Pokémon Devs Team Up With SEGA On Tembo The Badass Elephant

Last week, the internet was teased with a mysterious image from developer Game Freak. The pic teased elephants and a partnership with publisher SEGA, but nothing more until today. We now know the game in question is an action-platformer called Tembo the Badass Elephant. Inspired by the rambunctious Rambo film series, the downloadable game seems to be dripped  in the artistic style of Game Freak artist James Turner.

Why is this relevant to Nintendo fans? Because they’re not getting Tembo. The game has been confirmed for a 2015 launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, the first time Game Freak has worked on HD hardware. When asked why the quirky game wasn’t coming to the obvious choice of Wii U, when Game Freak has had a 25+ year relationship with Nintendo, director James Turner had this flimsy excuse:

When I was writing the presentation documents for this game, I drew a mockup poster, and I put the Steam, PlayStation, and Xbox logos at the bottom. It seemed to fit, and it happened to stick that way. We thought about other hardware during development, but our hands were pretty full with those three platforms!

This is hardly the first time Game Freak has not worked on Nintendo hardware. In their early years, they partnered with SEGA to bring the platformer Pulseman to the SegaNet service, and even made the PlayStation game Click Medic after Pokémon’s success in the late ’90s.



It is possible that Tembo is really skipping the Wii U because of SEGA. As the publisher, they are calling the shots, and judging by the poor performance of past games like Sonic Boom, they don’t like the Wii U anyway. This could also be Game Freak expanding their development horizons. Keep in mind that despite their fame for Pokémon, Game Freak is not owned by Nintendo: The Pokémon Company has a percentage owned by Nintendo, and Game Freak chooses to develop primarily for Nintendo hardware.

Tembo will unleash his badassery this summer on major platforms not named Wii U. As for a possible release on their alma mater Nintendo in the future, Game Freak said they had nothing to announce at this time. Are you disappointed that Game Freak’s latest is skipping Wii U?

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