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The Next Most Requested Pokemon Games October 3, 2015

Posted by Maniac in Editorials.
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A few years ago, shortly after the announcement of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y for the 3DS system, in the height of a resurgence of Pokémon Fever, I created a list of game requests for Nintendo and The Pokémon Company which I believed was heavily desired by their long-lasting fanbase.  Now with the second generation of Pokémon Fever starting to cool down, I have a new list of requests for Nintendo and The Pokémon Company that I’ve noticed the fan community has been asking for recently. This is by no means a complete list or is it listed in any particular order, but I think that it is important for Pokémon’s developers to keep their fans’ wishes in mind.

Before we start the list I just want to make it clear that I don’t believe that Pokémon’s developers are under any obligation to follow through with any or all of these requests, these are just titles that I’ve heard requested online and in person from fans all over the world. While I admit that several of the requests will require heavy work to deliver, a lot of them are simple requests which probably would not take too much work to make happen.  I’m also not going to include any games that have already been officially announced, like the real-time Pokémon fighting game Pokkén, Pokémon Go, or the new 3DS game Super Mystery Dungeon.  Nintendo already said they are going to make those titles and there’s no reason for me to mention them here.

Pokémon Snap Remake/Sequel for the Wii UWe’re going to kick off this list with a special request from YouTube celebrity xJerry64x.  He wants Nintendo to create an all new Pokémon Snap game for the Wii U.  To anyone who’s played the original Pokémon Snap, either on the Nintendo 64 or Wii Virtual Console, the Wii U controller’s unique design seems perfect for taking pictures.  You could hold the controller like a camera in a virtual environment, frame your shot using the controller’s internal screen, position yourself for the perfect shot by physically moving the controller around like a camera, and snap pictures of Pokémon with the trigger buttons all while monitoring your current position on your HDTV’s screen.  This is such a perfect controller for taking virtual pictures I’m sure many of you can’t believe Nintendo hadn’t done a game with this in mind already…and you’d be surprised.  Nintendo is going to release the next Fatal Frame game this Halloween as a digital download on the Nintendo eShop, and if early previews are any indication, the game’s controls would translate perfectly to a Pokémon Snap game.  While many would probably prefer that Pokémon Snap’s original analog stick control scheme should remain intact,  and since literally hundreds of new Pokémon have been created since Pokémon Snap released over a decade ago now would be the perfect time to make Pokémon Snap 2 for the Wii U.

What are the Chances We’ll See it?  About 25%.  Now that the Wii U can natively emulate Nintendo 64 titles, it is much more likely we will just see the original game ported to the Wii U’s Virtual Console.  Pokémon Snap was a cute little spin off title that just so happened to have a great following over the years.  While I think it would be a great idea to make a sequel designed specifically for the Wii U platform, it would be an incredibly difficult undertaking.  I say lets hold off on any of those requests until we see how Fatal Frame works out.

Pokémon game for SmartPhones – I neglected to mention this in my last list so I thought I would include it here.  Ever since Apple opened up an App Store for the iPhone, users have been clamoring to see Pokémon titles of any kind appear on the platform.  When you think about it, SmartPhones have a lot in common with Nintendo’s portable platforms, and the same concepts behind Nintendo’s handheld philosophies can be applied to SmartPhones.  People take their phones everywhere, the phones are capable of not just online access but can also interact directly with each other locally.  They have great internal graphical hardware, capable of reproducing 3D and 2D games with great performance.  Even though most lack any physical buttons, their interactive touch pad can replicate almost any control scheme you can imagine.   So why not create a Pokémon game for SmartPhones?

What are the Chances We’ll See it? – Too early for me to post odds on this one folks, but for right now I would give it a less than 5% chance.  I’ve been impressed by the level of cooperation that The Pokémon Company has been allowed to have with publishers other than Nintendo, but up until this point The Pokémon Company has only been able to release free media apps or other free-to-play puzzle games to SmartPhones.  While that was a great show of good faith on their behalf, Pokémon is still one of Nintendo’s biggest franchises, on par with and in some cases surpassing Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda.  To be blunt, Pokémon game releases sell handheld systems, and will convince last generation players to upgrade to the newest handheld systems.  They have consistently been the highest selling games on each platform, and it would be highly unlikely that Nintendo would allow one of their biggest exclusive game franchises on a competing platform.  I would really wait until we saw the installation base for Pokémon Go when it gets released next year before I weighed in on this one.

Generation IV (GEN 4) Remake for 3DS – As of this writing, Nintendo has published at least one full remake for the first three generation Pokémon games, it seems very likely that GEN 4 remakes are next. In fact, since the release of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire last year, a GEN 4 3DS-native remake has become one of the most requested titles from the Poké Amino community.  While the original games will work on a Nintendo 3DS without issue, it has become very difficult and expensive to find decent quality copies of the GEN 4 games on shelves, and new copies cost an astronomical amount of money online.  It would be nice to see these games remade in glorious 3D with a multiplayer mode you could actually play online again.

