Who hangs out in 'underground of the community of Pokémon, will know by heart the concept of Nuzlocke Challenge. For the less informed, it is a challenge "Homebrew" (homemade) during which the player did self-imposed a series of handicaps in order to increase the difficulty of the normal JRPG experience of the monster franchise.
Starting out as a niche phenomenon, it has managed to carve out a small following within the main video sharing and streaming platforms such as YouTube e Twitch, becoming one of the most peculiar Pokémon-themed content, and with a following almost on par with the landscape Official Competitive VGC.
However, it looks the same The Pokémon Company has a rather distorted view of the phenomenon.
The Pokemon company thinks Nuzlocke runs are "on the same level as" ROM Hacks according to former Nintendo employees pic.twitter.com/X9x7o0rnE7
- Patterrz (@Patterrz) September 18, 2022
In fact, according to the words of Kit Ellis and Krysta Yang, two former Nintendo employees and authors of the now defunct podcast Nintendo-Minute, The Pokémon Company would have rejected the proposal to bring Nuzlocke-style gameplay to the broadcast via official channels, even going to consider this kind of experience on the same level as using a modified Hack ROM.
According to Krysta's words, this proposal was in danger of compromise their position within Nintendo. Immediately after the release of this video, the conversation moved to various social media (mainly Twitter), with many fans of the Pokémon world doubting TPCi's upper-level knowledge about it. the difference between the Nuzlocke on legal software and the various alternative versions that can be performed via emulator (Randomizer etc.).
A confusion, and in some cases even toxicity that has mobilized even bigwigs on the web like Joe Merrick, webmaster of the well-known site Serebii.net, giving a representative of The Pokémon Company the chance to comment on what happened.
Right, so here's the official statement about the whole situation from TPCi
"We do not have any issues with fans / creators playing the games with Nuzlocke rules"
Call me a liar all you want, but this is from TPCi's mouth.
- Joe Merrick (@JoeMerrick) September 18, 2022
“The Pokémon Company has no problems with fans and creators
who play according to the Nuzlocke rules. "
Nonetheless, this little "scandal" denotes a particular ""ignorance"" by some members of The Pokémon Company on some of the trends that revolve around their games, or at least on their legality.