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Top Ten Tuesday | Pokemon X & Y Wishlist

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Jonathan Lester
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3DS Games, Game Freak, Nintendo, Pokémon, Pokemon X/Y

Top Ten Tuesday | Pokemon X & Y Wishlist

Full-scale Pokemania has gripped the Dealspwn office today,following the reveal of Pokemon X & Y. Since Black & White 2 rekindled our deep and dormant love for the franchise, we're having trouble concentrating on anything else.

However, we do feel that Pokemon X & Y needs to advance the series in several key areas - in terms of gameplay, presentation and storytelling - in order for Pokemon to evolve and fulfil its potential. If only there was a way of telling you about it in a convenient format that's easy to read and relatively quick to write.

Wait, what? It's a Tuesday? Well, seeing as we have ten major things on our Pokemon X & Y wishlist, there's only one thing for it... it's top ten time!

10: Character Customisation

Top Ten Tuesday | Pokemon X & Y Wishlist

The joy of Pokemon is that we're in the adventure. It's us; you, me, whoever's playing the game becomes the main character.

So... how hard would it be to give us a little say over how our character looks? Just a few hair styles and skin tones would be enough - and would make the game that much more immersive.

9: Integrated 3D Pokedex

Top Ten Tuesday | Pokemon X & Y Wishlist

Pokedex 3D Pro would be a useful tool for trainers if it was actually part of the game, rather than divorced from the proceedings as a pricey and weighty download. Give us this functionality as standard, please - though you can keep the quizzes for the iOS app.

8: Hardcore Mode

Top Ten Tuesday | Pokemon X & Y Wishlist

With games like Dark Souls proving immensely popular, not to mention the resurgence of Roguelikes, it's tempting to suggest that Nintendo should try to capitalise on our gluttony for punishment. And what better way to do so than to officially recognise the Nuzlocke Challenge?

Though many variants exist, this voluntary metagame completely changes the way you play Pokemon. Once a party Pokemon faints, for whatever reason, you have to treat it as permanently dead and release it at the next Pokemon Centre. The emotional bond you form with your party becomes that much tighter as the stakes rise higher, testing your nerves and willpower to the limit.

Go on. Put it in as an optional mode that doesn't allow trading but yields greater XP rewards. What's the worst that could happen?

7: Less HMs, More Awesome Abilities

Top Ten Tuesday | Pokemon X & Y Wishlist

Hidden Machines are one of the laziest obstacles to progression I've ever seen, not to mention that we've often had to ruin some of our favourite Pokemon by turning them into 'HM Slaves.'

Instead, why not let Pokemon use the abilities they already have to interact with the world? Perhaps water Pokemon could put out fires, while fire Pokemon could start them to light the way? Electric Pokemon could power up generators. Ghosts could pass through walls. The anime continually shows how Pokemon can use their abilities to help out in the world at large, so why not give us a taste in-game? Even if it's only optional.

Of course, I'm not saying that we should get rid of HMs altogether. Losing the ability to fly or surf would be ridiculous.

6: More Roleplaying

Top Ten Tuesday | Pokemon X & Y Wishlist

We're not asking for Mass Effect here. We don't want Skyrim. But giving our character just a little more stake in affairs beyond randomly getting sucked into some ridiculous scheme from time to time might be nice.

Hugh, the rival from Black & White 2, shows us that a trainer can have believable motivations beyond simply wanting to 'catch them all' - though that still needs to be the focus of course.

5: Bigger, Better, Beyond 3D

Top Ten Tuesday | Pokemon X & Y Wishlist

The jump from DS to 3DS should herald more than just 3D graphics and gimmicks. Significantly more powerful hardware could allow Game Freak to create truly bustling cities to enjoy, dynamic environments, a thriving population of trainers and greater scope for real exploration alongside the classic Gym battles and catching. Factor in day/night cycles, seasons and weather, and we'll have ourselves a thriving world to live in.

To be honest, we'd like to see 3D handled subtly, such as the large circular rooms and towns in Black & White 2 that scroll around the player's position. That'd look fantastic once you ramp up the slider.

4: Easy Transfers

Top Ten Tuesday | Pokemon X & Y Wishlist

One of the biggest hurdles with any new Pokemon generation - especially when it's on new hardware - is transferring Pokemon. Many of us have taken our favourite Pokemon through successive games, and the procedure can sometimes be more than a little time consuming.

We reckon that a 3DS eShop app could be the answer: a small downloadable program that acts as a 'middle man' between DS Pokemon editions and X & Y. Dream Radar already does something similar, though it's only one-way. Nintendo would have to find a way to stop players copying the app from the SD Card (and hence cloning Pokemon), but it's clear that the 3DS provides plenty of opportunities beyond graphical grunt.

