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Individual Values: A Pokémon Feature - Week 8: Snap, Tilt and Rumble


Jonathan Higgins

Welcome to the eighth week of my Pokémon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed the last one, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday morning.

 

 

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Snap, Tilt and Rumble

 

If I“m being completely honest, I think I sometimes prefer the Pokémon spin-off games over the mainline entries. It may sound blasphemous coming from me, but man there are so many phenomenal games that define their respective genres, despite having Pokémon somewhere in the title.

 

The most recent case I can think of, because it came out on the Virtual Console near the end of last year, is Pokémon Puzzle Challenge (GBC), an Intelligent Systems-developed classic that adds some Gold, Silver and Crystal flavor to the father of match-three puzzle games, Tetris Attack/Panel de Pon. It“s an absolutely phenomenal use of your time and money, for sure!

 

Another recent Virtual Console release I can recommend is Pokémon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire—Hoenn“s take on the Pinball game that many Pokémon fans bought back in the day that included Rumble support and so much more!

 

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To be honest though, while I love Pinball and puzzle games alike, none of the spin-off games hold a candle to Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky. This game takes concepts introduced in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red/Blue Rescue Team and wraps them in a package that not only offers a wealth of content (including some 492 playable Pokémon characters, almost all the released ones of the time), but the single best story of any game in the series, including the mainline ones! Yeah, I went there.

 

Explorers of Sky adds more storylines to the already superior Explorers of Time & Darkness games in the Mystery Dungeon spinoff series. I wish it hadn“t become so rare so that every single Pokémon fan could get a chance to experience this game. I spent hundreds of hours with it! The story was unpredictable and featured all kinds of character development that seemed targeted towards everyone, not just kids. Man, did it take some dark turns, too.

 

Despite my love for the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games, I don“t think any spin-off game is more infamous than Pokémon Snap. Do regular readers of this feature want a sequel to this game as badly as I do? It seems like the Wii U would be absolutely perfect for it! You could use the Gamepad as your camera to take photos while you travelled on rails on the TV. Customize photos with drawings and other filters via the Gamepad, too! So much potential there. Even if it were relegated to the New Nintendo 3DS, you could still do things like share photos via StreetPass, have photos“ scores and the like integrated between friends“ games via SpotPass, and more. The possibilities really are endless.

 

Still, I think the spinoff on everyone“s mind at the moment is Pokkén Tournament. Given the stream from a few weeks ago, who here is genuinely excited to experience that game? When do you think we“ll see a localization?

 

I want to hear all your thoughts on Pokémon spin-offs! Which are some of your favorites? Can you think of any less-than-stellar titles? (I“m looking at you, Pokémon Rumble Blast.) Be sure to share your thoughts with me below!

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