"Everyone's support made a day like today possible"
Preparing for battle
Following the reveal of Pokémon Sword and Shield for the Nintendo Switch during last week's Pokémon Direct, it's been discovered Nintendo, Game Freak and Creatures Inc. filed a trademark in Japan for Armoured Mewtwo earlier on in the same month. The trademark covers videogames, merchandising and events. If you keep up with...
"We as a company are deeply moved by this day"
The reveal of Pokémon Sword and Shield for the Nintendo Switch also marks 23 years since the release of Red and Green on the Game Boy in Japan. One company that's been along for the ride since the very beginning is Game Freak. Without it, who knows if the pocket monster franchise would have lasted for...
"Everyone's support made a day like today possible"
Today is a pretty big day for Pokémon fans. Not only are we mere hours away from a Pokémon Direct at the time of writing, which looks set to reveal the next generation of games in the series, but today also marks the 23rd anniversary of the franchise. Yes, on this very day 23 years ago, Pokémon...
Game Freak, the Japanese video game developer best known for the ridiculously popular Pokémon series, has now opened its very own Twitter and YouTube accounts. The studio already has a rarely-used Facebook page, but it appears that these new social media platforms are set to be used on a much more frequent basis. Game Freak's first ever...
What could it be?
As we wait for the release of Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! next month, it looks as if Nintendo, Creatures Inc and Game Freak are already focused on the future. Japanese Nintendo reports that the three parties have applied for a new trademark known as “Monpoké” in Japan. You can take a look at the first...
With the working title of 'Town'
A surprise announcement came during today's Nintendo Direct where Game Freak, world-renowned for their development of the main series Pokémon titles, revealed Town, a new RPG coming to Nintendo Switch in 2019. Set entirely in a small village under rule of a castle, this new RPG explores the aftermath of invading...
"Treating them like living creatures"
Game Freak Director and Pokémon series developer Junichi Masuda has been speaking about the design process in creating Pokémon, and how this has changed over the years since the games' inception. Pokémon has always been praised for its wide variety of designs, taking things as...
If there was ever a game to represent this most cruel, brilliant, and baffling of years, Pocket Card Jockey is it. Game Freak's most recent non-Pokémon venture makes little sense: You're a horseracing jockey, but really you're a Solitaire player... but really you're an animal husbandry novice. That this strange brew of strategy, quick...
Alex gets to flex his talking muscles for once
We at Nintendo Life are very typical gamers in the sense that we love to talk the hind legs off anyone who'll listen when it comes to video games, so naturally when the lovely chaps over at GameXplain invited this floppy-haired video diva over to their channel to natter about Pokémon Sun & Moon, we...
Just on Steam for now
Though Game Freak is obviously most well-known for the work it's done on the Pokémon series, the company occasionally likes to dabble in making something else, with games such Drill Dozer, HarmoKnight, and Tembo the Badass Elephant. That last one bizarrely never saw a release on Nintendo platforms, and it seems that could...
Game Freak evolves again
There can be a perception that Game Freak = Pokémon and not much else, but that's certainly not the case. It may be the core developer of an IP prized by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, but Game Freak is a business that has become increasingly independent in recent years. The company self-published HarmoKnight on the...
Or Smart Ball, if you had the misfortune of playing the American version
Game Freak may be most famous for the Pokémon series, but the company's history goes back a little further than that. Back when the firm was still learning the ropes, it released the platform title Jerry Boy on the Super Famicom. A cute and cuddly romp through a colourful...
At least for now
It's fair to say, the recent announcement of TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT for every digital platform but the eShop has outraged Nintendo fans. When the SEGA and Game Freak collaboration was teased last week, we even alluded to the idea that Nintendo systems were in with a chance of receiving this latest title given the close...
Be prepared for it to be a smartphone game
When Nintendo fans hear the developer name Game Freak, they likely think of Pokémon; yet while that iconic brand is under the ownership of Nintendo, Game Freak itself is an independent company. Its continual focus is undoubtedly on the next mainline 'mon title, but the studio has also worked on other...
Adventuring beyond the Pokémon League
The more we hear about Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, the more this latest entry to the series seems to be bursting with all kinds of content. Developer Game Freak has committed to going more "in depth" with the game world this time around, and the surprise announcement of additional story elements...
It's a phantom gate, not some sort of gate to infinity...
What do you get when there's a trademark placed by Nintendo, Game Freak and Creatures Inc.? A whole load of Pokémon speculation, of course, as they are three parties that — combined or individually — bring you various 'mon-related games. So that's what we have, with Siliconera spotting...
Just horsing around
When Game Freak teased a new game that featured a franchise popular worldwide, it's safe to say that no-one really thought "that looks like a horse silhouette, so it'll be a horse racing and Solitaire mashup". Yet that's what it is and, perhaps oddly, Soliti Horse looks like a lot of fun. Already released in Japan, its odds for...
Those cheeky scamps
Game Freak should be fairly busy right now, presumably putting the finishing touches to Pokémon X & Y, yet it's found the time to tease a new title with a mysterious website, adorned with a silhouette that looks Pokémon-esque — our tipster reckons it doesn't look like any current 'mon, except possibly a Munna. In any...
Gotta catch the beats
There are a good numbers of gamers in the West that love Japanese culture and look on with envy at some of the creative, and occasionally wacky, delights that are released in Nintendo's homeland. One of these we may not have expected to see was Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight, a rhythm game on the 3DS eShop from Pokémon developer...
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