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'''Atsuko Nishida''' (Japanese: '''西田敦子''') is a graphic artist who has been involved with several aspects of the Pokémon franchise since it began. She was part of the graphics team on ''{{wp|Pulseman}}'', one of [[Game Freak]]'s most successful early titles, working alongside Pokémon creator [[Satoshi Tajiri]] and artist [[Ken Sugimori]]. During the development of the first [[Pokémon games]], she helped design key characters and several Pokémon, also contributing to the conceptual design of characters that appeared in the first few [[Pokémon movie]]s. Nishida has continued to work within many areas of the franchise, credited on the majority of the main series games, movies, and produced an array of original illustrations for the [[Pokémon Trading Card Game]].
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'''Atsuko Nishida''' (Japanese: '''西田敦子''' / '''にしだあつこ''') is a graphic artist who has been involved with several aspects of the Pokémon franchise since it began. She was part of the graphics team on ''{{wp|Pulseman}}'', one of [[Game Freak]]'s most successful early titles, working alongside Pokémon creator [[Satoshi Tajiri]] and artist [[Ken Sugimori]]. During the development of the first [[Pokémon games]], she helped design key characters and several Pokémon, notably the cuter ones as opposed to the tougher ones. She also contributed to the conceptual design of characters that appeared in the first few [[Pokémon movie]]s. Nishida has continued to work within many areas of the franchise, credited on the majority of the main series games, movies, and produced an array of original illustrations for the [[Pokémon Trading Card Game]]. She is also the illustrator for the mini-comic series titled (Japanese: ポケモンといっしょ! ''Together with Pokémon!'') for a monthly children magazine (Japanese: キャラぱふぇ ''Chara Pafe'').
   
According to an interview with ''Famitsu'', translated by the UK's ''Official Nintendo Magazine'', Nishida is a fan of [[Eevee]] and the [[Eeveelution|Eeveelutions]] and personally designed {{p|Sylveon}}. She also designed {{p|Pikachu}}, {{p|Minccino}}, {{p|Herdier}} and {{p|Stoutland}} (the latter being her favorite Pokémon).
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Nishida is a character designer for the mascot of the [[Pokémon]] franchise, {{p|Pikachu}}. She stated that first design of Pikachu looked like a vertically long {{wp|daifuku}} rice confection with ears.<ref>[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DcLay_vVMAA2Q7G.jpg:orig Pikachu was a squirrel at first - Yomiuri newspaper] (Japanese, [https://twitter.com/hinopika/status/991595452448493569 images by Hinopika], overview by [http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004412363 The Japan News])</ref> She also modeled Pikachu's cheeks, which are used to store electricity, after squirrels storing food in their cheeks.<ref>[http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/fukayomi/ichiran/20180501-OYT8T50139.html?page_no=1 Pikachu is a daifuku? - Yomiuri Shimbun (Page 1)] (Japanese, translation by [http://www.siliconera.com/2018/05/03/pikachu-originally-second-evolution-called-gorochu-large-fangs-two-horns/ Siliconera], excerpts by [https://twitter.com/DogasusBackpack/status/991698132651069440?s=19 Dogasu])</ref> Nishida is also a fan of {{p|Eevee}} and the [[Eeveelution]]s and personally designed {{p|Espeon}}, {{p|Umbreon}}, {{p|Leafeon}} and {{p|Glaceon}},<ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20071113053426/www.pokemon-card.com/lab/entry/071016_180.html Pokémon Card Game website]</ref> as well as {{p|Sylveon}}<ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20131030135359/http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/55616/ken-sugimori-got-artists-block-during-pokemon-x-and-y-development/ Pokémon designer interview with Famitsu, translated by the UK's Official Nintendo Magazine]</ref>.
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==Pokémon==
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The following is a list of Pokémon designed by Atsuko Nishida.
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* {{p|Bulbasaur}}<ref name=Pokemon.com>[https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/creator-profile-the-creators-of-pikachu/ Creator Profile: The Creators of Pikachu - Pokemon.com]</ref>
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* {{p|Charmander}}<ref name=Pokemon.com/>
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* {{p|Charmeleon}}<ref name=GameFreak>[https://web.archive.org/web/19980121112202fw_/http://www.gamefreak.co.jp/POKEMON/INTER/ATSUKO/INTER_AT.HTM Interview with Atsuko Nishida on Game Freak's website]</ref>
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* {{p|Charizard}}<ref name=GameFreak/>
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* {{p|Squirtle}}<ref name=Pokemon.com/>
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* {{p|Wartortle}}<ref name=GameFreak/>
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* {{p|Weedle}}<ref name=GameFreak/>
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* {{p|Kakuna}}<ref name=GameFreak/>
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* {{p|Beedrill}}<ref name=GameFreak/>
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* {{p|Pikachu}}
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* {{p|Raichu}}<ref name=USUM>Interview with [[Ken Sugimori]] in [[Pokémon Ultra Sun & Pokémon Ultra Moon Edition: The Official National Pokédex]]</ref>
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* {{rf|Alolan}} {{p|Raichu}}<ref name=USUM/>
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* {{p|Oddish}}<ref name=GameFreak/>
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* {{p|Gloom}}<ref name=GameFreak/>
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* {{p|Vileplume}}<ref name=GameFreak/>
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* {{p|Bellsprout}}<ref name=GameFreak/>
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* {{p|Weepinbell}}<ref name=GameFreak/>
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* {{p|Victreebel}}<ref name=GameFreak/>
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* {{p|Ponyta}}<ref name=GameFreak/>
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* {{p|Rapidash}}<ref name=GameFreak/>
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* {{p|Vaporeon}}
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* {{p|Dratini}}<ref name=GameFreak/>
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* {{p|Dragonair}}<ref name=GameFreak/>
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* {{p|Espeon}}
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* {{p|Umbreon}}
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* {{p|Leafeon}}
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* {{p|Glaceon}}
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* {{p|Munna}}<ref name=ND201>November 2010 of ''Nintendo Dream'' [http://rpgland.com/2010/11/30/pokemon-black-and-white-scans-interview-in-nintendo-dream/ (RPGLand's scans)]</ref>
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* {{p|Musharna}}<ref name=ND201/>
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* {{p|Cottonee}}<ref name=ND204>April 2011 of ''Nintendo Dream'' [http://web.archive.org/web/20110704155314/http://shellspider.blog101.fc2.com/blog-entry-502.html (Shellspider's blog)]</ref>
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* {{p|Whimsicott}}<ref name=ND204/>
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* {{p|Petilil}}<ref name=ND204/>
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* {{p|Lilligant}}<ref name=ND204/>
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* {{p|Minccino}}<ref name=ND201/>
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* {{p|Cinccino}}<ref name=ND201/>
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* {{p|Sylveon}}
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<!--She did not design Eevee, Jolteon, and Flareon-->
   
