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Hello everyone, AnimeFanFTW here, and yeah. This announcement. Wow.

So, in 2016, Nintendo will release a new Pokemon game on mobile devices called Pokemon Go, where you can capture Pokemon from real world places, and battle and trade.


This announcement came completely out of nowhere. And this is something Nintendo have never done before. To see Nintendo embrace coming out of their comfort zone could produce amazing games. I mean after all, this will be Nintendo's first ever mobile game.

Now, personally, I am super hyped, but I can't help but feel worried. Let me explain.

Judging from the trailer, in terms of capturing Pokemon, of course, the way it happened in the trailer will never happen. So I'm worried about how they will go about doing that aspect of the game. In terms of the battles, I'm a bit worried, with things like if it needs a constant internet connection, or just a signal from other phones, but I think they will make the battle system good enough. If they make the battle system the same as the mainstream Pokemon games, they should have no problems. The trading is simple enough, and I have a hunch that they'll nail the trading part. The thing I'm super hyped for is the part in the trailer that showed Mewtwo: Raids. Events where rare Pokemon will appear, and groups of people can battle this rare Pokemon at once. I think this could be an excellent idea, because meeting fellow Pokemon fans, helping them out, and discussing Pokemon could be really fun.

Other things to consider is that this WILL be a mobile game. And mobile games are infamous for micro-transactions. If this game has micro-transactions, for stuff like Pokeballs, I can see this game failing. The last thing Nintendo need to do is make Pokemon fans angry.

Another thing is that it comes with this wristband thingy, that helps you locate Pokemon, by vibrating. Although the design looks a bit dumb to me, I like the idea.
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Another thing I'm worried about is how popular it will be in the West. I have no doubt that this will be crazy popular in Japan, but much like the 3DS StreetPass, there is a good chance that this won't do as well outside of Japan. Of course, many elite Pokemon fans will download this game as soon as possible, but 2 questions arise: Will this game be popular to the Western public, and if so, will it maintain it? Think about it.

What makes Pokemon fun to play? Personally for me, it's the sense of adventure, walking through this amazing world, finding items, rare Pokemon, battling trainers, and just generally exploring. But this game seems it is only focused on the battling/capturing. Now don't get me wrong, battling/capturing is really fun, but that alone doesn't make a amazing Pokemon game. Sure, there are games, like Pokemon Stadium 1 and 2 for the N64, that focus on nothing but battling, that are generally fun, but the Pokemon games that everyone continues to talk about are the main series, the ones where you can explore. You will probably not get the same sense of exploration, if the game is telling you to walk down the street, just to find a Pidgey on your phone screen.

Obviously, I could just eat these words when I play the game next year, and it turns out to be amazing, but hey, we will find out soon enough. I will give props to Nintendo for nailing the trailer though, because it really has that sense of wanting to give the fans of Pokemon what they want: Pokemon in real life. However, I do think the trailer kinda overhypes itself. Again, the whole scene with the Pokemon coming out of real life objects/places kinda misinforms the people viewing it. The trailer tells us nothing about how the game plays, so we are kinda in the dark about it. For now...

So yeah. This game is set to be released sometime in 2016, and it has been confirmed to be a free downloadable game, and will be available on iPhone/Android phones. So set those calanders, and prepare to wait. You know I'll wait. At least Rocket League can keep me company.

So, that was my opinons on what I think of the trailer. I'd like to hear what you think. :D

Until the next blog...

This is AnimeFanFTW, over and out!
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  • EeveeChu
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  • November 5, 2015, 1:15 pm
I'm excited about it!
  • AnimeFanFTW
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  • November 5, 2015, 5:24 pm
I am as well. :D
  • larazziV
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  • October 15, 2015, 8:45 pm
in-game purchases have been confirmed, just not what on! I recon it'll be like street pass with coins, you walk a certain amount with your phone and get a small amount of coins a day, or you can take the easy way out and buy a pokeball in a day rather then saving coins for a week.
  • AnimeFanFTW
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  • October 15, 2015, 10:27 pm
I'm fine with it having microtransactions. But ONLY if it does have a StreetPass-like system, so you can earn money.
If it doesn't, this game will be a dud.
  • Shellly
  • Level 26
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  • October 7, 2015, 8:49 am
Literally it's going to be hilarious if a Mew shows up in New York City... 



god bless Americans would murder for that Mew.
  • AnimeFanFTW
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  • October 7, 2015, 8:21 pm
R.I.P. Mew
  • Ash Craft Em
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  • October 5, 2015, 7:06 am
OMGLOB i cant wait pokemon adventures here i come and im going to get that game!!!!
  • AnimeFanFTW
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  • October 5, 2015, 6:05 pm
Good to hear. At least it'll be free.
  • Pines
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  • September 23, 2015, 4:19 pm
this isnt a sloth
  • AnimeFanFTW
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  • September 23, 2015, 4:25 pm
you activated my trap card
My quick thoughts on the pokemon go trailer, YAAAAAAAASSSSSSS

the HYPE omfg
  • AnimeFanFTW
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  • September 22, 2015, 4:27 pm
yaaaaaaaaaaas. xD
  • Santi9809
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  • September 21, 2015, 8:16 pm
I dunno. My default policy about games is cautious optimism. I think I read somewhere that you'd get coins to buy Pokeballs and the like by walking. I like that. And microtransactions would help you skip the walking part. I'd be very okay with that, and I'm pretty sure lots of people are lazy enough to pay. Of course, I'm sure these are all just rumours.

