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Jonathan Higgins posted a article in Individual ValuesWelcome to the seventy-seventh week of my PokÃ©mon 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 PokÃ©mon 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! -------------------------------- Another Revolution There has been plenty more Sun & Moon news, since last we spoke. and CoroCoro have revealed several new PokÃ©mon [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 PokÃ©mon 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 PokÃ©mon [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 PokÃ©mon 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. â€œReportsâ€ say that a new PokÃ©mon 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 "PokÃ©mon Z", the main games were beginning to feel like annual Things. I really don“t think that a â€œmain-lineâ€ PokÃ©mon 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 â€œ2â€ Version...with a glorified third game or port...seems kind of counter-intuitive to the massive brand-refresh that Sun & Moon seemingly communicate. PokÃ©mon 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 PokÃ©mon Ranger or PokÃ©Park. Alas, if there“s anything to this rumor at all, there“s only one type of game that wouldn“t be a harbinger of â€œPokÃ©mon Fatigueâ€. The last â€œStadium-esqueâ€ game the franchise saw was PokÃ©mon 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 â€œBattle on TVâ€ 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 â€œStadiumâ€ 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 PokÃ©mon Colosseum or , 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 â€œStadiumâ€ 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. 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, â€œWell yeah, it could also be 'PokÃ©mon Snap NX'â€--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 â€œStadiumâ€ 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!
Jonathan Higgins posted a article in Individual ValuesWelcome to the ninth week of my PokÃ©mon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed the last one, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday morning. -------------------------------- Stadium Events The first PokÃ©mon game I ever owned was Blue Version, way back when the games were first released in 1998 and the â€œcrazeâ€ was just beginning to catch on. My twin brother and I had to share the same Game Boy and save file, until constant arguing (and maybe a holiday bonus?) lead to getting him Red Version and a Game Boy Pocket. A lot has happened, and while we traded in or sold our PokÃ©mon games, that Game Boy Pocket survived. While my best friend was going through some of her old childhood stuff, she came across a bunch of PokÃ©mon cards and her old games. A combination of those events, TwitchPlaysPokÃ©mon (I“ll devote an entire piece to that eventually, believe me), and wanting to write something nostalgic like this led me to play through PokÃ©mon Red in March. While there is a myriad of things to write regarding Red Version alone, for now I“ll sum it up by saying this: For being â€œsameyâ€ across multiple generations in terms of plot and gameplay objectives, the PokÃ©mon series has come a long way since its beginning. Gen 1 didn“t even have a Move Deleter, for goodness sake. I had to live with teaching crucial critters on my team Strength, Flash and more! I“ve always loved the handheld games, but I“d be lying if I didn“t say that playing through PokÃ©mon Stadium wasn“t a thing that absolutely captivated me. I could see my team brought to life on the big screen? This Transfer Pak in the Nintendo 64 could let me play my PokÃ©mon games on my TV? I never owned a Super Game Boy, so "yes please" was my answer. That same friend I mentioned is my only way to relive my N64 days, too. I gave my console and all my games away to my little cousin eons ago when I got the Gamecube and Dreamcast. My friend and I would often play through Star Fox 64 and Mario Kart, but it wasn't until a few months after I“d finished Red Version that I noticed she also had PokÃ©mon Stadium and the Transfer Pak! I finally got the chance to bring her system and game back to my apartment, so I got to relive the game that captivated me almost exactly fifteen years ago. Not a lot has changed, as far as how PokÃ©mon battles work. So yes, there are quite a few comparisons to be drawn between PokÃ©mon Stadium and PokÃ©mon Battle Revolution, the last attempt at bringing your PokÃ©mon to the big screen to duke it out (over seven years old, at this point). There are quite a few things that make PokÃ©mon Stadium unique, though, such as the charming mini-games, the ability to teach your Yellow Version Pikachu "Surf" (instead of relegating it to some Event PokÃ©mon that you can“t nickname or call your own, really), the fight with Mewtwo at the endâ€¦ There“s a brief bit of nostalgia for you. Since it“s been so long since we last saw a traditional PokÃ©mon game on the big screen, I know a ton of folks are clamoring for a revival of PokÃ©mon Stadium on Wii U. Are any of you reading this among those hoping for more? If so, what makes PokÃ©mon Stadium memorable to you? Be sure to let us know!