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Friday, 25 March 2016

Editorial: 5 Things We'd Like To See in Pokemon Sun and Moon.

Editorial: 5 Things We'd Like To See
in Pokemon Sun and Moon.

After a long period of hearing almost nothing about a new gen Pokemon game, Nintendo announced Pokemon Sun and Moon in late February, sparking the usual flurry of speculation and theorising on what the games, due to be released late this year, will involve.

While I have no idea what will end up in the game, there are certain features I'd like to see in it. Here are five of them.

Different starter types.

I should note that I'm not advocating a permanent change from the Fire-Water-Grass holy trinity, or even a change that lasts more than a single game. But variation is the spice of life, and it isn't as if there aren't other type trinities that could fulfill basically the same role. 

Rock-Steel-Ice, for instance. Fighting-Ice-Dark. 

While some advantages of that would be that it'd be interesting, would surely draw in increased publicity (as if Pokemon needs it) and that it'd allow them to do a Pokemon ORAS-esque thing of putting in a previous gen's starters (while also avoiding any possibility of type overlap), there are more than a few disadvantages.

The biggest one is that the Fire-Water-Grass circle is so recognisable, not just because Nintendo's used it for two decades at this point, but also because it's three classic elements, and it means that each starter can look strikingly different to the others.

There are rumours floating around that Nintendo's planning on deviating from the norm as far as starter types go, but I wouldn't put too much stock in them.

Two new Eeveelutions.

Eeveelutions are like crack to Pokemon players, and we need our fix.

The last Eeveelution to show up was Sylveon, back in X and Y, and while most people did kind of adore Sylveon's design (well, it grew on them, at least), its announcement had us waiting for a counterpart to be announced - a counterpart that ultimately never materialised.

I'm not going to say that it's a hard and fast rule that there needs to be two Eeveelutions released every generation, I'm just going to say that it's nice when it is - apart from often being some of the most powerful regular Pokemon in the game, they also tend to act as great showcases of the Pokemon designers' abilities, being clearly related to each other while also strikingly different.

Also, there are so many types without Eeveelutions yet. Give us a Ghost-type Eeveelution. Or a Fighting-type. Or a Dragon-type.

More character customisation.

Pokemon X and Y introduced some very basic character customisation (in that you could basically choose between three different versions of each gender, with different skin tones and hair colours), and it was almost universally adored - even more so when we discovered that you could also buy different outfits.

So, it'd be nice to see a slight expansion of that. Not a tremendous one, because ultimately more time spent on character customisation is less time spent on everything else, but maybe the option of a few different hair styles, a few different eye colours, and maybe some slightly different facial features.

Also, I mean, more outfits for us to buy. All of the outfits for us to buy.

An expanded post-game.

One of the things that Pokemon Gold and Silver did really well was a post-game that actually had some substance to it, opening up the previous generation's region of Kanto for you to explore. While the Kanto of Gold and Silver was a drastically cut down, limited version, that didn't stop it from being a genuine delight for everybody playing, as they reached the end of the game only to find an entire new region to explore, with another hundred and fifty Pokemon to catch.

Pokemon's never really had anything quite like that again (and I recall that one of the big disappointments of Ruby and Sapphire was that we didn't get to go back to Johto), despite the fact that everybody wants it to.

It's had post-game stuff, sure - Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire had an entire episode involving the potential end of the world - but nothing nearly as meaty as an entire region, and I for one would be ecstatic to see Sun and Moon send us back to Johto or Kalos or Hoenn after we're done with whatever new region we're in.

A larger region.

This one is a bit of a no-brainer, because the regions have been getting steadily larger over time any way, their growth really only slowed by the fact that Nintendo quite rightly doesn't want players to spend hours trudging through the wilderness just to reach the next city.

So I'm not advocating a massively larger region, but instead, maybe just some more small towns that maybe don't hold gyms, and some more places off the beaten track that players can go to, explore, fulfill little side storylines, and get some training in.

Pokemon's always been very good about having those, so out of everything on this list, this is the wish I'm most likely to see come true.

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