Shigeki Morimoto

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Morimoto in 2023

Shigeki Morimoto (Japanese: 森本茂樹 Morimoto Shigeki, born October 2nd[1]) is a game designer and programmer (among other various roles such as Pokémon adviser and Pokémon designer), currently working at Game Freak. He has been involved in nearly every main series Pokémon game since Pokémon Red and Green Versions. He is most notable for his prominent role in the creation of the Pokémon Mew, which has since become his favorite Pokémon. He was the game director for Pokémon Emerald and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

He also appears as an NPC called Morimoto (Japanese: モリモト) in Generations V, VII, and VIII.

Designs

Pokémon

The following is a list of Pokémon designed by Morimoto.

Game credits

In the games

Morimoto had regularly maintained a cameo appearance as an NPC that can be battled with in the games, from Generation V until Generation VIII. He also cameoed in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl despite not being credited in the game.

Black, White, Black 2, and White 2

In Black, White, Black 2, and White 2, Morimoto appears in Castelia City in the Game Freak building. He will battle the player once per day, although in Black and White, the player must have cleared the main game before they can battle him. He uses the Veteran sprite.



Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Pre-Hall of Fame



Post-Hall of Fame



Sun and Moon

In Sun and Moon, Morimoto returns as a Trainer the player can battle in the Game Freak office in Heahea City. Like in Black and White, the player must have become Champion before they can battle him, he can be battled once per day, and he shares his appearance with male Veterans. Morimoto will heal the player's Pokémon after defeating him, and after defeating him for the first time, he will give the player an Oval Charm. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Morimoto plays the same role, except he teams with the game's director, Kazumasa Iwao, for a Multi Battle.

Sun and Moon



Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon



Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Morimoto appears as a male Coach Trainer on the third floor of Celadon Condominiums after the player has entered the Hall of Fame. In these games, he uses the same Generation I Pokémon team he used in Sun and Moon. After he is defeated, he will give the player ten PP Maxes.



Pokémon Sword and Shield

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, Morimoto appears as a Police Officer on the second floor of eastern branch of Hotel Ionia in Circhester. After the player has become Galar's Champion, they can challenge him to a Double Battle once per day. He will Dynamax his Snorlax in battle. Like in Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, he will award the player with an Oval Charm after defeating him for the first time.

Morimoto will Dynamax his Snorlax at the first opportunity.



Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Morimoto appears as a Swimmer in the pool on Route 213. He can be fought once per day after the Hall of Fame has been entered, and after he is defeated for the first time, he gives the player an Oval Charm.



Quotes

Main article: Morimoto/Quotes

Gallery

Sprites and models

Spr BW Veteran M.png Spr B2W2 Veteran M.png Spr SM Veteran M.png VSVeteran M SM.png VSMorimoto SwSh.png VSSwimmer M BDSP.png
Sprite from
Black and White
Sprite from
Black 2 and
White 2
Model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and
Ultra Moon
VS sprite from Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and
Ultra Moon
VS model from
Sword and Shield
VS model from
Brilliant Diamond and
Shining Pearl
Morimoto OD.png Veteran m SM OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation V
Overworld model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and
Ultra Moon

Trivia

  • One of the default rival names in Pokémon LeafGreen is Geki (Japanese: シゲキ Shigeki), an allusion to Morimoto.
  • In the Spanish version of Pokémon Sun and Moon, Morimoto's cameo character is called Tirso, despite him being called Morimoto in previous games.

Videos

#Pokemon20: Shigeki Morimoto

By The Official Pokémon Channel
This video is not available on Bulbapedia; instead, you can watch the video on YouTube here.


References

  1. Instagram post celebrating his birthday.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Morimoto's character from Pokémon Sun and Moon shares tidbits about creating old Pokémon designs.
  3. Nintendo official site on Mew
  4. Nintendo UK official site on Mew
  5. 5.0 5.1 Morimoto's character from Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon shares tidbits about creating old Pokémon designs.

External links


Pokémon designers

Emi AndoHitoshi ArigaKanako EoHiroki FuchinoMotofumi Fujiwara
Misaki HashimotoMana IbeAsuka IwashitaTomohiro KitakazeFumie Kittaka
Yusuke KozakiKazuyuki KurashimaLee HyunJungMegumi MizutaniShigeki Morimoto
Keiko MoritsuguKensaku NabanaAtsuko NishidaYusuke OhmuraTomohiko Ohkubo
Muneo SaitōKen SugimoritakeReiko TanoueAimi TomitaKenkichi Toyama
Saya TsurutaJames TurnerTakao UnnoEmi YoshidaHironobu Yoshida


Non-player characters in the core series games
Kanto Professor OakMomRedBlueGreenTraceDaisyOld manBillCelioMr. FujiSafari Zone WardenCopycatPrimoKoichi
Pokémon Fan Club ChairmanErik and SaraLostelleTealaSelphyCalSteven StoneMayleneMinaCameronMr. GameMorimoto
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersElite FourProfessors' aidesMagikarp salesmanName RaterDay-Care PersonMr. Hyper
Sinnoh Professor RowanProfessor OakJohannaBarryLucasDawnCynthiaLookerStat Trainers (CherylRileyMiraBuckMarley)
BebeTealaFelicityRoxy and OliRoseanneRad RickshawEldritchWilmaJasmineCaitlinJuliaJordanDexterKeiraMr. BacklotMorimoto
Underground ManMr. GoodsMr. FuegoPokétch Co. PresidentDr. FootstepPokémon Fan Club ChairmanHelenaKetch Appy
Team GalacticGym guideGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsName RaterDay-Care CoupleProfessors' aidesStats judge
Unova Professor JuniperMom (BW)Mom (B2W2)CherenBiancaBianca's fatherHughHugh's sisterCedric JuniperFennelAmanita
CilanChiliCressLenoraHawesLoblollyCharlesIrisDraydenAlderBengaCurtisYancyBrycenSabrinaPop Roxie
HilbertHildaNateRosaIngoEmmetCynthiaLookerNColressMorimotoNishinoPokémon Fan Club Chairman
CyranoBriarCarmineKieranKoraidonMiraidonGeetaRikaClavellPerrinSnacksworthSynclaire
Team PlasmaClydeGym Leaders • Elite Four (UnovaBB) • PWT participantsName RaterDay-Care CoupleJudgeMagikarp salesmanSpecial CoachesGuidance counselors
Alola Professor KukuiMomLillieNebbyHauRotomProfessor BurnetMolayneSamson OakRyukiMohn
RedBlueWallyCynthiaGrimsleyColressSinaDexioLookerAnabelNecrozmaMorimotoIwao
Team SkullAether FoundationUltra Recon SquadTeam Rainbow Rocket
Trial CaptainsIsland kahunasElite FourName RaterJudgeMr. HyperGester
Galar Professor MagnoliaMumHopBedeMarnieSoniaLeon
SordwardShielbertMustardKlaraAveryHoneyHydePeonyPeoniaCalyrexBall Guy
Watt TradersIngredients SellersDigging DuoCamping King
Team YellMacro CosmosDanGym LeadersMorimotoCara LissJack


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