What are the odds we’ll see this?  Honestly I would give it an even 50/50.  After seeing the overwhelming support for the GEN 3 remakes on the Nintendo 3DS, it seems very likely that Nintendo will remake GEN4.  However, if the previous release schedule is any indication, we may need to wait a while for this.  By the time Nintendo decided to remake the earlier generations, part of the reason they chose to do so was because the original games were either incompatible with the newer titles or it could no longer be played on Nintendo’s most recent handheld system.  Barring the lack of online support after the DS and Wii multiplayer networks were shut down, Diamond, Pearl and Platinum work fine on modern Nintendo handhelds.  So, while I think it’s likely we will get a remake, I don’t think they will be coming any time soon.  Nintendo might want to release a third game in the GEN 6 series, a Nintendo 3DS successor, or even a new GEN 7 series before they get around to remaking GEN 4.

Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon: Gale of Darkness HD Remakes on Wii U – For years many die-hard Pokémon fans have begged Nintendo to release a full fledged Pokémon game they could play on their home console.  Then, more recently, I found out that Nintendo had already made two full fledged single-player Pokémon adventure games and released them on the GameCube nearly a decade earlier, Pokémon Colosseum and its sequel Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.  While they don’t replicate EVERY aspect of the handheld titles, they did a fantastic job of presenting the Pokémon World in glorious 3D nearly a decade before we would see it on the Nintendo 3DS.  Sadly, the Wii U does not have the ability to emulate GameCube games, so even if you have an original copy of the games on disc, you won’t be able to play them on your Wii U.  That said, the Wii U hardware should be able to emulate the GameCube’s graphics without much of an issue, and heck, they might be able to even replicate the game’s Game Boy Advance connectivity with the Wii U controller’s screen.  The best part is since GameCube discs had such a low total storage capacity (about 1.6 GB or so of space) you could fit both games in their entirety on one single Wii U disc.  With third party developers leaving Nintendo’s Wii U platform behind, why doesn’t Nintendo go digging into their back catalog and rerelease these cult classics in glorious HD?

What are the odds we’ll see this?  Less than 10%  Although modern HD remakes are very popular these days, especially for classic games that are either hard to find or unplayable on modern systems, Nintendo has only been able to port a few of its most beloved GameCube titles in HD to the Wii U, including Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.   The GameCube was a beloved console, but it wasn’t a very profitable one for Nintendo, and Nintendo might just prefer to release new games designed specifically for the unique platform than rerelease ports of games people might already own.  The other issue with updating these games have to do with its Game Boy Advance connectivity.  There is just no way for Nintendo to replicate that functionality on new hardware just yet.  We might just need Nintendo to do something else first…

Generation III (GEN 3) Games on Wii U Virtual Console – Gen 3 includes five of the best selling games for the Game Boy Advance platform, including Pokémon Emerald, Pokémon Ruby, Pokémon Sapphire, Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen.  When Nintendo first announced that the Wii U would be able to support the digital purchase and download of Game Boy Advance titles, bringing Pokémon’s Gen 3 titles to the Virtual Console seemed like a no-brainer.  Later versions of the DS and 3DS platforms lack the ability to play original Game Boy Advance cartridges natively, and the pirate market for these titles is so high it has become impossible for collectors to determine legitimate sales.  The Wii U would benefit heavily in both sales and fan goodwill if they offered these classic games up for digital purchase, so why don’t they put at least some of these games for sale on the Wii U’s Virtual Console?

Vegas, what are the odds?  Even bet, 50/50.  You would think that Nintendo would try to take the best selling game for a specific platform and make that game available first as soon as they were able to replicate an online marketplace for those platforms, but Nintendo has held off on rereleasing ANY games in the main Pokémon titles to ANY of their online marketplaces.  It might have something to do with the fact that Nintendo can’t replicate the Game Boy’s 2-player feature on modern hardware, and since the Wii U doesn’t have the local wireless connectivity function the 3DS platform has it would be even harder for multiplayer or trade features to work on a title downloaded on the Wii U, but if you ask me that’s still a pretty poor excuse.  However, what might be holding this back even more than technical issues might be the success of the Gen 3 remakes on 3DS, and Nintendo might be hesitant to rerelease the original Pokémon games, with their original graphics, after rereleasing the games in 3D.  Even without multiplayer functionality, Pokémon has a great single-player campaign and controlling the Gen 3 titles would work perfectly on the Wii U’s controller.  Time will tell if we will ever be able to digitally purchase these games on Nintendo’s marketplace, but I’m still hoping Nintendo will do it.

Well there you have it guys, another list of our most requested Pokémon games.  Did we miss anything?  If we did, feel free to leave a comment below with what you would like to see, and if we like it, it may just turn up in our next article!  Don’t worry, if we use your idea you will get a proper credit!

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