Nintendo's next console, the NX, is still very much shrouded in mystery. The only concrete information thus far has been its March 2017 release date, and as always a couple of unconfirmed rumors surrounding the console's design and processing power. Although the NX won't be hitting the shelves in time for Christmas, Nintendo is promising a slew of IPs, including Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Pikmin 4, Dragon Quest XI, plus third-party game support.
The Pokémon Company executive Tsunekazu Ishihara, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, has said:
“We will make games for the NX.”
The statement all but confirms we will be getting Pokémon titles for the NX and Pokémon games by Game Freak, the development team behind the main Pokémon series. This has sparked some conversation within the community, because up until now, Game Freak has largely focused on making the main series entries for Nintendo. Some Poké players suggest that perhaps this will be the first time we see a main series game finally make it to a console platform.
But Perhaps The Biggest Question Posed By The Community?
Is a main series Pokémon game, like Pokémon Sun and Moon, making its way to the NX?
Up until this point, it's been unclear.
Amid this exciting prospect, we have compiled a list of nostalgic Pokémon titles that are long overdue for a sequel and would make a perfect addition to the NX console game lineup.
1. Battle It Out In 'Pokémon Stadium'!
Pokémon Stadium — later followed by Pokémon Stadium 2 — is a Pokémon-battling game of strategy from the N64 platform that had many similarities to the main-series Pokémon battle mechanics. Players are tasked with using some of their favorite pocket monsters to do battle with others by way of various attack strategies. One major feature that both these games included was the capability of moving Pokémon from main titles — like Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow — through the Transfer Pak hardware, over to Pokémon Stadium so that they could be utilized to battle.
With the impending release of Pokémon Sun and Moon, the idea of seeing a new Stadium game that could potentially connect with main titles is exciting. Stadium games for the most part focus on the battling mechanics, with little to no storyline. With a full-fetched battle system and more than 700 Pokémon already available, a Stadium sequel would make a great addition for those competitive battlers that want to put their strategies to the test in a game dedicated to battling.
2. A Shadow Pokémon Appears
Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gales of Darkness take place in the same region of Orre, where a young trainer must travel around saving Shadow Pokémon who have been used for evil doings. Although Gales of Darkness is not a direct sequel to Colosseum — seeing as they have completely different protagonists — they follow similar storylines in capturing Shadow Pokémon and purifying them to fight off their respective antagonist.
Both these games changed the traditional formula of eight Gyms and the Elite Four completion goal. These GameCube titles are a great pick to make it the NX lineup because the story was fresh and offered the idea that Pokémon could be evil if trained by bad trainers that sought to wreak havoc on the world. The ability to purify those Pokémon by strengthening your bond through battling is what makes this game so rewarding.
3. Gotta Snap 'Em All!
The top contender that is extremely deserving of a sequel is the beloved and nostalgic Pokémon Snap. In this game, Professor Oak calls upon your photography skills to snap a picture of all 151 Pokémon to create a photo album index of sorts.
The game places you on a trolley cart that runs through a variety of landscapes as you try to take pictures of all the Pokémon that appear. Because the basis of the gameplay is completion of a Photodex, it makes it rewarding to take pictures and revisit levels to locate potentially hidden Pokémon you may have missed. After finishing each level, Professor Oak judges each of your photos and grants you report points that can be used toward unlocking different items that aid you in completing the Photodex. The game has all the makings of a perfect contender to see release on the NX.
Furthermore, during a September Pokémon Sun and Moon trailer, at the 2:11 mark...
...it was revealed that trainers could now take photos with their trusty Rotom Dex. The feature, called Poké Finder, allows for Oak to judge your pictures and gifts you points on your photography skills. It also goes so far as to share those photos with other players and tallies how many people gave your photos a "like." It is still not clear if the points give the player a reward in any way, so for now we will have to wait for the game to make its debut to find that tidbit out for certain.
Is it also possible that the trailer may have hinted at the first glimpse of what could possibly be a future Pokémon Snap 2 entry?
Until March 2017 rolls around, we'll just have to wait and see, as Nintendo keeps Pokémon fans waiting to see if this old favorite will "snap" back into the gaming scene with the NX.