A few months ago, the Pokémon fanbase erupted in excitement with the appearance of what appeared to be a new form for legendary Pokémon Mewtwo in Pokkén Tournament. This mysterious new take on Mewtwo was later revealed to be Shadow Mewtwo, or Dark Mewtwo in the original Japanese. Since the reveal, many fans have been asking if Shadow Mewtwo will remain exclusive to Pokkén Tournament or if it will return in other games in the canon Pokémon universe. Speaking with Polygon, Pokkén Tournament producers Katsuhiro Harada and Masaaki Hoshino shed some light on the situation.
“When we were originally coming up with the design, we worked very closely with The Pokémon Company and Game Freak to make sure everything was right. What happened was, we at Bandai Namco had the idea of making a really cool dark-colored Mewtwo, so we had one of our designers take a crack at it and then presented that to The Pokémon Company and Game Freak. They all thought it looked really cool, so then we worked together to brush it up.
“Because everyone really liked Shadow Mewtwo, I have a personal hope that they’ll continue to use it, but it’s not really our decision, unfortunately.” —
“For this game, it is kind of a spin-off from the main series. It takes place in this area called the Ferrum Region, which means something like ‘Iron Region,’ playing back into the Tekken connection. So, within the context of this spin-off, [Shadow Mewtwo] is obviously a canonical character. Of course, how The Pokémon Company and Game Freak decide to use the character is up to them, but I think Mr. Hoshino’s passion for the character might inspire them and encourage them to use it!”
— Katsuhiro Harada
The Pokémon Company approved the design of Shadow Mewtwo and even helped with the finishing touches, but will they continue to use it in future releases? Polygon reached out to The Pokémon Company to ask, and they were met with a firm “No comment” response from a representative.