Kit Ellis and Krysta Yang, the two former hosts of Nintendo Minute who also previously worked for many years at Nintendo PR, have given insight into The Pokemon Company’s views on nuzlocke. Apparently, it’s something that’s looked upon very negatively.
Ellis revealed during the latest episode of the Kit & Krysta Podcast that for an episode of Nintendo Minute, an idea was pitched to try a nuzlocke run. Unfortunately, the proposal was immediately shot down.
“Well, we have a great story to tell about this where we thought that this would be a fun idea for a Nintendo Minute video, so we pitched it to The Pokemon Company and said, ‘Hey, we would like to do a nuzlocke run , what do you think?’ ‘Here’s what we think’ – bam! So they said, ‘We consider this to be on the same level as using hacking’ – ROM hacks.
Excusez moi? This is just the style of playing a game that everybody can buy – there’s no hacking, you’re just playing the game. That was truly one of the most like, ‘wait what?’ responses.”
Yang added that “there were a lot of creators that played nuzlocke-style of Pokemon that got like erased from their creator program.”
Nuzlocke challenges have been around with the Pokemon series for a significantly long time. These are self-imposed rules players put on themselves to increase the difficulty of the games. There is no hacking or external changing of the code.