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Fans think the trip to Nando inspired the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

Pokémon fans believe that popular South African restaurant Nando’s may have inspired the upcoming Pokémon Scarlet and Violet games.

The theory, first popularized by Twitter user @3clipse_tt, suggests that series producer Junichi Masuda’s trip to the restaurant during a visit to London may have inspired future games.

Matsuda tweeted in 2019 that he visited Nando in Richmond, London around the time that Scarlet and Violet were likely in the early planning stages.

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The connection appears to be based on recent comments by Masuda and designer Shigero Ogmori, who stated that during a trip to the Barcelos region of Portugal, they thought Rooster Pokémon could be an interesting addition to the series. The Barcelos rooster is the logo and mascot of the Nando restaurant.

According to BallGuyLeaks, Masuda also liked a recent tweet hinting at this visit to Portugal, confirming the theory.

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The theory goes on to state that one of Violet and Scarlet’s new snacks, Fuekoko, was inspired by the African bird’s eye chili, the color found on all Nando’s brands.

Fuekoko is a small fire-type Pokémon that is clearly inspired by chili peppers, however which pepper exactly has yet to be confirmed.

However, another part of the theory which suggests that the game’s official logo uses the same fonts as Nando’s official marketing materials are not entirely accurate. Although they are similar, they are not actually the same font. Nando’s currently uses a well-known typeface designed by South African sign artist Marks Salimu.

Oranges and grapes, two of Spain’s signature fruits, have featured regularly in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet marketing materials, and fans have formed a connection with Drinks menu “Design by Nando’s” which offers several original soft drinks that use two fruits as the main ingredient.

The connection here again may be weak, as Nando’s is a Portuguese-style restaurant owned by South Africa, and if the new games draw inspiration from the entire Iberian Peninsula, and not just Spain, that might be fine.

We’ve detailed the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet trailers and detailed why many believe the games will be set in a Spanish-inspired region with possible Portuguese influences.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet – trailer announcement

The architecture, trailer clues, and starting Pokémon names all point to a place for new games that follows the tradition of every major Pokémon game inspired by the real world.

The first four generations of games were inspired by the regions of Japan. The fifth-generation Pokémon games, Pokémon Black & White, were set in the United States-inspired Unova region.

Pokémon fans have also discovered what they believe to be a teaser for Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet in Pokémon Sword & Shield.

Currently, 21 Pokémon have been confirmed to be included in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet.

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