If you've been following the newest updates on the upcoming Pokémon Sun and Moon, you may have noticed that some of the new Pokémon designs are a little strange. Some newcomers to the Pokémon series, like Bruxish (a Pokémon that looks like a giant, rainbow-colored fish with lips) and Palossand (a Pokémon that looks like a giant sand castle), have become well-known for their bizarre looks. A few last-generation Pokémon have also been given a dramatic redesign for Sun and Moon. These "Alola Forms"—they were given that name because the two games take place in the Alola region—tend to look pretty ridiculous. The Alola Form of Dugtrio is a great example of this, as it literally looks like a Dugtrio with three full heads of curly, blonde hair.
Kotaku recently got a chance to interview Shigeru Ohmori, the director of Sun and Moon, who revealed that the designs for all of these Pokémon were chosen because of their weirdness, as Game Freak wanted to make Sun and Moon unique for the 20th anniversary of Pokémon. Ohmori and Masuda wanted to give players all kinds of "special surprises" when they played the game, so they took the liberty to make a few ridiculous designs, as it seemed like a jolly way to celebrate Pokémon's 20th anniversary.
"For the 20th anniversary, we wanted to have a lot of special surprises…we wanted a funny element. At the same time, we had to find a balance of cool ones, serious ones. We looked at the Alola region as a whole and thought about that ecosystem." — Shigeru Ohmori
What do you guys think? Are you liking the new Pokémon designs, or would you prefer it if Game Freak took a more serious approach? Let us know in the comments below!