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Well, here it is, your “Weird News Story of the Week™”. In a clip shared on Twitter via the latest episode Kit and Krysta podcastformer Nintendo employees received a question from a Patreon supporter asking if they had played Pokémon’s “Nuzlocke Run”.

This prompted the pair to tell a story in the ‘Nintendo Minute’ episode where they pitched The Pokémon Company to play a Nuzlocke run. Apparently, not only was their offer immediately shut down, but they were allegedly close to being fired, with the Pokémon Company stating that the Nuzlocke Challenge was “on the same level as a hack or ROM”.

Of course, this bombshell may come as a bit of a shock to those familiar with the Nuzlocke Challenge. For the uninitiated, this is a set of self-imposed community rules that must be followed when playing Pokémon. The two main rules include releasing any Pokemon that faints during battle, as it should be considered “dead” and the player must do so. only catch the first Pokemon they encounter in each area. There are many additional rules that most players also follow, and you can read about them all. Nuzlocke Challenge Bulbapedia page.

Regardless of your familiarity with Nuzlocke Challenge, our brief review should make it clear that it no same level as hack or ROM; is simply a set of self-imposed constraints that occur within the game’s core parameters. Indeed, Kit and Krysta were clearly shocked by the Pokémon Company’s reaction and expressed their surprise at the community’s proposals.

Since the release of the clip Serebii webmaster Joe Merrick said he contacted The Pokémon Company about the lawsuit, confirming that players are free to play Pokémon games however they see fit as long as they stay within the game’s boundaries, and that “we don’t. Any issues you have with fans/creators playing games with Nuzlocke rules”.

While there is no doubt that Kit and Krista’s story is true, we suspect that there may be some miscommunication regarding the definition of hacks and ROMs and their relationship (or lack thereof) to the Nuzlocke Challenge. It’s possible that while The Pokémon Company had no problem with the Nuzlocke Challenge, perhaps they weren’t keen on the challenge being showcased through an official channel like Nintendo Minute. Regardless, Kit and Krysta took the controversy in their stride last night with a fun tweet:

What do you make of Kit and Krista’s claims? Are you a fan of Nuzlocke Challenge? Let us know in the comments below.

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