Oh, and if you're wondering about that mecha Pikachu banner, the fantastic concept art from Alexey "Karanak" Pyatov was just too awesome to waste.

3: Moar Snorlax!

Top Ten Tuesday | Pokemon X & Y Wishlist

Snorlax is the best Pokemon ever.

Moving on.

2: AR Battles, Super Streetpassing

Top Ten Tuesday | Pokemon X & Y Wishlist

The 3DS' twin cameras could allow Game Freak to achieve the Holy Grail of Pokemon battles: fighting in real life. In the playground. The office. The street. All you'd have to is find an opponent,  throw down an AR card and get ready to rumble.

We'd also like to see plenty of Streetpass functionality incorporated into X & Y. Perhaps trainers you cross paths with could randomly appear in the game with their chosen team, getting more powerful every time you encounter them.

1: Context & Perspective, I Choose You!

Top Ten Tuesday | Pokemon X & Y Wishlist

Pokemon Red & Blue were great games primarily because they were excellent RPGs. Even though the classic Pokemon formula was set in stone, they hid linear progression behind something that felt like a believable world (by series standards). Sadly, every successive title became less and less willing to disguise the conveyor belt of gyms and HMs behind meaningful context.

Consider this: in Pokemon Red & Blue, we had to battle our way into a corrupt company to lay hands on a Ghost-finding scope, which we then had to use to storm a undead-infested tower, battle the shade of a murdered Marowak mother and obtain a flute... to wake up Snorlax who'd fallen asleep in a critical location. We had to obtain Surf by exploring the Safari Zone. A grateful captain gave us Cut because we helped him out (or rubbed his back, at least). It was a perfect fusion of player progression and genuine storytelling. The result was that Kanto felt like a real world, and we felt great because we'd earned every upgrade.

But in Pokemon Black 2 and White 2, NPCs just conveniently showed up gave us everything. HMs. A bike. A film career. A shopping mall. Not because we deserved them or earned them, but because we just need them to progress and Game Freak couldn't be bothered to find a more immersive way to handle it. The fact that we were going through the motions has never been more obvious.

We'd love to see Pokemon X & Y trying to make its game world feel like a real world, a place that we can dive into for hours at a time and feel part of. We'd love a little context to put the linear progression into perspective.

Either way, October can't come soon enough.

Add a comment17 comments
MattGardner  Jan. 8, 2013 at 15:26

1. Snorlax is most definitely awesome.
2. A slick Pokedex would be lovely. The Pokedex 3D is completely irrelevant thanks to Bulbapedia, and it's lack of direct game integration is infuriating.
3. Better writing to give that context you speak of would be lovely.
4. That Water Starter is the worst thing since Mudkip.

Ilium  Jan. 8, 2013 at 16:49

I just hope that the extra power is used to shake up the series in a meaningful fashion. Have loved generation 5, but it needs a proper new chapter.

Drunkensquirrel  Jan. 8, 2013 at 18:30

"But in Pokemon Black 2 and White 2, NPCs just conveniently showed up gave us everything. HMs. A bike. A film career. A shopping mall. Not because we deserved them or earned them, but because we just need them to progress and Game Freak couldn't be bothered to find a more immersive way to handle it. The fact that we were going through the motions has never been more obvious."

Yep just felt ridiculous at the time, really annoyed me. Starter pokemon look pretty poor, the grass one has the generic pokemon face that alot of the new ones seem to have

HAckazm  Jan. 9, 2013 at 01:07

1. Snorlax is most definitely awesome.
2. A slick Pokedex would be lovely. The Pokedex 3D is completely irrelevant thanks to Bulbapedia, and it's lack of direct game integration is infuriating.
3. Better writing to give that context you speak of would be lovely.
4. That Water Starter is the worst thing since Mudkip.


Mudkip is a tank so **** you. Ashawitz is the worst water starter by miles, and yes ashawitz, not oshawhat the **** is that or whatever name is associated with that monstrosities' ugly face.

JonLester  Jan. 9, 2013 at 10:23

@Drunkensquirrel: Yeah, I made a a fairly big deal out of that in the review. It's a shame, because B&W 2 could have been the best all-round games since Red and Blue, rather than just having the best underlying systems.

