Note: Just because I don’t want there to be any confusion. This is obviously NOT an article for any real Pokemon game. This is a concept I have been wishing for throughout the years. This is essentially simply a nerd’s fantasy of what would be the best Pokemon game to ever be released if done right (in my opinion). This is a LONG read; and it may continue to grow as I see fit. You’ve been warned.
I have been following the Pokemon franchise since their debut in the 90s. While I stopped watching the television show after the Johto arc, and my card gaming faded from playing to simply collecting, I still play the games to this very day.
The Pokedex count has gone from 151 to over 700 Pokemon over the years, and that number has only been growing. Sure, there are more than a few questionable Pokemon concepts to come out over time (don’t know what I mean? Click here for my Top 10 List of the Dumbest Pokemon). With expanded features ranging from choosing your character’s gender (which started in Pokemon Crystal in the year 2000), to getting to play and interact with your Pokemon through PokemonAmie, despite the years, there seems to be no stopping the company from new releases and progressions.
However, realistically, we know that someday, the franchise will have to take a backseat. Companies that prolong a concept after the magic and creativity has gone only wind up destroying the series. I don’t know when that day will be, but I believe the best way to cap off the series, but still leave it open for continued profit would be through a concept I’ve been crossing my fingers for. Let’s call it Pokemon Spectrum.
I have been imagining this ever since I played Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald, thinking, “wouldn’t it be amazing if you could play through all the regions with just one long game?” I would sigh and return to my playing, looking forward to the next game release. However, this wish has grown more and more as we see what the company has managed to incorporate with each release. So if you’re a fellow Pokemon fan, and you like to dream and get your hopes up for the impossible (or perhaps, the highly improbable), read on and cry a little inside with me as we go through the features of my fantasy Pokemon game.
- Character Customization
- The Wonderful World of Pokemon (seasons, times of day, etc.)
- Our Story Begins: An Introduction to Pokemon Spectrum
- Story Arcs
- Pokemon Amie
- Join Avenue
- Hidden Bases and Build-a-Home
- Systems Information
Welcome to Pokemon Spectrum; where you will embark on a lifelong journey through the many regions of the Pokemon world. Here, you will:
- Create your own unique character with an identity all their own.
- Build strong bonds with your Pokemon through an advanced PokemonAmie feature and real-world attachments to bring the experience to your everyday life.
- Complete side-quests and explore endless story arcs as you discover the secrets and depths to this amazing world.
- Be reintroduced to the concept of walking Pokemon, beauty contests, setting up shops, secret bases, and much more.
- Connect with other trainers like never before!
You can now play through the games starting from your humble Pallet Town home, and relive old adventures all while making new ones. Come explore the real world of Pokemon in a celebration decades in the making!
1. Starting Out
You are starting out as a character, aged 11. As the story progresses, your character will grow with story, but this is a toggled feature that will later be explained in detail.
This new customization feature allows you to:
- Choose your character’s gender.
- Decide whether your character is short, average, or tall.
- Set a skin tone from a spectrum of highly fair skin to dark skin tones.
- Set body types when you reach a certain age.
- Choose your hair colour and hairstyle.
- Dress your character!
Many of the options chosen can be changed and further customized as you continue throughout the game. You can later try new and adventurous hairstyles and colours, as well as buy and create your own clothing styles with an advanced mix-and-match system!
2. Character Age Toggle
Your character will start off at the age of 11, but as you play through the game and enter new regions, you will have the option to age. For example, once you enter the Johto region, you can grow to your early teens; once you enter the Hoenn region, you will age to about 17, and so forth. This unlocks some different options where you can once again choose your starting style from the same categories (cute, cool, smart, etc). Reaching the final region of the Pokemon world unlocks the age of a distinguished adult.
Not ready to grow up just yet? Don’t worry! As you unlock an age group by moving through each region, you can decide if you want to stay as you are and grow up later. Be careful about what you choose, however! You won’t be able to go back to being a child/pre-teen again until you have completed the Giratina Story Arc. Once you have, however, you will have the option to move between the age groups whenever you please.
