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Old 11-17-2004, 07:43 AM
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Default Pokemon Online Game A Good Idea? Jim Merrick Thinks So!

Pokemon Online Game A Good Idea? Jim Merrick Thinks So!
-11/16/04-


Jim Merrick, Senior Director of European Marketing, was interviewed by Edge magazine to talk about online multiplayer gaming. He brings up that Pokemon would make a good game, saying that a Pokemon online game "could work very well." Here's that part of the interview:

Edge: But those hurdles - technological and financial - are diminishing. What will the situation be when they become negligible?

Merrick: I think online can be a compelling feature in the right game, so I can play with people I know rather than strangers, rather than being beaten by an eight-year-old who has devoted a significant portion of their young life to that particular game. Nintendo has a lot of properties which could be compelling online - let's say Pokemon, that could work very well. Would that mean that people would stop playing Pokemon offline? Not at all. It's just a feature, a strong feature. It's like multiplayer gaming. A strong multiplayer game must always stand on its own feet as a strong singleplayer game because your friends aren't always around.


Before moving to the Europe position in 2003, Merrick was with Nintendo of America as a Software Engineering Manager and Network Marketing Director. He worked with Nintendo president Satoru Iwata on network and internet game strategy for Nintendo.

So what does this all mean? Well obviously there's no official plans for a Pokemon online game. However, if Nintendo ever goes to the internet gaming business (which I think is only a matter of time), then it sounds like a online Pokemon title would be a good idea for Nintendo. If Merrick thinks it's a good idea, that's a good sign.

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Old 11-19-2004, 01:39 AM
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Great!!! Someone who can help make online Pokemon thinks it's a good idea! Thanks for telling us, PE2K!
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Old 11-19-2004, 02:06 PM
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I'm hoping that if Nintendo did decide to do an online Pokemon game, they'll also make it impossible for companies to create a cheating device for it.
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it's about time. i just hope you don't have to pay to play every month or whatever. if turns out like that, i won't bother with it.

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Old 12-01-2004, 05:37 PM
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I want this to happen so bad it hurts. Trouble is I will burn all my vacation time from work on it. Seriously. I talked to some of my friends, and even the one who've tired of, or were never seriously into, pokemon think it's a perfect idea. To really go on your pokemon journey -- awesome. I'd even be willing to watch my language -- and thats a struggle for me.
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Old 12-01-2004, 06:11 PM
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I bet if they do come out with one, we'll have to pay for it, come on, since when did Nintendo give you games for free?(Uhhh...Excluding the Metroid demo thing, that isn't a real game...right? 8]).

I'll kill Nintendo if the graphics are like Colloseum/Stadium. Those polygons thingey ain't my stuff.
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Old 12-01-2004, 06:47 PM
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I bet if they do come out with one, we'll have to pay for it, come on, since when did Nintendo give you games for free?(Uhhh...Excluding the Metroid demo thing, that isn't a real game...right? 8]).

I'll kill Nintendo if the graphics are like Colloseum/Stadium. Those polygons thingey ain't my stuff.
Oh, no doubt. I was at least hoping you'd be able to buy time for it at department stores, like you do for Napster or phone cards. And you're right, I hope they won't make it look like Orre -- but it could be worse -- it could look like animal crossing.
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I had kind of always hoped that Pokemon would stay away from online, simply because I thought I was so good at the GB games until I downloaded Netbattle... Many of those people are way out of my league...

Anyway, I like this idea too, for a few simple reasons. I had always dreamed of a massive multiplayer RPG based on the Pokemon TCG. That would make the easy to make, fun to play, and easy to maintain your game. (it would suck of you only have a few hours a day to train Pokemon as opposed to someone who has every minute for the next 3 years to train a full party and then some of lv. 100s. But with the TCG, everyone gets an even chance to be good, simply by collecting cards, a task much more easily accomplished.) At one point, I was determined to make a game like this myself, but I had none of the resoruces available to me. (however, I am going to college to study game design, and I promise that this concept will be my first work in progress! mwa ha ha ha!)

If not, of course, I would love a game that at least gave people a varied storyline. I would like the game not to just be a storyless Run-around-and-kill-things RPG like most of the Online RPGs available (in opinion.) I would rather that the game made an attempt to create a veried storyline at least mostly different for each player with the ability to work with other characters to accomplish goals. This would give the player a vision of actually participating in the world in thier own way, and living thier own Pokemon Legend by creating thier own stories. (This is the kind of game where I was actually able to assembe resorces and managed to create. but since I use myself as the computer, it doesn't have the potential to be massive. Anyone interested can PM me.)

Personally, the only opinion I have about an Online Pokemon RPG, is how it's done.
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Sorry, but the cards don't interest me at all (except the ones I can get something by scanning them). MMO is a lot like life, other people's engrossing stories tend to look like chaos (or pointless) to somebody who's outside the story
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I was kinda hoping they wouldn't do this because I have a crappy computer, and there is no way it could hold all that memory, so I guess I'm alittle disappointed. I'll be missing the big game if it ever comes out.
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I wouldn't worry about computer requirements. If I know the Pokemon Company, they'd never publish a game for the PC. What I believe they're more likely to do, is publish the game for a Nintendo Consule when (more like "IF") a Nintendo Consule establishes Online Gaming. In the case of Pokemon, probably a handheld system. I don't know if the Nintendo DS is capable of that, but if so, that would be even better.
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I wouldn't worry about computer requirements. If I know the Pokemon Company, they'd never publish a game for the PC. What I believe they're more likely to do, is publish the game for a Nintendo Consule when (more like "IF") a Nintendo Consule establishes Online Gaming. In the case of Pokemon, probably a handheld system. I don't know if the Nintendo DS is capable of that, but if so, that would be even better.
Nintendo GC does have online play capability (they only ever made 1 game as far as I can remember). And for the ppl saying "I hope we don't have to pay" mean I hope we don't have to pay to play. In order to play online xbox games you have to subscribe to xbox live and pay every month, and also most (if not all) systems require you to have a high speed connection (like I and many others DON'T have) to play the game online.
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well i too ponderd about the pokemon online game and like most of yall id like to happen but ive got two brothers, one plays starwars online and the other plays halo2 online(both xbox) so you can see my predicament but once i beat my brothers to a pulp i just hope i wont be the only one on at 3am
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From what I understand the new DS system will have wireless capabilities with possible WiFi internet connections with the proper game. Could be an online game coming using the handheld.

That would rock.

I just wish they would come out with a game where you could be Team Rocket...
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From what I understand the new DS system will have wireless capabilities with possible WiFi internet connections with the proper game. Could be an online game coming using the handheld.

That would rock.

I just wish they would come out with a game where you could be Team Rocket...
Yep, you're exactly right, they just need to make a game to use that feature.
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