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Proboscidea With ‘Tude: Tembo The Badass Elephant Out

Update: Ho ho, actually it’s not on sale right now – it was quickly pulled as they initially released the wrong version, but it should return real soon.

I can only see Tembo the Badass Elephant [official site] as a gritty, bandana-wearing replacement for Sonic the Hedgehog. Watching videos of the new platformer from Game Freak (yes, the Pok√©mon lot), something went wrong and that’s all I see the character as. The game isn’t quite Sonic, though Sega are publishing and the mammal does charge up and zoom around and spin and collect shiny floating golden doodads and occasionally go into a giant pinball machine – it’s a fightier, stompier, smashier affair. Tembo is a heffing great elephant, after all.

You can see for yourself as it’s out now, as this launch trailer announces:

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Tembo The Badass Elephant…

but is he African or Asian?

…is a terrible name for a videogame. So terrible that the game would surely be roundly ignored were it not for who’s making it. That who is Game Freak, the studio who lead development on Nintendo’s deathless Pokemon titles. For Tembo, they’re working with SEGA, which probably would have been considered some sort of scandal ten years ago but today just seems like wisely not putting too many eggs in one Pokeball.

Tembo is badass because he smashes a load of stuff, including tanks and skyscrapers. Also he wears a bandanna.
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