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Will Pokemon Black & White Eventually Become a Trilogy?
Why release a direct sequel on the DS, an increasingly obsolete platform? Why even make a sequel in the first place? I believe I have the answer. And while my conclusion might sound silly, when you really think about it...it makes sense.
A History Of Name Branding
Before we get into this...yes, I know Nintendo doesn't make the Pokemon games. They just publish them and watch as they print money. But just because they don't take part in the creation of the game doesn't mean they don't have any say in what changes are to be made. With that in mind, I'll now reveal to you Nintendo's deep seeded obsession with putting the current system's name into as many game titles as possible.
Pictured: When name branding gets out of control
Starting as early as the Super Nintendo, the company Nintendo has been jamming their flag ship system's name into just about every big game on the market. Super Metroid, Super Punch-Out, Super Bomberman. The SNES had over seventy games with Super in the title. And it isn't like the trend died with the Super Nintendo. Twenty years later and it is still going on. Super Mario Land 3D, Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D... all just in the first year of the 3DS' life there have been over 50 games with the 3D tagged into the title.
Why Does Any Of That Matter?
It matters because Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 will be releasing on the Nintendo DS, the ailing father to the shiny new 3DS. Why would a company release a full sized sequel on a handheld that is no longer the top dog? The answer could be and likely is because the DS still has a pretty large market and it is easier/cheaper to develop for a system that you have plenty of practice with. That would be the easy and most acceptable answer. But I'm a fan of the unlikely answers.
"Make things sharper and add jets to everything!" - That one guy at every meeting.
There is undoubtedly a main series Pokemon game in the works for the 3DS. There isn't any point in even arguing about it. Odds are though that there will be a large amount of work put into it to take advantage of that whole 3D feature that the 3DS seems to have. Building a new engine or updating their old one for the new gameplay features isn't cheap, and it takes quite a bit of time. What's the best way to deal with these new expenses and the huge time gap between the new and old game? Release a sequel for the old system to tide people over during the wait and bring in extra money to help justify your ballooning budget. Its a win win!
Why This Means Pokemon B&W Might Be Getting A Trilogy
So, here's what I'm working with. Nintendo loves having games that incorporate the system/handheld's title in the game's title in some way. There are hundreds, possibly thousands of games released on the different Nintendo systems over the years that take advantage of this. It is something the main Pokemon series has never actually done, and it certainly wouldn't make sense if they suddenly started when their inevitable 3DS title comes out.
That is why we're getting Pokemon B&W 2 on the DS. Its relatively cheap to release, it allows them a bigger budget for this new 3DS title, but most important of all, it clears the way for Game Freak to finally release a Pokemon title that has 3D in the title without things looking weird.
MSPaint: When you want something in a hurry, and don't need it to look good.
And really, it's a great idea. Like I said before, they're bringing in the last bit of profit possible from the soon-to-be dead DS system, they appease the game-hungry fans waiting for a new Pokemon game to break into, and they get to have a naming gimmick. When you think about it, it actually does somehow make sense. And if something makes even a little bit of sense, then odds are there have been internal meetings going on in different companies and studios just to explain this very idea.
As always, thanks for reading everyone! Do you think it would be a bad idea for Game Freak to release a Black And White trilogy? Are you hoping they release a trilogy? Explain your reasons in the comments below!
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