Why We Need a Multi-Platform Pokémon

You know what I’d like in my claws? A Pokémon game on anything not made by Nintendo. We all know that the Japanese company is a bit selfish when it comes to its IPs, but that may be changing in the next few years. What better game to start this revolution than Pokémon? You might be sharpening your pitchforks at the prospect of filling up a Pokédex on an Xbox, but let me explain myself before you light your torches.

The most obvious reason for publishing on a third-party console is of course, graphics. I’ve been playing Pokémon games since its first release back in 1996, and looking back now at the 8-bit glory of it all, I can only imagine how young Anna would react to a HD, 3D Scyther leaping out of the grass on a big screen TV. I might have been traumatized, but childhood hardship builds character, after all.

In addition to scaring little kids, better graphics would let us see the Pokémon world like we’ve never seen it before.If you’ve played the latest instalment, you’ll know that the game does strive for beautiful scenery, but it just doesn’t quite get there in the way that games like Beyond: Two Souls does. People don’t always realize how much of a difference graphics can make until they see the effect. Go and play Pokémon Red, and then go play The Last of Us. When you can see the raw emotion in every of Ellie’s features, it just overturns any reaction you might have to the digital image of your beloved Pikachu, I’m afraid. So Pokemon, go HD, and go awesome.

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Deleted scene in which Ellie has to put down her beloved Vulpix.

Another reason would be how much the gameplay could be expanded. Nintendo consoles are great, but they’re nowhere near as advanced as Sony and Microsoft’s machines. The console’s designers even felt that having a quiet console was more important than having a powerful one. On the 3DS, Pokémon is the same as ever; it’s a series of cities with a stretch of landscape or terrain set in-between, a very minor universe compared to that of games on current generation consoles. I dream of a Pokémon region the size of Skyrim, with the exploration depth of New Vegas, and the vast beauty of the Witcher! It would be incredible! A truly open world Pokémon, where you can explore a world bigger than you can imagine, with Pokémon running wild all around.

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Thirdly, having a game like Pokemon on other current generation consoles is a revolutionary gaming change, which gives the franchise a chance to completely reboot everything without having to justify why. This way, they could entirely change the way Pokémon battles work. Now I have nothing against turn-based play, but I do feel that it lacks some of the intensity of action combat.

In turn-based you could just set the game down and go make yourself a cup of tea, but in action combat, you are so immersed in the tension and the moment of that fight, the rest of the world might as well not exist until you are victorious. So, instead, they could take the chance  to turn Pokémon battles into a more intense form, maybe assigning your four moves to a button, and just fighting head on! It would be great fun!

Another note on the chance to entirely revamp its game play could also be its linear narrative, where you must defeat gyms, a certain team, and then the league. They could involve more option based choices or moral effects, getting to choose whether or not to defeat or join Team Rocket would be pretty damned cool. Moral effects could draw from your treatment of your Pokémon - if you’re not nice to them, they could turn on you and then you’ve got an angry Mewtwo on your tail. All of these things could easily be designed on a next generation game, and more too! And I’d love it all!

Ok, so now maybe I’m just giving GameFreak ideas, but I still feel this game should exist! A revamped for third-party consoles Pokémon could revolutionise the franchise and not to mention that it’s billion or so loyal followers would all love it and more importantly, buy it in a heartbeat! So do it Nintendo! Hand Pokémon over to the big boys and let this game come to pass!

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5 Comments

  1. Alana Fearnall February 5, 2014 10:25 pm  Reply

    Woah. Woah. /Woah/.

    I actually came to this site to link an article to a friend and saw this, and, being a Nintendo fan my entire life knew I had to speak up for the franchise.

    I don’t even know where to begin, so I guess I’ll just start at the beginning of the article and work my way down. BTW, don’t even think about using the excuse of this is just an opinion or i will probably punch myself in the face.

    “Go and play Pokémon Red, and then go play The Last of Us. When you can see the raw emotion in every of Ellie’s features, it just overturns any reaction you might have to the digital image of your beloved Pikachu, I’m afraid. So Pokemon, go HD, and go awesome.”

    Alright, so you are compar— wait. when did Pokemon Red come out? … 1996? the game is almost 18 years old now? Wow, great comparison here. It hurt to point this out.
    and IF Pokemon Red had just come out, IF it was in the style of X & Y, you need to understand that Pokemon is geared towards children while remaining such a good game that even adults can enjoy it.

    Back track a few sentences, “you’ll know that the game does strive for beautiful scenery, but it just doesn’t quite get there in the way that games like Beyond: Two Souls does.”