3. Pokemon Boutique Basics
As seen in Pokemon X and Y, this is where you express your style and make your character your own. Once you reach Cerulean City, you will find the first Pokemon Boutiques where you can change your hair to different colours (including multi-coloured hair), and new un-lockable styles, you can change your makeup, get eye contacts to change your eye colour, and this is also where you will find your first clothing store, which will work the same as they did in Pokemon X and Y, where each day of the week will feature different options.
Eventually, you can pursue a career in fashion and create your own styles, but that will be explained later.
The Wonderful World of Pokemon
Pokemon locations would be generally the same, if not similar to that of the other games. So you would still find Pidgeys and such right after you’ve left Pallet Town, but some Pokemon would only be attainable through side-quests, and other game features which will be explained later.
Here, we will mix feature that showed up as early as Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal. Some Pokemon will only be attainable at certain times of day, or even during certain seasons. If you’ve enabled a connection between your game system and your local weather app, the weather in your area will be the weather you see in the game!
The music for each city and region would be the same as they were shown in their respective games, but the sound would of course simply be of modern quality. For example, Lavender Town’s theme would sound more like this:
The feature of a Pokemon Safari would also be reintroduced, but it would be one Safari Zone per region.
Our Story Begins: An Introduction to Pokemon Spectrum
After an introductory video, you will see Professor Oak. “Hello there! Welcome to the world of Pokemon!” He will go through a similar dialogue to what was used in the original Pokemon Blue/Red/Yellow games. Here is where you will:
- Choose your gender.
- Set your skin tone from a spectrum of natural colours (ranging from pale/fair to very dark).
- Choose your eye colour (blue, green, brown, hazel or black).
- Choose your natural hair colour (blonde, brown, black or red) and a style to start with.
- Name your first rival.
This is when you would wake up in your bed in good ol’ Pallet Town. You would look into your mirror to get dressed in a beginner’s style (either cool, cute, elegant or smart) before you walked downstairs to meet your mother, who would send you on your way. You can run right off the bat in this one; you don’t need to find running shoes or anything.
When you would inevitably try to walk into the grass, Professor Oak will show up and capture that mean old Pikachu. Like in Pokemon Yellow, you would then meet your rival in the lab, who would take the Pokeball you were supposed to get, which contained an Eevee. Professor Oak would give you the Pikachu (which you can evolve with a Thunder Stone later in the game if you wish) and you would get to face your rival.
Your mom would hand you your Town Map and shoo you away (that was easy…).
You’d then begin your journey with your Pikachu. Now, this Pikachu doesn’t refuse to stay in it’s Pokeball. Any Pokemon you’ve got walking around in your PokemonAmie screen will show up on the game as it will be walking alongside/behind you like in Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum. Some Pokemon would not be able to walk with you, however (for example, it’s not fair to ask your little Magikarp to grow legs). In this case, if any of your other Pokemon are able to walk, they will be shown instead. If not, no Pokemon will be seen walking alongside you.
This feature will also be incorporated with various actions such as cycling. If your Pokemon is small enough, for example, it can be seen sitting in the basket on your bike.
Your goal is still to collect gym badges and defeat the Pokemon League Champion, and the storyline will essentially be the same as seen in the old games. However, along the way, you will get to play through different story arcs that are in reference to Pokemon lore and the anime.
Some of these would be optional, but others would be a part of the main story.
Here are a few arcs that would be addressed:
- Meet Team Rocket: that’s right, they’re back. Near the end of Mt. Moon, you will meet Jessie, James and Meowth. They’ll demand you hand over your Pokemon, and will use Ekans and Koffing to try to force you to comply. After defeating them in your first double-battle, your Pokemon will send ’em blasting off again, but you will meet them again and again throughout your journey, where Ekans and Koffing will have evolved. Their team will grow throughout the story, too; including Wobbuffet, Victreebell, Gourgeist, Seviper, Woobat, Yanmega, Frillish, Inkay, Growlithe, and much more!
- The Three Starters: Like in Pokemon Yellow, you will be able to find the three original starters in a similar way by playing through their short-lived arcs at any time. These arcs would require the use of PokemonAmie to complete.
