You Know What the Pokémon Franchise Really Needs? Your Fresh Ideas

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Commenter Balmung of the Azure Sky has been thinking about Pokémon lately, and believes it's high time the franchise gets the modern-day makeover it desperately needs. How would you folks bring Pokémon up to date? Speak Up on Kotaku, I choose you!


So I have been thinking a lot about Pokémon lately. These games need a makeover and fast. They have been throwing the same concepts around for 15 years now and while it will always sell fantastically it just seems worn in some respects now. I don't want them to change the "Gotta catch em all!" type stuff or the basic cuteness but I want to see more out of these games!

I would love to see complete character customization including choosing the age of your character, a fully 3D game world not limited to routes, having the ability to travel in any direction to any town, and DLC made up of towns and islands added to the map with new battles and stories to be told on them.


What do you guys think the games need?

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That post about the Digimon MMO? Yah, Nintendo needed to do that with Pokemon 5 years ago. When there was 150 monsters and not 1000. Instead of building on personality and the relationships people had with Pokemon, the franchise became a series for people with Asbergers by making it solely about collecting and more and more items and creatures, diluting the brilliance they had between the original Gameboy game and the TV series.

In my opinion, they moved 1 step in the right direction with Yellow, then 100 in the wrong with Gold and Silver, while at the same time failing to make a worthwhile N64 game. Snap, Stadium, and Coliseum were all absolute rubbish.