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Individual Values: A Pokémon Feature - Week 75: Going Beyond the Games


Jonathan Higgins

Welcome to the seventy-fifth week of my Pokémon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed last week's, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday.

 

Arceus will be available at participating GameStop stores from August 1st through 24th. You'll need to get a card with a serial code. Every single Mythical Pokémon will be distributed during a specific month for the remainder of this year. Now may be your only chance for a really long time, to actually catch them all!

 

 

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Going Beyond the Games

 

It“s been quite some time since I last discussed Pokémon Sun & Moon at length. I may wait another week or two, as The Pokémon Company has promised more news on August 1st. It“s interesting how The Pokémon Company, much like the Smash. Bros team“s approach to reveals, has chosen to drip-feed information and brand new Pokémon in specifically tailored trailer bits, so there“s a reduced chance of the Internet ruining things. But I digress:

 

Remember how I said I wasn“t going to download Pokémon GO? Oversaturation is why I caved. I was pretty strong during the first week or so of release, even going so far as to buy Pokémon HeartGold second-hand so I could distract myself with Johto to lessen my bitterness towards the Internet“s flood of memes and thinkpieces. My efforts proved for naught, though:

 

The only way to stop myself from hating the app and everyone who [posts every three hours on Social Media] about it... was to download the Thing and participate, myself.

 

I“m not going to add my thoughts about the Thing to the noise you“ve already heard/read/gotten tired of; rest assured. I just wanted to let the Meowth out of the bag (you might sigh at that line, but Super Mystery Dungeon“s dialogue is often worse!) so that when I do mention it, you“ll know I“m coming from a relatively informed place. Oh, and--if you or someone you love does decide to cave and play the Thing like me--don“t use a Pokémon Trainer Club account. Seriously.

 

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The Pokémon Company isn“t taking nearly as much advantage of GO“s success as I thought they would. When the numbers started pouring in--especially regarding how second-hand sales of the main games have increased considerably--I figured we“d see Pokémon Snap released on the Wii U Virtual Console in North America, as well as a push for all the DS side-games like Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs to come that way as well. [Yeah, I know Europe has them already...] I“m still not convinced we won“t see Pokémon Gold, Silver & Crystal released for the 3DS Virtual Console prior to the release of Sun & Moon, but...it“s looking less likely as the months draw on. Very interesting indeed.

 

At least we can rest assured that Detective Pikachu is probably coming West before long.

 

Now that I“ve sufficiently waffled on for 350 words or so, here“s what I really want to talk about: The biggest [positive] takeaway from GO is that it“s gotten people of all ages outside walking around and exercising. It“s an initiative Nintendo has tried with the Wii Fit games, but it wasn“t met with nearly as much success because it didn“t have Pikachu“s face all over it. Devices like Pokémon Pikachu & the PokéWalker from HG/SS attempt to tread that same ground, but they were ultimately held back because the devices themselves are limited in nature.

 

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What I want more than anything is for The Pokémon Company to develop an independent 3DS application, like Pokémon Dream Radar, that achieves the same objectives as both GO and the PokéWalker. Here“s my idea: What if I could send my Pikachu from Omega Ruby to a side-app that let me play minigames [not any more complex than what you“d find in the main game, or even Pikachu“s Beach] and interact with it while my 3DS was open, but let me travel with it while the system was closed? The 3DS already has a step-counter to help you earn Play Coins--if that Step Counter could be used in a 3DS application to earn “points” that could be redeemed for PokéMiles, BP [battle Points], or hard-to-obtain items (like Leftovers or Evolution Stones) in the main games--there“s your incentive to take your 3DS with you when you go places, and...yeah...to go places!

 

TPC has also said they“re going to try to get Pokémon GO to work with the main games somehow. Since the first 150 Pokémon are already available in Pokémon RBY [which will work with Sun & Moon], I think transferring your critters to Sun & Moon from GO would be a little redundant, personally. I“d much rather they use this Magical Mystery App I“m making up to...let the egg(s) you“re incubating be temporarily transferred to your 3DS, so you can hatch them by steps taken instead of distance traveled--and maybe not leave the app on your phone open 24-7. Alas, I can dream!

 

The PokéWalker was honestly one of my favorite things TPC has ever created. It“s ultimately simple in nature, but the objectives it helped achieve in-game were numerous, and got dedicated people moving. Whether it works with go or not--if they developed a 3DS application that used the system“s pedometer to unlock similar features in Sun & Moon--everything from otherwise unobtainable Pokémon, to rare items...really, the sky“s the limit--I would be the happiest Clamperl.

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