The last time the popular main character of the anime series, Ash Ketchum, appeared in a Pokémon game was 22 years ago, but soon, he will appear again in the game Pokémon Masters EX.
After 22 years, Ash Ketchum will finally reappear in a Pokémon game. While games and anime series often influence each other, sometimes directly and sometimes indirectly, characters created specifically for the animation will not appear in the games. The main character of the anime, Ash Ketchum, is one such example.
Basically, all the characters in the anime are unrelated to anyone in the game, even those that are based on themselves. However, Ash Ketchum is particularly unique in that he was created based on a character who originally appeared in the game, Red, but has many differences in both personality and design, which helps Ash has been a separate, anime-exclusive character for over 20 years now. As a result, he hasn’t directly appeared in a game since Pokémon Puzzle League, a puzzle video game for the Nintendo 64 handheld, released 22 years ago in North America.
Although Ash Ketchum himself has not appeared in a Pokémon game since Puzzle League, he has been introduced several times. An image from the Thrifty Megamart in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon depicts Pikachu on the shoulder of an Ash-like trainer. And he is mentioned more directly in the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version, where the player has received a letter from an unnamed character. But what makes us think Ash is the sender of the letter is that it comes with a special Greninja with the Battle Bond ability, which allows to transform into Ash-Greninja in battle, exactly like the Pokémon XYZ anime. However, the mobile game Pokémon Masters EX will change this, as one Twitter user identified that an event featuring the character Ash Ketchum is scheduled to appear in the game!
For the first time in 22 years, the character Ash Ketchum appears in the game Pokémon Masters EX
The upcoming Pokémon Masters EX event to celebrate the World Coronation Series in the anime will feature Ash Ketchum and his most famous friend Pikachu. While this isn’t the first time Pokémon Masters EX has featured anime-derived characters, it’s the first time an animated person has appeared in the game’s Pasio. Both Jessie and James have been part of the in-game event, Jessie paired with Arbok, and James with Wessing, but the difference between Team Rocket and Ash is that Jessie and James have both appeared before in the games. Play about Pokémon.
Although the changes in Pokémon Yellow compared to Red and Blue are based on the anime series, the main character is still Red, not Ash Ketchum. However, Jessie and James appear as NPCs, challenging the player to battle multiple times. They then reappear in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! as the opponent’s trainers. Although the character Ash hasn’t been featured in the games as much as Jessie or James, it’s still interesting to see him finally appear in the Pokémon game after such a long time, even if it’s just as a special NPC.
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