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What We'd Like to See in the Next Pokemon

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To me, Pokemon X and Y felt like Nintendo taking the series back to basics, and by bringing back all the original (Charizard!) Pokemon, it managed to get everyone I know playing the game again. And it was great! I'm in no rush for a full-blown sequel just yet--and judging by Pokemon history, we've probably got about another 23 spin-offs to get through before another mainline game gets released--but I've already started thinking about what I want to see in the future.

I love Pokemon, and Nintendo and Game Freak have turned their role-playing game into a fine art over the past 15-odd years. I wouldn't really want any changes there; the core game is already fine, if a little on the easy side. A lot of what I'd like to see in the next Pokemon game comes from what could accompany that main experience.

GPS

Search engine giant Google, between evading its UK tax bills and gobbling up everyone's personal data, released its own spin on catching Pokemon at the start of this month, with users able to search through Google Maps to catch them all. The Internet went wild.

Imagine finding Tyrantrum down a dark alley.

I'm not a particularly modern guy when it comes to technology, but I see all the experts over at CNET repeatedly writing about things like wearable tech, and half the apps in the world these days seem to have you check in to places, count your steps, and do all sorts of outdoorsy things. Nintendo doesn't have the required chips and doodads in the 3DS to allow for all this, but what about having a game come with a GPS or--better yet--a dedicated mobile app that works in tandem with the new game?

Nintendo has sort of experimented with this before, with the Pokewalker pedometer that came with HeartGold and SoulSilver. It was really fun! Imagine taking it all one step further, beaming a Pokemon into your phone and being able to walk around all day with your new sidekick, who levels up, searches out areas for rare treasures, and even battles people you encounter along the way. You could take Pikachu to the Tate Modern, Snorlax to the Golden Gate Bridge, or Espurr to your local Walgreens.

Even better, what if you could actually catch Pokemon by wandering around outside. Nintendo is no stranger to having exclusive Pokemon you can collect by going into select stores. How about if you could catch all sorts of Pokemon just by going about your day-to-day life? I'd want to be able to catch them all in the game itself, of course, but I think it would be awesome to see that I've bumped into some new Pokemon between my occasional Twitter notification and constant spam email updates.

The World Plays Pokemon

I don't think anyone planned on Twitch Plays Pokemon becoming a big deal, but when it launched back in February, it quickly racked up tens of thousands of concurrent viewers. I ended up so engrossed that I was watching it when eating meals for days, and I shudder to think of the effect it had on my productivity in the office. What about incorporating more of these social experiments in the next game, then?

One idea I have is that you could loan out your Pokemon for two weeks to a faraway stranger, a sort of foreign-exchange-student scheme for Pokemon if you will, and see how different they've become upon their return. It goes hand in hand with having a more global sense of Pokemon--my Squirtle could go off and live in Paris for a month, and bring back a beret and all sorts of incredible items.

Or there could even be some kind of Pokemon Stock Exchange, where the values of Pokemon and items change based on how popular and unpopular they are with every user. I'd also like to see daily and weekly challenges, with shared leaderboards--a simple and common feature nowadays, but one that really keeps me going back to many games over and over again, and one that would be a perfect fit for Pokemon, I think.

Nintendo could--and probably should--even make its own version of Twitch Plays Pokemon, a quirky arena where you hand over your team of Pokemon to an army of players who all crowd-source their decisions in battle.

More Antics at the End

Wouldn't it be great if you still had quests to do once you actually caught a Mewtwo?

I love squaring off against the Elite Four, but all too often it feels like that's the end of my Pokemon journey outside of filling up the National Pokedex. While I can appreciate that there's a huge online element in each Pokemon game, I don't always feel like I'm dedicated or smart enough to actually take part--a lot of people playing Pokemon online are scarily good at Pokemon. So, really, I'd love to see more endgame content in the next game: more side quests, challenges, and objectives that help train me to be a better player and make it more likely that I'll be able to compete online. Pokemon is a far more technical game than most people give it credit for, but the main storyline rarely forces you to dabble in the minutiae of it all. The right endgame content, then, could finally make me feel like a real Pokemon master.

Discussion

148 comments
Zignoff
Zignoff

NEW GAME PLUS!

That's ones thing that would help out replay value immensely. 


I'm sure many are saying "well how would that work? or That's Stupid, or  why?"


But really think of all the monsters you get really how OFTEN does one use a vast majority of them? Hell by the time you get some of the other ones you want to try, they are level 30-50 pokemon, you're already set on a team for the most by this time and switching seems pointless.

