Game Freak Reveal The History Of Mew

By Ishaan . March 14, 2010 . 3:18pm I have to admit, I completely forgot an Iwata Asks for Pokémon HeartGold / SoulSilver was due right about now. This is one of the most interesting ones yet, since they discuss a wide range of topics, including the conception of Mew.


Mew, the enigmatic #151 in the original Pokédex, was shoved into the game well after the debugging process was completed, as a sort of "What if…" measure. Shigeki Morimoto, current director of the Pokémon games, explained:


We put Mew in right at the very end. The cartridge was really full and there wasn’t room for much more on there. Then the debug features which weren’t going to be included in the final version of the game were removed, creating a miniscule 300 bytes of free space. So we thought that we could slot Mew in there. What we did would be unthinkable nowadays!


President and CEO of Creatures Inc., Tsunekazu Ishihara went on to explain that Mew was never intended to be revealed to the public, and was only conceived as something they could use for "post-launch activity," were things ever to reach that stage. However…


But then due to an unforeseen bug, Mew ended up appearing in some players’ games. It looked like we planned all of this, but that wasn’t the case. So although it caused all sorts of problems to many concerned, fortunately enough it ended up having a positive effect.


This resulted in Nintendo announcing their first "legendary offer" in CoroCoro magazine. Mew’s conception turned out to be a stroke of genius as Pokémon’s weekly sales started to match its previous monthly sales after the announcement, and eventually 4x the previous monthly sales per week, due to the buzz surrounding #151. And the rest is beautiful, beautiful history.

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  • Soma

    Ah, yes. Mew.
    Back when I was a young lad, I remember entering Nintendo Power’s contest to win the legendary 151st pokemon. Imagine my excitement when I actually won!
    Ah, good times. :)
    Maybe with the release of HG and SS I’ll start playing some pokemans again.

    • I managed to find Mew via a glitch in Pokémon Yellow. I don’t remember the details entirely, but it involved Fly somehow…

      • Soma

        Really? That’s pretty awesome.
        I never knew that Mew was actually attainable. Then again, I didn’t have the internet as a kid.

        • trickylove

          I don’t think the internet would have helped. I tried a number of things that were suppose to work from the internet. Like using Strength on the Truck near the Cruse Ship.

          • Joanna

            I tried that too. Internet fooled me as well!

  • Mew was part of my original party, back in Blue, along with Charmander, Wartortle, Pidgeot, Sandslash, and Haunter… The useless information I still remember, haha.

  • I wonder if by “bug” they mean “device”.

    • Starmony

      You mean game-shark and so? Nah, actually, there was a glitch in R/B involving two specific trainers which allowed you to get Mew “legally”.

  • trickylove

    I always loved Mew. I copied him from someone who used a Game Genie to get him. A plushie of him sits on top of my TV.

  • thebanditking

    I remember getting Mew and MissingNo (Ho-oh) in my copy of Blue way back in the day. Though MissingNo always crashed my game and appeared as jumbled up blocks. I also remember using that surf cheat on one of the islands (the name escapes me) which netted me tons of ridiculous pokemon at insane levels. My favorite was a Lv 255 Snorelax, which could KO just about anything in one hit. I always laughed watching the HP bars go down and be followed by the text “its not very effective.”

    • Soma

      Haha! I totally remember using that Surf cheat. Fantastic stuff.
      Wasn’t there also a way to duplicate items? I remember pulling that trick all of the time.

      • kupomogli

        As soon as you get into a battle with the Missingno a specific number on your item list went to a ridiculously high number.

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