Well, here’s your ‘Bizarre News Story of the Week™’. In a clip posted on Twitter via the latest episode of the Kit and Krysta podcastthe ex-Nintendo employees received a question from one of their Patreon supporters about whether they had ever played a ‘Nuzlocke run’ of Pokemon.
This prompted the two to tell a story in which they pitched an idea to The Pokémon Company to play a Nuzlocke run on an episode of ‘Nintendo Minute’. Apparently, not only was their proposal immediately shut down, but they reportedly came close to being fired, with The Pokemon Company stating that the Nuzlocke Challenge was “on the same level as a hack or ROM”.
Of course, this bomb may come as a bit of a shock to those familiar with the Nuzlocke Challenge. For the uninitiated, this is a self-imposed set of community rules that must be followed when playing Pokemon. The two basic rules include releasing any Pokemon that faints during battle, as it must be considered “dead”, and that the player must only catch the first Pokémon they encounter within each area. There are plenty of additional rules that most players also adhere to, and you can read all about them on the Nuzlocke Challenge Bulbapedia page.
Regardless of your familiarity with the Nuzlocke Challenge, our brief overview should make it clear that it not on the same level as hacking or ROMs; it is simply a set of self-imposed limitations that occur within the core parameters of the game. Indeed, Kit and Krysta were clearly shocked by The Pokémon Company’s response and highlighted its unpredictability regarding community proposals.
Since the release of the track, Serebii webmaster Joe Merrick said he contacted The Pokémon Company about the claim, which confirmed that players are free to play Pokémon games in any way they see fit, as long as it stays within the restrictions of the game itself, saying : “we don’t do any problems with fans/creators playing the games with Nuzlocke rules”.
While there is no doubt that Kit and Krysta’s story is true, we suspect that there may have been some miscommunication regarding the definition of hacks and ROMs and their connection (or lack thereof) to the Nuzlocke Challenge. It’s possible that while The Pokemon Company has no problem with the Nuzlocke challenge per se, it may not have been keen on the challenge being featured via an official channel like Nintendo Minute. Either way, Kit and Krysta seem to have taken the controversy in their stride, posting an amusing tweet last night:
What do you make of Kit and Krysta’s claims? Are you a fan of the Nuzlocke Challenge? Let us know in the comments below.