I’m not sure about you guys, but I’m pretty much done with Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. These days, I’ll traverse through the wormholes in hopes of picking up a shiny or two, but apart from that, there’s not much else left to do post-post-game.
What next? Sitting and waiting patiently for Gen 8 to arrive on the Switch. With this, here are some things I hope to see when the new games land this year (hopefully).
OPEN WORLD EXPLORATION
The biggest thing I hear from fans is that they want an open world exploration map a la Skyrim or Breath of the Wild. Think about how beautiful the map would look if i had detailed landscapes and fully fleshed out Pokemon designs. Personally, if they’re planning on giving us something like ‘Pokemon Colosseum’ or ‘Gale of Darkness’ again, why not just make an entirely brand new spinoff? You did it with Detective Pikachu, why not give us ‘Gale of Darkness: The Re-Up’
THE RETURN OF PARTNER POKEMON
If you don’t count Pikachu in Yellow or the small farm in Diamond and Pearl, the only games that had a Pokemon follow the player around was in Heart Gold and Soul Silver. I need this back. Not only does it make the game more personal, but who else felt badass with a giant Steelix breaking down a door every time you entered a house.
MORE REGIONS TO EXPLORE
Remember after conquering the Johto region in Gold/Silver you were able to head back to the Kanto region and start a new adventure all over again? Let’s bring this back. Give us more places to explore post game. Personally, send us back to Hoenn please. I don’t care if I’m in France or Australia, just send us to Hoenn afterwards.
BEING ABLE TO CATCH ‘EM ALL
Yes a main pillar of any Pokemon game is to catch and trade with your fellow Pokemon trainers, but let’s make every Pokemon available in the game. Minus a few exclusives and event Pokemon, completing the Pokedex in an honest way of actually catching them all feels more rewarding than trading the ones you need from the GTS and dumping them into your box never to be seen again.
TEAM UP WITH PLAYERS
Like with Pokemon GO, I hope they introduce new mechanics such as taking your Switch out to meet other players and joining raids to capture or battle exclusive event or Shiny Pokemon. Imagine meeting up with a group of friends and then having an area in game being unlocked to capture a rare Pokemon. The possibilities are endless.
GOODBYE BIDOOF YOU HM SLAVE
Thank heavens I didn’t need HMs in Sun and Moon, and they should keep it that way. I never liked having a Bidoof take up a precious spot in my party while trekking up towards the Elite 4 only because it knew Rock Smash or Strength…but I also don’t like the ugly riding gear that we are forced to wear when riding our Charizard.
I’ve had a taste of the good life and now I want more. More dresses and tshirts, more hats and accessories. More colour, different styles, i want it all. Keep your fedoras though, nobody wants those.
MORE UNIQUE DUAL TYPES
Can I have another fire/fighting starter please? I feel as if i don’t have enough of those. Just kidding. Let’s get creative and give us some more unique typing. Where’s our Fire/Ice type Dragon? Where’s our Fairy/Dark nymph type warrior?