Here is how it would work to me, you keep your pokemon you have in your bank, and when the game starts over they all go back to level 1 and ones that transform go back to level 1 and first form, HOWEVER with the new Super training in Y/X they keep that so you don't have to retrain them and the build up from there.

People Im sure will say we'll you can do the farm yatta yatta, but it's really not quite the same when you can power level them with end game content compared to starting over and doing it fresh.


Also add some more Single player End game content, X/Y was pathetic on it.

championshani
championshani

 All of this needs to happen and I couldn't have said it better myself. Also, hoping to see lots more mega evolutions, more advanced super training and pokemon amie. Maybe allowing HM moves to be easily forgotten would be a good idea. I've played pokemon for a long time now, and I personally love single-player gameplay more than the online battles (don't get me wrong, those are fun too) so having a more developed storyline would be nice. Honestly, I loved gen 6, it's one of my favourite generations followed by 1 and 4. I think it would be a great idea to make the villains more evil, the challenges harder. At least the final gym leaders should have all 6 pokemon with them. And am I the only one who wants to bring back pokemon that walk alongside you? WHY DID WE EVER STOP THAT??

nigelholden
nigelholden

Definitely a bit more mature story. Nothing like hot Pikachu on Pikachu action. But just something that draws you in a bit more and want to invest the time in discovering the characters and not just collecting Pokemon.

Coldpain
Coldpain

I honestly want to see normal type pokemon gain resistance to fighting type moves. I love normal types but they are such a joke competitively.

bballer6790
bballer6790

MMORPG will bring a lot of mature fans back into the fold

thanxforplayin
thanxforplayin

I wanna see a massive online multiplayer Pokemon game in 3rd person! like final fantasy xi online, where you start in a town and choose a starting pokemon then set off in the open world catching and battling pokemon and make your way to the arenas and to the indigo plato where the best trainer becomes the gym boss and has to hold his spot.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

I wish they would keep the story seperated from the gym leaders. If you don't care about the story you go on ahead and go through the gyms.. if you do you do the story. They shouldn't be together if the story is going to be god damn awful like it was in pokemon X and Y. That story was one of the worst video game experience i had last year.. the game isn't bad at all but having to fight through 25 - 30 trainers using the same pokemons at the same levels just to pass down a horrible dialogue is a horrible chore. Nintendo writers honestly suck hard.

phillybro806
phillybro806

I would like there to be no attempt at making a story.

clamburgundy
clamburgundy

I really liked that in pokemon origins the Gym leaders asked Red how many badges he had and then decided which pokemon to use. I think it would be awesome to be able to choose the order that you fight the Gym leaders and they got harder and used more/better pokemon the more badges you had. It would add a new aspect to the strategize about :)

scottpsfan14
scottpsfan14

Pokemon stopped being good after the Gameboy Advance games.

Trev9421
Trev9421

I would like at least two difficulty options possible. X and Y stepped in the right direction woth it's exp all. With it turned on you could quickly train and experiment with different pokemon while being viable, with it turned off, most trainers had higher level mons than you and thinking was more necessary. But please, for the love of all that is good, after the second or third gym, every gym leader should have a full roster. Either that or limit the number of pokemon and items I can use. It's always disappointing to steamroll an awesome gym because you have 6 level 50s and they have 3.

Coldpain
Coldpain

Too many people cheat for the online component to be worth much, in my opinion. I raise all of my pokemon myself and I hate playing against people that I KNOW did not raise their perfectly IV'd Pokemon themselves. It's not easy to do!!


I want all the stuff they had in Black/White 2 to make a comeback. Pokemon Studios and Musical were great distractions from the campaign. I would also like to see the fishing element have more relevance. And maybe bring diving underwater back. I LOVE going underwater. Diving was by far the most fun in Ruby/Sapphire.

rushiosan
rushiosan

Not happening anytime soon. Nintendo sometimes is very clunky and outdated about the features in their games. While Pokémon X/Y improved a lot of things in the franchise, the main problems remain there since 1996. HM moves should be completely optional and not mandatory for game progression. This kind of thing demands one or two rooms in your party for completely useless pokémon called "HM slaves". We need to get rid of this. Other major problem is the linear exploration. You get stuck in some parts and ends up forced to go through a cave, a dungeon or headquarters to reach the next town. We definitely need alternate ways to complete the game, the overworld should be open and free to explore. Zelda: ALBW rebuilt the franchise's roots and the way we progress through the game, why can't Pokémon do the same thing?

