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The people in charge of making Pokemon popular again have done a great job. Pokemon was big a few years ago and it's recently made an amazing comeback. A whole new generation of kids are trying to catch them all.

It's a very good time to be a Pokemon fan. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl for the Nintendo DS have been in the Top 10 best selling games for months now and the Diamond and Pearl cartoon is pretty popular too. But why stop there? I have a vision and Pokemon people feel free to borrow this idea from me, that would make Pokemon an even more dominant gaming franchise. I'd like to see a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) based on the world of Pokemon.

Sure, I know that's there's a few Pokemon games online like Pokemon Crater and Pokemon Online (POL) but those games are pretty simple and based on the the game play of the Game Boy Advance version of Pokemon. And I don't even think that Nintendo has anything to do with them. They could be one cease and desist letter away from being shut down.

I'd like to see a World of Warcraft style Pokemon game online. Use the same story line and game play but put the players in a cartoony 3D environment. Choose your trainer avatar and start your adventure. Think about how cool it would be to wander around different towns and cities, catch wild Pokemon, train them, battle other trainers, do gym battles, collect badges and enter tournaments and do it all in a online 3D environment that you share with other Pokemon trainers. And to make it interesting they could add some members of Team Rocket to mix.

This would be a great game for the Wii's Online Service. Pokemon Battle Revolution is out and it already has online play in Japan but that game is just an extension of Diamond and Pearl. Without a DS, that game isn't too good. No, they need to start over with a whole new online Pokemon game.

The Nintendo Wii is the hottest selling new video game console right now and it's outselling the PS3 and XBox 360. The Wii is still hard to find in the stores and that isn't going to change anytime soon. The Wii's only weakness seems to be it's online play which is weak at best. Super Smash Bros. Brawl is going to have online play but it's release has been pushed back to February. My Worlds of Warcraft Pokemon game idea (let's call it Worlds of Pokemon for this article) if done right, could become the game that puts the Wii Online Service on the map.

Hopefully someone at Nintendo has already come up with this idea and programmers are already hard at work on Worlds of Pokemon. If not, then I hope they have enough free time to come here to PokemonToday and get inspired.

10 comments:

At October 25, 2007 at 7:26 PM bzoomer16 said...

Well...there's a great idea in this, BUT there's far too many drawbacks right now. Think about it.

1. The level 99s would kill all the lvl 2s and people would hate it, unless some form of control like in Runescape was put into place. Then...we get way too many people that have nobody to battle because all the people that have owned the game for a long time are too good to even play against the noobs.

2. There would be way too many people for Nintendo WFC to handle in world distributing. Waaaaay too many people. And if you weren't in the same world as your friends...you're gonna get mad. But if you can switch worlds, certain worlds are bound to overflow.

3. The concept of "property ownage" wouldn't work well. If every person had their own little "secret base" or house or whatever, the game would run out of land. And if you're in a different world than the one that your house is in...crap.

4. Any form of MMO on Wii seems too tough to implement right now. The only way it would really work well is with a DS-Wii combo. DS would be the voice chat (it's not gonna work without either voice chat or written messages sorta like pictochat...but voice chat seems the logical option, if bandwidth supports it. I dunno if that'd work because my Wii is extremely slow internet on a very fast wi-fi network...idk) and you could move with the d-pad and whatever like normal Pokemon games, and the wii would be the tv screen and such...well...yeah. It could work. But it certainly would take a lot more than most games...

 
At December 31, 2007 at 7:33 AM Daniel Son said...

zoomer you must not be 2 big on video games or somthin... im sorry but i have to contirdict all of your statments

1.institute a trainer lv based on your current teams average level or somthin if person u want to kill isnt within 10 lvs of that they have to start the fight.

2.could be a problem just make servers like any basic game does nitendo $$$...

3.hmmm secret base is fixed to you example:you wanlk into a the tree which is your secret base,the game recognizes you and loads your map how u set it up,if someone else uses that tree for a base it loads them theres not yours. maby have some sort of invite method for freinds.

