We All Live in a Pokémon World… I wish
Ever since I first played Pokémon Blue, back at the ripe old age of 10, I’ve wanted to live in a world where Pokémon were a reality. Where instead of school and work, you just wandered off into the tall grass to meet a strange animal and then left town forever before even hitting puberty. I even remember despairing early on that even after scientists created Pokémon (because I assumed it was a possibility) the first one would be Porygon – and I wasn’t a Porygon fan.
Over the years I’ve come to some more startling revelations. Namely that Pokémon probably won’t be invented and my dreams of becoming a Pokémon trainer will probably have to remain fictional.
But this information, instead of dissuading me, fuelled a new dream. A more plausible dream, some would say. An achievable dream.
I have a dream. A dream of an open world Pokémon game.
Hear me out. I’ve put a lot of thought into this over the years.
- Firstly, we know that Pokémon work in 3D, just look at Pokémon Stadium or Pokémon Snap
- Secondly, we know there is an audience. Just look at the myriad of fan-made Pokémon MMO projects which involve multiple players in an open world – then add 3D
- Thirdly, we know Nintendo is willing to take risks with the franchise. I don’t want to name names here, that wouldn’t be classy. Pokémon Pinball, Pokémon Snap, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, Pokémon Ranger, Pokémon Puzzle Challenge, PokéPark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure, Pokémon Rumble.
- Finally, just look at the range of people who are interested in the Pokémon franchise. I mean, the age variety is astonishing. So shouldn't Nintendo try to create at least one game which appeals to a slightly (I don’t wanna say older) more experienced market?
At this point I don’t care if it’s an MMO (PokéWorld… of Warcraft) or just a 3D exploration game (Legend of Misty: Pokédex of Time) but surely anyone can see that such a game would be awesome.
Where is this rant coming from?
Well I saw the creation of a MineCrafter by the amiable name of Seagoingmanatee, which appears to be a (very MineCraft) take on the concept. It got me a little bit nostalgic, a little bit wistful, and a lot interested. I’ll attach it below.
Realistically we may never see a properly actualised, Nintendo-Endorsed, open world Pokémon game. And this makes me sad. But I guess one good thing is that people like Mr. Manatee are out there trying to create one anyway, despite their limitations and the limitations of so-called “copyright law”.
So I say: “Build on, brother. Build it and they (… well at least I) will come.”