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  • F.T. Wolf

Let's Talk About Why Pokémon should change the way they approach remakes

Updated: Jun 10

The next set of remakes seem inevitable, but it may be better if those remakes were more than just that.

Note: this post was written before the announcement of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl. However, this post is still relevant as it talks about my own views of the direction remakes should take, with Diamond & Pearl simply serving as my example.

After months of waiting, today finally sees the release of the Isle of Armor, the first part of the Sword & Shield expansion pass and the first piece of Pokémon DLC ever for that matter. While I could use this time to do something like summarizing my thoughts on Pokémon doing DCL I've already done just that, but I still wanted to celebrate its release in some way. That's why I'm going to talk about something Pokémon-related that I've quite frankly been thinking about ever since the release of Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon and something that I feel has become more relevant today than it was back then. I think that Pokémon needs to reevaluate, needs to change, the way they approach and make remakes.

The history of remakes

Before the Sword & Shield Expansion Pass was announced, many people were convinced that the next games in the series would be remakes of Diamond & Pearl. Remakes have been incredibly popular ever since their introduction in the early 2000s with Fire Red & Leaf Green. When the 3rd generation of games rolled around with Ruby & Sapphire, due to hardware limitations, all of the previous Pokémon couldn't be transferred to the new games.