So the next Pokemon game was revealed in Japan to be
Pokemon Gray Pokemon Black and White 2? This is slightly getting ridiculous, with Nintendo throwing out Pokemon games on the Nintendo DS as if we actually want them now. I mean I know they sell, but they sell to little kids, not to people my age. I’m surprised kids actually understand the franchise, what with there being hundreds of Pokemon, where the story really started back at Pokemon Red/Blue. Sure, every Pokemon game starts off as if you were a new trainer, but you never actually learn the premise of Pokemon in the world like you did in previous games. The franchise needs help. It needs a proper console game that starts at the beginning.
And I don’t mean like the utterly shit “Pokemon Battle Revolution”, which ultimately people believed was going to be a proper Pokemon Wii game, until it turned out to be an overly priced game where you take your Pokemon to a massive 3D arena. You couldn’t even send every Pokemon to those arenas, since 3D models weren’t made for every Pokemon. If the Wii U’s console concept actually works, then Nintendo better get on in there and ask one of their developers of Pokemon (preferably Game Freak of course) to make a proper Pokemon console game. I actually came up with a format that could see the franchise flourish onto consoles that will actually make the other regions more fun.
First of all, Nintendo should publish a game called “Pokemon Kanto” for the Wii U, where it has all 151 Kanto Pokemon, all 8 gym leaders, and where everything has 3D models. On the TV, you could have your Pokemon fighting in an environment, whilst on the handheld screen controller, you have all your options; Fight, Run, Items and Pokemon. It would work perfectly. It’s almost like the Wii U is built for a Pokemon game. Rather than in a DS game, where you move one square at a time, “Pokemon Kanto” would be like any other Third-Person RPG, where you run around the environment freely. The story doesn’t have to be related to Pokemon Blue/Red/Yellow or the TV series. Instead, Nintendo should start the story from scratch, with it’s own unique story, but keeping iconic people like the gym leaders and “Team Rocket”. Nintendo could also include monthly tournaments, where people don’t have to leave their own home to win cool in-game prizes, like “Rare Candies” for runners up, a super rare Pokemon like Mew for the tournament winner and so forth. You could even have close relationships with your Pokemon, where feeding them nice treats shows their affection to you.
Then after 2 years of the game being released, Nintendo could release “Pokemon Johto”. Here, the story of your game could work two ways:
1. If you played Pokemon Kanto, your story choices carry through and so do your Pokemon, just like a game like Mass Effect does.
2. New players who start at Pokemon Johto will begin their own story that will carry on through “Pokemon Hoenn”, “Pokemon Sinnoh” and “Pokemon Unova”.
As I just mentioned, Nintendo could go through the full works, releasing each region as a Pokemon game every 2-3 years, rather than a Pokemon game every year that releases with a bunch of unnecessary versions.What could also be done throughout all games is that every game’s region can be linked together. Say you bought Pokemon Kanto, Johto and Hoenn, and you’re playing on Pokemon Hoenn. You should be allowed to go back into Kanto with your Pokemon through the use of your saved data. Sure, it might mean a bit of disc swapping, but that should be fine considering the Wii U’s supposed power. Each region in Pokemon would also have their own stories too. You could also go as far as to do quests in the game, for example: “Go catch me a Pidgey” or “I lost my glasses. Find them will you?”, such as the ones you get in the DS games, except they’re more rewarding and they actually appear as quests.
And heck, why not throw in 2-4 player co-op, where you can invite your friends into your game world and you can explore the regions and catch Pokemon together?
If Nintendo did all of this, then they could save Pokemon, because it would be a nice fresh start to the series for the console side, and would be a game that I’m sure all ages would enjoy.