Director Explains How ‘Pokemon X’ & ‘Y’ Got Their Names

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There’s been a trend with every core installment in the Pokemon franchise that Pokemon X and Pokemon Y have (super) effectively kicked to the curb, and that’s having the name of a color featured in the title. Many fans were surprised to learn that the first ever 3DS iterations would be abandoning that tradition when the games were revealed earlier this year, but The Pokemon Company has since explained its motives for the games’ shift away from the tried and true color selection process.

The latest Iwata Asks, which focusses exclusively on Pokemon X and Y, features Game Freak director Junichi Masuda and CEO of The Pokemon Company Tsunekazu Ishihara as they are both intellectually probed by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. A number of different questions were asked by Iwata, but one of the biggest revelations came in the form of the reasoning behind the new games’ official titles — clarified by none other than Junichi Masuda.

“The world holds people with all sorts of ways of thinking, and you can get a sense that they exist in different dimensions. But if you think of them as people who think on the x axis and people who think on the y axis-horizontal and vertical axes-then they intersect somewhere. We may think differently, but we all live on the same planet, so everyone eats, sleeps and goes about their business day after day just like everyone else.”

When Iwata inquired if there was any unease amongst the staff at Game Freak after the names X and Y were decided upon, Masuda admitted that there was a little bit of resistance initially. The Pokemon director went on to state that he consulted a lot of long-time employees who’ve been involved with the series, such as fellow Game Freak director Ken Sugimori, but decided the new naming approach was the right choice.

“So we consulted a lot of people, like (Ken) Sugimori-san, and eventually decided this route was simple and easy to understand. And while the pronunciation of the letter may change by country, the shape of the letter is the same the world over-for example, we say “ekkusu” for the letter X in Japanese, but in French they say “ix”-so in that way too, it was an appropriate way to name these games.”

There’s a lot more change in store for fans than just the names of the forthcoming games, and the latest Iwata Asks is filled to bursting with new and interesting information regarding Pokemon X and Y. With the likes of Mega Evolutions and the addition of a Fairy-type, there’s a lot of change that longtime players have a lot to look forward to. Having some incite into the ideology behind the names, however, will at least give excited fans a glimpse into the deeper themes of the new Pocket Monster titles.

Pokemon X and Pokemon Y launch worldwide on October 12, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.

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Source: Iwata Asks