The Pokemon Company Has Removed Nuzlocke Run Players From Its Creator Program
No Nuzlockes here.
Kit Ellis and Krysta Yang, previous co-hosts of Nintendo Minute, claimed that The Pokémon Company was strongly against their suggestion of doing a Nuzlocke run. They thought it would make a good idea for the video, but apparently, the higher-ups weren't happy at the suggestion. Ellis elaborated, "They said 'We consider this to be on the same level as using a hacked game, ROM hacks.' I was like, excuse me? This is the style of playing a game that everybody can buy, there’s no hacking."
The Pokémon Company Denies It's Against Nuzlocke Runs
For the uninitiated, a Nuzlocke run in a Pokémon game involves adhering to a strict set of rules. They can vary depending on the person playing, but in general, there are two that are always a part of these runs. First, if a Pokémon faints in battle, then it must be released, unable to be used again, Second, players can only catch the first Pokémon they encounter in each area and no others.
Yang later alleged, "There were a lot of creators that played a Nuzlocke style of Pokémon that got erased from their creator program." It's unclear if this is actually the case, but for what it's worth, The Pokémon Company has disputed such claims.
Joe Merrick took to Twitter to comment on The Pokémon Company's statement, writing, "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."
One possibility is that The Pokémon Company doesn't want to promote Nuzlocke runs because there are hacked versions of the game where Nuzlocke Mode is an option to play. People can learn about Nuzlocke runs and then find these hacked games, which the company obviously doesn't want people finding.
As of right now, it's unclear where the truth lies.
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