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Do Nintendo’s new Pokémon games allow a player to be a cannabis-themed cat?

Feb 28, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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The game is expected to be released later this year on Switch

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Nintendo is on a Pokémon roll, releasing several related games in recent years, with the latest offering featuring a weed cat, an apple dinosaur and a hat duck.

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According to AVClub, Nintendo has released the spinoff prequel Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl and Pokémon Sword and Shield.

But the latest two games, Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, are providing players with something a little different: a player can choose to start with a marijuana-themed cat called Sprigatito, a dinosaur that looks like an apple (is it?) named Fuecoco and a duck sporting a hat who goes by the moniker of Quaxly.

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Whatever they are, AVClub reports that it will be referring to the three characters as Pot Cat, Applesaurus and Hat Duck for the foreseeable future.

Republic World may or may not share that opinion, noting that Sprigatito belongs in the Grass Cat Pokémon category, Fuecoco in the Fire Crock Pokémon category and Quaxly, a water-type character, in the Duckling Pokémon category.

AVClub reports a player can choose to start with one of the three characters.

Announced as part of developer The Pokémon Company’s “Pokémon Presents” stream on Feb. 27, the game’s trailer begins strangely with a live-action security guard carrying out an investigation.

As the trailer music begins to soar, the guard is led to a door, which cannot block the bright light being emitted from inside. Tentatively checking things out, he sees the room start to come alive as what appears to be coffee in a cup starts to simmer, book pages flip and clock hands begin to turn wildly in clockwise and counter-clockwise directions.

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In a burst of white light, seemingly from a doorway to somewhere, peacefully transforms into a more familiar Pokémon scene, complete with gorgeous outdoor scenes and quaint, old-time architecture, and a whole host of characters.

The scene then reverts back to the befuddled guard in the now peaceful room, albeit with wafting mist coming from behind the door.

Republic World adds the games, developed by Game Freak, “feature an open world where various towns blend seamlessly into the wilderness.” There will also be a new area and they will come with three Generation 9 starter Pokémons.

The trailer notes the games are scheduled for worldwide release for Nintendo Switch in late 2022.

Video screen capture from Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet trailer of the three new characters. /
Video screen capture from Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet trailer of the three new characters. / Photo by Nintendo, Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet trailer announcement

YouTube posters got downright specific about their wants and expectations for the game, but comments were generally positive and excited.

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“Wow, this looks really promising. I’ve been out of the loop on pokemon for a while, but it’s cool to be really looking forward to another release again (not to say that the last few years haven’t been good. I’ve just been doing other things). Absolutely going with the grass starter,” comments sunsleepwalks.

“The tiny details I saw in this trailer make me so so happy! Even if the story sucks and the game isn’t polished, this game still looks amazing! The environments look so full of life even with no people or Pokémon and I love that!” adds J.P. Johnson.

Per Comic Book, “It seems that the new Pokémon games are a return to the ‘classic’ style of Pokémon game most recently seen in Pokemon Sword and Shield.”

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