It’s been over 10 years since Pokemon was first released in the United States, and not surprisingly the game continues to get more and more popular with kids across the globe, as well as video game aficionados of all ages. Pokemon expert Seth McMahill joined me recently to dish on the latest Pokemon game, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity, as well as Pokemon X and Y which will be out later this year!
Candace Rose: Can you tell us about your history with Nintendo and how you got your start with Pokemon?
Seth McMahill: “Yeah, well, I’ve been with Nintendo of America for 12 years now. My first introduction to Pokemon was actually Pokemon Blue and it was before I worked at Nintendo. I remember buying it from the game store down the block and popping it into my Game Boy the second I got it and catching my very first Pidgey. I started up at Nintendo America as a tester, and very soon afterwards recruited into the Pokemon team there, and have been doing it for over 12 years now.”
Candace Rose: And I hear there’s something new for Pokemon fans. Can you tell us about it?
Seth McMahill: “Yes, well we have just released Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity. It’s a new game that’s exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS system. What it is is it allows you to actually become a Pokemon. So you can choose from one of five different Pokemon characters- there’s Pikachu, Snivy, Oshawott, Tepig, and Axew. Once you choose a Pokemon, you actually are transported to a world filled only with Pokemon characters. So there are no humans in here, no trainers- it’s just filled with Pokemon who talk, who live in villages…it’s just a world of Pokemon.
And you get to adventure through these dungeons, hence the name Pokemon Mystery Dungeon of course. The dungeons are ever-changing or randomly generated, however you want to say it, which means that any of the dungeons that you go into (and there are a ton of them), every time you go in they’ll be completely different. So it’ll have a different layout to it where the items and treasure are, the enemy Pokemon, everything like that are different. And then also, it’s got a really cool feature that takes advantage of the Nintendo 3DS camera (the AR feature) and what that is is you can look through the Nintendo 3DS camera and scan any circular object, be it a basketball, a clock on the wall and it’ll actually open up a portal into a magnagate, which is just another dungeon that you can visit.”
Candace Rose: Are there any other new features that Pokemon fans should know about?
Seth McMahill: “Well, there’s also download content, which is the first time in a Pokemon game that we’ve done this. It allows you to download additional mystery dungeons to explore. And actually until April 30th one of those mystery dungeons is free, the Poke forest dungeon.”
Candace Rose: What’s your best experience or best memory working at Nintendo?
Seth McMahill: “Wow, there’s been so many great ones. I love getting out and interacting with fans at different shows, and talking to them and doing everything like that. But I would have to say that probably the launch of Diamond and Pearl, and that’s not just a personal thing, that’s company wise. When we’re able to take Pokemon onto the Nintendo DS, and then also in October when we have Pokemon X and Pokemon Y coming out and taking it to the Nintendo 3DS generation and stepping it up to there.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?
Seth McMahill: “The great thing about Pokemon Mystery Dungeon is you can buy it in retail, and also you can download it from the Nintendo eShop, the same place that you would go through in the game to get the download content. Also, there’s a free demo available now on the Nintendo eShop, and any saved data that you have, any progress that you make in this demo can be actually carried over to the full version of the game that you purchased, so you won’t lose any of your game play, you can just keep on going with your adventure.”