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Individual Values: A Pokémon Feature - Week 77: Another Revolution


Jonathan Higgins

Welcome to the seventy-seventh 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 until August 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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Another Revolution

 

There has been plenty more Sun & Moon news, since last we spoke.

and CoroCoro have revealed several new Pokémon [including a *sand castle*] and Alolan Meowth, Marowak & Raichu, respectively. We even get a good look at the main antagonists of the game, Team Skull! Interesting to note that Team Skull already exists in a certain other game.

 

And hey! I“ve also been reading the Pokémon manga for the first time ever. It“s much more eclectic than the games and anime, both. I recommend them if you“re looking for stories with a bit more of a darker edge to them. Like--the writing doesn“t seem afraid to kill Pokémon [it's kind of done off-screen, but death, not fainting, is implied], or to put Trainers“ lives in actual danger. I“ve yet to see a storyline in the main games or spin-offs go that far, beyond subtext.

 

It“s funny. We were supposed to get yesterday“s news this morning, as you“re reading this--but The Pokémon Company uploaded the trailers early, to respond to leaks. Instead of discussing formerly pre-emptive news, let“s spend this week“s IV unpacking an interesting rumor. “Reports” say that a new Pokémon game could happen within the launch window of...Whatever The Heck The Nintendo NX Is. It“s been a while since I put on my Supposition Hat--let“s speculate, shall we?

 

Prior to Sun & Moon and...the insatiable wait for "Pokémon Z", the main games were beginning to feel like annual Things. I really don“t think that a “main-line” Pokémon game could be coming to NX less than a year after the launch of Sun & Moon. To follow the sixth generation, where we didn“t have a Yellow, Emerald, or “2” Version...with a glorified third game or port...seems kind of counter-intuitive to the massive brand-refresh that Sun & Moon seemingly communicate.

 

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon is still relatively fresh. Rumble World is a little older, but only just got released at retail in North America. Besides, I don“t think either one of those types of games are what would move systems as part of a Highly Enticing Launch Window. The same can be said for other spin-off games like Pokémon Ranger or PokéPark.

 

 

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Alas, if there“s anything to this rumor at all, there“s only one type of game that wouldn“t be a harbinger of “Pokémon Fatigue”. The last “Stadium-esque” game the franchise saw was Pokémon Battle Revolution for Wii, first released in Japan almost ten years ago. That game didn“t even see a refresh for HeartGold & SoulSilver, let alone offer iterative experiences during the fifth and sixth generations. It truly has been almost a decade since we could see our critters on the big screen. I think it“d be pretty neat--and not particularly demanding of Game Freak or its development partners, to bring back battling on TV to the next big Nintendo console.

 

I“m not sure if the next “Battle on TV” game will end up sharing the Stadium moniker, but it could be good for the nostalgia crowd that“s been playing GO. And a lot of Sun & Moon has been marketed on nostalgia & the big anniversary, so a return to “Stadium” after a sixteen year rest could be a swell marketing tactic. But--for all the fun those games were in their day, could you accomplish much with them? It may be wiser to develop something like Pokémon Colosseum or xD, where a whole new region and stories were crafted, to go a bit beyond just straight arena battles.

 

Still. The argument against all this is...now that battles are more three-dimensional and graphically intensive than ever before--and you can seamlessly fight both friends and strangers online in the sixth generation--there“s no real need for a “Stadium” on the big screen. I“ll admit it“s a bit of a weak argument, since there“s nothing quite like the new life that high-definition visuals breathe into these critters. But the point stands.

 

 

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I rarely pay attention to rumors. But if this one“s true, there“s nothing else that really makes sense--nothing else that wouldn“t demand too much of the developers“ time while they were working on Sun & Moon. As much as I“d like to say, “Well yeah, it could also be 'Pokémon Snap NX'”--that kind of endeavor seems like it would be entirely too time-intensive to expect less than a year after the release of Sun & Moon. Developing a “Stadium” counterpart while focusing the main efforts on fleshing out the upcoming releases sounds much more feasible.

 

I“m not sure what to expect. But I guess that“s half the excitement, as of late. I“ll be sure to revisit this subject after we know what the NX even is, but--for now, I figured it“d be fun to speculate. What do you all think this rumored game could be? Am I right on the money, or is it one of those things I insist would be too unrealistic? Please do share!

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