 
==Works==
 
==Works==
===Games===
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===Games===
 
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! style="background-color: #CCF" | Platform
! style="background: #CCCCFF" | Release date
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! style="background-color: #CCF; {{roundytr|5px}}" | Position
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
| ''Pulseman''
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| ''{{wp|Pulseman}}''
 
| {{wp|Mega Drive}}
 
| {{wp|Mega Drive}}
 
| 1994-07-22
 
| 1994-07-22
 
| Graphics
 
| Graphics
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[Pokémon Red and Green Versions]]''
 
| ''[[Pokémon Red and Green Versions]]''
 
| [[Game Boy]]
 
| [[Game Boy]]
 
| 1996-02-27
 
| 1996-02-27
 
| Character Design/Pokémon Design
 
| Character Design/Pokémon Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
| ''Bazaru de Gozaru No Game Degozaru''
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| ''{{jwp|バザールでござーる|Bazaru de Gozaru no Game de Gozaru}}''
 
| {{wp|TurboGrafx-16}}
 
| {{wp|TurboGrafx-16}}
 
| 1996-07-26
 
| 1996-07-26
 
| Graphics
 
| Graphics
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[Pokémon Blue Version (Japanese)|Pokémon Blue]]'' (Japanese)
 
| ''[[Pokémon Blue Version (Japanese)|Pokémon Blue]]'' (Japanese)
| Game Boy
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| [[Game Boy]]
 
| 1996-10-10
 
| 1996-10-10
 
| Character Design/Pokémon Design
 
| Character Design/Pokémon Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
| ''[[Pokémon Stadium (Japanese)|Pokémon Stadium]]'' (Japanese)
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| ''{{jap|Pokémon Stadium}}'' (Japanese)
 
| [[Nintendo 64]]
 
| [[Nintendo 64]]
 
| 1998-08-01
 
| 1998-08-01
 
| Pokémon Design
 
| Pokémon Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[Pokémon Yellow Version]]''
 
| ''[[Pokémon Yellow Version]]''
| Game Boy
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| [[Game Boy]]
 
| 1998-09-12
 
| 1998-09-12
 
| Character Design/Pokémon Design
 
| Character Design/Pokémon Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
| ''[[Pokémon Stadium (English)|Pokémon Stadium]]'' (English)
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| ''{{eng|Pokémon Stadium}}'' (English)
| Nintendo 64
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| [[Nintendo 64]]
 
| 1999-04-30
 
| 1999-04-30
 
| Pokémon Design
 
| Pokémon Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions]]''
 
| ''[[Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions]]''
 
| [[Game Boy Color]]
 
| [[Game Boy Color]]
 
| 1999-11-21
 
| 1999-11-21
 
| Pokémon Design
 
| Pokémon Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''{{wp|Grandia II}}''
 
| ''{{wp|Grandia II}}''
 
| {{wp|Dreamcast}}
 
| {{wp|Dreamcast}}
 
| 2000-08-03
 
| 2000-08-03
 
| "Carro" Design
 
| "Carro" Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[Pokémon Crystal Version]]''
 
| ''[[Pokémon Crystal Version]]''
| Game Boy Color
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| [[Game Boy Color]]
 
| 2000-12-14
 
| 2000-12-14
 
| Pokémon Design
 
| Pokémon Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[Pokémon Stadium 2]]''
 
| ''[[Pokémon Stadium 2]]''
| Nintendo 64
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| [[Nintendo 64]]
 
| 2000-12-14
 
| 2000-12-14
 
| Pokémon Design
 
| Pokémon Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''{{wp|Grandia Xtreme}}''
 
| ''{{wp|Grandia Xtreme}}''
 
| {{wp|PlayStation 2}}
 
| {{wp|PlayStation 2}}
 
| 2002-01-31
 
| 2002-01-31
 
| "Carro" Design
 
| "Carro" Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions]]''
 
| ''[[Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions]]''
 
| [[Game Boy Advance]]
 
| [[Game Boy Advance]]
 
| 2002-11-21
 
| 2002-11-21
 
| Pokémon Design
 
| Pokémon Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[Pokémon Channel]]''
 
| ''[[Pokémon Channel]]''
 
| [[Nintendo GameCube]]
 
| [[Nintendo GameCube]]
 
| 2003-07-18
 
| 2003-07-18
 
| Pokémon Design
 
| Pokémon Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions]]''
 
| ''[[Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions]]''
| Game Boy Advance
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| [[Game Boy Advance]]
 
| 2004-01-29
 
| 2004-01-29
 
| Pokémon Design
 
| Pokémon Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[Pokémon Emerald Version]]''
 
| ''[[Pokémon Emerald Version]]''
| Game Boy Advance
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| [[Game Boy Advance]]
 
| 2004-11-16
 
| 2004-11-16
 
| Pokémon Design
 
| Pokémon Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness]]''
 
| ''[[Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness]]''
| Nintendo GameCube
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| [[Nintendo GameCube]]
 
| 2005-08-04
 
| 2005-08-04
 
| Pokémon Design
 
| Pokémon Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions]]''
 
| ''[[Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions]]''
 
| [[Nintendo DS]]
 
| [[Nintendo DS]]
 
| 2006-09-28
 
| 2006-09-28
 
| Pokémon Design
 
| Pokémon Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''{{wp|Culdcept Saga}}''
 
| ''{{wp|Culdcept Saga}}''
 
| {{wp|Xbox 360}}
 
| {{wp|Xbox 360}}
 
| 2006-11-22
 
| 2006-11-22
 
| Illustration Artist
 
| Illustration Artist
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[Pokémon Battle Revolution]]''
 
| ''[[Pokémon Battle Revolution]]''
 
| [[Wii]]
 
| [[Wii]]
 
| 2006-12-14
 
| 2006-12-14
 
| Pokémon Characters Designed By
 
| Pokémon Characters Designed By
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[Pokémon Platinum Version]]''
 
| ''[[Pokémon Platinum Version]]''
| Nintendo DS
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| [[Nintendo DS]]
 
| 2008-09-13
 
| 2008-09-13
 
| Pokémon Design
 
| Pokémon Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions]]''
 
| ''[[Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions]]''
| Nintendo DS
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| [[Nintendo DS]]
 
| 2009-09-12
 
| 2009-09-12
 
| Pokémon Design
 
| Pokémon Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[Pokémon Black and White Versions]]''
 
