I’m not surprised by the news but naturally this PokeHolic is also disappointed. What it means for me is I will need to wait until the games are released–and also wait until I get a Nintendo Switch as well–to know which Pokemon from the first 7 Gens are in the Galar Pokedex. Serebii.net has been keeping track and though the list is pretty big so far–looks like it will be as big as the 3rd Gen Hoenn Pokedex so far–I do have balancing concerns and more so given Game Freak Devs said more Pokemon will not be added to the Galar Dex over time.
Game Freak Devs explained–and I’m summarizing–this was gonna happen eventually. “This” being main series games being released that didn’t include every single Pokemon. We’re talking over 800 Pokemon as of the 8th Gen. The Devs also shut down hopes the other Pokemon could be added over time via patches, saying “that’s unlikely to happen”. The Devs also confirmed neither Mega Evolution–Introduced in the 6th Gen games–or Z-Moves–Introduced in the 7th Gen games–will be included in any way in Sword/Shield. The new games will feature a new mechanic called Dynamaxing where a Pokemon grows into a large size.
Backwards Compatability has long been a long standing feature for the main series games. Did you know Pokemon caught in the Original GBA Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire could be sent all the way to the 6th or 7th Gen games? Of course, the 4th and 5th Gen games would be needed but it’s possible. You could also directly migrate Pokemon from the Virtual Console versions of Red/Blue/Yellow and Gold/Silver/Crystal to the 6th and 7th Gen games via Pokemon Bank.
The last time we’ve seen a restriction like this was between the 2nd Gen and 3rd Gen Games. Due to hardware restrictions, it simply wasn’t possible to migrate Pokemon from the 1st or 2nd Gen games to the 3rd Gen Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald. Nintendo eventually fixed this discrepency with the release of FireRed, LeafGreen, Pokemon Coliseum and Pokemon XD, which featured Pokemon from the first two Gens and could be transferred to Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald. Those like myself who had a Cheat Device were able to confirm the data for the then 386 Pokemon was in Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald and the other games released confirmed Nintendo had a plan to bring back older Pokemon.
This time is different.
The biggest reason is because there are now 800+ Pokemon unlike 2003 when there were 386 Pokemon. As one article I recently read put it, longtime Pokemon fans have long outgrown the main series video games. There are so many more entry-level RPG options than there were 20 years ago. It is also clear The Pokemon Company has no plans on drastically changing the basic formula either.
What formula? Well, ALL of the main series games have all of the following included:
- Choice of 3 Pokemon to start (for example Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle in Red/Blue)
- No “Game Over” screen (When all your Pokemon faint, you’re warped back to the last Pokemon Center you visited and lose half your money)
- 8 Pokemon Gyms (except Sun/Moon and UltraSun/UltraMoon, which has no gyms but uses a similar mechanic)
- Elite 4 + Champion (You are the first Champion in Sun/Moon and UltraSun/UltraMoon)
- Evil Team Organization (Team Rocket, Team Skull, etc.)
- Rival Trainer (Blue, Hau, etc.)
- Cover Legendaries (Lugia, Groudon, Dialga, Solgaleo, etc.)
- Professor who offers guidance
- Pokemon Storage PC
- Version Exclusive Pokemon
- Trading (Online as of the 4th Gen games)
- 1 Master Ball given you (REAL Trainers get but don’t use theirs!)
- Time (Day/Night and the actual time for example)
…Those are the main ones that immediately came to mind. Of course, some games have a Gen-wide gimmick like Mega Evolution in the 6th Gen and Z-Moves in the 7th Gen.
Anywho, I feel comfortable saying I’m not gonna sweat the 8th Gen games much. Like I did with the 5th Gen, I will probably play one or both of them at a much later time after a price drop. I don’t even have a Switch right now anyways (LOL!). Priorities and all that.
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