Pokémon Sun and Moon launch on Nintendo 3DS next month, giving players a new region to explore and lots of new Pokémon to encounter. Two of those new monsters, Yungoos and its evolved form, Gumshoos, quickly became popular topics on social media due to their similar appearance to Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump. Many have speculated that this was intentional and that the two Pokémon were actually based on Trump, but Pokémon producer Junichi Masuda has put an end to that chatter. Speaking with Game Informer, he officially debunked the popular fan theory.
Game Informer: Is Yungoos/Gumshoos modeled after Donald Trump?
Junichi Masuda: It’s a very American-centric question I think, and actually a lot of people sent me comparison photos on Twitter pointing out the resemblance. But we had started the design of this Pokémon a long time back, and we didn’t have any intention to make it look like Donald Trump.
Game Informer: Have any Pokémon designs ever been inspired by current events?
Shigeru Ohmori: We don’t really look at current events that are going on, but one thing we do do sometimes when designing Pokémon is kind of see what kids of that era might like. Like for example maybe if there’s like a popular animal as a pet in a certain era then we might wanna try to come up with a certain Pokémon based off of that, to kind of really just focus on what kids of this era might like.
Game Informer: You can at least admit that the resemblance is pretty uncanny, right?
Junichi Masuda: Yeah, we were really surprised when I saw those photos. I can see why people would think it would look similar, especially the hair style.
Sorry, internet, but that’s one fun theory out the window. It’s probably in Game Freak’s best interests to avoid making Pokémon too political anyway.
Pokémon Sun and Moon will launch worldwide on November 18th for Nintendo 3DS. If you’re already sure you want to explore the Pokémon-filled world of Alola, Amazon lets you preorder Pokémon Sun right here and Pokémon Moon right here. You can also preorder the games’ official strategy guide and its hardcover collector’s edition at the respective links.
Source: Game Informer