by Lindo Korchi | staff writer
6/27 update: This article is based on my first impression of the newest Pokemon game vs. the first generation game.
The newest game installment for the Pokemon series is Pokemon: X & Pokemon: Y, for the Nintendo 3DS. However, how does the newest generation game compete with the first generation games of Pokemon – Yellow, Red, and Blue? With over 13 years of Pokemon games released for different hand-held systems, how far has it come? Let’s compare!
It’s true that in X/Y that I have (or seems to be) a bigger house, but for some reason it gives me that ‘Digimon feel’ as in season 4 when the characters were using Digimon throughout the city and fans were starting to feel like the series was dragging on — not a good feeling. The Yellow version house is pretty basic while also allowing me see most of my surroundings without the extra details of trees, sidewalks, dirt, etc. I also feel that Yellow provides me more space and freedom vs the claustrophobic feel that I get from X/Y.
As I would begin a Pokemon battle in X/Y, it’s simply not the same experience. I feel like I’m playing Pokemon Colosseum for the Nintendo Gamecube - which is not what I want to feel when playing a handheld video game. The attacks in X/Y are vivid, as each move is perfectly demonstrated, whether it be a flamethrower, hydro pump, or even a thunder-shock! The problem is that it ruins the fun of 2D gaming. If Pikachu uses thunder-shock against Eevee then I would like it to be quick so I can use my next attack or move on, however, seeing an animated performance for every attack (or miss) gets annoying at times.
Pokemon games have truly evolved and updated over the years, however, I think the concept of 2D and 3D both have a place in the gaming industry, and 3D games for handhelds don’t quite cut it for me. Not only does it destroy the 2D gaming experience, but the graphics are mediocre when compared to 3D games for consoles – which isn’t attracting. I prefer things to be simple, quick, and to the point, instead of every move being animated, having a detailed structured, and simply being 3D – and that’s what 2D gaming doesn’t provide. But, who knows, maybe it’s because I grew up with the Gameboy Color (mine was atomic purple!) playing Pokemon Yellow, Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, and Tetris in a 2D experience. Nowadays, games just aren’t the same, unfortunately. At least 2D games are still accessible, but will they exist in the future?
As Nintendo focuses to improve 3D gaming, will 2D games die out in the process? And will Pokemon games continue to be as popular within the next 10 – 15 years? Let us know!
[NOTE: The opinions expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the SPJA.]