| ''[[Pokémon Black and White Versions]]''
| Nintendo DS
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| [[Nintendo DS]]
 
| 2010-09-18
 
| 2010-09-18
 
| Pokémon Character Design
 
| Pokémon Character Design
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|- style="background:#FFF"
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| ''[[Pokémon Black and White Versions 2]]''
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| [[Nintendo DS]]
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| 2012-06-23
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| Pokémon Character Design
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|- style="background:#FFF"
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| ''[[Pokémon X and Y]]''
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| [[Nintendo 3DS]]
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| 2013-10-12
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| Pokémon Character Design
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|- style="background:#FFF"
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| ''{{wp|Hometown Story}}''
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| [[Nintendo 3DS]]
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| 2013-12-12
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| Character Design
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|- style="background:#FFF"
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| ''[[Pokémon Sun and Moon]]''
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| [[Nintendo 3DS]]
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| 2016-11-18
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| Pokémon Characters Design
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|- style="background:#FFF"
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| ''[[Pokémon Sword and Shield]]''
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| [[Nintendo Switch]]
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| 2019-11-15
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| Pokémon Design
 
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|-
 
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! style="background-color: #CCF; {{roundytr|5px}}" | Position
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[M01|Mewtwo Strikes Back]]''
 
| ''[[M01|Mewtwo Strikes Back]]''
 
| 1998-07-18
 
| 1998-07-18
 
| Original Character Design
 
| Original Character Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[M02|The Power of One]] ''
 
| ''[[M02|The Power of One]] ''
 
| 1999-07-17
 
| 1999-07-17
 
| Original Character Design
 
| Original Character Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[PK07|Pikachu & Pichu]]''
 
| ''[[PK07|Pikachu & Pichu]]''
 
| 2000-07-08
 
| 2000-07-08
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
| ''[[M03|Spell of the Unown]] ''
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| ''[[M03|Spell of the Unown: Entei]] ''
 
| 2000-07-08
 
| 2000-07-08
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[Mewtwo Returns]]''
 
| ''[[Mewtwo Returns]]''
 
| 2000-12-30
 
| 2000-12-30
 
| Character Conceptual Design
 
| Character Conceptual Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[PK10|Pikachu's PikaBoo]]''
 
| ''[[PK10|Pikachu's PikaBoo]]''
 
| 2001-07-07
 
| 2001-07-07
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
| ''[[M04|Celebi: Voice of the Forest]]''
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| ''[[M04|Celebi: The Voice of the Forest]]''
 
| 2001-07-07
 
| 2001-07-07
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[The Legend of Thunder!]]''
 
| ''[[The Legend of Thunder!]]''
 
| 2001-12-30
 
| 2001-12-30
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
| ''[[M05|Pokémon Heroes]]''
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| ''[[M05|Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias]]''
 
| 2002-07-13
 
| 2002-07-13
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[PK12|Gotta Dance!!]]''
 
| ''[[PK12|Gotta Dance!!]]''
 
| 2003-07-19
 
| 2003-07-19
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[M06|Jirachi: Wish Maker]]''
 
| ''[[M06|Jirachi: Wish Maker]]''
 
| 2003-07-19
 
| 2003-07-19
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[M07|Destiny Deoxys]]''
 
| ''[[M07|Destiny Deoxys]]''
 
| 2004-07-17
 
| 2004-07-17
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[M08|Lucario and the Mystery of Mew]]''
 
| ''[[M08|Lucario and the Mystery of Mew]]''
 
| 2005-07-16
 
| 2005-07-16
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[M09|Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea]]''
 
| ''[[M09|Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea]]''
 
| 2006-07-15
 
| 2006-07-15
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon]]''
 
| ''[[The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon]]''
 
| 2006-10-13
 
| 2006-10-13
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[M10|The Rise of Darkrai]]''
 
| ''[[M10|The Rise of Darkrai]]''
 
| 2007-07-14
 
| 2007-07-14
 
| Original Character Design
 
| Original Character Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
| ''[[SS020|Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness]]''
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| ''[[Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness]]''
 
| 2007-09-09
 
| 2007-09-09
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[M11|Giratina and the Sky Warrior]]''
 
| ''[[M11|Giratina and the Sky Warrior]]''
 
| 2008-07-19
 
| 2008-07-19
 
| Original Character Design
 
| Original Character Design
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[M12|Arceus and the Jewel of Life]]''
 
| ''[[M12|Arceus and the Jewel of Life]]''
 
| 2009-07-18
 
| 2009-07-18
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[M13|Zoroark: Master of Illusions]]''
 
| ''[[M13|Zoroark: Master of Illusions]]''
 
| 2010-07-10
 
| 2010-07-10
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
 
| Conceptual Character Artist
   
|- style="background:#FFFFFF"
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|- style="background:#FFF"
 
| ''[[Best Wishes series|Best Wishes]]'' series
 
| ''[[Best Wishes series|Best Wishes]]'' series
 
| 2010-09-23
 
| 2010-09-23
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==Work for the TCG==
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===TCG illustrations===
 
