In an attempt to capitalize on the release of Pokémon Black And White 2, PETA has released a new Flash parody game on its site called Pokémon Black and Blue: Gotta Free ‘Em All!
This graphic parody of the Pokémon games attempts to connect the popular franchise with animal imprisonment and abuse. PETA has been known to parody popular video games including Cooking Mama, Super Mario and Super Meat Boy and make them as bloody and graphic as possible to raise awareness about animal abuse issues.
It seems that PETA hasn’t strayed far from the formula with their newest rendition, which follows Pikachu as he battles abusive trainers with his trademark thunderbolt, as well as PETA related attacks such as “Group Hug” and “Protest”.
It’s not necessarily the gameplay that is disturbing as it is the imagery. If seeing a Oshawatt shaved from the neck down didn’t turn you off to the game, the rest isn’t much better. You control Pikachu and company as they walk through an apocalyptic, bloodstained wilderness full of bear traps and barbed wire, battling trainers that are twisted, insane versions of characters from the actual game.
The final battle in particular, is with a trainer that looks like a mix of Ash Ketchum and a psychotic lion tamer. If that doesn’t make you queasy , every time you defeat a trainer, you’re rewarded with graphic videos of what happens to animals in slaughterhouses.
Nintendo has responded to the Parody by releasing this statement:
“Nintendo and the Pokémon company take the inappropriate use of our products and intellectual property seriously.”
Nintendo has dealt with PETA before over the Super Mario parody but, considering the parodies are still on the site, Nintendo may not have yet taken action against the group.