Hello! We are working very hard on translating the Melee website. We decided to ramp up our translation focus on the character introduction pages in order to give everyone a better picture of Melee, and its character. Special thanks to soma for providing assistance with this translation.
All comments were originally written by Sakurai himself. You can see Sakurai’s individual picture comments by hovering your mouse over the image. Originally pictures were given their own page, but for the sake of brevity I combined them. The original page can be accessed here. [TN] marks a translation note.
Updated: September 25th, 2001
It’s Pikachu. This popular yellow guy.
He’s the only Pokemon that’s a playable character by default.
I don’t really know about the unlockable characters, though. Just kidding.
Before people say anything, I want to preemptively say that while Pikachu can’t learn Skull Bash in Pokemon Gold/Silver, he can learn it in Pokemon Red/Blue.
We’re diligent about research into every character…
For this Pikachu, other than the cries, everything is based on games.
So it’s not weird from him to come out of a Poke Ball.
(Images taken during development)
1. The Pokemon Army appears! This time, all Pokemon are actual 3D models.
3.Quick Attack. Sorry. It’s not “Agility.”
4.An aerial attack where Pikachu spins around.
5.Skull Bash. Build up energy by holding the button down, then release it all at once.
6.Thunder Jolt. As you can see, it travels along the ground.
|Neutral Special:||Thunder Jolt|
|Side Special:||Skull Bash|
|Up Special:||Quick Attack|
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