This has truly been a phenomenal year for Nintendo, after Breath of the Wild winning Geoff Keighley’s “Game of the year” and Super Mario Odyssey being critically praised across the board, it’s hard to imagine the company being able to top it next year. Now that we are wrapping up 2017, the Pokémon developer Game Freak decided to send us off into the new year with a slight tease from the Japanese publication Famitsu. Kazumasa Iwao states:
“In 2018 we will still continue to hype up Pokémon, so please look forward to it.”
So, what exactly does this mean? Well, that’s for them to know, and us to obsessively theory about. I want to dive in and talk about what we could possibly expect from Pokémon in 2018.
Not Likely, But Maybe? – Pokemon Stadium 3
Something I would personally love to see is Pokémon Stadium 3. This is probably the least likely to happen, but nonetheless, this would make a great addition to the franchise. The first two games (especially the original) were adored by fans, and could possibly help introduce all the new Pokémon to those who fell off over time and just was to relive that piece of nostalgia of battling their friends. If this were to happen, I would love to see a feature similar to the Pokémon Showdown website. Basically, an easier way to build a team, setting up their EV’s and IV’s, moves, held items, and battling other players online.
Most Plausible Prediction – Pokemon Diamond & Pearl Remake
Getting more into the realms of possibility are the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remake. If we are following the trend of remakes Game Freak have been doing over the years, then next in line would be the world of Sinnoh and probably the most underrated games in the series. The Gen four games are in desperate need of a remake, seeing as it has some of the most well-designed Pokémon in the franchise in it (not including Bidoof). The games themselves were nothing to call home about. Between the unbearably slow surfing, long drawn out battle animations, and the lack of verity in Pokémon in general, these games suffered the most and were just way too difficult to play. But all the problems are just quality of life things, I do believe if they fixed the handful of minor issues with those games, they would stand out and be well-received amongst the community.
I Wouldn’t Put it Past Em’ – Pokemon Red & Blue Remake
There’s a slight chance we’ll see another Pokémon Red and Blue remake for the Switch. This could go one of two ways. Either they redo the original games and make the graphics like Sun and moon, or they fully revamp the series and start over fresh. Like most gamers, I would prefer the latter. We really don’t need yet another Red and Blue remake, but at the same time, we really don’t need a new generation. Many fans have been clamoring to go back to Kanto, and if they reset the games like they did with Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, that could be a great way to reintroduce the series in a way that would be appealing to fans of all ages. We have had many hints that this might be the case too, like the reintroduction of Team Rocket in Ultra Sun and Moon, only Kanto’s Pokémon got Alolan forms, and the fact your character in the previous games is from Kanto. I may just be reading into it too much now but they have given subtle hints like this before. Also, for Arceus’s sake, no matter what game happens next, let our Pokémon follow behind us again!
Pie in the Sky Prediction – Pokemon Snap 2
Lastly, an unlikely but certainly possible option is Pokémon Snap 2. This niche on-rails title was loved by many gamers across the globe. The game released nearly nineteen years ago, so maybe it’s time for a sequel. In my opinion, there’s no better system to do it on than the Switch — given its gyro functionality and it being the most powerful Nintendo hardware to ever release. A sequel would be insanely exciting because the Pokemon roster size has grown quite a bit since the original launched in 1999.
These are my predictions for Pokémon in 2018, what is it that you want to see happen? Do you think we’ll get a new generation of Pokemon? That seems a bit too soon to me. Leave it in the comments below! And with that, thank you, I’ll talk to you next time!