DariusMKN
DariusMKN

I wish the next game had all the regions to be explored. Could start by Kanto, and after you completed the gyms and the pokemon league you could go to Johto, Hoenn ... The experience would be more like the anime. It would be amazing.

BaDMantra
BaDMantra

What I don't want is more Keychain, Bells, Ice Cream, and so on pokemon ... perhaps Honedge is ok, but I would love to see that on a Ghost or Dark Scither Evolution! 


Been able to move items to the pokebank, not pokeballs, then have a new hunt story unfold after defeating the pokemon league, something in where I can go and rechallenge pokemon gym leaders and also the it allows me to go into all zones of pokemon world areas and battle their leagues to then go for the ultimate pokemon league, I don't care if it's for Wii U, if I need to get one I will be saving for it, more cosmetics for trainners (love the ones added), more games in the pokeamie, been able to use your pokemon outside their pokeballs 

liquidbutter
liquidbutter

What everyone wants is about 100 or 200 new Pokemon.

BigBadBanther
BigBadBanther

I know Pokemon is a DS game but i would love to see a fully fleshed out MMORPG of this world. Most of the comments below would be possible in a game like this.

dragonlance01
dragonlance01

All I want is nothing but a more complex, compelling story or even better, branching storyline. OMG, that would be totally awesome!

DoomSky
DoomSky

I agree with the final point. The weak post game of x and y is the reason I still think HG/SS and B2/W2 are the best games they have done. I think the inevitable sequels will be a lot better though.

snake63
snake63

Take control of the Pokemon so you can dodge attacks and attacking in different positions.

snake63
snake63

A reboot of the anime series. Retire Ash and Pikachu.

mekentosh
mekentosh

This is the first time I got into competitive battling, and I love it. IV training a pokemon is extremely rewarding.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

I want to be in Team _______ .  Or be a Gym leader that lost it all and have to start from scratch. 

Blue_Owl
Blue_Owl

In the next Pokemon they should give the player it's own house/land to decorate, pretty much like a home base. And in that home base, you could let out your 6 pokemon and play around. Functions like feeding, petting and such could be performed. Also, add more quests to finish, they should totally make a quest system for it, like Skyrim, where main quest and side quest will be labelled. ^_^


Port of it on other consoles will probably never happen, since Pokemon games have always been a Nintendo exclusive, except during the days of PS1, I think there was a Pokemon game on the PS1 at that time. 

RuthlessRich
RuthlessRich

X and Y are the best games to date because they strike just the right balance between nostalgia and innovation. The graphics are in 3D for the first time and getting online is easier than ever, but on the other hand the cartoonish art style remains and a huge number of first gen pokemon are available to catch. There's even a forest, with the same layout as Viridian, where you can catch pikachu, pidgey, caterpie and weedle. These games are great and I'd be happy to continue playing Y as my main pokemon game for the life cycle of the 3DS.


What I want to see next is, instead of another iteration or remake, something very different. Perhaps a game set in the distant past before the invention of pokeballs and the healing machine in the pokemon center. This would force you to catch pokemon in more inventive ways and to look after them in battle because they can't be healed instantly. And it would be interesting to see some sort of depiction of how the relationship between man and pokemon evolved. I imagine pokemon as a world where people are forced to train animals to defend them because there are no weapons in the conventional sense. I'd love to see more emphasis on this.


Alternatively, pokemon could go to the future. The golden age of gym leaders and the elite four has passed and not just anybody is allowed to train pokemon anymore. You need licences to catch certain species and you're only allowed a certain number. Allegations of pokemon cruelty mean that official pokemon battling is divided into weight and type bands for the safety of the participants - a bit like boxing. But then there's the illegal underground battling scene where anything goes. Perhaps this is a bit too heavy, but Nintendo need to introduce more maturity into the series to avoid alienating their grown up fan base. After all, most pokemon players nowadays are the twenty-something year olds who were kids in the late 90s.

Godlikan
Godlikan

Wed like to see transition from baby style to more serious approach in character animations, and possible PC port or Android port.

Too-DementeD
Too-DementeD

Everybody and their mother wants a great Pokémon game on a console. The world of Pokémon is vast, yet they develop it on a handheld console that is far more limited in what it's capable of than a home console. I can understand their reasoning behind it: Taking your handheld out and about to battle and trade with strangers, friends, family and what have you, but I really think they're holding themselves back by not making a game on console. They have the talent for it.

