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New Pokémon Game Factory Trademark Isn't For A Game, But Its Toys Look Awesome

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Lucky Japanese fans

There was potentially a flutter for excitement for eagle-eyed Pokémon fans earlier today, when a trademark for Pokémon Game Factory was spotted; it was filed by Nintendo, Game Freak and Creatures Inc. Its purpose was unclear, and those hoping it was another game in the hugely popular franchise would have been disappointed, as it appears to be for a toy range.

On the flipside, it's further evidence of Nintendo and its partners keeping up its merchandising efforts, particularly in Japan. The toys are linked to Pokémon X & Y and — according to this pre-order listing — will arrive in September. There are six rather cool products shown; if you like to look at neat Japanese toys that may or may not make it to the West, we're happy to oblige.

These first two toys seem to work as a sort-of Jack-in-the-box — players need to press buttons in the right order or the characters spring out.

The next item, below, is a special variation on Othello, for a more laid-back and challenging game.

Below is a rather cool mini pinball game, which comes with various lights and an LED display, reminding this reader of an equivalent Sonic the Hedgehog pinball machine in the early '90s.

This next toy seems to be a timed construction puzzle, in which you race to put together the Poké Ball before Pikachu springs forth.

Finally, this isn't just a plastic display, but actually a balance game in which you roll the dice and balance a colour coded part as instructed, without making the Poké Ball fall down.


Pokémon Game Factory may have sounded like a potential gaming gem, perhaps a form of construction software on Wii U — Mario Maker-style — but the reality is often less exciting. Still, toys are fun, right?

[via item.rakuten.co.jp, serebii.net]

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Tobias95

#3

Tobias95 said:

The only one thats looks allright is the Othello (?) thing and that Pikachu puzzle thing. They should make something nice, that does not look like abysmal products made by cheap plastic -.-

Thats the problem with toys today. My fat talking Pikachu figure is not the prittiest pokemonthing in the world, but at least it does not look too cheap.

sinalefa

#4

sinalefa said:

I like the pinball game. I guess they will have the OR/AS toys ready for launch.

mystman12

#5

mystman12 said:

I'm usually really critical when it comes to tabletop pinball games, but at least this one isn't the horrible "slap five bumpers in the middle" layout. This one looks like it has an actual thing to shoot at. It's just too bad they don't make games like Astro Shooter anymore...

Kaze_Memaryu

#9

Kaze_Memaryu said:

Seriously? You stick it up their... but... isn't that completely... I mean, how can you...

sigh

Seriously Nintendo, don't do that, it looks really painful! Why couldn't you simply use a plate-shaped platform to place the Poké figure on?! Why did it have to be rectal fixation???

Oh well, the pinball thing is nice, at least. I really wonder whether Nintendo ever did an actual electronic pinball table...?

mystman12

#14

mystman12 said:

@Kaze_Memaryu Well, Nintendo never produced there own pinball machines, (Although Sega made a few) but Gottlieb made a couple Super Mario Bros. games.

Retro_on_theGo

#15

Retro_on_theGo said:

This is way better than if these were cruddy Wii U mini game collections.
The last two actually look fun.

AyeHaley

#16

AyeHaley said:

oh man I wish I had more room in my house...I love buying useless but fun merch.

Warruz

#17

Warruz said:

This article just reminded me that we need another pokemon pinball game!

Kaze_Memaryu

#20

Kaze_Memaryu said:

@Marr_the_Great I'm not saying the manufacturer did this intentionally, but it would've been seriously easy to come up with better alternatives.
Also, this is the internet! Did you really not expect anyone to point it out? ^_^

WalupeachyTime

#21

WalupeachyTime said:

They just look like different takes on already existing games. The first game just seems to be Crocodile Dentist and Pop-Up Pirate combined.

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