Polarizing topic, right?
With the upcoming releases of Pokémon UltraSun and UltraMoon in November, I’ve hit an all-time low with my expectation for the series. Yes, I played Sun, and I loved it! In fact, it’s one of my favorite iterations so far thanks to its engaging new features and good story. However, a new take on the same game with slightly different mechanics and few new Pokémon is just not doing it for me anymore.
Ever since The Pokémon Company announced that they’re working on a full-fledged Pokémon RPG for the Switch, it’s been the only Pokémon game I’ve had on my mind. So it’s not that I’ve grown tired of Pokémon overall. It’s simply the fact that (pardon the expression) I feel like a cow being milked repeatedly for cash.
I know I’m not really in their key demographic. There’s an entire generation of young people that never experienced the Pokémon that was a global sensation in the 90s. Many of these kids have never played a Pokémon game before, so why wouldn’t they happily pick up the newest version of the game? That’s totally fine. But in my personal opinion, I want more out of Pokémon. I expect other longtime fans feel the same way. Ideally, I’d like to see something totally new and innovative, like the first massive and in-depth Pokémon RPG. Something like the GTA V of the Pokémon franchise.
I’m grateful to have lived as a child during the birth and high time of the franchise (1996 – 2000). Yet I struggle to be excited for even the new versions of Gold and Silver — classic titles featuring legendary fan favorites like Lugia and Ho-Oh. I just can’t play through them again. Spending 20-40 hours on a game that feels extremely familiar each time regardless of iteration just isn’t worth it anymore, even if nostalgia and passion for the franchise make me want to play.
It’s time for a change
I’m tired of the Pokémon games that have been consistently released for over 20 years now without ever changing all that much. I want an unforgettable, full-fledged RPG experience. Game Freak have had 20 years to plan one, and with the Switch being available, now is time to cash in. Nintendo need all their IPs to meet the high standards set by the Switch. Zelda did a great job, Mario looks promising, Metroid is back to its old standards at least, and now Pokémon needs to follow suit.
What’s your opinion on the current state of Pokémon? Are you as desperate as I am for the upcoming Switch title?
Oh, by the way: be sure to let me know what your favorite Pokémon is in the comments below!
Mine has been the same since day one…