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Our Pokemon Futures Have Been Revealed!

The next two mainline Pokemon games will be Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet. They were revealed yesterday during a special Pokemon Day livestream, along with some other updates to existing games. Now that I own a Nintendo Switch, I am all prepared for Scarlet and Violet this holiday season!

Based on what little we know so far, it’s looking like Pokemon Legends: Arceus was a testing ground for open world gameplay. Scarlet and Violet are apparently going to be true open world, seamless travel between wild areas and cities and towns. A big, open sandbox of Pokemon adventuring! Obviously, I love the sound of that.

The three new starters are Sprigatito the grass cat, Fuecoco the fire crocodile and Quaxly the water duck. Right now, I’m leaning towards Fuecoco, though I’m pleased to say that I like all three. This is good news for me, considering I did not care for the starters in Arceus or Sword/Shield. So consider my excitement level already starting off at a good spot!

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are promised by the end of the year! Let’s keep our hopes up!

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6 Things I Actually Want From an Open World Pokemon Game

So I bit the bullet this past weekend and splurged on Pokemon Legends: Arceus for my Nintendo Switch. I have been playing Pokemon games consistently since Blue. Heck, I even still play Pokemon Go on a daily basis. So it would make sense that I would want to try out the first truly open open world Pokemon game. I love sandbox games; they’re probably my favorite type of video game. So a Pokemon sandbox? I’m in!

Let’s just move right on to the sequel

I don’t know if I’ll get around to doing a proper review of Pokemon Legends: Arceus. I think my pros and cons are exactly the same as everybody else on the internet. I’m enjoying the catching and general gameplay mechanic, but this game is a far far cry from the types of games/open worlds that we know and love. Both Mario Odyssey and Zelda: Breath of the Wild came out on the Switch at launch. And this is the best Pokemon can offer in response? For shame. So I figured I would spend some time laying out exactly what I would actulaly want to see in a proper Pokemon open world game. Clearly such a thing is possible. Make it happen.

Join me after the jump for six things I want to see in a real, well-made, open world Pokemon game.

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I’m on the Fence About Pokemon Legends: Arceus

Later today, Marvel is going to announce which new X-Man won the poll, and I’m gonna share that as soon as I can. Until then, how about a long gameplay trailer for the upcoming video game Pokemon Legends: Arceus? Those two things go together, right?

I’m on the fence about this game. I do finally own a Nintendo Switch, so I can play it. And I’ve played pretty much every main Pokemon game since the very beginning. But I think Arceus may be the company biting off more than they can chew. I don’t really have faith in the people who make Pokemon games to make Arceus everything they’re promising. So I’m probably gonna wait for reviews and feedback on this one before buying.

But it still looks neat! Pokemon Legends: Arceus comes out on Jan. 28.

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New Pokemon Snap DLC is Coming Tomorrow!

This was a surprise, but a welcome one. New Pokemon Snap for the Nintendo Switch is getting some free DLC tomorrow! This announcement came out of nowhere. It just popped up on YouTube the other day. I hadn’t heard any talk about this, which is a shame, because I loved this game and was hoping for DLC someday. But I’d also just written it off as one and done.

It looks like we’re getting an entire new river biome to travel, and a level where we shrink down to smaller than bugs. Both sound great! And maybe we’ll luck out and this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to DLC for New Pokemon Snap. Here’s hoping!

The free DLC will download on Tuesday.

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Realistic Computer-Animated Animal Technology is Really Good These Days

A couple new movie trailers arrived yesterday to wow us with how cool animals look in CGI these days! Animals and Pokemon!

Oh man, look how cool those Pokemon are! I’m pretty sure that trailer only exists because the world has gone crazy for the Detective Pikachu critters! I know I have. And those are some real greats buried in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-them montage. All this movie has to do to advertise is show more of the Pokemon!

And all the live action Lion King remake has to do is exist, honestly. Just show the animals and play the classic songs and scenes and you’ve got yourself a trailer!

Looks great! I really enjoyed the live action Jungle Book, so I have high hopes for this film. Dumbo was a dud, but the Lion King has hope.

Though am I the only one disappointed that Scar isn’t a different color? I realize his cartoon color probably wasn’t natural for lions, but he looks too…normal in this trailer.

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