4.hmm have to agree with you here it would take WAY toooo much data for a cd or even series of cds.
would have to be cpu oreinted in some way...

all ive got to say thx for listining.

 
At December 31, 2007 at 9:16 AM bzoomer16 said...

Daniel...I have a couple of comments on your points.

1. "institute a trainer lv based on your current teams average level" Well...I know that when I'm on Pokemon (or at least used to be) I would go around with a couple strong pokemon and several weak ones that I switch in and out for EXP because I don't like having to level them up the "right way". That could mess up the "average" level. However, I completely agree with the fact that you should be able to battle a weaker person if they start the fight.

2. "could be a problem just make servers like any basic game does nitendo $$$..." There's hundreds of thousands of people that would play this game. Pokemon isn't like most games where you have a couple of friends you play with online all the time like on Halo. Pokemon is a gigantic community. My point was that since there's so many people playing, different servers would have to be made (like you said). However, if you don't run into all your friends when you're playing, what's the point? I said "if you can switch worlds, certain worlds are bound to overflow". I was trying to say that if everybody's with their friends, there's going to be some worlds that are too crowded to effectively move in. When people are in your way all the time, it's going to be hard navigating around once you get some speed on your bike. If you can walk through people, you can't talk to them though.

3. If your secret base is always a fixed area, the game won't know whose base you're trying to access. The world should be really big to accommodate for people "owning" land. That would be really cool to have your own place you "lived" in. (e.g. Person A is from Pallet Town, Person B is from Veridian City, etc.)

4. I wasn't trying to say it's too much data for one disk (it's very doable), but it might be really hard because of internet lag and such. I think it might be hard to integrate all the activity in the world at one time, though. Between the DS, Wii, TV, internet, and Servers...this game could work reaaaally slooooowly.

Lastly, I believe this game could dump the image that all you do is walk around and electrify rats and birds and crap. This game could create a genuine bond between you and your pokemon, thanks to the interactivity of the wii and DS. You could talk to your pokemon and see its mood (like in Pokemon Yellow, but not sucky). If you had that true friendship with your Pokemon and your real-life friends through the internet, it'd be great. The DS would pose some limitations on the control, of course (no motion control) but you could surely switch to a Wiimote pretty quickly for activities like fishing with your Pikachu or whatever. I think that if you combined all the great aspects that all the pokemon games developed, you'd really have something wonderful.
List:
Red/Blue - Basics of moving, catching, battling, etc.

Yellow - Being able to have every single pokemon between trades and all (before you only got one of the starters), and a "mood indication" when you talked to pikachu.

Gold/Silver - Berries, new pokeballs, other new crap.

Crystal - A true, more in-depth storyline, made it feel like the cartoon in a sense. Between the Unowns, Suicune, and all the other legendaries, you felt like you were on a true quest to be a Pokemon Master.

Ruby/Sapphire - More features, other crap

Emerald - More features, other crap...the first "3rd" game that didn't have as much to offer

Pokemon TCG - The cards were pretty cool but you had to actually buy them. I think it'd be awesome to have both "real" pokemon as well as cards in this proposed game. That would add another aspect to the game, making it last a lot longer.

Pokemon Channel - This game was great as far as ideas to add to this proposed game. The bond you get with Pikachu between watching TV and playing together to collecting things you buy over the Shop Channel. If you had that same experience with all your pokemon, the community would be great. However, not being able to move around really sucked, especially with the GameCube...motion controls with Wii should have been the answer, not simple analog cursor-moving around the small view and few areas to be in. The Wii/DS really opened up a lot of opportunities for this possibility for the future...that's going to be the thing that brings back Pokemon from the "addicted gamer collector freak" pile, to a new age of Pocket Monsters.

Thanks for hearing me out! Write back if you have any comments.

