I’m getting tired of Pokémon

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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 haven’t always felt this way about the Pokémon business approach. On the contrary, I was always one who bought multiple games from each era: Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, etc. I think the experience that really left a sour taste in my mouth was Black/White 2. They didn’t even bother to come up with a creative name like Grey or Midnight Black or something. Additionally, I already felt that Back/White were some of the weaker iterations of the game, so seeing the announcement of Black/White 2 was an all-around disappointment.

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…

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Richard

I love Pokemon with all my heart, but the last few games have had the worst designed, least creative Pokemon ever. They really lost me when the brought in Trubish. I can love the repetitive experience of Pokemon if I just feel like they are actually trying with the Pokemon design. I’d love to play a full fledged RPG though.

Yes, a lack of „trying“ describes it well 😢

Moe

What I’d really love is for a game to be released specifically targeted at the older audience, those of us that were there during the golden age of Pokemon. An RPG that isn’t afraid to introduce complex, challenging mechanics, and perhaps even truly intense animations and combat. It wouldn’t be a great title for a younger audience, and it’s extremely unlikely Nintendo would go for this, but… could you imagine? That game would really be something for us longtime Pokemon fans. A totally new, more gritty take on the franchise we know and love.

Also, my favorite Pokemon is Sandslash! 😀

Totally agree, the possibilities 😍 A more mature story, I mean abduction, stealing, organised crime and violence are already a theme throughout the history of Pokémon. Since the Switch goes new ways with existing franchises, my hopes are up 🙌 Sandslash is badass 🤘