Why The Pokemon Reveal Was a Waste of Time
Nintendo held its special Pokemon Direct last night, promising 9 or so minutes of Pokemon news, straight into our eye holes. My Twitter was abuzz with speculation of what great new thing was in store for us Poke-fans and what was coming for Switch from the franchise. Unfortunately, Nintendo didn’t exactly deliver when it came to our lofty expectations and now the question remains – is this all we can expect or are they holding out on us.
The majority of the presentation was a trailer for Pokken Tournament DX, essentially a port of the Wii U Pokemon fighting game but with a few new characters added to the lineup. The trailer emphasised the portability of the Switch, by attempting to show off the ability to challenge everyone, everywhere you go.
The problem behind this is that Pokken Tournament doesn’t exactly have the biggest fanbase, perhaps due to releasing on Wii U but also due to it being another fighting game in a market that is already well established in its niche. It’s also just another port, which doesn’t exactly have fans frothing with excitement for the future of gaming on Nintendo’s newest console.
This is not to say that Pokken doesn’t deserve a spot on the Switch’s lineup, but dedicating the majority of an (albeit short) Nintendo Direct felt like a let down for many who tuned in to see what big new thing we were being offered.
Next up we were given a sneak peek at Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon and I personally kept waiting for the 3DS graphics to sharpen and transform into something we’d see on the Switch, but I waited in vain. The new games appear to be similar to what Black and White 2 were in the series, with the same world being featured but a different story line with some variations on the region’s Pokemon.
Again, I will almost certainly get and play one of these games but the audience were left wondering, can this really be all?
Finally, we learned that the Gameboy Colour classics, Pokemon Gold and Silver are coming to virtual console. As some of the highest rated games on their platform (and perhaps of all time) it’s nice to see but only added to the air of ‘huh’ that I felt while watching the presentation.
The stream fades to black and I sit there still watching for several minutes expecting the real reveal, something big and new for my shiny Switch. It never came.
I’m not sure what Nintendo’s goal was with this presentation, perhaps just to get the jump on E3 and have a few pieces of news go live that won’t get buried in the hype. Maybe it’s all a tease and the biggest Pokemon news will be revealed during Nintendo’s Treehouse event during the conference. I’d like to give Ninty the benefit of the doubt but this has made me wary for their next batch of news and I don’t think I’m alone in the disappointment.