Nishida has produced illustrations for the TCG since the some of the earliest Japanese promotional cards, though her first in regular expansions was in the {{TCG|Team Rocket}} set. Nishida's style is distinctive, using an airbrush technique with a soft palette of colors that is easy on the eyes and convey the feeling that the portrayed Pokémon is at one with their environment. Light is also a large factor, using it to highlight key areas of the overall image to maintain the "soft" aspect. For a list of cards she has illustrated, go [[:Category:Illus. by Atsuko Nishida|here]].
 
Nishida has produced illustrations for the TCG since the some of the earliest Japanese promotional cards, though her first in regular expansions was in the {{TCG|Team Rocket}} set. Nishida's style is distinctive, using an airbrush technique with a soft palette of colors that is easy on the eyes and convey the feeling that the portrayed Pokémon is at one with their environment. Light is also a large factor, using it to highlight key areas of the overall image to maintain the "soft" aspect. For a list of cards she has illustrated, go [[:Category:Illus. by Atsuko Nishida|here]].
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==Trivia==
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* In an interview with the character designers of Pokémon in 2018, Nishida said originally {{p|Pikachu}} was supposed to have a third [[evolution]] stage after {{p|Raichu}}, which was named as "Gorochu" (Japanese: ゴロチュウ). However, [[Ken Sugimori]] stated that it was scrapped due to the game balance.<ref>[http://www.pokemon.co.jp/corporate/pikachu/ The Untold Story of Pikachu's Creation - Pokemon.co.jp (Japanese)]</ref>
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* Nishida's favorite Pokémon is {{p|Charizard}}.<ref>[http://www.pokemon.co.jp/corporate/pikachu/page_02.html The Untold Story of Pikachu's Creation (Page 2) - Pokemon.co.jp (Japanese)]</ref>
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==External links==
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* [https://twitter.com/atsuko_nishida Atsuko Nishida's Twitter]
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* [https://twitter.com/search?q=%22%E3%83%9D%E3%82%B1%E3%83%A2%E3%83%B3%E3%81%A8%E3%81%84%E3%81%A3%E3%81%97%E3%82%87%22%20from%3Akarubiimunomono&src=typd ''Together with Pokémon!'' mini-comic series (Images by karubiimunomono)]
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==References==
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Atsuko Nishida (Japanese: 西田敦子 / にしだあつこ) is a graphic artist who has been involved with several aspects of the Pokémon franchise since it began. She was part of the graphics team on Pulseman, one of Game Freak's most successful early titles, working alongside Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri and artist Ken Sugimori. During the development of the first Pokémon games, she helped design key characters and several Pokémon, notably the cuter ones as opposed to the tougher ones. She also contributed to the conceptual design of characters that appeared in the first few Pokémon movies. Nishida has continued to work within many areas of the franchise, credited on the majority of the main series games, movies, and produced an array of original illustrations for the Pokémon Trading Card Game. She is also the illustrator for the mini-comic series titled (Japanese: ポケモンといっしょ! Together with Pokémon!) for a monthly children magazine (Japanese: キャラぱふぇ Chara Pafe).

Nishida is a character designer for the mascot of the Pokémon franchise, Pikachu. She stated that first design of Pikachu looked like a vertically long daifuku rice confection with ears.[1] She also modeled Pikachu's cheeks, which are used to store electricity, after squirrels storing food in their cheeks.[2] Nishida is also a fan of Eevee and the Eeveelutions and personally designed Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon and Glaceon,[3] as well as Sylveon[4].

Pokémon

The following is a list of Pokémon designed by Atsuko Nishida.

