Who am I? A lover of the video game industry. I read about video games more than I play them. The various aspects and mechanics of design are what really intrigue me, and it's always fun to have a healthy debate about them.
Y’know, I’ve been trying to write something for a while. Anything, really. The hardest parts of these blogs are the intros. A half dozen unfinished word documents and several ideas filed away later, this is the best I’ve got: Pokémon predictions. Well, these are less like predictions and more like speculations, but whatever.
Actually, this was one of those ideas I was ready to shelve. See, a few days ago a notice appeared at the end of a Japanese trailer for Black 2 and White 2 stating an important announcement would be made on January 8. I felt this meant we would see the start of the next generation of Pokémon, but I wasn’t too sure. Then I saw the news yesterday.
My body is ready.
Both the Japanese and International Pokémon websites updated with the same notice- a big announce for January 8. In the relatively short history of Pokémon, I can only think of one other time that the Japanese and International branches made a simultaneous announcement- the reveal of Pokémon Black and White Versions, as well as their respective mascots, Reshiram and Zekrom. For Pokémon fans, this is gonna be big. And thus, here comes the speculation.
Right off the bat, I’m going to say this: They won’t be Ruby and Sapphire remakes. Thinking that we will have remakes next is a common assumption amongst Pokémon fans, after we‘ve received remakes of both the First Generation and Second Generation games. However, a Pokémon generation has never been spread across more than one system, save for arguably the second one (Gold and Silver could be played on the original Game Boy whilst Crystal couldn’t). And there’s no way we’ll see yet another release on the DS. The 3DS has been out for a couple years now, and the release of Black 2 and White 2 on the DS was already pushing it. Nintendo is definitely putting the pressure on Game Freak to release Pokémon for 3DS.
Of course, they could release these supposed Third Generation remakes for the 3DS, can’t they? Aside from a flimsy trend, there’s nothing stopping them. And while that may be true, all games across a generation share the same core. Fire Red and Leaf Green may have had a slightly different presentation from Ruby and Sapphire, but they still ran off the same game engine. Making a game for the 3DS; however, would require more effort on Game Freak’s part: they would need to rebuild the visuals for the game to take advantage of the hardware, as well as account for the different online infrastructure and system capabilities. Simply put, this would require almost as much effort as a brand new Pokémon game.
Sorry for you R/S fans, but I don't think we'll be seeing these again any time soon.
With all of that out of the way…let’s talk about Generation Six! Well, quite honestly, there isn’t much to talk about. However, I can take a couple of stabs at what they will reveal in the coming months. Firstly, as I stated, it’s practically guaranteed we’ll learn the titles of the new games, as well as the Pokémon that graces the cover. The two cover Pokémon won’t necessarily have to be legendary Pokémon – after all, Red and Blue merely had starter Pokémon – but it’s a safe bet that they will be.
Another possibility for the first revealed Pokémon isn’t a legendary/cover Pokémon, but instead some regular Pokémon. In fact, the first revealed Pokémon is almost always a regular Pokémon. This will either be a brand new Pokémon that will receive marketing, such as Zoroark and Lucario, or it will be a Pokémon related to an older Pokémon, such as Munchlax. As of now, I’m leaning towards the later possibility.
Recently, the marketing for Japan has seen a push towards the Pokémon Eevee. A character introduced in the anime uses Eevee and its evolutions, and the upcoming Pokémon film will have a Pikachu short (as they always do) attached focusing upon Eevee. For those of you unfamiliar with Eevee, it is a Pokémon that can evolve into multiple forms. Ever since Gold and Silver, Eevee has had evolutions introduced in pairs during even numbered generations: Umbreon and Espeon, and then Leafeon and Glaceon. Here we are, at the cusp of the Sixth Generation, with a marketing push for Eevee. It seems likely we’ll see some new Eeveelutions on the horizon soon enough.
Pokémon's marketing department at work.
If that wasn’t enough, a recent advertisement for merchandise for Extreme Speed Genesect (the title of the next Pokémon film) included a watch that was blacked out, along with text that notes there will be merchandise revealed for “two more Pokémon.” Eeveelutions are revealed in pairs, right? It fits pretty well.
I can only see one problem with this. You see, every Eeveelution thus far is one of the following types: Fire, Water, Electric, Dark, Psychic, Grass, Ice. These seven types all have one thing in common: before Generation Four changed the battle system, they were types that dealt special damage, or damage that concerned the Special Attack and Special Defense stats. There is only one more type that is considered a Special Type, and that is the Dragon type. One type does not make a pair. This could mean we’ll only see one Eevee evolution and a brand new Pokémon, or we’ll have the first Physical Type Eevee (aside from Eevee itself).
A couple of examples of the Pokémon Eevee can become.
Now for a random guess here…the names of the games! If we’re returning to the old Pokémon with new Eeveelutions, what if we also went back to the original colors, Red and Green? Only this time, we also reflect the trend shown from the Second to the Fourth Generations, by naming them after minerals. How does Garnet and Jade sound to you guys? Garnet can be a red color, whereas Jade is typically a deep green, so it fits.
Of course, in the end this is all completely meaningless. It’s freaking Pokémon, after all. Aside from that, it’s just a short few days away now. Hopefully someone enjoyed this meager attempt at staving off boredom! Now if you excuse, I must go back to watching out for Pokémon news like a Braviary.
Technically, this is an eagle and not a hawk, but it's too badass for me to care.