Father Of Pokemon: Alive And Well!

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Satoshi Tajiri, CEO of Game Freak and the creator of the popular Pokemon franchise, put to rest rumours of his apparent death in the Japanese earthquakes this week via his Facebook account. The rumour of his passing away had become a trending topic for a while on Twitter, and then saw it spread to other social networking sites such as Facebook and Tumblr. Satoshi Tajiri confirmed the rumour to be false and that he is alive and well in a Facebook status update stating:

“Dear Hummingbirds, what’s this nonsense about me being dead? Also, I don’t work at Nintendo Japan, I’m the CEO of Game Freak (everybody is fine). More importantly, if you can, help Japan.”Satoshi Tajiri

He then followed his status update with this link for Give To Asia, who is accepting online donations to help Japan. This isn’t the first time a rumour has spread of a public figure passing away, in fact Twitter is well known for doing so in recent years; Charlie Sheen, Jim Carrey, Kanye West and Justin Bieber have been among those who have been subjects of a death hoax on Twitter.

So if you’ve followed the rumour, stop being this:

And start being this:

The latest titles from the Pokemon series Pokemon Black and White came out a two weeks ago and sold over a million copies in a single day.You can read our review of Pokemon Black here and Pokemon White here.


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  • v8hilux

    heard about this rumour, was their any reason behind it or just random?

    • Basically someone thought it would be funny to break little kids’ hearts.

      • v8hilux

        sounds about right, n all the social networking sites ate it up

  • ropes

    Don’t worry we will have 550 different Pokemon soon enough. He will make sure of it.

  • v8hilux

    i’ve not bothered with any of the games since blue n red then started playing platinm and white on an emulator with my brother and have to say they seem to be struggling when it comes to creating cools pokemon anymore, think the animal kingdom doesnt seem big enough for them.

    • Zoe

      What about hoot hoot 😛

  • Zoe

    A legend, I’d even go as far as saying a god. Shame people have to spread rumours!

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