The Pokémon series practically glows with nostalgia and childhood memories for many of us, and Nintendo seems determined to find new ways to break through the cold, callous, adult exteriors of some to appeal to that sentiment again. With this surprisingly emotive trio of cards it may have done just that, so rest assured that it's totally okay to cry just a little bit.
This three-card set is included in a recent expansion to the trading card game titled Legendary Treasures, which hit Western shores on 6th November this year. It details not only starter Pokémon Tepig's evolution, but the growth and journey of its surrounding family as well. It's a uniquely human touch, telling the story of a young boy's first Pokémon and ending with a few new additions to the family portrait.
The latest additions to the series, Pokémon X & Y, definitely had more of a focus on building friendship between you and your team, finally letting you spend some quality time with them thanks to Pokémon-Amie, so it's fair to say that our heartstrings are being firmly tugged by this point. Some may even mirror the story in their own lives, and are now introducing the series to a whole new generation in their family. The way the Emboar looks protectively down on the reaching hand of its trainer's young child is enough to get us downright sentimental, and we never thought a Pokémon card could do that.
It's always nice to see the Universe expanded upon outside of the arena, showing that a giant, fire-breathing pig can still be just as much of a friend as a warrior. Whether it's a one-off or we end up seeing this narrative technique used again, write us a tear-stained comment below to share your opinion.