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We All Live in a Pokémon World… I wish

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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.

  1. Firstly, we know that Pokémon work in 3D, just look at Pokémon Stadium or Pokémon Snap
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.”

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  1. amy

    I'm with you. It would be amazing.

    Boring video though.

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    • game

      Boring video I agree (although I thought the guy had a scarily awesome voice for narration) but the possibilities are what interest me.

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  2. Fluffy

    You've been on about this since high school

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