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Individual Values: A Pokémon Feature - Week 7: What Comes Next?


Jonathan Higgins

Welcome to the seventh 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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What Comes Next?

 

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire have been out for a little over two months now. The hardcore Pokémaniacs out there have probably put a sizeable dent into their copies of the game, if not finished them completely. As we saw during the recent Nintendo Direct, there“s a new spin-off game coming called Pokémon Shuffle. And Nintendo surprised us all by revealing #720 Hoopa shortly after the Direct.

 

It“s clear that the Pokémon Company isn“t resting on its laurels, by any means. But right now, months before any given E3 anticipation or what have you, I“ve decided to ask of you GP faithful: What do you think will be next for the mainline Pokémon series? Will they release downloadable content for Pokémon ORAS? Will Pokemon Z be a thing? Are we going to see something besides a Pokkén Tournament reveal in June? Will there be a whole batch of Pokémon series amiibos that take the world by storm?

 

There are so many questions. Game Freak has always said that they want to surprise fans with each of their new reveals, and go beyond the expected outcome. That“s why, for the first time ever (especially given that so many Legendaries are available in ORAS), I“m honestly anticipating some sort of DLC for ORAS that gives players access to special Pokémon, like Mew. Does anyone remember the Old Sea Chart Event Item from Pokémon Emerald?

 

 

 

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Given the bite-sized nature of The Delta Episode (a first for the series), does a possible “Echo Episode” seem too unrealistic to expect? My “dream DLC” for ORAS would probably be a full revival of the Battle Frontier from Pokémon Emerald that includes the Old Sea Chart as a way to draw in people on the fence about DLC. Might people be able to live their dreams of exploring other regions outside of Hoenn by way of DLC?

 

Next week, we“ll talk all about spin-off games (especially since I“m still playing Pokémon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire, and I know a million and one people want to see a return to Pokémon Snap). But for now, consider all the questions I“ve asked. What do you think is next for Pokémon, in terms of the mainline games? What would your dream DLC feature? Do you even think DLC for Pokémon games is a good idea?

 

Be sure to let us know below!

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