Is Shadow Mewtwo canon? The Pokémon Company won’t say

Since Bandai Namco added the never-before-seen Pokémon Shadow Mewtwo as a final boss to the Pokkén Tournament arcade game last October, Pokémon fans have had one burning question about the character: Is Shadow Mewtwo a canonical part of the Pokémon universe?

Speaking to Polygon through a translator, Pokkén Tournament producer Masaaki Hoshino said that while Shadow Mewtwo was created in close collaboration with the folks behind Pokémon, he has no idea if the darker Mewtwo variant will appear in future Pokémon media.

“When we were originally coming up with the design, we worked very closely with The Pokémon Company and Game Freak to make sure everything was right,” Hoshino said. “What happened was, we at Bandai Namco…

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