So, we had a couple of new trailers drop yesterday for the upcoming Pokémon games. After watching both, I have thoughts about everything.
Diamond and Pearl:
-The Underground has gotten revamped. We’re not just digging up treasure and making secret bases. We can also catch Pokémon down there. What we can catch will change, which will keep it interesting.
-The Pokétch has returned and we’ll be using it for HM moves. I don’t know if the Poké Radar is back and I’m hoping it is, because I did enjoy chaining for shinies.
-Amnity Square has been expanded. We get to make Poffins and let our Pokémon play. It still seems that the “only cute Pokémon” are allowed out of their Balls. I wasn’t happy with that rule the first time around and I don’t know if I’ll be just as disappointed again. I’m hoping not.
-Contests are back. I don’t know if I’ll take part in them; I’m mostly concerned about getting Ribbons on my Golurk, Riser and I seriously doubt I’ll be able to bring him over to Sinnoh. But I might be pleasantly surprised. We’ll see.
-There is some customization in this game, which is a definite step up from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. GameFreak claimed that the player characters were too iconic and well known to change, so they refused to have any customization in the Hoenn remakes. It honestly felt like a step down from X and Y. But now that’s been fixed; I can’t wait to journey through Sinnoh in a nice pair of pants and without a freaking hat.
-I love the new models. Cheryl looks especially good. I just hope that the game follows the story we got in Platinum; if I have to double back to fight Fantina, I will not be happy.
-Looks like Honey Trees are still a thing. I just hope that this time, if I run into a shiny Combee, it’s female.
-We’re getting customization in this game as well. Not just with clothing but the hair as well.
-We’re also getting a Ranch where we can keep our extra Pokémon. We can keep a full party of six but the extras go to the Ranch. It makes sense, as we’re in the era before computers and electricity. But I wonder how we’re going to heal our Pokémon; we probably aren’t going to have a Pokémon Center anywhere in this Region.
-Certain Pokémon are “Noble” Pokémon and we’re going to have to go up against them. It seems that some of the Pokémon that are going to help you on your journey are Noble Pokémon. As to whether or not we have to battle them or befriend them it isn’t clear. But some of them apparently have Wardens, so we might be gaining the trust of the Warden to use their Partners. Again, it’s not completely clear.
-Speaking of Noble Pokémon, this is A Thing That Exists:
-Meet Kleavor. It’s a Bug/Rock type and it’s known as the Axe Pokémon. It’s also an evolved form of Scyther. But I’m forced to wonder why we haven’t seen it before. This seems to be a past version of Sinnoh, so I’m wondering if things like Kleavor and the other Nobles went extinct. We’ve touched on the idea of extinction in Pokémon before–every Fossil Pokémon is technically extinct until it’s revived through science–but this would be a new take on it. I mean, it’s an interesting, if sad, idea and we know that extinction exists in the Pokémon world.
To say that the games look amazing is putting it mildly. I’m absolutely excited for these games and can’t wait to get my hands on them. My plans for the winter involve staying home. I won’t be bored during the long winter months.
Diamond and Pearl remakes are out in November. Legends Arceus will follow in January. As for pre-order bonuses, those remain to be seen.