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.
8 years ago today HarmoKnight was released for the Nintendo 3DS in the US and EU. Published by Nintendo, directed by your truly, and created by a talented team of developers at Game Freak.
It’s been years since I’ve drawn the heroes, Tempo and Tappy…felt nice to do so 🎵 pic.twitter.com/5swOU6HkKW
— James Turner (@JamesTurner_42) March 28, 2021
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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