Game Freak Will Eventually Need To Bring Every Pokémon To The Nintendo Switch
We’ve been playing a lot of Pokémon Sword and Shield and we think it’s an absolute triumph. Pokémon has never looked so good and it really feels like the most modern iteration of the series we’ve ever had.
We actually supported and understood Game Freak’s decision not to include every Pokémon in Sword and Shield. They did this because they had to redesign every character model from the ground up. They weren’t kidding either. There’s a stark difference between Sword and Shield and the earlier games such as Sun and Moon. In those two games the animations from existing Pokémon were simply copy and pasted X and Y or Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Where Sun and Moon’s new Pokémon were created from scratch. Meaning as far as workload went, it wasn’t so bad last time.
This was never going to cut it in Sword and Shield, those models would have looked out of date on the Switch and Game Freak needed to finish the game in time. The Switch also sorely needed a fully-fledged new generational Pokémon game. The console had existed two years without one. That’s a long time to wait for a Nintendo exclusive on their flagship console, especially one that’s not just the latest portable Nintendo console, but their current home console too. The decision quite frankly, was necessary and needed to be made.
Game Freak ship a new Pokémon game every year and fans would have been more annoyed if they hadn’t been given one that was a brand-new generation of the series. If you think there has been annoyance over Game Freak’s decision not to include over 800 Pokemon, just imagine how frustrated fans would have been if the game had been another remake or re-release of a previous gen? Or worse, no game at all. Game Freak simply couldn’t win, most fans recognised this which is what #ThankYouGameFreak was all about.
Prior to Sword and Shield we had been given a ‘soft reboot’ of the series with Let’s Go Pikachu/Evie, which was essentially another remake of the original first generation. This was a fantastic litmus test for the series on Switch. But due to it being a remake of Pokémon Yellow (with Pokémon Go functionality) Game Freak only needed to design/re-design 153 Pokemon, including the two newcomers. Meaning it wasn’t as big of a job as Sword and Shield.
Also, no Pokémon game has ever come bundled with EVERY Pokémon catchable from the get-go. Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby came close but even they fell a little short. Expecting the game to feature every single creature is unreasonable for launch, however now that launch is out of the way, Game Freak can have some breathing room and have a full 12 months to decide what to do next.
We believe now Game Freak should now get to work updating the character models for every Pokemon. We’re living in an era of internet patches, updates and free DLC. It’s not completely out of the question that Sword and Shield, or whatever Pokémon game comes out in 2020 contains these updated character models. We’re not asking for every character to be catchable, just have the models programmed in. This way players can upload older Pokémon from other games.
In time Game Freak do need to accommodate the Pokémon who’ve been left out. After all, don’t create over 800 creatures for us to love and then tell us to forget about half of them. Some of them have been our companions for 20 years. I don’t need Mewtwo to be part of every Pokémon game, his story is told. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to bring him over from a previous game and have him kick ass in the Galar region.
Better yet, once the models have been updated, allow players to carry over Pokémon from the 3DS era using the Pokémon bank. I’ve got hundreds of little blighters just sitting there waiting to be unleashed. My Pokémon Sun and Moon National Pokedex is completed but it’s kind of just sitting around doing nothing. I’d quite like to bring them over at some point please Game Freak. Every other previous Pokémon Gen has allowed us to do this in some form so it should carry on, especially with assets like the Pokémon bank and modern technology.
But we can’t do any of this until the models are updated. Luckily, we’re fairly confident that Game Freak have had all the above ideas way before we did, and are already hard at work doing this. It will be interesting to see what they do next year. Will we get an enhanced remake of Sword and Shield? Say Ultra Sword and Ultra Shield? Or a ‘Let’s Go’ remake of Gen 2? Will it finally be Sinnoh confirmed?
Whatever the case, first we want to say #ThankYouGameFreak again, now get on with bringing our monsters home. You’ve got the time you need.