Welcome to another something new here on PUCL. Who would have thought that trying to report on Nintendo news right after a new console launch would be very difficult.
But Professor Snag reminded me that there was something else I could do to fill the space until more news comes to light. (Or until my fanfic is complete and Scron gives me the ok to publish it.)
So here is “This Month in Pokemon History”, where I will inform you of what happened in Pokemon history during a specific month over a given period of time. For this first issue, we’ll go back to the years 2011 to 2013 and see where we were during the month of March. So without further ado, let’s feel old.
March 4: The original Pokemon Black and White were first released in Europe since their debut in Japan. We all still remember that dark time in our Pokemon journeys where Japan got the games several months before the rest of the world did, and we hated every second of it. Thankfully, those times are over.
March 6: Pokemon Black and White were finally released in the Americas, two days after being released in Europe. Fluffiest was enjoying Black and White before me, Thatch, Bo, Scron, Ethan, and everyone else. It should also be noted that this was when TheFluffiestWhimsicott discovered herself and became that adorable ball of fluff that we all know and love. It certainly doesn’t feel like six years does it.
March 15: For the first time in a long time, the Pokemon anime had an episode pulled from airing, and has never been aired since. The reasoning behind this was due to a recent earthquake that had struck Japan several days before the episode would air. The episode in question was to feature Team Rocket fighting Team Plasma, their battle causing massive damage to Castelia City in the process. It was this city destruction being aired so close to a recent earthquake that would have made the episode distasteful and the episode was removed out of respect for the victims.
March 1: On this day, fans were shown the first images and information about the newest Pokemon Movie “Kyurem and the Sword of Justice”. Had we known before hand where this movie would go in its portrayal of Keldeo, we probably would have stayed clear of this movie. But that was not all that happened this day. Pokemon fans also got their first official look at one of the newest Mythical Pokemon, Meloetta. Through an early release in Japan, as well as the usual dataminers, Meloetta had been known for quite some time, but this was the first time the Pokemon was shown off officially to the public, and a distribution of the Pokemon would not be far behind.
March 12: CoroCoro did what CoroCoro does best on this day. The magazine showed off the first images of the upcoming Pokemon Sequel “Black 2 and White 2”. The main image showed off what would later be known as “White Kyurem” and “Black Kyurem”, as well as the box covers for both games. We had no idea how good of a sequel these games would be.
March 17: A new crossover game came out in Japan, under the name “Pokemon + Nobunaga’s Ambition”. But we in the states know this game as “Pokemon Conquest”. Taking place in a feudal Japan like state, this RTS Pokemon game had you control various Pokemon on the battlefield as you strategized your way to conquest and victory. I still consider this game to be one of the few “oddball” games in the franchise, right next to “Pokemon Snap” and “Pokemon TV”.
March 4: Pokemon fans in the United States were finally able to get their hands on their very own Meloetta. The Mythical Pokemon was distributed through various Gamestop stores around the country. I still remember downloading Meloetta in the Gamestop parking lot and immediately taking it to Castelia City so that it learned Relic Song. Ah memories….
March 6: A new trailer for the upcoming Pokemon Movie “Genesect and the Legend Awakened” was first shown, feature new footage of Genesect, the movie’s setting, and the return of Mewtwo. At the end of the trailer, viewers were shown the first footage of Sylveon ahead of Pokemon X and Y’s release, further fueling the debate of whether Sylveon was a new type or not.
And that’s it so far. I have plenty more years to cover, but this is a good start. I’d like to know in the comments what you remember in Pokemon during those three years, I’d love to hear from you.
And with that, I’ll see you guys in the next issue.