Works

Games

Title Platform Release date Position
Pulseman Mega Drive 1994-07-22 Graphics
Pokémon Red and Green Versions Game Boy 1996-02-27 Character Design/Pokémon Design
Bazaru de Gozaru no Game de Gozaru TurboGrafx-16 1996-07-26 Graphics
Pokémon Blue (Japanese) Game Boy 1996-10-10 Character Design/Pokémon Design
Pokémon Stadium (Japanese) Nintendo 64 1998-08-01 Pokémon Design
Pokémon Yellow Version Game Boy 1998-09-12 Character Design/Pokémon Design
Pokémon Stadium (English) Nintendo 64 1999-04-30 Pokémon Design
Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions Game Boy Color 1999-11-21 Pokémon Design
Grandia II Dreamcast 2000-08-03 "Carro" Design
Pokémon Crystal Version Game Boy Color 2000-12-14 Pokémon Design
Pokémon Stadium 2 Nintendo 64 2000-12-14 Pokémon Design
Grandia Xtreme PlayStation 2 2002-01-31 "Carro" Design
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions Game Boy Advance 2002-11-21 Pokémon Design
Pokémon Channel Nintendo GameCube 2003-07-18 Pokémon Design
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions Game Boy Advance 2004-01-29 Pokémon Design
Pokémon Emerald Version Game Boy Advance 2004-11-16 Pokémon Design
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness Nintendo GameCube 2005-08-04 Pokémon Design
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions Nintendo DS 2006-09-28 Pokémon Design
Culdcept Saga Xbox 360 2006-11-22 Illustration Artist
Pokémon Battle Revolution Wii 2006-12-14 Pokémon Characters Designed By
Pokémon Platinum Version Nintendo DS 2008-09-13 Pokémon Design
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions Nintendo DS 2009-09-12 Pokémon Design
Pokémon Black and White Versions Nintendo DS 2010-09-18 Pokémon Character Design
Pokémon Black and White Versions 2 Nintendo DS 2012-06-23 Pokémon Character Design
Pokémon X and Y Nintendo 3DS 2013-10-12 Pokémon Character Design
Hometown Story Nintendo 3DS 2013-12-12 Character Design
Pokémon Sun and Moon Nintendo 3DS 2016-11-18 Pokémon Characters Design
Pokémon Sword and Shield Nintendo Switch 2019-11-15 Pokémon Design

Animation

Title Release date Position
Mewtwo Strikes Back 1998-07-18 Original Character Design
The Power of One 1999-07-17 Original Character Design
Pikachu & Pichu 2000-07-08 Conceptual Character Artist
Spell of the Unown: Entei 2000-07-08 Conceptual Character Artist
Mewtwo Returns 2000-12-30 Character Conceptual Design
Pikachu's PikaBoo 2001-07-07 Conceptual Character Artist
Celebi: The Voice of the Forest 2001-07-07 Conceptual Character Artist
The Legend of Thunder! 2001-12-30 Conceptual Character Artist
Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias 2002-07-13 Conceptual Character Artist
Gotta Dance!! 2003-07-19 Conceptual Character Artist
Jirachi: Wish Maker 2003-07-19 Conceptual Character Artist
Destiny Deoxys 2004-07-17 Conceptual Character Artist
Lucario and the Mystery of Mew 2005-07-16 Conceptual Character Artist
Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea 2006-07-15 Conceptual Character Artist
The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon 2006-10-13 Conceptual Character Artist
The Rise of Darkrai 2007-07-14 Original Character Design
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness 2007-09-09 Conceptual Character Artist
Giratina and the Sky Warrior 2008-07-19 Original Character Design
Arceus and the Jewel of Life 2009-07-18 Conceptual Character Artist
Zoroark: Master of Illusions 2010-07-10 Conceptual Character Artist
Best Wishes series 2010-09-23 Conceptual Character Artist

TCG illustrations

Nishida has produced illustrations for the TCG since the some of the earliest Japanese promotional cards, though her first in regular expansions was in the Team Rocket set. Nishida's style is distinctive, using an airbrush technique with a soft palette of colors that is easy on the eyes and convey the feeling that the portrayed Pokémon is at one with their environment. Light is also a large factor, using it to highlight key areas of the overall image to maintain the "soft" aspect. For a list of cards she has illustrated, go here.

Trivia

  • In an interview with the character designers of Pokémon in 2018, Nishida said originally Pikachu was supposed to have a third evolution stage after Raichu, which was named as "Gorochu" (Japanese: ゴロチュウ). However, Ken Sugimori stated that it was scrapped due to the game balance.[10]
  • Nishida's favorite Pokémon is Charizard.[11]

External links

References