Junichi Masuda just isn’t solely one of many Pokémon OGs, one of many three co-founders of Game Freak together with Satoshi Tajiri and Ken Sugimori, however because the years have passed by has grow to be essentially the most central determine behind the video games and franchise. He’s presently chief artistic fellow at The Pokémon Firm and, yesterday, casually dropped a truth concerning the collection that has uncovered a long-dormant Easter Egg.

A July 5 tweet from Masuda contained a picture of the constructing initially utilized by Game Freak, based in 1989, and stated (through machine translation): “On the fifth of July, Pokémon was born in Japan, and that is where Game Freak as soon as lived.”

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From one angle that is simply Masuda celebrating an anniversary, most definitely the anniversary of the unique Capsule Monsters pitch to NIntendo. However as rapidly noticed by Pokémon archivist and Youtuber LewTwo, this has the truth is been within the video games from the beginning as one thing of an Easter Egg, and one which revolves round essentially the most mysterious Pokémon of all (definitely within the early days), the fabled Mew.

As Lewtwo notes, the OG Pokémon video games (Crimson/Green in Japan, Crimson/Blue elsewhere) contained a diary entry that particulars the primary discovery of Mew on this planet of Pokémon. The creature was found in Guyana on July fifth. Mew is notable for being the primary legendary Pokémon and is claimed to include the DNA of each single different Pokémon contained inside its physique. Lastly, in Pokémon lore, Mew was found by a personality named Miyamoto, a reference to Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, who greenlit and oversaw the event of Pokémon (Nintendo truly turned down the preliminary pitch; Miyamoto noticed one thing and continued).

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This isn’t Earth-shattering information however the truth a Game Boy game remains to be serving up little secrets and techniques 27-odd years later is unbelievable. The very fact it is Mew that ‘hides’ the origin date of the whole factor is simply a type of excellent little confluences of lore and actuality, whereas the Miyamoto nod (added later) is the icing on the cake. Or as Lewtwo places it: “the actual fact this has been underneath our noses this whole time is definitely simply fucking insane.”