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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

We all love Pokémon, but some questions fans may have had since Pokémon: Let’s Go was announced several months ago is “why?” No, not why did they dumb down the concept of Pokémon for it, but why Eevee was selected as the other mascot Pokémon. Of course, Pikachu is kind of a big deal — he’s been the franchise’s mascot from the beginning…but why Eevee?

Nintendo Minute had a chance to sit down with Game Freak director Junichi Masuda and discuss the upcoming game, and they asked him that very question.

“So we knew we wanted to do two games when we first set out on the development and I also knew I wanted to have the Pikachu version as a base. In the original Pokémon Yellow version, Eevee was actually the Pokémon your rival use…another big reason is because I realized a lot of fans really do love Eevee as well. Over the years, I’ve received tons of fan art and comments on Twitter from fans that just love Eevee.”

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Apparently, it doesn’t stop there. In Japan, the Pokémon is so popular that there’s a special Eevee day on November 21, and that’s because when read out in Japanese, it spells Eevee. So it was clear there was an audience for the cuddly companion.

Do you think this was a good choice for the second lead Pokémon of the game? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Nintendo Minute

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.