One of my major disappointments with the Wii was its lack of “real” Pokémon games. The reason I first bought it was because I wanted to play Pokémon XD. I started to buy a GameCube, but saw that the Wii was coming out and saved my money for it. XD blew me away. It was similar enough to the main series games to be interesting while not being Pokémon Big Screen Version (which I would also love). After XD, I was hungry for more Pokémon games like it, but Nintendo never delivered any decent Pokemon games with the Wii. Sure, My Pokémon Ranch gave me somewhere to store my undesirables and obtain Mew, and Pokémon Battle Revolution let me battle on the big screen, and the PokéPark games were somewhat fun for a little while, but I needed another amazing Pokémon experience on the Wii. But that isn’t going to happen now, and I can only hope that Nintendo will deliver the goods on the Wii U.
Breana posed the question: what would make me buy the Wii U? Pokémon would definitely do it. Pokémon is a definite system seller, and Nintendo should know it by now; why they aren’t releasing Black 2 and White 2 on the 3DS baffles me, but that’s for another article. The games would have to be good though, not just a new PokéPark or Battle Revolution.
The four types of must-have Wii U Pokémon games for me are: main series games, XD-type games, MMOs, and Pokémon Snap-type games.
Let’s start with the main series games. While Nintendo has often said that the Pokémon main series will stay on handhelds, I am still foaming at the mouth for a main series Wii U game. I would even settle for remakes or updated ports, so long as I got to play my Pokémon games in stunning HD on the big screen. All the menus and other non-essential stuff could be in the touch screen, much like the DS games, which would make ports off the DS games even easier. A Wii U Pokémon game could also be much, much larger. It could possibly contain all 5 major regions, which would be absolutely amazing and the Holy Grail of Pokémon games.
While a main series Wii U game will likely never happen, another Pokémon game like XD would be both enjoyable and possible. Nintendo could continue upon the Shadow Pokemon storyline and produce a few new games on the Wii U under that premise. These games could feature many of the perks as the main series games (menus on the controller, HD glory, and multiple regions) while also being a possibility. I can definitely get behind that.
An early rumor for a Pokémon Wii U game was a MMO game. At first I was somewhat unsure and pessimistic about this idea, but it’s started to grow on me. Players could battle, trade, etc. with other players, not CPU players; just think, no more Youngster Joey insisting on battling you with 6 Rattata! There could even be Gyms (although probably more that 8) that are run by players. Once a player has acquired a set number of gym badges, they can battle the Elite Four (or maybe more, also players). After defeating them, the player could challenge the Champion and take over his position if he wins. After a Champion is defeated, he starts the whole journey again. After becoming Champion a few times, the player could be offered his own gym, with the threat of losing it if he loses too many challenges or being promoted to an Elite member if he wins enough challenges. The game could basically be like the main story games, except never-ending, and possibly a whole lot better. I think this is probably the option that I would enjoy seeing the most, as it is the most unique option.
The Wii U’s controller makes the console perfect for a remake or sequel to Pokémon Snap, one of my favorite Nintendo 64 games. The ability to use the controller as your camera and move it 360 degrees, plus up and down, to find the perfect picture plus the improved HD graphics are a match made in heaven. Nintendo could also implement a way for players to upload their pictures online to Facebook, Tumblr, etc., or to enter pictures into a Pokémon Snap “Tournament”. I would love to see Snap make a return, and it seems like a likely candidate.
So, all in all I believe that a Pokémon XD-type game and a Pokémon Snap game are the most likely, while my favorite idea would be a Pokémon MMO, and I see a main series console game next to impossible to get but enjoyable if Nintendo allowed it. What direction would you like to see Pokémon go on the Wii U?