Pigs have always been one of the most polarizing animals out there. For some, they are an ample replacement for a dog. For others, they are nothing but a source of food. For Nintendo, they are the scum of the word we know today.
Now you wouldn't know this just by looking at them. Their press releases show no sign of hostility towards them, and Reggie Fils-Aime looks like he himself if composed of pieces of the best pork on the market. Heck, with Tepig as a starter in the latest Pokemon games, you'd think that they're actually favoring the pink warriors of mud. But don't be fooled! This is just a quick and sloppy cover-up for years of expressed hate and insults, spread across multiple games.
Exhibit A: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
The Wind Waker was always a controversial game. The changes it made to Ocarina's formula made a giant uproar amongst Zelda fans. Be it the cel-shaded grafics or replacement of fields with an open body of water, controversy was the games closest friend. The series' status quo was brutally broken, sending thousands into insecurity. But one change struck me as curious. Very curious. So curious, I figured it had to be more than a coincidence.
What I'm talking about are of course the pigs. It's been a tradition in the series to have cuccos, Hyrule's equivalent of a chicken, running around random spots of the kingdom. What set them apart from other critters was the fact that if provoked, they called in their cucco friends and killed Link in just a few moments.
But the Great Bay seems to be deprived of the feathery spazes. Instead, Windfall Island, the main town in the game, has a few pigs running around one of it's beaches. These pigs are just like cuccos: hit them too many times and then have to put up with their wrath.
My question is: why? Why change the icon of hotheadedness to a small defenseless piglet? The system worked perfectly! Isn't one species of crazy psychopaths enough? Why degrade another noble animal? Why Pigs? They aren't renown for being agessive!
I could have been anything else. But no. Nintendo's hate for pigs had to manifest itself here.
Exhibit B: Doshin the Giant
One very subtle example is the one found in Doshin the Giant
. Originally on the Nintendo 64DD and then ported to the Gamecube, this particular game was not designed to ever be released out of Japan. Surprisingly, it did experience a sunrise in the western world; unfortunately, it was only made available in PAL regions.
The main goal is to help the indigenous villagers to build and expand by listening to their needs, protecting them from natural disasters and having them meet to set up new villages. It's essentially From Dust
, just ten years older. Your reward for doing all of this is thanks from the villagers, represented by hearts that are stored around the edge of your screen. Once you get enough, you'll absorb them and grow ('cause you’re a giant). Oh, and every time you get one, you hear a nice soundbite.
Of course, such a game would get boring rather fast, so the developers threw in a curve-ball: press a button to become Jashin, the hate giant. Contrarily to Doshin, Jashin grows by stockpiling skulls, which are gained though destruction, murder, and other morally unsettling acts. Use the same slots as hearts, but start at the other side of the line. All of the same rules apply. But you will quickly be stricken by one thing: whenever you get one, you hear a pig snort. Seriously.
They had to choose pig snorts? They could have used a sad note. Or an evil laugh. But no. They had to use a pig snort. Once again I have to ask: why? A pig snort is definitely not what I hear when I do something bad, and I'd be surprised if anyone normal did
hear it in that situation.
Obviously, someone at Nintendo has to have something against the lovable pork-chops to be. Why else would he associate them with evil deeds? And of course, since they published it, Nintendo fully endorses suck a depiction of pigs.
Exhibit C: Earthbound
and Mother 3
Definitely the first thing that came to mind for most people, the Earthbound/Mother series is a monument to pig hate. While Earthbound Zero stays clear of the subject, its sequels are basically build on it.
Basically starts with you meeting Porky, you next door neighbor (in the US version it was changed to Pokey, but don't be fooled!). You soon find out that Porky is the worst person on the planet, willingly helping Giygas, the games main antagonist, for vain reasons. He relentlessly lies to you, disregards his own brother, and even joins a crazy cult, blaming you for everything (while desperately wanting to be your friend). He's basically Cartman. And after getting his reward, he betrays the thing he was supposed to be helping.
But that wasn't the last we've seen of him. In Mother 3
the peaceful world the game starts of in get disrupted by the very same person (now a grown man, whose supposedly 10,000 years old, yet has the same attitude). And to make it even more extreme, everything he uses resembles a pig, or has pig elements. Airships? Look like pigs. Rejuvenation capsules? They have pig noses. Standard issue army uniform? Pig costume. I'm serious: it's referred to as the pigmask army. How could something like this get the Nintendo Seal of Approval?
But despite all of this, there was one moment that really strikes me as the pinnacle of pig hate is a very particular instance halfway through the game. When you enter a pigmask factory, you find a few dogs and a pig on reverse-treadmills used to power the facility. You can talk to them, and the game is actually nice enough to translate their woof woofs
. But when you talk to the pig, guess what the translation of oink oink
is. Give up? It's oink oink. This was the straw that broke the camel's back. Oink oink. I can't think of a bigger insult to something, than calling it the only non-sentient living being in the world. Who, except for a fanatical pig hater, would do such a thing? And what kind of company would release this fountain of discrimination upon the world?
Nintendo should be hiding in shame right now. In their constant efforts to make the world hate pigs they are only hurting themselves. Of course, the world will always be divided on the subject, but they are using methods that are probably banned by the Geneva convention. So do not be fooled! Do not let this propaganda affect your perception of what your dinner used to be! read