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Anyone else find it odd how continents and pokemon get reconned into existence?

#1VioletZer0Posted 10/3/2012 1:31:13 PM
We've established that we do have ships. And these continents are awfully close to each other. Hard to miss, you know?

I wonder what's going on.
#2TehKrimboElfPosted 10/3/2012 1:38:37 PM
No, cause if they didn't get retconned we would either still be in kanto with the original 150 or there wouldn't be any other games besides red, blue, yellow, and green.
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#3VioletZer0(Topic Creator)Posted 10/3/2012 1:40:56 PM
Of course. But were those continents always there? If so, how did those sailors miss them? Were people there but we just never bothered to communicate?

Strange, isn't it?

It was established in early entries that those pokemon from Kanto and Johto are the only ones they know about.
#4Second_ChancesPosted 10/3/2012 1:42:19 PM
None of the regions are continents. They're all based off of real life regions of Japan, bar Unova and Orre, which are based off of New York/some of New Jersey and Arizona in the USA.

And they're about the same size as the real dead, too, and most likely the exact same place as the real life versions.
#5VioletZer0(Topic Creator)Posted 10/3/2012 1:45:36 PM
Second_Chances posted...
None of the regions are continents. They're all based off of real life regions of Japan, bar Unova and Orre, which are based off of New York/some of New Jersey and Arizona in the USA.

And they're about the same size as the real dead, too, and most likely the exact same place as the real life versions.


Okay, fine, semantics. Whatever.

Did people with all this advanced technology just not bother to explore the other regions?
#6Second_ChancesPosted 10/3/2012 1:54:24 PM
VioletZer0 posted...
Second_Chances posted...
None of the regions are continents. They're all based off of real life regions of Japan, bar Unova and Orre, which are based off of New York/some of New Jersey and Arizona in the USA.

And they're about the same size as the real dead, too, and most likely the exact same place as the real life versions.


Okay, fine, semantics. Whatever.

Did people with all this advanced technology just not bother to explore the other regions?


It's simple; Game Freak just didn't think them up yet.

It's a video game, don't think too hard about it.
#7VioletZer0(Topic Creator)Posted 10/3/2012 1:56:02 PM
Maybe it's a plotpoint.
#8axl_absolvedPosted 10/3/2012 1:59:01 PM
Wow, how did I not know that Arizona is based on Orre?
#9reaverzPosted 10/3/2012 2:00:24 PM
Since Gen III, they no longer mention the new generation of Pokemon as new discoveries. In fact, HeartGold and SoulSilver retconned the originals by saying Eggs aren't new discoveries, that Prof. Elm discovered Pichu first (as opposed to recently discovered as implied in the originals), and that there are more than four hundred species of Pokemon (an NPC in a Pokemon Center, perhaps Goldenrod City's).

Nowadays, we can assume that every species of Pokemon imaginable exists in the Pokemon world in every single game after Gen II, and it's just that our player character will only ever encounter the ones available in the game. For example, Ethan and Lyra could hypothetically obtain a Pokemon from Gen V during their lifetime, it's just that we won't ever see them doing so.
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#10VioletZer0(Topic Creator)Posted 10/3/2012 2:15:32 PM
Then why don't we see other trainers with pokemon from future generations? Surely they can travel, right?