 
At March 25, 2008 at 12:06 AM GIRUM said...

well having pokemon mmorpg would be one of the biggest hits in a game history....like WOW....but i think since the nintendo makers know that the only why thats possible is to make it available on pc...computer play...which would decrease the income the nintendo company is getting on..WII and other nintendo gaming products... so if they are brave enough ...they would create some kind of way to make money and also make the game availabe on pc...which people all over the world would be able to participate in it....
well before i finish my idea...i see that there were a lot talk about lvls ..well just some other game i know like archlord....if a player fights another player who isn's in 5 lvls below him, he would get a point decreased and stuff and he have to write a latter ...in game...i have no idea how these works ...and get back to his original status ..so i suggest that when they make the pokemon game, they would give the character an overall lvl so that it would be determined my that..

(sorryif there are any spelling errors in the writing ..it gets annying sometimes...)
thanks for hearing my ideas ...

 
At March 26, 2008 at 1:47 PM NativeDaughter said...

The player vs. player battle problem is easy to solve. As in most MMORPGs, PVP servers exist separate from regular game play servers. When you enter a PVP server, you're going in knowing that you (and the other people playing within that server) are looking for a fight. Secondly, most MMORPGs require that both parties agree to the fight before starting. If a player with 6 lvl 99 pokemon challenges someone with significantly weaker pokemon, the second player can simply turn down the offer to battle. Different battle tactics should also be agreed upon before the battle starts, like whether or not Potions, Revives, or Heal Sprays can be used. This can all be discussed and agreed upon by the two trainers. I'd imagine that if the world of Pokemon existed in any kind of reality, this is how a battle would happen anyway. Not so much as it does in the traditional GBA and DS games (where you can't decline a battle and are forced into it). Also, many MMORPGs have PVP servers that work on a sliding scale. Levels 0-20 on Server 1; Levels 21-30 on Server 2, etc etc.

Playing with your friends would actually be easy. Simply agree to enter a single server. "Okay, today we're meeting on the Blue Server." If one or more people can't get in (because of over-crowding) simply switch out and find another, less crowded server to play in. A company like Nintendo can afford to put some decent financial support into purchasing and maintaining server space and if the business proves lucrative enough, I'm sure they'd have no problem securing additional servers if needed.

Secret bases also have a simple solution. Regardless of what server you're on, the virtual world remains constant. If you travel to a distant land IRL, you can't just pop back into the comfort of home whenever you feel like it. You'd have to travel back; the same should be done in a Virtual Pokemon world. Besides, once you have a Pokemon that can Fly (which is around the time you should be establishing a base anyway), getting back to your HQ shouldn't be too much of a problem. HQs would probably cost an additional fee (like a Regular Membership vs. Premium Membership) to pay for the space you're taking up on the Server. Plenty of MMORPGs have "houses" and "property" that individual players own and maintain. This is also not an issue.

If a new generation of Wii (or a completely new gaming system from Nintendo...) comes out, it would seem logical (at least from a business standpoint) for Nintendo to increase the system's online performance capabilities. Online gaming is a lucrative business and the company would be foolish to pass up such an obvious opportunity to expand it's appeal. There's already an established community begging for a Pokemon MMORPG, new fans coming around all the time (what with Diamond and Pearl on television) and old fans (like myself) who are rediscovering just why they loved this game as a kid.

Any problem like the ones mentioned here can be easily overcome by some careful planning on the part of the game designers. And don't forget; all MMORPGs go through extensive Beta-testing to work out the initial kinks and most have frequent updates to improve gameplay as the game expands and grows.

I wouldn't be surprised if a Pokemon-based MMORPG is already in development or will be within the next few years. Again, Nintendo is a business, and like all businesses, it exists to generate profits. Wasting a market like this is financial suicide.

 
At July 8, 2008 at 5:36 PM Pivot said...
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At July 8, 2008 at 5:39 PM Pivot said...

I'm currently working on a Pokemon Online MMO myself (we have a small beta, Pokemon Global Online version 0.15). I'd be interested in hearing your ideas; here are some of our solutions:

1. For PvP, approval system with average level display, as well as geographical areas where approval system is not in effect (certain dungeons).
2. Property ownage focused into secret bases, as one poster suggested. Same for guild bases.

Any suggestions (I'd advise tech-savvy people to give the SVN a try) are certainly welcome.

 
At July 16, 2008 at 5:41 AM richy__01 said...

