For years Pokemon has been one of Nintendo’s most affluent source of productivity, generating regular and extensive revenue as well as maintaining a consistent solvency for Nintendo handheld platforms for over 2 decades. The series has precipitated a suffocating barrage of commercialisation that has established the brand in gaming with the same status as Mario and Sonic, with its economic commerce benefitting from Pokémon’s rather liberal marketing strategy; by which if Pikachu’s face can fit on it, it was slapped on there like Winston Churchill’s mug on a £5 note. The games themselves are and continue to be profoundly earnest Rpg’s with an irrefutable ability to single-handedly sell a device purely on the existence of another interchangeable colour/gem/alphabetical inspired title. Yet the series preservation has always been a little furtive, with its committed exclusivity to handheld devices being a little too safe. It’s always assured of retaining a consistent level of quality with minimal ingenuity to the games themselves, other than minor gameplay configurations and graphical refinements and still attracting enough commercial success to sustain it for another couple of years. Personally I’ve always wanted a full-fledged Pokemon Rpg transitioned onto a home console. Just imagine how cool an updated game as expansive as Silver and Gold would look on a 42 inch screen? My 12-year-old self would be hyperventilating in a pile of Pokemon trading cards right now! But Pokemon has always been a mobile orientated game, or so we’ve been told.
For years the pioneers of these games “GameFreak” have been reticent to commit a seasoned interpretation of their Rpg template – principally associated with its mobile franchise – to a console format, out of concern that it’s portable titles would be compromised by more advanced console version, insisting that games are intended to be inherently ambulant and played anywhere. Their diligent rhetoric not to expand beyond mobile confines, other than a few desultory aberrations such as “Gale of Darkness” demonstrates a real scarcity of vision. But the advent of the Nintendo Switch could finally provoke GameFreak to consider a more expansive “console” Pokemon game, while still retaining its traditional handheld fundamentals. Imagine fully explorable regions like Kanto and Johto with Zelda like aesthetics? An inherently mobile game with advanced graphical refinements of a console game? The Nintendo Switch, due to its portability and modular design is the perfect utility to harness Pokemon’s venerated concepts. With the Switches versatility to transition from a comfortable stationary experience to a convenient handheld distraction it’s an opportunity too good to miss, isn’t it?
“Wait is that….is that….Skyrim?!”
The Nintendo Switch has barely been released and it’s during its formative months that it’s likely to suffer from an identity crisis, as Nintendo attempt to tinker with their new project to identify just how it should function as a composite machine, determining where it’s strengths and focus should be. Right now it’s been branded as somewhat of a gimmick, thanks in part to some rather odd marketing campaigns involving gestural masturbation of a cow’s udder, which isn’t exactly the family orientated demographic Nintendo are aiming for (I hope). But with a machine that boasts the liberation of mobility, something the Pokémon games have adapted as a prerequisite for the series socially inclusive community, a game of this magnitude and innovation is bound to be hugely beneficial for all concerned, providing much-needed direction for the new console and more profits for GameFreak. The potential is there to create the most realised Pokemon experience in over 20 years, with the ludicrously belated revelation that this could work surely not something either party could miss? They can’t insist that it wouldn’t be portable? It’s a no brainer, enabling the series to grow organically while still incorporating the trading and community principles that shape their project. The Switch could have been purpose-built for Pokemon and if they did you better believe that many – myself included – would buy a Switch just for this.
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