Pokemon Mothers talk about palindromic regions and raising champions

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In the magazine store, you’ll find all the weird mistakes on the back that we couldn’t fit anywhere else. Some may call it “filler”; we prefer “a full page to make horrible jokes, marginally related to the content of the magazine”.

We don’t have (paper) pages on the web, but we still love terrible jokes – so welcome to our biannual feature, Back Page. Today, Ollie speaks to three people who know better than most what it takes to be the very best like no one has before…

To celebrate this year’s Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a special get-together with some very special women. They are the mothers of the Pokémon champions from their respective regions and have kindly taken the time to traverse the realms of the digital world into the real world to share their experiences of supporting their children and their opinions on the larger world of Pokemon.

To protect their privacy (because let’s face it, they get enough attention in their own regions to raise a Pokémon champion), we refer to each female by her region; so here today we have Johto (Gold/Silver), Alola (Sun/Moon) and Galar (Sword/Shield).

Nintendo Life: Thank you for joining us today and Happy Mother’s Day to everyone!

Alola: Alola!

Galar: Understood?

Joto: Hiiii!

So I just wanted to start off by saying what a wonderful job you all did in raising the future Pokémon champions. only ten years old and your children have achieved so much! How does it feel?

Galar: It’s awesome you know, I’m so proud of my little one. I initially thought it would be quite dangerous; You know, going out on my own, exploring dangerous environments, mastering the challenge at the gym… It’s a lot for someone so young, but I had full confidence that they would do well.

Joto: Oh absolutely I agree. I can’t lie, I was mighty upset when they left home to embark on their Pokémon adventure, but I had enough things to do at home to keep me busy. Sometimes you just have to let them fly out of the nest, and ten is old age, isn’t it?

Alola: Wait, did you say “fitness challenge” [Galar]? What is that?

Galar: The gyms are scattered throughout the region. You know, “defeat the Gym Leaders and face off against the Elite Four”?

Alola: Oh no..? We do not have that.

[long pause]

Joto: wait what

Alola: Yeah we don’t have it where I’m from We have “Trials” instead – you have to face big, powerful Pokemon – honestly, the gym challenge doesn’t sound particularly fun to my liking.

Galar: you have gyms right, [Johto]?

Joto: Are you kidding? We have the best gyms from all regions. After my kid completed the Elite Four, they were able to jump to Kanto and take on the gym challenge there as well. Apparently a guy named Iwata made this possible, I don’t know…

Johto & Kanto region
The “two-in-one” regions of Johto and Kanto (Image: Nintendo)

Alola: I…didn’t know it was that common.

Galar: Oh yeah, gyms are where it’s at. That ‘try’ thing sounds a bit…I’m not sure, trivial?

Alola: I ask your pa—

Okay, okay, I think we’re getting a bit off topic here. Let’s talk about your role in your children’s travels. How did you support them in their adventures?

Joto: oh wow where do i start I started by making sure my child had the correct Daylight Saving Time setting because it absolutely is vital In my view.

I’ve also saved some of the money they’ve won from Pokémon battles—you know how kids handle money—but I’ll treat them to the odd potion or doll here and there.

Finally, I love to keep in touch with my child via the PokéGear whenever possible. I just love hearing her voice and listening to her crazy stories! You know, they actually saw a wild duck the other day? Can you believe it?!

Galar: I, um… I’m here when you come home and want to rest.

Alola: Yes, me too. We have a meowth.

Joto: Wait wait… are you saying you just let your kids accumulate money without any guidance or restrictions?



Joto: I find that very irresponsible! Who knows what they spent the money on? You might show up at home with a bag full of rare candy!

Alola: Sorry, but how my child handles his money is none of your business!

Galar: Yes I think you need to stop now before I really spare.

Galar region
The beautiful region of Galar – albeit without the very British rain (Image: Nintendo)

Please can we be polite? I don’t understand this animosity between the Pokemon regions…

Joto: Well, we all know that gold and silver are the best…

Alola: Oh, what, because you have day and night cycles? Darling please…

Joto: Well it’s better than no gyms. Seriously, no gyms!

Galar: We have wild areas.

Joto: … wild what?

Actually, that’s a nice transition to my next question. Can you describe your different regions to me? Maybe share your favorite aspect of them?

Galar: … Then I might as well start. Well the Wild Areas are wonderful, my kid wouldn’t stop talking about it. They’re basically big open spaces where you can encounter giant Pokémon, some maybe even dozens of levels above your own! It’s really beautiful, picturesque landscapes, with the bustling city of Motostoke in the background… Absolutely beautiful!

Joto: So… wait. Are you saying you have an open world? As, correct open world?

Galar: Well no, not quite openly. Only the wild areas. Everything else is pretty linear, to be fair. You know it’s actually weird, my hometown of Postwick is just my home and Hop’s home, it’s very quaint! By the way, Hop is my kid’s buddy. Lovely boy.

Alola: Okay, we thought your region might do it actually Be open world from what you said but I don’t think so… That’s cool but no judgement!

Galar: Well, what about yours?!

Alola: Oh my god, Alola is gorgeous. It’s a collection of islands and that’s just the way it is warm, with incredible beaches, palm trees, you name it! Also, did you know that the word “Alola” is palindromic? Yes, bet you didn’t!

Alola region
Home of Trials, the Isles of Alola (Image: Nintendo)

Joto: No, we totally have.

Alola: Okay, what about your region?

Joto: Well, like I said, we basically have a two-in-one sort of buy-one-get-one-free kind of thing with Johto and Kanto. my region is iconic Let’s be honest at this point; All visitors say it’s their favorite region.

Galar: Did I mention that you actually can see the wild Pokemon in Galar?

Alola: Yes, what does that actually mean?

Joto: We were made before there was Galar, honey. This newfangled technology is far beyond my comprehension.

Galar: Says Mrs. Daylight Saving Time over here…

Okay, well… I think we’re nearing the end now. Finally, can you give any advice to any trainers out there who may be just starting out?

Alola: Oh sure! Well I guess I would say mostly don’t worry too much about the competition. Go at your own pace, explore the world, bond with your Pokémon, and just make the most of the experience.

Nice. [Galar]?

Galar: Dito. [long pause] Sorry I’m not repeating what Alola said, I’m saying get a Ditto! Oh my gosh they are brilliant and so mushy!

Understood! And finally, [Johto]?

Joto: Remember to call your moms! They love you. And hey, this goes out to everyone reading this, not just those in the Pokémon world. This couple may hang around all day, but I can tell you that moms work their absolute ass to protect and provide for their children, and they deserve all the love in the world.

Great. Thank you for your time today, I wish you all the best!

Joto: Thank you Nintendo Life!

Galar: Applause!

Alola: Alolaaa!

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