I’ve noticed Pokemon seems to be the only major franchise that still puts out games at the same pace it did 20 years ago. It took six years to get another Zelda, and the last time Rockstar put out a GTA game dinosaurs roamed the earth, but Pokemon still reliably pushes out another mainline title every two years or so, like it’s 2002 or something. Pokemon is also receiving constant complaints lately about halfhearted graphics and glitches. And as I suspected, the two are related.
When Nintendo said there would be a Pokemon Direct this weekend, the most popular wish was for some kind of update to Pokemon Arceus. They got that wish, but no one expected an official announcement for the next generation so soon. It happened, and with one of the best trailers they’ve ever put together to boot. Check it out:
You may have heard that, for the first time ever in the mainline series, Pokemon Sword and Shield will contain LESS Pokemon than the previous release, Sun and Moon. Fans are furious about the prospect that their favorite could be left out, and that some Pokemon from previous games could be nontransferable. Their outrage is hard to miss — it’s all over the Internet.
Pokemon Sun/Moon has been a major hit all the way around. But it also changed up the formula of the games in many ways. One of those big ways was with the Alola Forms. Which were classic Pokemon like Meowth, Vulpix, Sandshrew, and more, but with a new look based on the new climates in Alola. In an interview with Meristation, Junichi Masuda of Game Freak talked about where the ideas for the new Alola Forms came from. Mainly, it was a nod to the gamers who have been with the game since Gen I:
One of the main complaints from Pokemon fans over the last two decades has been the decision of Game Freak and Nintendo to only release the main titles on handheld devices. This means that the most popular games can only be experienced on portable consoles rather than on television screens through traditional hardware.
Rumors of Sega’s departure from the console market appear to have been greatly exaggerated. Not only has a new game just been announced for Playstation 4 and XBox One systems as well as Windows PC, it actually appears to be good. Better than good. In fact, I don’t see any possible way it can be bad. Folks, the game is called “Tembo the Badass Elephant.”
It seems that people just can’t see to get enough of Pokemon. Despite the first entry arriving in 1996, the 18-year-old franchise is still going strong with the recent release of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire having broken the record for the biggest launch of any Pokemon game in the UK. According to Eurogamer, the sales for the two games have beaten the previous record set by Pokemon X and Y by an impressive 17%.
The developers known for Pokemon are releasing a new game that combines rhythm and auto-run platformers with a dash of adventure. Does HarmoKnight live up to its pedigree?(more…)