Richard Tannous.
richy__01@hotmail.com
my email on msn in case any pokemon fan wants to share the IDEA of world of pokemon.

guys, there are many solutions to levels'conflicts and stronger beating the weaker argument. friends i have been waiting for a long time and i had the idea of world of pokemon ever since i was fed up with world of warcraft.i played wow for a long time, but pokemon seems much fun and much challenging to play the game like the old original pokemon story starting from the adventures of ash ketchum: like ash we get to choose our first pokemon embarck on a quest to level up ur pokemon, by battling wild pokemon not other players, get stronger asa a trainer by catching more pokemons and updating them to higher level and new pokemons.. eventually to be able to win badges u get to fight in gyms and fight other players risking or betting on ur pokemons.... this world of pokemon gets u close to ur pokemon to live the story of wat would be like if for real we had pokemons and we for real could go on that quest.
WORLD OF POKEMON WOULD IN MY THOUGHTS BE THE HIT GAME OF ALL ONLINE GAMES FOR THE ADVENTURE IS MUCH TOO BEAUTIFULL AND FUN TO MISS. Hope my idea come to ur thoughts as world of warcraft was once a dream to make , nowadays nothing is difficult if u got the right equipment and strong programers working on this game. i think nintendo and administrators have that kind of power to recruit the best people for the job
thank YOU all.

 
At July 16, 2008 at 5:41 AM richy__01 said...

Richard Tannous.
richy__01@hotmail.com
my email on msn in case any pokemon fan wants to share the IDEA of world of pokemon.

guys, there are many solutions to levels'conflicts and stronger beating the weaker argument. friends i have been waiting for a long time and i had the idea of world of pokemon ever since i was fed up with world of warcraft.i played wow for a long time, but pokemon seems much fun and much challenging to play the game like the old original pokemon story starting from the adventures of ash ketchum: like ash we get to choose our first pokemon embarck on a quest to level up ur pokemon, by battling wild pokemon not other players, get stronger asa a trainer by catching more pokemons and updating them to higher level and new pokemons.. eventually to be able to win badges u get to fight in gyms and fight other players risking or betting on ur pokemons.... this world of pokemon gets u close to ur pokemon to live the story of wat would be like if for real we had pokemons and we for real could go on that quest.
WORLD OF POKEMON WOULD IN MY THOUGHTS BE THE HIT GAME OF ALL ONLINE GAMES FOR THE ADVENTURE IS MUCH TOO BEAUTIFULL AND FUN TO MISS. Hope my idea come to ur thoughts as world of warcraft was once a dream to make , nowadays nothing is difficult if u got the right equipment and strong programers working on this game. i think nintendo and administrators have that kind of power to recruit the best people for the job
thank YOU all.

 
At July 16, 2008 at 5:44 AM richy__01 said...

Richard Tannous.
richy__01@hotmail.com
my email on msn in case any pokemon fan wants to share the IDEA of world of pokemon.

guys, there are many solutions to levels'conflicts and stronger beating the weaker argument. friends i have been waiting for a long time and i had the idea of world of pokemon ever since i was fed up with world of warcraft.i played wow for a long time, but pokemon seems much fun and much challenging to play the game like the old original pokemon story starting from the adventures of ash ketchum: like ash we get to choose our first pokemon embarck on a quest to level up ur pokemon, by battling wild pokemon not other players, get stronger asa a trainer by catching more pokemons and updating them to higher level and new pokemons.. eventually to be able to win badges u get to fight in gyms and fight other players risking or betting on ur pokemons.... this world of pokemon gets u close to ur pokemon to live the story of wat would be like if for real we had pokemons and we for real could go on that quest.
WORLD OF POKEMON WOULD IN MY THOUGHTS BE THE HIT GAME OF ALL ONLINE GAMES FOR THE ADVENTURE IS MUCH TOO BEAUTIFULL AND FUN TO MISS. Hope my idea come to ur thoughts as world of warcraft was once a dream to make , nowadays nothing is difficult if u got the right equipment and strong programers working on this game. i think nintendo and administrators have that kind of power to recruit the best people for the job
thank YOU all.

 

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