The Unova Pokemon brings the National Pokedex to well over 650. That’s *something I fail to read* so many animals there are in the real world (…) We asked Mr. Masuda how you can balance combat with so many conflicting types and move sets.
Masuda : If you compete with someone else, you have to pay attention to how much damage one move can do. We’ve a designated team of three who look at that battle balance and we have a (…) debug team who check if there is any Pokemon who is too strong. When there are championships going in Japan, I like to look at what Pokemon everyone is using. If one Pokemon is heavily used, that means the balance may not be good. Then, in the next game, we come up a new Pokemon to balance it out, in a way. It’s a rare (or nice ?) surprise to see that that Pokemon does so well with a particular move. That is surprising, but at the same time so many Pokemon already exist with so many combinations of moves, we cannot look at every single possibility. In that way, the players are free to come up with different strategies.