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Warning: You should grab a box of Kleenex before watching this animated Pokédex video, because Cubone's origin story is probably the most depressing thing you'll experience this month. And if you don't cry, you're an emotionless monster.
The animated Pokédex is the brainchild of Versiris, a Toronto-based illustrator and animator. According to the description on her YouTube channel, she has a small obsession with video games and cartoons. And her latest video is proof.
Check it out:
Cubone has a particularly sad back-story. He's often called the "Lonely Pokémon," because he prefers solitude to companionship. He was never able to fully recover from the traumatic death of his mother, so he wears her skull on his head like a helmet.
Here's a quote from Nintendo's official Pokédex:
Cubone pines for the mother it will never see again. Seeing a likeness of its mother in the full moon, it cries. The stains on the skull the Pokémon wears are made by the tears it sheds.
Since no one's ever seen his face, the Pokémon community is constantly speculating on his secret identity. Right now, the prevailing theory is that he's actually the son of Kangaskhan. There's definitely a resemblance, and since Cubone's evolution doesn't include a third stage, it seems plausible.
However, some Cubone scholars believe that he's an unlit, adolescent Charmander. I'll let you be the judge:
We may never uncover his identity, but one thing is clear: Cubone is the Batman of Pokémon .
Aside from Mario, Pokémon has made more money for Nintendo than any other franchise. So far, Pokémon games have raked in over 270.8 millions dollars. Super Mario Bros., on the other hand has made around $297.88 million. But when you remember that Mario had been around for an entire decade before the Pocket Monsters showed up, Pokémon's insane popularity is irrefutable.
To be fair, Super Mario Bros. has inspired a number of Mario-themed spinoffs like Mario Party, Mario Kart, and Mario Sports. And those games have been major hits for Nintendo. But the fact that Pokémon is holding its own against gaming's most iconic character is significant.
Lately, Nintendo's been cracking down on fan-made videos featuring copyrighted characters. Hopefully, Versiris' animated Pokédex doesn't fall victim to the lawyers, because I want to see a Snorlax episode.
Make it happen, Versiris!