Charmander can be attained north of the Nugget Bridge. You will find it by a large stone where you can play mini games with it. However, it will not join your party until it likes you enough.
Bulbasaur can be found at the Day Care house south of Cerulean City. After it likes you enough, it will challenge you to a battle. Capture it and it will join you on your journey.
Finally, there’s Squirtle. This arc would be a little bit longer. When you reach Vermillion, you would come across a strange patch of grass. If you stepped on it, you would fall into a trap and trigger this arc. You would play through a story arc where you have been captured by the Squirtle Squad and Team Rocket. You would eventually befriend the Squirtle Squad’s leader and after helping you battle Jessie and James, you would escape with a spunky Squirtle on your side.
- S.S. Anne: In the original games, you would briefly get to board the S.S. Anne in Vermillion City before it sailed on it’s journey, but you never got to play through the Shipwreck scenario seen in the anime. You could choose to stay on after obtaining your HM01 from the Captain to play through, or to get off and return to the original story. Choose carefully, you cannot return to this story arc if you’ve said no. You can explore the shipwreck much later, but you will not get to play through the arc. If you chose to stay on board, however, you will then battle Team Rocket before working with them to escape the doomed vessel. Once complete, you will arrive back in Vermillion City to continue your adventure.
- Lavender Town: This would be quite possibly the darkest arc in the game and the Silph Scope is required to finish it. When you arrive in Lavender Town, you will see a sequence where you overhear two Team Rocket Grunts talking about selling Cubone skulls, and how it’s mother was accidentally killed when it tried to protect it’s child. You would then fight your way to the top of Pokemon Tower, ridding it of Team Rocket, topping it off with a battle against Jessie and James. Beyond, you find a crying Cubone. You will not have to battle Marrowak’s ghost. You would simply see a sad cutscene where it says goodbye to it’s mother’s ghost before she flies off. After this, you would wake up in the Volunteer House where you would be given the choice to take Cubone with you.
This would be the only way to obtain a Cubone in the game, but if you refused, you could always return to bring it with you later..
Other story arcs would involve traveling between regions. For example, you would complete a story arc involving Lugia, based off the movie, Pokemon 2000; where you would see the Legendary Birds. After this arc is complete, you can return to Kanto any time to challenge and capture Articuno, Moltres and Zapdos in their locations which would be the same as in the Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow games. This would also cause Lugia to show up in the wild at random so you could challenge and capture it as well.
I think PokemonAmie was a great addition to the franchise. Getting to interact with your Pokemon one-on-one really makes it all feel more personal, and I think all they’d really have to do is expand on it. For example, more mini games, which can be unlocked by doing certain things throughout the game!
I think, as a part of the culinary career path, being able to make your own recipes of Pokemon Food, poffins, etc. would be a fun and interesting addition!
Being able to set up new backgrounds and such for each individual Pokemon would be wonderful, too; we can set up decorations and backgrounds for the out-of-game screen of PokemonAmie, but I’d like to see that incorporated in the actual feature.
Pokemon Spectrum’s Join Avenue (perhaps under a different name) would take inspiration from Pokemon Black/White 2. Upon reaching a specific area, you could start your own marketplace either on your own, or with friends (maybe even create you own mall). It could be accessed in-game, through your computer, phone, or nearly any other device with internet connection. You could decorate and customize this area and open all kinds of shops/services such as (but not limited to):
- Pokeball Boutique: You could create custom-made Pokeballs for trainers to keep their Pokemon in. Rather than the plain-Jane red tops, you could change that colour to anything you choose, add stickers and decals, and even interesting animated effects for when it opens in battle.
- Boutiques: Here, you could create your own outfits and accessories to be bought by other trainers.
- Restaurants: You could serve foods to trainers and Pokemon to make them happier, or even boost certain stats. Create your own recipes and share them with your friends!
- Real Estate Office: You can create concepts of homes and hidden bases for others to see and purchase.
- PokeTheatre: You can showcase videos you have made with your Pokemon and let others star in your productions for a price.
- Pokemon Day Care: You could help speed up the process of hatching eggs, set up a breeding/adoption program, and even offer a move tutoring service!