@Matt:

1: Normal types FTW.
2: Yep
3: Should have mentioned that really :3, but arguably great writing isn't what I need from Pokemon. I'd hate for it to lose its goofy charm.
4: I'm sorry, but you've given me the perfect opportunity to resurrect a horrible, terrible thing...

http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/20567829.jpg

Last edited by JonLester, Jan. 9, 2013 at 10:25
Late  Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:03

Have never played a Pokemon game in my life, having always assumed they were for little kids, but I'm getting the impression lately that I might be missing something.




http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/3790/targetaudience.png

Quietus  Jan. 9, 2013 at 12:37

It depends what sort of game you like. Essentially, Pokemon is a turn based RPG in which you can choose your party from however many are available in the version you're playing. Anybody can play them, and they're fairly decent RPGs. If you like that type of game, then should enjoy them.

However, if you look deeper, and get heavily involved in the mechanics and multiplayer battling, the game becomes ridiculously in-depth. Not for everybody, but it's there nonetheless.

JonLester  Jan. 9, 2013 at 12:45

@Late & Quietus: exactly. Pokemon is accessible to anyone, but there's also a near-infinite amount of depth to find if you want it. Whether you want a fun singleplayer RPG or plan to get involved in tournament play - or just enjoy the numerous minigames and metagames - or breed - or obsess over IVs and EVs - or just enjoy the campaign on the train - there's something for absolutely everyone.

Last edited by JonLester, Jan. 9, 2013 at 12:46
YOYOYO1981  Jan. 9, 2013 at 18:05

Should have proper Pokemon sounds, not digitised versions.

adnanrules  Jan. 10, 2013 at 18:04

Brilliant article. Cant wait for Pokemon X and Y! Mudkips to Swampert is actually my favourite water starter!!!

Numbuh1Nerd  Jan. 11, 2013 at 03:27

1. Snorlax is most definitely awesome.
2. A slick Pokedex would be lovely. The Pokedex 3D is completely irrelevant thanks to Bulbapedia, and it's lack of direct game integration is infuriating.
3. Better writing to give that context you speak of would be lovely.
4. That Water Starter is the worst thing since Mudkip.


Not to mention, speaking of the Pokedex, being able to use it [i]in battle.[i] The Pokedex is practically useless if it can't be used to help you determine the best way to take on an opponent, and what better way than to use it while the opponent is right in front of you, waiting for your move?

ryabrewis  Jan. 11, 2013 at 10:54

1. Snorlax is most definitely awesome.
2. A slick Pokedex would be lovely. The Pokedex 3D is completely irrelevant thanks to Bulbapedia, and it's lack of direct game integration is infuriating.
3. Better writing to give that context you speak of would be lovely.
4. That Water Starter is the worst thing since Mudkip.


Mudkip is a tank so **** you. Ashawitz is the worst water starter by miles, and yes ashawitz, not oshawhat the **** is that or whatever name is associated with that monstrosities' ugly face.


what the hell is wrong oshawatt is one of the best

joshuasbrooks  Jan. 11, 2013 at 20:41

1. Snorlax is most definitely awesome.
2. A slick Pokedex would be lovely. The Pokedex 3D is completely irrelevant thanks to Bulbapedia, and it's lack of direct game integration is infuriating.
3. Better writing to give that context you speak of would be lovely.
4. That Water Starter is the worst thing since Mudkip.





dont ever say that about mudkip its probably the best water typ starter there is.

Justin101  Jan. 12, 2013 at 02:50

It's really nice to hear that someone looking into more real perspective world in this game. Vote +1 :)

Cheers,
Pokemon Plush Toys

GRAAAAAAAG  Jan. 12, 2013 at 05:36

I once had a Pokemon Emerald game. I had 900 hours, 3 shinies, and an all dragon team. Then, I lost the fricking cartridge. RIP Slash, DOMINICK!! and Saly...

JonLester  Jan. 12, 2013 at 21:33

@GRAAAAAAAG: Damn, that's rough. Hang in there man.

@Everyone who loves Mudkip: yeah, Mudkip is a strong starter. I especially like its evolutions' dual ground type that makes Marshtomp an incredibly versatile battler.

Oshawott's evolutions are pretty cool as well, but I personally feel that its first evolution is one of the worst Pokemon designs out there.

TBH, though, I'd rate Squirtle or Piplup above either of them.

CG14  Jun. 25, 2013 at 23:38

I liked how you got the bike in DP, you save the owner from some twisted guys. Hey, maybe you can get HM Waterfall from a tied-up guy in the evil team's HQ. Or Surf from a guy who had his Pokemon stolen. Maybe the VS Seeker from a bad guy when he flees. Oh, maybe the return of HM07 Rock Climb from D/P or HM03 Whirlpool from G/S? New abilities such as immunity to moves of the same type as the pokemon with this ability? (sounds kinda OP now) and the game corners return?

What, too much?

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