Nintendo has just trademarked some interesting new Pokemon terms and the internet is doing its thing. Let's join in with the speculation!
A Pokemon trademark can mean everything or it could mean nothing at all. In the past, Nintendo has trademarked a variety of terms that have either never seen the light of day or meant something else entirely.
For example, Pokemon Grey was once trademarked and expected to be the enhanced version of Pokemon Black and White. Instead, the company just released Black and White 2.
Pokemon Delta Emerald also never came to fruition. This was said to be the third version of the Ruby and Sapphire remakes on the 3DS.
Then there's the much-hyped Pokemon Z, which was said to be the enhanced version of Pokemon X and Y. Once again, nothing happened.
Our point with this little detour down memory lane is to take the trademarks with a pinch of salt. Nintendo has a habit of changing their minds or throwing curveballs our way.
Now that the annoying realist stuff is out the way, let's get caught up in the speculation!
New Pokemon Trademarks - What Are They?
The new Pokemon trademarks are 'Fusion Arts' and 'Pokemon Wonder.' We don't have much to go on in terms of what they mean, but there are some clues.
In the trademark, Pokemon Wonder has been filed under 'Food, Beverage, Education, Accommodation.' Implying that this trademark could relate to a tourist attraction rather than a Pokemon game on the Nintendo Switch.
This is interesting and may have something to do with the Pokemon Café in Tokyo or a product/attraction at Super Nintendo World. Our money is on that, but we'll have to wait and see.
Pokemon Fusion Arts
When it comes to Fusion Arts, we suspect this may be more to do with the Pokemon games. It could even be related to the rumored Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes.
These trademarks were filed under "Games, toys, and playthings", so we expect they will have something to do with gaming.
Recent Pokemon titles have included certain gimmicks/features to spice up the gameplay, such as mega-evolution, Z power moves, and giantamax.
Could Fusion Arts offer a combination of these three features in the next Pokemon game? We suggest this because each of these features has appeared, but then vanished by the time the next game arrives.
Mega-evolution was particularly missed after appearing in Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, and Let's Go Pikachu, Eevee. It was replaced by Z moves in Sun and Moon; these were fun but didn't become as iconic as Mega-Evolution.
The Giantamax abilities seen in Pokemon Sword and Shield received mixed reception. In our view, it seemed like a less creative combination of mega-evolution and Z moves.
The word fusion implies a combination of different things, so the term Fusion Arts could offer a way to use these features together.
Another possibility is that the term relates to the Pokemon Trading Card Game or the ever-popular manga series. There's also Pokemon GO to consider too. We're looking forward to being proved wrong or right either way!
Speaking of Pokemon GO, be careful playing it in lockdown!