So a second major Pokemon release will drop in 2022. While some of us are still trying to get through Pokemon Legend: Arceus‘the first open world in the series, Pokemon Company just revealed bright red and Violet, is applying the same structure in a bold move to the main series. However, that’s not what set the Pokemon community on fire this Sunday.
The announcement confirms that developer Game Freak fully expects the franchise’s first adventure into the modern open world to be a hit with fans and casual players alike. These new entries are a bigger deal, though, as they represent the ninth generation of Pokemon (Arceus marked the start of a “sub” series). Of course, a new generation means we can explore a never-before-seen area of the Pokemon world – 2019’s Sword and Shield is entirely British and the new game duo are sticking with Europe … but this time, it’s all about Spain.
First of all, let me, a Spaniard, make one thing clear: Spain is an actual country – contrary to popular belief – not located anywhere below the United States. Reading about Game Freak “paying homage to Coco and Encanto’s aesthetic” left me reeling. Those comments were an insult to both Latin American countries and the Iberian peninsula in general (not just Spain) – it turns out that the Southern European countries are more than just Italy and Greece.
However, don’t worry too much about offending the Spaniards; we’re having a hard time with the whole situation, as we often like to laugh about ourselves and how many of our eccentric aesthetics and customs might look on everyone else. Thankfully, though, Game Freak seems to have made the most of those elements in its incredible role. With that in mind, allow me to share the coolest, weirdest, and funniest things Spanish coaches have discovered so far in Scarlet and Violet.
“The main characters look like cayetanos,” the Spanish half-Twitter announced shortly after the game’s first trailer was dropped. You must be wondering what the hell is cayetano and is it good or bad. Well, it’s a common word used (jokingly) to refer to classy people, especially those who are still connected to conservative values and outdated parts of Hispanic culture – that is actually a name that includes a feminine variant (Cayetana), but it is hardly used outside of the preppy families. Can you see the connection?
The first screenshots released by The Pokemon Company confirm that our characters are attending one of the most expensive private schools in the area (you won’t see those costumes anywhere). other place). Furthermore, the fancy Andalusian house in the suburbs is clearly a home owned by cayetanos. We’re also pretty confident Game Freak has included “cortijos” (country houses surrounded by sizable grounds) in these games, so that means new bull and horse-like Pokemon will appear. Trainers (or even gym heads) dressed as bullfighters should also be locked in – and maybe a “plaza de toros” (bullfighting) gym?
Famous for its flamenco music and bright country houses, Andalusia does not represent Spain as a whole; there are a lot of elements in the first Scarlet and Violet trailer that belong in other regions. The church-like structure (seen above) seems to crown a large town much like the Sagrada Familia, found in Barcelona, Catalonia. Areas of snow remind foreigners that Spain is more than “sun and beaches”. And those windmills are instantly recognizable if you’re familiar with Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote – who knows, maybe we’ll see a delusional guy trying to fight them off like Maybe they’re giant Pokemon. Hey, the series has done weird (right, AZ?)
While the Scarlet and Violet reveal trailer gives us our first look at the games, the Hispanic community still has a lot of questions – admittedly nonsense. Give us some authentic representation of Spain in foreign video games and we’ll welcome it. Give us the same stuff inside Freaky Pokemon (a ridiculously popular franchise here) and we’ll break the internet. I could fill out some articles with memes and low quality jokes that would only make sense if you spent the last ten years surfing Spanish Twitter, but instead I’ll just share the myth ( and more relevant than ever) “proud to be Spaniard” Dragonite without any other context:
By the way, I have to touch our flag and its color, because Game Freak is playing with fire here, and we really don’t know if they did that on purpose… Flag “rojigualda” ” is yellow and red, and that’s what we’ve been using since 1785, except during the years of the Second Republic it introduced dark purple to the lower stripe of the flag and basically expressed a desire to change the traditional model of government in Spain and expel the monarchs. Yes, yellow and red are used prominently in the game’s logo, but players will have to choose between red and purple, with the latter being immediately associated with a short-lived government. was abolished by a military coup in July 1936 and then the Spanish Civil War. Spice!
This business of flags and colors also makes me wonder about the organization of bad guys who might be terrorizing this new area. Spain is still reeling from the damage caused by the conflict against Basque terrorists (ETA) over the past several decades, so turning Pokemon-mining villains into cartoons makes sense. often wearing txapellas (a traditional Basque hat) would be a kind of hearing loss.
Unsurprisingly, Pokemon fans are also obsessed with the brief look we got on the full map of the area, as it’s a pretty much altered Iberian peninsula, apparently. like integrating Portugal as part of the region – it would be great if the western part that opened up to the world had a distinct cultural personality, giving our country some love. It also raises some geographically relevant questions: where are the water-centric towns located among our most popular coastal cities? And what about a dry desert like Almeria (the province where countless Westerners were shot)? Ah, so many possibilities…
Finally, I have to say a few words to a trio of starters, who are garnering a lot of attention on Spanish social media as I write this. Here are some curated thoughts that many fans in the Spanish Pokemon community are sharing: Sprigatito is a super cute name (‘gatito’ is a diminutive for gato, or cat), tell me protect them at all costs; yes, Fuecoco looks like an odd mix of Totodile and red pepper; Quaxly is a “cayetano” duck just because of that hairstyle, trust us.
Buzz and hype will only grow and get louder as more details emerge in the coming months. For now, it looks like The Pokemon Company and Game Freak have a clear winner in their hands. Maybe it’s the appeal of seeing my underrepresented culture inside the Pokemon universe, or maybe it’s the structural evolution the franchise seems to be committing to, but ultimately… I’m about to get a Nintendo Switch too.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet – the brand new duo of open world Pokemon adventures – will launch on Nintendo Switch in late 2022.
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