Kōji Nishino

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Kōji Nishino in 2018

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.




In-game appearances

Generations I, III, and VII

A character named Erik (Japanese: コージ Kōji) may be a cameo of Kōji Nishino in the Japanese version of all Generation I games, as well as their Generation III and VII remakes.

He is found in Fuchsia City, looking for Sara (Japanese: アツコ Atsuko), which may be a cameo of Atsuko Nishida; she is found in the Safari ZoneRBY/GO ParkPE. In the Japanese version, they failed to meet each other due to a misunderstanding on the word "とり" (tori), which is also a pun. Erik used a bird Pokémon to arrive at Fuchsia City ("tori Pokémon" means "bird Pokémon"), while Sara is waiting for him inside the Safari Zone or GO Park ("Pokémon tori" means "obtain Pokémon").

This pun was lost in the English localizations. Additionally, in the English version of the Generation I and III games, Sara says that Erik is her boyfriend (which is not the case in the Japanese version).


Japanese version
"Koji: Isn't that weird? Atsuko said to use a bird Pokémon to go meet her...but I can't find any bird Pokémon!" (literal translation)
"コージ『おかしいな?アツコと ポケモンとりで まちあわせって…… とりポケモンが みつからない!"RBYFRLG
"コージ『おかしいな?アツコと ポケモンとりで 待ち合わせって…… とりポケモンが 見つからない!"PE
English version
"Erik: Where's Sara? I said I'd meet her here."RBYFRLG
"Erik: Where's Sara? I said I'd meet her here to catch Pokémon... But all I'm catching are some weird looks!"PE

Generation II

DJ Fern (Japanese: コージ Kōji) may be a reference to Kōji Nishino.

Generation V

In Black, White, Black 2, and White 2, Nishino appears in Castelia City in the Game Freak building. He also appears in the form of a Hiker named Nishino (Japanese: ニシノ) in Black 2 and White 2, who battles the player once per day.


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."



  1. Page 2 of Yomiuri interview with Ken Sugimori, Kōji Nishino, and Atsuko Nishida (Japanese)
  2. Shea, Brian (October 24, 2019). "More Burning Questions For The Pokémon Series." Game Informer.
  3. (July 2000). 『ポケットモンスター』開発スタッフインタビュー (ページd)Nintendo Online Magazine (N.O.M). No.23. (archive of translation by TCRF admin GlitterBerri)

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HilbertHildaNateRosaIngoEmmetCynthiaLookerNColressCyranoMorimotoNishinoPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team PlasmaClydeGym Leaders • Elite Four (UnovaBB) • PWT participantsName RaterDay-Care CoupleJudgeMagikarp salesman

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