    Again, Pokemon is targeted towards /kids/. do you seriously think they care if it looks as beautiful as Beyond: Two Souls, a game made by a different company – for a CONSOLE rather then a HANDHELD, and has a completely different tone to the game? yeah, I didn’t think so either.

    “Another reason would be how much the gameplay could be expanded. Nintendo consoles are great, but they’re nowhere near as advanced as Sony and Microsoft’s machines. The console’s designers even felt that having a quiet console was more important than having a powerful one.”

    Nintendo consoles are bloody fantastic and more advanced then Sony and Microsoft will ever be. at least if you are considering innovation in part of the ‘advanced’ part. I don’t considering having 1080P graphics with the 4K resolution or whatever the heck they are running at to make a console more advanced. it simply gives them nicer graphics, which, in the end, if you have to focus on graphics that much …. I’m not really sure why you are playing games? watch a movie.
    also, the article you linked literally mentions nothing about them wanting the console to be quieter, they simply wanted to keep the console small and were having overheating problems. I prefer a small quiet console that doesn’t overheat to the obnoxiously loud, bulky 360 with the red rings of death. (Oh, and before you call me out as nintendo fanboy, I LOVE my 360. and enjoy my PS3(free games? yes please) not to mention the Dreamcast is my all time favorite console.)

    You then go on to mention how they should move into action combat, become a open world and essentially become adult games.

    I’m pretty convinced you just don’t enjoy Pokemon. Pokemon is literally the same thing over and over again, and thats okay, because the game is bloody awesome.
    I won’t say I’ve played every Pokemon, I pretty much got so confused at Black/White that I just wanted to cry, so i haven’t even beaten the game. seriously, how do you tell what is good anymore!?

    IF Nintendo were to go multi-platform with their games they would be saying goodbye to their consoles/handhelds, which, considering how well the DS sells, and how well the Wii sold, I’m going to say they probably don’t want to do that.
    I will be ashamed if Nintendo targets game – again, INTENDED FOR CHILDREN – towards adults. This game is meant for kids, no, you know what, families. I remember sitting around and having my dad, brother and sister all playing Pokemon(I really liked Kirby, otherwise I would totally be playing Pokemon with them).

    I’m doubting every person would really like that changes to Pokemon, by the way. I know tons of people who grew up on Pokemon who love the game just how it is.

    Interested to see your response. (and, if you don’t provide one, at least I got a bit of debating out of my system.)

  2. Anna Williams February 6, 2014 5:16 am  Reply

    Hey I’m the author :) This article was pretty much a reiteration on a conversation I had with my friends (nintendo fanboys and Pokemon nerds btw) when we were dreaming about all the things Pokemon could one day be in the future – that’s all. I was just excited about it and thought I’d share it with gamers who might want the same things – which clearly you don’t, which is fine, that doesn’t mean there aren’t people who wouldn’t like to see a game like this :)

  3. Alana Fearnall February 6, 2014 5:06 pm  Reply

    You used the opinion argument. you used it. don’t think I didn’t notice you using it.

    I have been writing for a website for almost a year now, and if there is one thing I have learned is putting your opinion out there you better be prepared to have a counter-argument to the comments you receive.

    I have no doubt /some/ people would enjoy the games, but what you are asking for is still a huge – no, entire – overhaul of the Pokemon franchise. You would be keeping in the creatures they’ve created, maybe some of the towns, and thats about it. you are attempting to create a whole new game. Which is fine, but hen you have to realize that you don’t really want a new Pokemon game, you want a similar Pokemon game.

    • Norbert Daniels Jr. February 8, 2014 10:00 am  Reply

      I’d be interested in some games spinning off from the main series being realistic and having real-time combat, but I think that the main series should stay cartoony and stylized.

      And yes, Alana, this is an opinion article, she should be prepared for disagreements and you have every right to voice said disagreements. But in the future, please try to be less aggressive with your comments. I’d understand if this was a serious and controversial topic, but this is just a hypothetical proposal on the direction the Pokemon franchise should go. We’re just all trying to have a good time here. No need to get the blood boiling. Thanks for commenting.

      Update:And she doesn’t have to have a counter argument. Your opinion is just as valid as her’s and it isn’t her job to try to change your mind.

    • Norbert Daniels Jr. February 8, 2014 10:04 am  Reply

      Oh, and I’m the one who put the link in about the overheating. I couldn’t find where I originally read it so I put in that link. The rationale was that since the Wii U was overheating, the designers opted to lower the processing power rather than increase the power of the cooling system, which would make the console louder.

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