With the announcement of a core Pokemon RPG coming to the Nintendo Switch, it got me thinking.
I’ve been waiting for a console Pokemon game since 1998. In the year 1998, both Pokemon Stadium and Pokemon Yellow came out. That was the year that we could pair our Gameboy game with our N64 game to play it through the console. That same year, The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time came out and I remember thinking, wouldn’t a Pokemon game in a world like Hyrule be amazing!?
Fast forward 20 years later. This little boys dream has finally come true. GameFreak is in the works of making a core Pokemon RPG for the Nintendo Switch and here are 5 things we want to see in the new Pokemon Nintendo Switch game.
Make It An Open World
With their recent success of The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, Nintendo looks to be focusing on open world experiences. Pokemon has never truly been open world but it’s always presented a big world just one piece at a time.
What I would love to see from a new Pokemon is a completely open world. Let me go fight the 8th Gym leader. If my Pokemon is only level 3 that’s my problem. If the Pokemon in that area are way too strong that’s my problem. But I’d love the opportunity to go exploring even in the areas.
In the Pokemon anime, Ash visits different countries and islands and enters different leagues. I’d love to be able to travel to different lands and enter different Pokemon leagues.
Is it rumored Mewtwo in a secret cave somewhere? What about Ho-Oh being seen somewhere in the Johto region? Let me go find them! Of course, don’t make it too easy to find him, but that brings me to my next point.
We Want Completely Random Spawning
I want drop rates like in Borderlands, Destiny or World of Warcraft. I want random spawning like in Pokemon Go. Let me have the chance to catch something random and rare.
In the Pokemon anime, you could come across any Pokemon at any time. Hell, when Ash first leaves Pallet Town, the legendary Ho-Oh can be seen flying over. So, why not have the same opportunity in an open world Pokemon RPG for the Nintendo Switch?
Of course, it’ll have to make sense. Water Pokemon in water, grass and bug Pokemon in Forests. But where would you come across a Snorlax? How about Raiku or an Abra? Certainly, trainers come across these randomly throughout their travels, I know Ash did.
All The Pokemon
Don’t give me bullshit, give me all the Pokemon. The whole point of Pokemon, aside from being the very best like no one ever was, is to “Catch Em All”.
The whole point of Pokemon, aside from being the very best like no one ever was, is to “Catch Em All”. But has anyone really caught them all? Maybe the hardcore trainers. But other than them, to really “catch em all”, you’d have to gather multiple games and multiple systems and trade between them. How about we actually get a game where can actually catch em all?
The Pokemon Stadium games absolutely nailed this back on the N64. I spent nights playing these mini games with friends. Between the Kakuna/Metapod hardening game to the Magikarp Jumping game, I spent a bigger chunk of my life than I’m proud to admit on mini games.
With Pokemon coming to the new Nintendo Switch console, there’s a great opportunity to incorporate mini-games for prizes, money and whatever else. It’s always expected that Nintendo is going to try and incorporate their new technology into the game play but, just don’t make it gimmicky. Create a time and a place and there’s no better time and place then grinding through some mini games.
This would also present a great opportunity for couch coop with friends, which they’ve been promoting with Pokken Tournament and a number of other Switch games.
Give me a competitive Pokemon league outside of the main game and let me play those mini games with my friends online. I could really see Pokemon for the Nintendo Switch being an overarching game that really captures a number of audiences. You can have the people that want the regular RPG, grinding their way to be the best. You can also have the hardcore competitive players and even turn Pokemon into an E-Sport. There’s an awesome opportunity to bring Pokemon to life.
Don’t Make It An MMO
There’s a ton of games going the MMO route but I don’t think that’s the best option for this game. Pokemon shouldn’t be a massive multiplayer online game because there’s not much that happens in teams. In Destiny and World of Warcraft, you have raids and strikes that you need a team for. Pokemon is 1v1 (although they’ve introduced 2v2 battles) journey with you and your Pokemon. Let’s keep it that way.
Let’s keep it that way.
More Than One League
So far, Ash has entered the the Indigo League in Kanto, the Orange League in the Orange Archipelago, the Johto League in Johto, the Hoenn League in Hoenn, the Sinnoh League in Sinnoh, the Unova League in Unova, the Kalos League in Kalos and he’s currently travelling and fighting in the Alola League in Alola.
When I a played Pokemon Silver for the first time and had the opportunity to fight the old gym leaders from Kanto, I was exstatic. If you’re going to build and open the world, why not give us multiple Pokemon leagues?
Now this could be complicated. If you fight in one league and your Pokemon get to max level, how strong with the Pokemon from other gyms be? A couple ideas could be:
- Level scaling so that the gym leaders Pokemon stay within 5 levels of the average level of your most used Pokemon.
- With each new league, you have to reset your team, choosing a new starter like in the show. This one would be tough becuase you end up forming bonds with your little virtual pets. But it’s an interesting idea.
In the first couple of games, you could only play as a boy. It wasn’t until Ruby and Saphire (correct me if I’m wrong here) that players had the ability to play as the gender they wanted. With Pokemon Go, they game us completely customizable characters (although the customizations were very limited). But it would be awesome to have completely customizable characters a la Skyrim or Fallout. Now, maybe it doesn’t have to be that intense, but there’s no better way to get into a game than playing as a character your proud of.
It’s been a while since we’ e seen Gary Oak in the anime and we rarely get to see Professor Oak. Ash’s traveling buddies have changed and outside of Steven, Hoenn League Champion, Ash rarely see’s familiar faces in the series.
In the game, we rarely get to see any familiar faces (although they just brought Red and Blue to Sun and Moon). It would be great to battle Brock and Misty again. It would be so cool to meet Blue in the biggest Pokemon world they’ve ever made. Could you imagine meeting Red? I know we got to battle him in Pokemon Gold/Silver, but seeing the master himself would be outstanding. Give us some familiar characters.
One Epic Story
I want to be the very best like no one ever was.
The Pokemon writers are very good story tellers. Pokemon the movie with Mewtwo, Ash’s latest battle against Zygarde in the anime and his constant battles with the criminals that habit the Pokemon world, there a ton of storylines we could follow.
Along with catching them all and striving to be the Pokemon Champion, Pokemon has always been fighting through your obstacles with the power of friendship. Some of the hose obstacles just so happen to be bad people. Give me a Giovanni storyline. Let me destroy team Magma. Make it big. Make it nasty. And most of all, make it epic as well.
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