Pokémon Marketing Director Teases 20th Anniversary Plans

In accordance with the Pokémon franchise’s upcoming 20th anniversary, The Pokémon Company International’s marketing director promises that news is coming. In an interview with Nintendo World Report, J.C. Smith says information aside from Pokken Tournament‘s upcoming Wii U port is inevitable, but is keeping quiet for now.

NWR: 20 years. February 27th, 2016. What kind of plans you got, other than Pokkén Tournament?

JS: [Laughs] Wish I could tell you but I can’t!

NWR: Are there big plans for it?

JS: There’s always big plans for it. And obviously, you’re seeing some big product stuff for it that’s been announced that’s exciting for the year and we always want to keep fans on their toes, but nothing I can reveal at this time.

When pried about the mysterious green blob and a new Zyngarde form first seen during the 18th Pokémon movie in Japan, this is what he had to say:

NWR: Are we going to hear more soon? I know CoroCoro is talking about some stuff that’s going to get revealed soon. Maybe involving a green blob…

JS: [Laughs] CoroCoro – I love ‘em! Maybe…

NWR: Might hear something in three weeks?

JS: We’ll keep you on your toes!

NWR: Might see one of those minute-long trailers with the green blob and a new Zygarde form?

JS: [Laughs] You ask good questions. Nothing I can say.

And when asked about the next Pokémon game following X and Y, and whether it be Z-related:

NWR: So nothing on Pokémon XZ, YZ, X2, Y2? Because, it would be real nice if something came out next February!

JS: I appreciate your enthusiasm and you ask a lot of good questions but nothing I can reveal at this time.

The upcoming September issue of CoroCoro Magazine is set to reveal the identities the green blob and the supposed new form for Zyngarde. It releases in Japan in three weeks, per the interviewer’s intimation. As has been the case with many recent reveals for Pokémon lately, a western reveal will happen around the same time.

In another part of the same interview, Mr. Smith teased Pokémon’s future with the word “flowers”. Pokémon celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016, so a new game announcement is widely expected.

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