Masuda's "Message" to Fans

Favorite
- -

Here's a little run-down of what Masuda discusses in the message: Masuda begins by talking about X&Y being the first Pokémon games to release globally at the same time, and how he's excited behind the idea of battling and trading between players at the same time. It is then explained how the games take place in Kalos, which is inspired by France. As such, Masuda decided that the theme of the games is beauty. There's a little mention of how France is known for it's fashion and culinary sophistication. The name "Kalos" comes from the ancient Greek for beauty. Masuda then talks about his visits to France, as mentioned above. When visiting France, Masuda make sure to carry out research on specific areas, such as the Carnac Stones, something he couldn't do at home in Japan. Lumiose City is also based on the centre of France: Paris! After this there's not much information disclosed. Masuda discusses a little about how he was getting recognised in France by members of the localisation team, and a quick reveal of Monorpale, going on to say how he doesn't want to reveal everything before the game's release in October.

My Real Pokémon Adventure in Japan: 7 Days, 7 Pokémon Centers

Favorite
My Real Pokémon Adventure in Japan: 7 Days, 7 Pokémon Centers
- -

TropicalChickens says, "I could write for hours about this trip, but here's the abridged version. This year I'm studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea. Over winter break I decided to go to Japan and embark on my very own Pokémon journey. Over the course of 7 days, I went to all 7 Pokémon Centers scattered throughout Japan. I had only the clothes on my back as well as a duffel bag to store my merchandise: just as a true Pokémon trainer would live daily. It was amazing to say the least, though exhausting (look up the distance from Seoul to Shimonoseki to Sapporo and double it). When I returned home, my girlfriend and I made Pikachu pancakes from a mould I bought and to this very day I marvel at my collection. I hope this post inspires Pokémon fans to save up some money to go on your own adventure. I only have two regrets: spending too much money and not spending enough money. Thanks for reading :)"