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Old 09-17-2010, 03:35 AM
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I am, as I’m sure many of you are, excited about the release of Pokémon Black and White. We’ve waited years for Nintendo to follow up on Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. And in a couple of days, they shall deliver.

But is it too much?

With the release of Generation V, there will be at least 649 Pokémon (and possibly more that we may not even know about yet). To put it into perspective, if we featured one Pokémon every week, it would take us more than 12 years to cover each one. And in that time, they’ll release even more species into the Pokémon world.

I remember watching the Yu-Gi-Oh! series and it seemed as if there were an unlimited amount of cards. Each episode, a duelist would pull out a card that we had never seen before. One of the duelists wouldn’t recognize the card, allowing for the opponent to eagerly explain the card’s effects and how it would win the game.

And I thought: Wouldn’t it be ridiculous to play a game in which you might not even know what you’re battling, much less how to defeat it? Surely if you’re a competitive player, you would try to find out as much information on every available card (or in this case, Pokémon).

But of course, that’s the problem. Not everyone is a competitive player. I may not necessarily play casually, but I definitely don’t have the time anymore to EV train each and every monster on my team to level 100. As Pokémon’s player base ages, the amount of time the average player can dedicate to the game decreases. It’s unfortunate, but that’s life.

Even now I look at the list of Pokémon, and did you know there is a Pokémon named Carnivine? It absolutely floored me. Where did this Pokémon come from!? I was sure I knew every creature up to Generation IV. Maybe we’re already at the point where it’s becoming more difficult to memorize every creature.

Now of course, I could just be getting old. I started playing Pokémon when there were only 150 (or 151 if you count Mew). It was fairly easy to remember each and every one of them in a catchy tune. Now, if you try to sing every Pokémon’s name, it’s more likely you’ll pass out from shortness of breath than finish the list. The number has more than quadrupled.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Pokémon has to, after all, release new creatures every generation or the series will become as stale as month-old bread. Plus, the more Pokémon released, the more likely one will find species that he or she becomes attached to. Bulbasaur shall always remain my favorite, but I’m quite partial to Starmie, Piplup, Lugia, Wailmer, and Bidoof among many others. With the addition of Black and White, I believe a few species will join that list.

And even if I battle over Wifi, and discover an opponent using Pokémon I’ve never heard of, it might not be so bad. I’ll likely be trounced (though what else is new). But it’s an adventure to learn and discover new Pokémon, just like a real Pokémon journey. And isn’t that the point? To go into this world of imagination in which we take on the role of a Pokémon master, trying to be the best and discover the wonders that await us? Along the way, we may defeat evil teams, earn badges or ribbons, and form friendships; but none of that would be possible without our constant companions beside us.

What do you think? Are there too many Pokémon? Or perhaps, just enough?



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Old 09-17-2010, 04:06 AM
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Thing with Pokemon is... it needs more spinoffs, and quality spinoffs at that. Not that Pokemon Channel or Pokemon Ranch junk. There is so much more they could do with Pokemon, but instead of exploring outside the box of the mainstream games, most of the spinoff games are just quick, shortly-lived casual games that don't get into anything deep.

The exception to that is Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, which I feel is the only, real game spinoff series that goes beyond the limited scope of the mainstream games and outright proves that yes, there is more than one way to use Pokemon to have an epic story unfold and then outright reach out to you with an emotional ending. In my opinion, the Mystery Dungeon series completely slaughters the mainstream games in terms of storyline, character development, and original use of Pokemon, and yet so many people overlook this game just because its a spinoff.

Meanwhile, I have seen countless RP and Fan fiction storylines that would make ABSOLUTELY EPIC games if they were to ever be developed into that context. The problem is... knowing Nintendo, they are extremely apprehensive toward making their games just a "tad bit more violent," which many of these fan-made storylines often involve. And its unfortunate, because I think this is what a lot of players would love and it would broaden the target audience. Problem is... Nintendo is stubborn.

So, it is possible to make Pokemon feel fresh and new without jamming in more Pokemon? Absolutely. Unfortunately, Nintendo feels the answer is quantity rather than original quality.
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Old 09-17-2010, 04:20 AM
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BRING BACK THE OLDIES!

Haha, I have no objection to new Pokemon, only this; they are seriously lacking in the ideas department. Whilst many will argue the newest generation is better for a younger audience who are yet to get involved in the series, you'll still have your veterans fighting over the good ol' 150 (151) Pokemon, myself included.

Perhaps, I wouldn't mind the newer Pokemon if the ideas behind them were a little more creative. I've seen fan made Pokemon look so much better than almost every single creature I've seen in Black and White so far. It seems animals have evolved into objects, because the creators would just be duplicating themselves.

On your topic, Neo, I agree that Mystery Dungeon topples the storylines of the main Pokemon games. I feel so much more involved, emotionally and physically, through the gameplay in the MD series. If the Pokemon Company could only create another spinoff game to rival - or even best - the Mystery Dungeon series, then they might make a bit of a comeback.

Whilst I'll always like Pokemon, seeing the latest generation has me wincing. They've lost the quality that once made them so great. Now it's just getting a little repetitive.
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Old 09-17-2010, 04:47 PM
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Dude...I'm what y'al could call a "veteran," and yet, I still love every Pokemon out there....Memorization isn't even a problem for me, so the original author of this article is probably just "getting old," or something. >.>;

Of course, memorization is a problem during the first few months. But...after that, everything plays out find. :P

I AM a bit disappointed to see that there are NO evo/pre-evolutions of any of the previous Pokemon...however, they HAVE seemed to make up a crapload of new type combinations, which, I guess makes up for it slightly...in an odd way.
But, I guess that concept makes this region feel distant from every other region, like how it should feel. Especially if they actually DID follow up with that concept to not have a single "previous" 'mon to appear in Isshu whatsoever. But, still. The latter would still make me think, "wtf. D:"

Oh, and Mystery Dungeon does indeed win over the storylines of every other Pokemon game. Especially the second set of MD games. ((That one ending scene still gets me emotional, dammit. T_T))
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I think I'm just a nerd with no life.
I know the names of Pokemon, their types, their cries, what moves they can generally
learn, what kinds of EV points they give off, and their best and worst base stats.
You could quiz me on that sort of thing, and surely I'll pass. But that isn't really something
to be proud of, because it doesn't accomplish much.
I have a nack for remembering things I want to remember. Like I can memorize songs
fairly quickly if I like them. But maybe it's just something you have to have a thing for,
which doesn't exactly satisfy everybody. When I see more Pokemon, I get excited,
because it makes me happy seeing more diversity in the Pokemon relm. But that might just be me.
You can thank my brother for this. After the release of the first generation, my brother got
me into Pokemon. And by the time the second generation was released, he would begin to
quiz me on them. So I memorized them to answer swiftly and accurately. It just became
habitual after all of that. So now I have this habit of trying to memorize things I want to memorize.
For instance, when the newest Goo Goo Dolls album came out, it took me 2 days to
memorize the new songs.
I'm beginning to think I'm just weird for actually memorizing Pokemon now.
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Meanwhile, I have seen countless RP and Fan fiction storylines that would make ABSOLUTELY EPIC games if they were to ever be developed into that context. The problem is... knowing Nintendo, they are extremely apprehensive toward making their games just a "tad bit more violent," which many of these fan-made storylines often involve. And its unfortunate, because I think this is what a lot of players would love and it would broaden the target audience. Problem is... Nintendo is stubborn.

So, it is possible to make Pokemon feel fresh and new without jamming in more Pokemon? Absolutely. Unfortunately, Nintendo feels the answer is quantity rather than original quality.
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