatant ripoffs but forza x pokemon?!! this is ludicrous!! :D

@Sony it doesn't take a monkey to figure he's talking about the gaming market and the gaming market only.

Joshers744

#17

Joshers744 said:

I'm going to be different and say...wow (I spelled it backwards if you couldn't tell)

Zombie_Barioth

#24

Zombie_Barioth said:

Whoever said inspiration comes from the strangest places wasn't kidding.

First Sonic ironically being inspired by racing through SMB, Wipeout based on Mario Kart, and now Forza inspired by pokemon collection.

What next, is Capcom going to come out and say Monster Hunter was inspired by OOT boss battles?

JohnPhilipSousa

#27

JohnPhilipSousa said:

@CEOJumpMad You got it backwards, silly! Star Fox is exactly like Cooking Mama! I mean think about it, remove the cooking, add the shooting, and you have Star Fox!

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