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Individual Values: A Pokemon Feature - Week 2: A New Old Journey


Jonathan Higgins

Welcome to the second 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 morning.

 

 

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A New Old Journey

 

By the time you all read this, many of you will already be playing through Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. I know I“ll be on the eShop at midnight watching servers crash and burn in my wake as I scramble to try to download the game for myself and my lady. You've all seen

, maybe even played the demo. ORAS has marketed itself to be the most immersive remake to date, offering features never before seen in a Pokémon game, new Mega Evolutions, and more.

 

With ORAS in mind, I want to hear all your thoughts about remakes. We“re actually just a few months past the tenth anniversary of FireRed & LeafGreen, which came to North America on September 9th, 2004. I still remember doing several metaphorical backflips when they announced HeartGold & SoulSilver back in May of 2009. When they threw in all lead Pokémon being able to walk behind their trainer(s) and the Pokéwalker for good measure, that game quickly shot up to legendary status for me. I“d have to say the second gen remakes are my favorite so far, but I“m definitely approaching Hoenn with an open mind.

 

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Thinking about remakes gets my synapses firing in all sorts of directions, if I“m being honest. It“s thanks to HeartGold that the first Pikachu I caught in FireRed got to go back to her home in Viridian Forest, on a different system—and years later (when you think about the time passed in actual Pokémon canon when it comes to FireRed and HeartGold), it“s kind of like Pikachu-ception. Heck, the six Pokémon you see above have traveled to every single known region in the main series of handheld games except Hoenn. That“s Kanto, Johto, Sinnoh, Unova and Kalos. They“ve all become Hall of Famers many times over. And before long, as soon as Pokémon Bank is able to talk to the new games, they“ll get their shot fighting the Hoenn League Champion as well.

 

Pokémon, to me, isn“t just about catching them all. I thoroughly enjoy doing so, and I“m going to try to capture as many Pokémon native to ORAS as I can before simply transporting my boxes full of them from Kalos and becoming a Master again. What the games are really about, to me, is the immense attachment I have to those six Pokémon, for example—my original team from almost nine years ago. Or the many memories I“ve made traveling with and training over fifty Pokémon for competitive battle. So. Many. Nicknames.

 

I can“t wait to make new memories with Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire! But until then… what“s your favorite Pokémon remake so far? Are you more attached to the first generation ones, or the second?

 

As I was writing, I got an idea of another question to ask. Would any of you be interested in seeing FireRed & LeafGreen, a remake...be remade again with the Pokémon X&Y engine? I asked the question on Twitter and got some mixed results:

 

 

Stay tuned next week to hear my first impressions of Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire! I hope everyone playing enjoys their new old journey.

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