Game Freak will forever be known as the creators and developers of Pokémon, but sometimes their efforts outside the series have left their own mark. Drill Dozer was one of the few GBA games with built-in rumble (and its protagonist was one of Smash’s original Assist Trophies), Pulseman inspired Pikachu’s Volt Tackle, and Pocket Card Jockey is one of the 3DS eShop’s most addicting and underrated gems.

Today, though, we’re cueing up a different pair of eShop heroes. In honor of the game’s eighth anniversary, Director James Turner shared a drawing of HarmoKnight’s Tempo and Tappy.

 

 

HarmoKnight was a charming mix of rhythm and runner, and it’s nice to see it get some attention in the here and now. Of course, even it couldn’t completely get away from Pokémon, as it featured bonus stages using music from the games and even background cameos of various Pokémon, mostly from Unova. 

 

 

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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.

Ricky Berg