As the year of events marking the 20th anniversary of Pokemon comes to a close, it only seems logical to look to the future of the franchise. If Pokemon Sun & Moon are the future, then this series is heading in a very positive direction. Maybe you haven’t played a Pokemon game other than Go for a long time, these are the games for you. Even if you were already a fan, then these are the mechanically and narratively the best the series has had to offer in a while.
Not content with the twelve mythical Pokemon being distributed throughout the year, to coincide with the release of the new feature length movie, Volcanion is being released for the main games series as well.
A surprise announcement last week had Pokemon fans caught off guard, as the Pokemon Company announced the creation of a new online series of animated shorts set within the main game series canon. Today, episodes one and two released, the first of a series that will be running weekly till December 23rd. How does the series stack up now episode one and two have been released?
Well, Pokemon Sun and Moon for Nintendo 3DS seem to be growing even more interesting as time goes on. The latest trailer has a whole host of potentially innovative and fascinating announcements, with many suggesting that this game will be the most heavily story focussed Pokemon Game in a while. Plus, the return of a fan favourite feature!
Pokémon Sun and Moon kick things off, with new announcements including the reveal of Alolan Rattatta (Dark/Normal), who have adapted to avoid being hunted by Yungoos. So actual natural selection in a Pokémon game.
Another month begins and another Mythical Pokemon is yours for the taking. Check out the Mystery Gift option on Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire as well as Pokemon X and Y to receive Victini. No walking required for this one.
A Pokemon God though. The Pokemon Company continue their distribution of mythical level Legendary Pokemon to celebrate the series anniversary.
Pokémon in the real world. The dream since 1998. This app is so close to being that. And yet also so very far away. Pokémon Go is an app for IOS and Android phones. Developed in Co-operation with Niantic, the game uses their experience with Geo-Caching (placing marks on a real map to interact with gameplay) in order to simulate the experience of travelling and catching Pokémon. The game is not a replication of the mechanics of the handheld games, instead choosing thematic and simplified versions of the systems to work for this much larger, multi-player and publicly accessible game.
Directly to you. Through me. So shall we try that again? No Pokemon to steal the show this time. Nintendo Direct for the 3rd of March 2016, covering all the games of spring and summer. Presumably this will be taking us right up to E3 and the NX announcement. Speaking of which, no news here. They’re holding off on that, even more so than expected. This does mean that if we don’t hear too much about Zelda WiiU here, I’ll be putting more faith in those rumours about the NX and the double platform launch.
So today, 26th February, Nintendo will be gracing us with the second Nintendo Direct of the year. As the first focussed only on Smash Bros, the second will similarly be an all Pokemon agenda. So what can we expect?