Nintendo's onto something here. Though a big draw of the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Moon is definitely seeing new Pokemon in a new environment, Game Freak and Co. have come up with a way to freshen up old favorites. "Alolan Pokemon" are technically the same old Pokemon you know and love, but have changed dramatically to adapt to life in the Hawaii-like Alola. We've already seen and enjoyed Alola versions of Meowth and Exeggutor, and now it's time for Raichu to shine.
For whatever reason, Pikachu's evolution never got much love in the games or the anime. But this new Raichu has a lot going for it, from its cute new look to its unique Psychic/Electric typing. I mean, it's surfing on its tail in mid-air, for crying out loud.
As usual, the internet is 100% on board with this new Pokemon development.
It's good that they did something with Raichu that wasn't "pretend it doesn't exist"-- Bloody Honey (@BloodyBHoney) August 11, 2016
alolan raichu is just regular raichu after being held against a beltsander apparently-- bort yeltsin (@piss_wizard) August 11, 2016
Surf Raichu looks like u could buy it in an ABC store and eat it w/ jpn milk coffee and if that doesn't make it super Hawaiian idk what does-- OXBOXER (@bisonfisticuffs) August 11, 2016
I'm actually pissed that they give no explanation on how Alolan Raichu came to be, I was looking forward to that... pic.twitter.com/ljMtt3ZCIk-- eLevate shofu (@shofu) August 11, 2016
PROTECT ALOLAN RAICHU pic.twitter.com/qAXRHgyuvU-- Jirachi's World (@starwindbliss) August 10, 2016
Alolan Raichu looks amazing! pic.twitter.com/Opj44pErEt-- Shigeru Miyamoto (@RealShigeruM) August 11, 2016
Raichu fell asleep in the sun, got a tan, removed its gloves and booties and became Alolan Raichu.-- Vaughn Pinpin (@vaughnpinpin) August 10, 2016
Image of Alola Raichu being the cute lamb and Homer pushing away normal Raichu when he gets in the way-- HonorableThief (@HonorableThief) August 11, 2016