Kōji Nishino

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Kōji Nishino (Japanese: 西野弘二 Nishino Kōji) is a game designer of Pokémon games, currently working at Game Freak. He has been involved in nearly every main series Pokémon game since Pokémon Red and Green Versions. He has also assisted the anime producers for Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.

He also appeared in the form of an NPC as Nishino (Japanese: ニシノ) in Black 2 and White 2. In every game he has appeared in, he has the appearance of a Hiker.




In-game cameo appearance

In Black, White, Black 2, and White 2, Nishino appears in Castelia City in the Game Freak building. In Black 2 and White 2, he will battle the player once per day.


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pre-Hall of Fame

Post-Hall of Fame


Pokémon Black and White

"I'm Snorlax. No, no! I'm the Planner! I don't mean to butt in, but the item Leftovers is important, isn't it?"

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

  • Before battle
"I'm Snorlax. No, no! I'm the Planner! I don't mean to butt in, but the item Leftovers is important, isn't it? It's pretty useful in battle. Do you want to battle and test it?"
No: "No?! Really? My Pokémon are pretty, though..."
Yes: "I like to win using my favorite Pokémon!"
  • Being defeated
"Ah... I see... That was quite well thought out."
  • After being defeated
"Awww! What great Pokémon! The great number of steps seems to have increased their trust in you... I hope we can battle again tomorrow."


  • The Japanese name of Snorlax, カビゴン Kabigon is also based on the nickname of Nishino. Snorlax's appearance and gluttony were directly inspired by Nishino.
  • In a July 2000 interview with the Japanese Nintendo Online Magazine about Pokémon Gold and Silver, Nishino stated that male Schoolkids grow up to be Super Nerds, while Lasses grow up to be Beauties.[1]


Non-player characters in the core series games
Unova Professor JuniperMom (BW)Mom (B2W2)CherenBiancaBianca's fatherHughCedric JuniperFennelAmanita
CilanChiliCressLenoraHawesLoblollyCharlesIrisDraydenAlderBengaCurtisYancyBrycenSabrinaPop Roxie
HilbertHildaNateRosaIngoEmmetCynthiaMorimotoNishinoLookerNColressGhetsisPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team PlasmaClydeGym LeadersElite FourPWT participantsName RaterDay-Care CoupleJudgeMagikarp salesman

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