Pokémon is a game that holds a special place in my heart. I was a child once and during my childhood, the Game Boy and Game Boy Pocket were the hottest handheld consoles to have. In my younger years, I never was an avid gamer. My preferenced lied in the colourful joys of animation over the gameplay of a video game until Pokémon Red was released.
The Pokémon cartoon was a favourite of mine and when Pokémon arrived on the Game Boy, I instantly ran to my mother and spent hours… days nattering in her ear about how badly I wanted a Game Boy. My mother is a sensible figure but even she held into submission by my persistent behaviour.
With my first game boy in hand and Pokémon Red to accommodate it, I spent hours capturing Pokémon, writing each one on a piece of paper for the next day at school to tell my friends which Pokémon I had caught. In those days the Game Boy ran on two double A batteries that would run out very quickly.
As I explored Red, encountering gym leaders on my way, I became a Pokémon master and fell in love with the Pokémon formula. Since then the Pokémon RPG experience has remained on Nintendo’s handheld consoles. Nintendo has explored with multiple Pokémon games, from the favourable Pokémon Colosseum to the mobile Pokémon GO.
Nintendo’s Success Stories
Each attempt has been successful in its own right. Pokemon has remained popular throughout the years that characters like Pikachu have become main characters in Nintendo titles like Smash Bros.
Since the success of the Nintendo Wii, Pokemon titles that we were familiar with from the GameCube era have not returned to a Nintendo console leaving gamers Pokemon-less. Nintendo did release Pokemon GO on mobile devices which became a very successful title.
New Game Excitement!
The success of Pokemon GO and the success of Pokémon Red on Gameboy and the mounting request of Pokemon fans had led Nintendo into submission as they announced a new Pokemon game on Nintendo Switch. The new Pokémon title would blend the capture device of Pokemon GO with the RPG side of Pokemon Red.
Years of persistent fan requests, fan-made games and the decline of handheld consoles. Nintendo had finally given into fans. They announced a new game on their hybrid console, the Nintendo Switch.
First-hand Experience At EGX 2018!
I was lucky enough to play Pokémon at EGX 2018. The queues for Pokémon were over 3 hours long! Pokémon was the most exciting title of the event.
When I approached the kiosk where Pokémon was set up, I was greeted by a Nintendo representative. He would be my personal guide. The representative ran me through the controls and how the motion worked with the Pokéball controller. At first, I thought the Pokéball controller was a gimmick but true to the Nintendo way. The purpose of the Pokéball controller allows the user to experience the feel of being a Pokémon master.
The movement of the Pokéball controller was smooth and accurate. The Pokéball controller felt comfortable in your hand. It blended well with the gameplay in front of you. The whole experience felt natural. I personally felt I was in the world of the Game Boy experience, with the gimmick of Pokémon GO with HD graphics.
I enjoyed every moment from exploring the atmosphere around me, to battling fellow trainers when spotted. Pokémon on the Nintendo Switch implemented a few gameplay tweaks from the Game Boy experience. This mainly due to the larger scope and the detailed graphics. Random Pokémon would no longer encounter a battle with you. Want to catch or battle a Pokémon? You must encounter the Pokémon as they walk around freely. The screen held up to 10 Pokémon on screen at once. It also allowed you the ability to have a Pokémon follow you whilst another Pokémon sat on your shoulder.
I had battled a Pokemon during my experience. The battle system had the traditional Game Boy layout, taking turns to battle. If I chose to capture the Pokemon, using my Pokeball controller, I would perform a Pokémon GO-like flick action but in the motion of a throw. The Pokéball controller can feel the force at which you move the ball-throwing action at, reflecting this on-screen to determine if you have thrown the ball. It also knows where the ball is going and if the Pokémon has been caught or broke free as you would see in Pokemon GO.
Whilst my experience was brief, the joy I experienced was true to the Pokemon adventure. I walked away sold on purchasing a Nintendo Switch, a Pokeball controller, and of course Pokémon.