I'm sure lots of fans will disagree with me on this, but I don't think they've had a good home console game since Pokémon Stadium on N64. The two on Gamecube (XD & Colosseum) were complete spinoffs and the one on Wii (Battle revolution) was barebones without linking it to your DS, and even then there was barely anything to do. I know people want a full on RPG of Pokémon, but I think that Pokémon Stadium is just the best direction they can do at the moment. I would not expect a Pokémon RPG game to be all that great right now, until they figure out better ways to connect it to the handheld console (The Nintendo Fusion rumors sound like a perfect fit). Stadium had the gyms, it had mini-games, it had exhibition battles, it had all the Pokémon available (besides legendaries), you could connect your cartridge to the game and import your own Pokémon AND you could even play your handheld Pokémon game on the TV. Nintendo want to keep the handheld games relevant, so a console game would require some connectivity with them, and the power of a console could flesh the Pokémon out more, with better models and animations (We want to see Pokémon actually fighting, not things like 'USE CUT' and a line goes across the screen while both Pokémon remain a distance away from each other).

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

-total Reboot in open world kando

-Carefully selected pokemon from later seasons that make sense as natural animals(no more sword and ice cream pokemon)

-No more random encounters. You can see pokemon go about their daily lives in real time. What pokemon you see depends on location and time of day. Also pokemon have their own behavior and habits. this could make for a snap minigame.

-multiple trainers to choose from in the start(like red) each with his/her own personality and attributes. also all above the age of 16.

-attacks, skills and abilities are based on a pokemon's phisiology accessed through a skill tree which is affected by personality, gender and trainer's attributes.

-amount of attacks and abilities available depents on the pokemon's intelect.

-dynamic, hybrid battles combine skill and RPG and tactics. type advantages still apply, but a smart player should overcome them.

-no more HP/PP. They will be replaced by stamina. everything you do in battle consumes stamina. you can attack till you drop. stamina regeneration rate and amount depends on a pokemon's training. there will be items that make stamina regenerate faster. status ailement will have varying effects on stamina.

-No more HM. pokemon can use their natural abilities from the get go. you are in a dark cave(all caves will be dark by default BTW) make charmander follow you. his lit tail will naturally lit the surroundings. Also torches and flashlight gee.

-segments like the above where you can use pokemon to navigate hazards like fire, cliffs, and others adding a platforming utilitarian use for pokemon

-This one will be unpopular. No more catching legendary pokemon. there will be important side quests related to legendary pokemon, but you can't catch them

-Use of pokemon in battle has to make sense. Fish pokemon can only do so much outside of water. this adds an important aspect, the location you are fighting affects the battle.

-more serious less innocent tone. groups that opposse pokemon battles, team rocket is sort of more dangerous and there are darker themes.

-No more elite four. there will be an actuall championship comprised of NPC who dynamicaly advanced through the game. in conjuction with the various characters who will have their own stories to live through and pokemon which are never the same, this will skyrocket replayability to space.   

xenus_13
xenus_13

I love the Pokemon games but other than the improved visuals, I feel the games are getting a little bit stale. Nintendo and Gamefreak need to invest time and money in a new game that isn't some unrelated and obscure spinoff. While the colleseum and stadium games were fun (don't think we have seen one since battle revolution?) they just mirror the experience from the DS/3DS/Gameboy to the big screen. 


Gale of Darkness on Gamecube was a great game, kept to the Pokemon theme but made it a different adventure. I really thought Nintendo would expand on this game or, at least, use it's foundations to create new games. I don't own a Wii U but would really want justifications to buy one. Super Smash Bros, Zelda U and Mario Kart aren't enough to push me yet to splash out. A good, open world MMO Pokemon game could change that.


Nintendo aren't known for those style of games, but even if it wasn't an MMO, an open world pokemon game would be fantastic. Change the combat system from turn based, to more of an action game on the same level as Super Smash Bros. Keep exploration to the same degree as Red/Blue and other iterations but add something new. How great would it be to wander around 3rd person in a fantastic world like Zelda, only to throw a Pokeball and it becomes a 3rd person brawler game? Yes they would have to limit either the move pool or the Pokemon pool due all the different character animations. But I would be happy with even 50 Pokemon and more added as DLC. 


Nintendo need to do something with one of their biggest franchises other than repeating the same tried and tested handheld games. Expand to the Wii U and do it right. Then you can have my money.

robbiejones
robbiejones

want a big RPG open world game for the Wii U! be awesome to go through viridian forest and cerulean city in 3rd person with the amazing artstyle.

mossack
mossack

I would see pokemon on the smart phones, Consoles and the PC.


Also, nintendo should try experimenting with augmenting reality and try and make a pokemon game using the gamer's environment.

