why won’t they just let me die
so… we’re dealing with an Iberian region, pretty clearly. We’ve got a building that seems inspired by La Sagrada Família basilica in Barcelona (which has inspired Pokéverse architecture before: https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Space-Time_Towers)…
…and, more explicitly, there’s a map of Spain pinned to the corkboard in the Game Freak office from the trailer.
Part of the in-game map is also briefly visible on the wall of the player character’s home.
The question that sticks out for me here is, what are they going to do about Portugal? Just folding everything into one region with absolutely no comment is… more workable here than it would be in many other parts of the world; Portugal and Spain are both EU members, so the real-world border between the two countries is basically invisible, and they’ve been on very good terms for a long time. Still, I feel like just shrugging and saying “¿Portugal? ¿Qué es Portugal?” would be a bit of a dick move there? Also, I don’t believe any previous Pokémon games have been available in Portuguese, which would be a nice addition for players in Brazil as well as Portugal itself, so… y’know, not saying they have to, just that it seems like it would be polite if we’re going to Iberia.
The aesthetics emphasised by the trailer are all big, beautiful plazas, sparkling fountains, colourful mosaics and seaside villas – the tourist highlights of Spain, just as previous games have given us a lot of the tourist highlights of France, Hawai’i and England. I imagine the Balearic Islands will also feature, including the legendary party island of Ibiza.
I dunno why we’re going back to colour names now, of all times, with Scarlet and Violet. Spain’s national colours are red and yellow, Portugal’s are red and green. Are violets an important symbolic flower in Spain? Is that a thing? I don’t think so, no more than anywhere else in Europe.
I will be entertaining absolutely no Discourse, at this time or indeed ever, about animation frame rates on these wind turbines. I will, however, entertain Don Quixote windmill discourse. Come on, Game Freak, you can’t show us windmills in your trailer for a game set in Iberia and not give us a lovably deluded windmill-slaying knight.
oh yeah, also we have these fµ¢£ers
My only concern, the single solitary thing on my mind when I look at these starters, is that I will lose my $#!t if the Fire-type evolves into a snake.
because there is this “the Fire-type starters are all based on the Chinese zodiac!” idea out there that I just… do not like, because Cyndaquil is not a rat and foxes are not the same thing as dogs, especially not in the mind of a Japanese designer. But if this fµ¢£in’ derpy toothy dinosaur bastard turns out to evolve into a massive fµ¢£-off fire snake, I will be forced to conclude, for the seventeenth time, that Game Freak have been trolling me specifically all along. And then the stars shall fall from the heavens, and I shall rest.
Also, let’s throw out a wild prediction just on the off chance that I’m somehow right and then get massive fandom cred for it; that’s what #Content Creators do, right? The duck is Picasso. The duck is gonna evolve into a moody Spanish surrealist painter. No, I will not elaborate.