Man, I just hope they don't muk it up

Muk
, coral!
  • AnimeFanFTW
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  • September 21, 2015, 9:32 pm
Ahaha, I see what you did there. ;D

Also, walking to collect in-game currency is GENIUS. It'll get people exersicing, and the more you walk and explore, the more money you get. And due to the fact I have a dog that needs walking daily, this can benefit me.

Hopefully, it isn't just rumour.
  • jckfrbn
  • Level 38
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  • September 14, 2015, 5:19 am
Oh man never seen this idea before...... no seriously this idea is so old that rip off brands have been trying for years. If they pull it off awesome but if it follows everyone elses attemps expect a fun distraction for bout 25 minutes
  • AnimeFanFTW
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  • September 14, 2015, 1:23 pm
This idea has been done before?
Examples plz.
  • Dajj
  • Level 37
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  • September 13, 2015, 5:40 pm
It has the potential to be really good if they choose to be a bit more amibtious with it. I believe they have Junichi Masuda working on it, if I've heard right. And as far as I know, I don't think he's worked on anything mobile, so maybe this is a sign that it could be something.

On microtransactions, what I imagine happening is capturing Pokemon could be on a timer, possibly. And you could speed that up by putting in some money so you can catch more. Kind of like with Pokemon Shuffle. In that game, it gives you 5 plays max and then they recharge every 30 minutes, so it could be something like that. What would probably be a bother though is if this timer was on battling with other trainers, too. Microtransactions could also probably be used for higher-grade balls.

I don't have any super solid opinions on this game yet until we see actual gameplay, though. But if this is done well and this game has enough heart put into it, I feel like we could have a really good game on our hands.
  • AnimeFanFTW
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  • September 13, 2015, 5:54 pm
I've also heard Masuda is working on this.
I'll be fine if this game has microtransactions, but only if it doesn't get in the way of the fun. I'll be fine with using normal Pokeballs, instead of Great Balls or above.
Hopefully, it has a mechanic where you can find items exploring as well. That would make the game that much more enjoyable.

I can see this game doing so much, but fingers crossed that it doesn't go the path of Candy Crush.
  • blackgoomba44
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  • September 13, 2015, 12:51 pm
OMG OMG OMG OMG



CANNOT WAIT

just take my diamond man
  • AnimeFanFTW
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  • September 13, 2015, 4:24 pm
Haha, thanks. xD
  • Joebobby5
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  • September 13, 2015, 11:38 am
I cant wait until pokemon go comes out. ITS SO AWESOME!!!!
  • AnimeFanFTW
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  • September 13, 2015, 4:26 pm
So hyped as well. :D
  • irritatedCat
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  • September 13, 2015, 8:44 am
Wow, it's like a sixth sense, but with pokemon instead of dead people!
  • AnimeFanFTW
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  • September 13, 2015, 4:26 pm
Wow, ok. xD
  • C_S
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  • Master Pony
  • September 13, 2015, 8:25 am
They should have actually used something like google glasses,but different.They make their own google glasses which will make it so you can actually see pokemon,I wonder how Pokemon GO will even do this(show pokemon)
  • AnimeFanFTW
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  • September 13, 2015, 4:25 pm
I'm kinda surprised that they're not using Google Glasses. They'll most probably just show what Pokemon it is on the screen.
  • C_S
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  • Master Pony
  • September 13, 2015, 5:53 pm
I know,right!
  • BIO
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  • Master Gent
  • September 12, 2015, 3:41 pm
Now is when they should announce a version for hololens <3 because let's be real. THAT WOULD BE INCREDIBLE
  • AnimeFanFTW
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  • September 12, 2015, 4:04 pm
Google Glasses, we need them now!
  • BIO
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  • Master Gent
  • September 12, 2015, 4:57 pm
Hololens tho <3
  • RevChuckles
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  • September 12, 2015, 3:09 pm
Ill probably upgrade my phone just for this game >//<
I can't wait for it :D
  • AnimeFanFTW
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  • September 12, 2015, 4:04 pm
I'm not even sure my tiny phone can play this game. xD
  • RevChuckles
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  • September 12, 2015, 4:57 pm
Time to upgrade as well then :P
Plenty of time to save some moneys ^-^
  • AnimeFanFTW
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  • September 13, 2015, 1:34 am
But I've had my phone for years, and it still works amazingly...

Except that I don't have alot of room in it to store stuff like music and stuff. ;n;
  • RevChuckles
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Lad
  • September 13, 2015, 1:38 am
Ahaha I'm in the same boat ;w;
I love my Nokia but I'd love a new one that can run emulators ahah >//<
Wow, if it's free I might just get it! I know it won't be nearly as great as in the trailer, but still......
  • AnimeFanFTW
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  • September 12, 2015, 3:04 pm
No harm in downloading a free game. xD
Nope! xD
  • Orbiter
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  • Master Fox
  • September 12, 2015, 7:38 am
Hmm, intresting thoughts. And also intresting that it's free. xD
  • AnimeFanFTW
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  • September 12, 2015, 7:55 am
Thanks. :D
What's more interesting is the microtransactions. Will it only cover exetremely rare Pokemon/items, or will it be everywhere? Who knows.

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