- Pokemon Gyms: that’s right; now you can open your own Pokemon Gym with your friends! People would try their luck battling it out against you and your chosen comrades.
Hidden Bases and Build-a-Home
Let’s face it, when Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald were introduced, and we found out we could create a secret base, many of us collectively lost our minds and spent lots of time and Pokemon dollars building our base. However, looking at how far the franchise has come, there’s so much they could easily do to make it worthwhile.
For one thing, aside from a secret base, you could even save up to build your own entire house once you’ve managed to play past a certain point. You could create a custom home on a feature available on the Pokemon website, or you could buy one from another player’s Real Estate shop through Join Avenue. Once that’s done, you can build on the house, change up colour schemes, move in furniture, and all kinds of things!
As an added effect, you could meet your friends in your secret base, or at your home. Communicate online and meet them where you agreed so you can play exclusive mini-games for boosts, prizes and more!
Here’s where it gets interesting. This is also one of the more time-consuming parts of the game that appeal to the older demographic as well.
So much importance has been set on training and battling Pokemon, but establishing yourself as anything else has never been an option; until now! Now you can chose from an array of career paths, but when you start out, you will simply be a ‘trainer.’ You can choose up to two titles to be displayed as you find them an complete their paths. Your career would include, but would not be limited to: fashion designer, actor/actress, musician, architect, chef, athlete, medic, scientist, gym leader, and much more!
These are all completely optional and not essential to the main storyline in any way, but their arcs would be very involved.
Here’s how this would work:
- Designer: Upon seeing the Pokemon Boutique in Cerulean, you would unlock the ability to go down this path. From there, you can design your own clothes to wear and sell in Join Avenue, you can purchase styles others have created, and plenty more! Though completing designer quests, you can unlock new features, and you can even dress up Pokemon for shows; but the Pokemon’s clothing would be removed for the rest of the story. The Designer story arc would be the only way to obtain a Feebas (and a Prism Scale) without trading for it. Oh, and if you’re worried about how much the clothes would go for, don’t be; the maker would not have control over the pricing; it would automatically be chosen from the system, so no million dollar t-shirts here.
- Actor/Actress/Musician: This is where you can pursue fame and fortune through your acting and musical chops! You can unlock features such as creating musical groups with your friends, starring and directing movies and commercials, etc. This would be unlocked by shooting your first Trainer Video (as seen in Pokemon X and Y). The Trainer Videos would have more options, and lots of unlockable features throughout the game. Pursuing the musician’s path would be the only way to obtain Meloetta.
- Medic: whether you breed them or rescue them, a Pokemon medic’s job is endless. You could unlock this arc by receiving your first egg from the Day Care Man south of Cerulean when he recognizes your talent. You would spend your time helping others hatch their eggs faster, granting training bonuses, rescuing, healing and treating Pokemon and their injuries, etc. This would be the only way to get a Chansey.Well, you get the idea!
Just as seen in Pokemon Black/White 2, you could collect Medals for various achievements throughout the game, and even receive prizes as you go!
This would be an interesting feature that would possibly be one of the most difficult things to include. The base game would be playable on a handheld device such as the Nintendo3DS, but other features would accessible through (sometimes exclusively) a different system/console.
Computers: You could access Join Avenue and play mini-games by simply visiting the proper website. Storing Pokemon, sharing your Pokedex progress, and trading Pokemon online would all be possible through their online database. This would be the primary career-based console; making it easy to create/customize fashion, secret bases, houses, Pokeballs and much more.
Smartphones: After downloading the free application on your smartphone, you could play mini-games and capture Pokemon in the real world with a Pokemon Go-style gameplay. Certain legendaries and shiny Pokemon could only be found in this way. For example, you could find a Shiny Articuno, but you’d have to visit the North Pole!
Other Consoles: There could be a Pokemon Stadium-style game available for purchase on the Nintendo Store where you battle Pokemon and build teams for fun, which would be great for battling your friends and you could even play console-exclusive PokemonAmie mini-games to build your friendships with your Pokemon. This would also include the ability to play games with your friends as was seen in the old Pokemon Stadium games.
Other possible general features: