In a recent press-release, Game Freak executive Renzo Yamaguchi revealed to the world that the highly anticipated Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon would not be coming to the western world following the Japanese release in late 2016.
The game, which was slated for a U.S. release in late-October/early-November, was immediately removed from both Amazon and Gamestop’s websites following the announcement.
“I think we’ve had a drastic audience shift over the past two decades”, Yamaguchi noted. “The fans of Pokémon in the western world are not at all what Game Freak and Nintendo would consider ideal.”
Pokémon, which was initially released as ‘Pokémon Blue’ and ‘Pokémon Red’ in 1996, has gone on to become one of the most popular and beloved series in video games, both in Japan and here in the U.S.
“If Pokémon Sun and Moon don’t come to the U.S., I’m going to kill myself!”, one outraged fan shouted at Yamaguchi following his statement.
Another fan had this to say: “I’ve been a Pokémon trainer since day one. If I can’t buy the new game here in America, I’m going to move to Japan. I’ll flippin move to Japan if I have to.”
However, threats of self-harm and expatriation did little to deter Yamaguchi, and he ended the press-release with this final statement:
“Pokémon was a game created for children, and children you are not. For god’s sake, what would your parents think? Get a job, find a wife, and start a family. Pokémon will not be coming back to the west until you have grown up and have children of your own.”
Since the announcement, Pokémon fans across the country have struck back at Game Freak by using the twitter hashtag #NotTooOldForPokémon to tell the company what a huge mistake they are making by not releasing the game in America.
Game Freak have yet to issue a statement in response to the fan outrage, but if Yamaguchi’s statement is anything to go by, we don’t think they really care.