Earlier today, PETA released a second Pokémon parody game entitled “Pokemon Red White and Blue.” The game comes a year after the company's release of “Pokemon Black and Blue: Gotta Free 'em All.” Unlike the first game, “Red White and Blue” blatantly attacks the fast food industry, specifically McDonald's. A blurb on the new game's website reads, “PETA helped Pokémon liberate themselves from their trainers in Pokémon: Black & Blue, but giant corporations are still exploiting Pokémon for nefarious purposes. Are Pokémon profits earned at the expense of animals' well-being? Join PETA as we help Pikachu and his Pokémon friends journey to America to unravel a conspiracy that affects us all!”
Game scenario: “For generations, humans have claimed to love Pokémon, but if Pokémon came to our world in real life and saw how we treat animals, would they love us back? Would they feel that Pokémon games have a part in reducing our empathy for animals? Would they feel like it's completely ridiculous that Nintendo releases two versions of essentially the same game and then has the audacity to release a slightly different version a couple of years later? And what would humans do to Pokémon if they got their hands on them in the real world?”
Like the first game, you play Pikachu, who is out to rescue his abused Pokémon brethren. In the first battle, Pikachu is confronted by a “Mysterious Stranger” who looks suspiciously like a disheveled Hamburgler holding a bloodied crowbar and toting jailer's keys. He is busy attacking an injured Miltank. Instead of helping immediately, Pikachu listens to him rant, “My mother taught me Pokémon are mine to use and abuse in any way I want. And right now I want to satisfy my hungry customers.” After defeating him, you inform him that people only eat meat “occasionally...Everyone knows it's gross.” The “Mysterious Stranger” flees through a portal. The Miltank joins your party.
You are then “gifted” with a chest containing a video about the confined, inhumane conditions at factory farming facilities and are given the option to share it with all your social media friends. Yay! After seeing the video, Pikachu declares, “We have to stop people from eating other beings, and we have to stop this McDonald's corporation.”
Pikachu and Miltank enter the portal which leads to our world, where they quickly find a Mcdonald's offering free Pokémon toys with every kid's meal. Pikachu is outraged they are using his cuteness “to sell their death burgers!”
A nearby customer who just loves Pokémon intiates the second battle after he decides Pikachu and Miltank look tasty. After being defeated, he sobs, “You ruined my childhood!” Inexplicably, the customer had a malnourished Jigglypuff, which joins your party.
Your party then encounters a group of PETA protesters who have gathered outside of the Mcdonald's who gift you with a chest containing “Pokémon: Red White and Blue” wallpaper, and tell you where to find the Mcdonald's slaughter house.
Upon arrival to the slaughter house, you are greeted by slaughter house workers who have hair-dos reminiscent of Jesse and James of Team Rocket. The defeated workers lament that should have sought employment at the tofu factory. “Tofu never fights back.” A bloodied and manacled Grimace then joins your party.
You then encounter Ash Ketchum, who is dressed in PETA swag. He gives you a chest containing promotional trading cards.
Shortly afterwards your party enters into the final battle against Ronald McDonald who boasts, “We've sold millions more burgers, Chicken McNuggets, and Filet-O-Fish made of your dead animal friends to children who love you.” After defeating Ronald, he is unmasked to reveal that he is actually the McDonald's CEO. At the end of the game, Pikachu concludes that he believes people can chose to evolve too, by pledging to become vegan.
"Our parody game is a fun way to tackle a serious issue—that it's wrong for Nintendo to allow McDonald's to lure kids in using its beloved, cute icons, when the reality that Pokémon have been used to mask would horrify them," said PETA Director of Marketing Innovations Joel Bartlett. "PETA's game offers an empathetic way to look at animals that we hope will inspire players to choose kindness and go vegan—after all, even humans can evolve."