Pokémon on the Wii U- Could it Save the System?

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Pokémon is one of the most beloved franchises, not only in gaming but in nerd culture. This is one of the largest series with one of the most dedicated fan bases. In gaming it is Nintendo’s job to distribute Pokémon games that the fans crave. With the recent announcement of Pokémon X and Y one would imagine that come October 3DS’ will be flying off the shelves but that doesn’t halt ones mind into thinking about what Nintendo can do with Pokémon and their latest console, Wii U. If you haven’t played the Wii U yet you might not realize how extraordinary it is compared to the original Wii. The Wii U can be considered overlooked but in reality the mechanics, touch screen gamepad and Nintendo exclusive titles can put this console in the spotlight if Nintendo makes the correct moves.

Pokémon could be a huge step in getting players to notice the Wii U capabilities to a great extent. Because it is such a huge franchise, we are itching to see what the Wii U might have to offer when it comes to Pokémon. Although nothing has been officially announced regarding a Pokémon game coming to the Wii U, it doesn’t hurt to dream. If Nintendo were to release a Pokémon game for the Wii U the three ‘games’ we have listed below would do more than just sell a couple of million consoles!

Pokémon Stadium U

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Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Stadium 2 were a hit on the Nintendo 64 and it would surely be a hit if a new game in the series emerged on the Wii U hardware. While a 3D feel is being integrated into the upcoming release of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y; it will never be the first time players saw their favorite Pokémon in the 3D look on a game. The Wii U would be able to take that look to a completely new level with Pokémon graphics in a game like Pokémon Stadium if they wished. One of the great things about Pokémon Stadium was there was more to it than just battling your Pokémon. There were a bunch of things to do like mini-games, Victory Palace, Event Battle and much more. Aside from how great the Wii U could make Pokémon Stadium battle sequences look and feel, one of the main things that could be really cool in terms of a game like this being made is the mini-games. Think about the way NintendoLand attractions bring together players to compete against each other in different ways by using the Wii remote and the Gamepad as different roles. All Pokémon have different abilities so plotting them against one another outside of the usual battle arena will not only be a fun experience for the players but it could bring Pokémon together in a way they have never cooperated/battled before.

Pokémon Snap

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We are positive that we aren’t the only ones who have thought about the Wii U Gamepad as a camera for Pokémon Snap. A lot of Wii U titles allow the player to turn all around the room while looking at the Gamepad to see things on the side of them or behind them which would work perfectly in a Pokémon Snap title. While the main image would always be displayed on the TV screen, the player could really get into the game by using that Gamepad as a camera. There could be touch screen functions that allow the player to throw food and items to get the Pokémon’s attention and of course a favorites gallery just like before. There doesn’t have to be a whole lot to the game to be impressive if there were to be a new installment to the Pokémon Snap series. If there were to be a Pokémon Snap U game we could imagine the graphics would be extraordinary, probably of which have never before been seen in a Pokémon game. If they took the game and made it feel as real as possible while letting the player imagine that their Wii U Gamepad was the camera being used on the game; it would be hard for a Pokémon fan to be let down. Of course, any Pokémon fan who did not own a Wii U would be forced by pure desire to run out and by one if a next Pokémon Snap game was made for the console.

Pokémon U

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Players get utterly addicted to Pokémon games when they come out for Nintendo’s hand held systems. This can easily be seen when it came to the announcement of Pokémon X and Y. Has anyone ever taken a step back and wondered what it would be like if that same handheld experience was brought to your in-home TV screen? This same experience that is given to the player could be enhanced and just that much better if it were playable on the Wii U itself. Why? Think about the easy access anyone would have to their bag because it would be able to be displayed on their Wii U touch screen Gamepad. It would simulate what players get while playing the DS but with all the potential of the Wii U. Although what we know about the new Pokémon X and Y games has only been positive, imagine the capabilities of the game if it was also playable on the Wii U. There could be more generations of Pokémon, a longer story, real graphics and more if the game was made for the Wii U. The GameCube allowed players to display what was on their GameBoy Advance onto the TV with a special accessory so why not make something similar to that but with modern technology for the 3DS and Wii U. There have been rumors about a Wii U app for Pokémon X and Y but nothing has been officially announced. Bottom line is, while 3DS sales will skyrocket at the release of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, they could do something similar with the Wii U whether it is a separate game or some kind of “to-die-for” integration with the Wii U that will make their console sales skyrocket as well.

Open your mind, it never hurts to dream. If you think Pokémon could make a huge impact on the Wii U with a special idea you might have, share your thoughts in the comment box below.

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One Comment on "Pokémon on the Wii U- Could it Save the System?"

  1. Spookshow January 14, 2013 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Who says the systems needs saving?

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