5. Forwards with the Past on the Virtual Console
Early in 2016, Nintendo finally did something fans had been demanding ever since the inception of the Virtual Console service back on the Wii. For the first time, exclusive to the 3DS, Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow were made available in digital form for download. The ports were programmed so that 3DS wireless could connect games for playing and trading, no link cable required (or possible, mind you). Eventually, Pokemon Bank was updated to allow monsters captured and trained in the classics that started it all to be transferred to the main 3DS titles. It was a happy time for all.
Since then, no more main series games have been given the Virtual Console treatment. It’s not all for nothing, though. The Wii U currently holds ports for all three Pokemon Ranger games hailing from the DS, as well as the Nintendo 64’s Pokemon Snap and some others. Many have been waiting for the franchise’s second generation of games, Gold, Silver and Crystal to get the same treatment as their forefathers. The Switch seems like the ideal place to make that happen.
We’ve already seen some efforts to enhance the Virtual Console experience among Switch players. New information was recently released about the Nintendo Switch Online service, which will give players free classic games periodically. What better way to build up hype for new Pokemon titles on the Switch than a free download of some of the first- or second-generation games?
6. The Infinite and Terrifying World of New Spinoffs
I say terrifying in jest, of course. There have been a lot of really enjoyable series spinoffs. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness stand among my personal favorite games within the whole franchise. The aforementioned Pokken Tournament, the grid-based Pokemon Conquest; there have been some definite winners out there. Pokken was a gold mine for tons of people, who saw a series fighting game as an inevitable certainty. The question becomes, then, what next for the world of side-games?
The possibilities are endless, really. There’s always been a camp asking for a Pokemon action RPG, taking the typical battles and controlling the monsters directly. The DS had Pokemon Dash, a quirky racing game that could always pull one Distortion World of a surprise and make a comeback. It already happened with Trozei (another early DS spinoff title), so why not again? Ever since the Wii U came out, demand swelled for a new Pokemon Snap. Nintendo almost gave it to us, too, with little camera minigames in Sun and Moon that scratch the itch, if only for a moment.
Since this last entry is open-ended, let’s leave off with an open-ended question. What do you want to see on the Switch? What on this list lines up most with what you’re hoping for? Or is there a whole other idea on your mind for what you think Pokemon‘s Nintendo Switch debut should look like? Either way, chances are good we’ll have at least an inkling of an idea during tomorrow morning’s Pokemon Direct. Until then, let us know what kind of adventures you’re after in the comments below!