Ghosthunter54
Ghosthunter54

I'd like to see them take the plunge and publish the game on something other than a handheld. 


And I don't just mean the Wii U. I mean PC, or an Xbox One, or a PS4. Go all out. Make a sandbox RPG with a huge map, lots of quests, enemies, allies, rivals, companions, subplots, character customization, high quality animations, and all that AAA stuff. Throw some online multiplayer in there. Let people use the pokemon they capture and train offline in online battles. Make some segmented level groups if there are enough people to keep the matches balanced. 


The future for pokemon needs to be much, much bigger. I found the old pokemon TV show on Netflix and have been watching the old episodes from the original series. I went and dug up my old gameboy advanced and started playing pokemon Fire Red. And it's been leaving me wanting. The handhelds are great handheld games. But I'd really like to see them make a BIG game. 

Ovirew
Ovirew

@Coldpain That's kind of like saying Fire types should gain a resistance to Water-type moves...

Ovirew
Ovirew

@bballer6790 Not necessarily.  I think the thing most longtime fans love about the games is playing through the game and catching pokemon, and battling the gym leaders, and that usual single-player stuff.  The online aspects are usually most popular with the really competitive players, and not necessarily longtime fans.

Coldpain
Coldpain

@scottpsfan14  Ruby/Sapphire was definitely my favorite out of the entire series. Black/White 2 is a close second.

MigGui
MigGui

@rushiosan  I think it would be much better if any pokemon could forget any HM move at any time. then HMs would be all moves that worked outside battles and TMs would be the moves that worked only in battles.

that way, flash could come back as a HM, without hindering our progress, and you could teach cut to someone just to cut that plant down and then teach it earthquake again. headbutt, sweet scent, rain dance and other moves could get HM status too...

MigGui
MigGui

@DariusMKN  definitely! my favorite gen still is 2nd gen just because when I won pokemon league I went back to kanto and challenged the gym leaders with stronger pokemon than the ones they had in 1st gen.

Trev9421
Trev9421

Idk why people complain about the pokemon designs. Gen 1 had piles of slug, simple balls, eggs, and Nicki Minaj

Blue_Owl
Blue_Owl

@BigBadBanther  Yeah, Pokemon X and Y still have a lot of potential, maybe they didn't go all out in these new Pokemon games because they're still not sure at the time they were dev. if it will be a success or not on the 3DS. :3

Maharvel
Maharvel

@Blue_Owl Nah, Pokemon has only ever been on Nintendo consoles. It's owned by Nintendo and Game Freak makes games exclusively for Nintendo

TheFadeForever
TheFadeForever

@mossack  

Extremely doubtful any future pokemon games would come to console besides the wii u or smart phones because its own by Nintendo

XxParasite
XxParasite

@Ghosthunter54 Eh?  PC?  Xbox?  PlayStation?  Why would Nintendo put a game onto any of those platforms?

Also, online battles are already there.  You don't even have to go to a Pokemon Center to initiate one!

Anyway, I personally think that they should do something about the camera angle and stop building everything on a grid.  Also, I think that HMs should not be restricted by badge and gyms should be challengeable in any order (and leveled to your badge count) and there should be some trainers on routes who will only challenge you if you look strong enough (imagine retreading a route and suddenly being challenged by someone who previously only gave a helpful tip, but you didn't have 4 badges back then).

Ghosthunter54
Ghosthunter54

Edit: I read up on the newer ones and found out that there is some customization in them now, and better animations than before (which is very good). Still think we need some AAA PC animations and customization to go with a new one though.

Blue_Owl
Blue_Owl

@Maharvel Hah, yeah, I just remembered it was Digimon not Pokemon that was on a the PS1 at that tme. And, Pokemon was on the N64. :3

Ghosthunter54
Ghosthunter54

@XxParasite @Ghosthunter54  I know they won't put their game on anyone else's platform, but they should because alternative platforms have a lot more hardware power than nintendo's systems. They could do so much more with it if they put it on a 3rd party platform. 


I think your suggestions are good for what they're more likely to do though (stick with the handheld game). 

Maharvel
Maharvel

@Blue_Owl @MaharvelAhh yes, VERY easy to get Digimon and Pokemon mixed up, haha. I can easily see the confusion there.

Pokemon X/Y More Info

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    Pokemon X and Y are the first mainline Pokemon games made for the 3DS and will feature a mix of Pokemon old and new as well as a trio of new starting Pokemon: a watery toad Froakie, a fiery deer Fennekin, and a grass monster Chespin.