Pokemon is a phenomenal franchise. If you don’t actively play the series, chances are you have at some point in your life. The Pokemon games on the handheld systems have always been great, but deep down I think we all want that experience expanded and molded into something greater. If Nintendo is wanting to increase sales for the struggling Wii U, they should offer fans a legitimate Pokemon title; not another PokePark or Mystery Dungeon and they should release it exclusively for the Wii U.
Just imagine the possibilities of a Pokemon game with improved online multiplayer. We’re not just talking battling or trading, no this would be a project with a gameplay experience completely built around the idea of online communities. I don’t want to say a full-on Pokemon MMO, because honestly I don’t think the world could handle that. I feel like we would all devolve into stationary, sub-humans and all major industry would collapse. I just picture something much more than what we are currently being offered. Here are some ideas and suggestions for a console version of Pokemon that would actually work.
The Pokemon games have provided various multiplayer modes in most of the newer titles, but it’s never quite what I wished it would be. I love the idea of battling and trading with friends online and that’s something they’ve been doing pretty well. What I want to see is real-time, open-world, exploration with your friends. I want to battle through the brush on Route 22 with a close friend by my side. Having this type of accessibility to other players would eliminate the need for the clunky connection system that’s currently in place. You could trade items, Pokemon and battle anytime, anywhere and you could do it in real-time. Now don’t worry, I haven’t gone completely insane. When I say “real-time,” I’m not talking about changing the battle system. I love the turn-based style currently in place. What I want to see implemented, is a system where one player can see a friend in a nearby Pokemon battle with another trainer and to have the ability to walk up, press an action command, watch this battle as it unfolds. Or what if you could aid a friend in need right in the middle of a battle? These are all features I would love to see added or improved upon in the next Pokemon game.
Active Online Communities
For me, Pokemon has always been a social experience. When I’m actively playing, I’m usually doing it with friends. An online focused Pokemon game could create some truly innovative and engaging online communities. What if by defeating a gym leader, you had the opportunity to take their place and hire you friends to help run your gym? Imagine if the greatest players in the world became the Elite Four and the highest ranked played earned the title of “Pokemon Master.” A new online-only region could be created where these events and these trainers could live and grow. Creating your own “gym” could be similar to creating your own “guild” and you could host events and tournaments within the community and actively be ranked in global leaderboards. This would create a true desire to “be the very best, like no one ever was” and it would make it easier than ever to prove.
A Multi-Platform Release
Turning this into a dual Wii U/3DS release could be one of the greatest financial moves in gaming history; especially if players were given the ability to transfer save data between the two versions. Players could still enjoy the same portable Pokemon experience they know and love, but it would allow the for additional online features and multiplayer options via the Wii U version.
I’m sure at this point, I’ve lost all support from the Poke Purists, but I insist that you look at this from an objective standpoint. Having a legitimate Pokemon title on a console wouldn’t hurt anything. It would only offer a new world of possibility. Nintendo could even capitalize on the Wii U name and call this title Pokemon U-niverse (Yeah I know there is already a game out there entitled “Pokemon Universe,” but it’s unlicensed and frankly, not very well done.)
If this is something you’d be interested in seeing made, let your voice be heard. Share this article with everyone you know or anyone interested in Pokemon. Maybe Nintendo will catch some of these subtle hints and begin developing the Pokemon we all want to see created. If you think I’m completely insane, that’s fine too. Feel free to tell me. (P.S. I made the concept logo and box art)