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The Pokémon games and the game Pulseman are both made by the same company, Game Freak. Understandably, the two games often reference each other, and thus, a list of possible references to Pulseman are listed here. These references are most prominent in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, but appear in other generations as well.
List of references
- The computer Pulseman was born on is named the Saint Ann (サント アンヌ) which is also the Japanese name of the S.S. Anne, along with being its name in the anime.
- Ledian bears a very significant resemblance to Pulseman.
- Remoraid resembles the Gunfish enemy that appears underwater in Stage 6 of Pulseman, as they are both combinations of fish and revolver pistols.
- Xatu resembles the bird-like enemy in Stage 2 of Pulseman, as they both share a nearly identical color scheme and similar shape.
- Registeel's design mimics the design for the boss in the Stage 4 of Pulseman.
- Volt Tackle's Japanese name, ボルテッカー Volteccer, comes from Pulseman, and is the name of Pulseman's signature attack, where he flies around as a ball of electricity. The Final Smash version of Volt Tackle used by Pikachu in Super Smash Bros. Brawl closely resembles Pulseman's Volteccer.
- Although "Team Galactic" is not incorrect, a more literal translation of the Japanese name is "Galaxy Gang", possibly a reference to the Galaxy Gang in Pulseman. Charon's design may be based on Doc Waruyama, the main antagonist and a leader of Galaxy Gang in Pulseman.
- Hariyama's name can be a corruption of Doc Waruyama's name.
- Rotom appears to be based on Pulseman, although it may also be inspired by the unexplained phenomenon of ball lightning.
- Lisa Hatfield, a character from Pulseman, was on the logo art of Pokémon Journal at the Game Freak Web page. The designs for May and her counterparts are possibly based on Lisa Hatfield.
- Barry's battle music has several notes that resemble a portion of Neo Tokyo's music from Pulseman (Junichi Masuda also composed for Pulseman). Many other pieces of music from Pulseman also have similar features to Pokémon music.
- Dialga and Palkia's battle music also has several notes similar to stage 6 music.