Cameos from Pokémon developers in other games

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This article covers both Pokémon references from Pokémon developers (Game Freak, Creatures, Nintendo) in non-Pokémon games, as well as references to other games produced by Game Freak, Creatures, Nintendo within Pokémon.

Creatures, Inc.

Chee-Chai Alien

Presumable changes to Celebi in development based on the 2018-2020 Nintendo breaches. The earliest known looks similar to a taller version of Saraba
  • Saraba remarks at the beginning of the game while explaining the game that "(it's) like Pokémon, isn't it?".
  • It could be speculated that Saraba is actually a revised version of a scrapped Kokopelli Pokémon design, and it's worth stressing that Saraba means "farewell", and that the creator of the Chee-Chai Alien franchise is a musician, with the Kokopelli being associated with music.
  • One of the minigames, known as "Mystery Circle" (Japanese: ミステリー サークル) features "!" marks similar to the ones in Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal. It is the signature memory of Myd (Japanese name: Tenrē), No. 045.

Game Freak

Click Medic

  • (speculative): Pokérus from the Pokémon series and the Bakurus from Click Medic may have something in common.

Drill Dozer

  • The School Girl Clothes are the same clothes as Leaf from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. Other clothes reference characters from different franchises, such as Mario, Pulseman and Click+Medic; the latter belonging to Game Freak. Detailed on this page.


  • The basis of this game may have been influenced by a minigame in a Nintendo Space World 1997 demo of Pokémon Gold and Silver (later leaked in four revisions), in which Pikachu must collect musical notes.
  • Features Pokémon themed stages and music, see Bulbapedia article.

Pocket Card Jockey

  • Names of horses reference Pokémon and other Game Freak games:

1. Pikapika Mouse (Pikachu)

2. Bullet Seed (grass-type Pokémon move)

3. Gold Heart and Silver Soul (referencing Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions)

4. Bulba Soarer (reference to Bulbasaur)

5. Smart Ball (referencing the US name of a 1991-1992 SNES game by Game Freak)

6. Mocket Ponster (referencing Pokémon)

  • The text "Gotta get 'em all!" appears.

(Source for above cameos)



Many covered on Bulbapedia, see:

Some of the non-Pokémon games in which Pokémon have appeared or have been mentioned include:

  • Game Boy Camera: Pokémon stamps
  • StreetPass Mii Plaza: Pokémon X and Y puzzle panel, appearance of Junichi Masuda as a special Mii
  • Nintendo Badge Arcade: Mentioned by the Arcade Bunny, and many Pokémon badges were released
  • Picross NP: Volume 1 covers Pokémon puzzles
  • Splatoon splat-fest ('Pokémon Red VS Pokémon Blue')
  • Super Mario Maker: Pokémon Mystery Mushroom costumes from their Super Smash Bros. amiibo.; a Pokémon Event Course called "I Choose You!" celebrating the 20th anniversary of Pokémon
  • Super Smash Bros. series: Many elements of Pokémon have appeared in the games, ever since the original for Nintendo 64. As of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pikachu, Pichu, Jigglypuff, Mewtwo and Greninja are playable characters.
  • Trade & Battle: Card Hero: "Rocket Monsters" reference by an NPC

This list is not intended to be exhaustive.

References to past Game Freak games within Pokémon games

Bushi Seiryūden: Futari no Yūsha

  • (speculative): The unused song exclusive to Pokémon Yellow sounds like one of the boss encounter themes from this game.
  • (speculative): Wokuu and the Pokémon Victini have some design similarities.

YouTube video by ChickasaurusGL

Mario & Wario

  • In the Mimic Girl's room, there is a SNES console which displays the text "A game with MARIO wearing a bucket on his head!" when examined, which is a reference to this game.
  • Part of the sky theme music sounds very similar to the later Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow Route 24 theme.


Mendel Palace