New Pokemon Titles Announced, So What

Now, I am not typically in the habit of so quickly and easily dropping things that I have enjoyed since childhood, but I feel that my love for Pokemon has finally faded.

I played them all religiously. I even made an earnest effort to catch them all, as the tagline so demands of us all. Now comes the announcement of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and I immediately felt . . . nothing. “Here comes another remake,” I said to myself even though the teaser trailer clearly says “explore a dramatic new world.” I expect a region we have seen before, Pokemon we have seen before and the slightest of tweaks to the gameplay mechanics. I don’t completely hold it against them because, hey “if it ain’t broke . . .” as they say, but I feel like there can be more done with the franchise.

It has been far too long since Nintendo consoles have seen a solid Pokemon title and the Wii U could definitely use the boost. There is a level of depth that the developer, Game Freak, seems to be avoiding for the sake of keeping the game accessible, but I believe gamers are ready for it.

Just in time for Christmas, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will hit stores worldwide November of this year. It remains to be seen if this will be a legit Pokemon experience or just a revenue generator for future titles. Stay tuned.