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  • Nikku7 - October 8, 2013 10:10 p.m.

    I've said it before... I want something akin to the Poketch back! The touch screen not only manages my connections with friends? It also allows me to check my party HP, Happiness, has a calculator, itemfinder, type advantage checker, clock, pedometer, and all kinds of other helpful shit thrown in there? HELL YES I WANT THAT.
  • Shinn - October 7, 2013 10:12 p.m.

    Two huge things: 1) The perfect menu layout and control scheme from soul silver / heart gold. 2) A way to move pokemon to my new games available at launch.
  • Frieza - October 7, 2013 6:41 p.m.

    It's really a shame when GF introduces a new, fun feature that contributes to the game tremendously, yet takes it out in the next game. All of the features listed above I 100% agree with. Why GF thought these features were not good enough to be in the next game is beyond me... @2: Didn't use the Pokewalker, so I really don't have much of an opinion on it. It looked like a cool little device. @3: Pokémon contests introduced a whole new game style for Pokémon. While the contests weren't particularly hard to beat, they certainly had potential to be very competitive and fun. There was a lot of strategy and prediction involved, much like regular Pokémon battles. It also made breeding Pokémon a little more important, and gave an opportunity to introduce a new way to raise Pokémon. And yet they replaced it with Pokémon Musicals... A worthless time wasting game mode that had no purpose whatsoever. @4: This one really boggled me. Walking along side your Pokémon in the open road is such a no brainer, and yet GF constantly denies us the ability to do so, save a few exceptions. They introduced new features in X and Y that were meant to make your bond more meaningful with your Pokémon, but they STILL think walking with your Pokémon isn't something people want to do? @5: Secret bases... Goooood times... One of the many reasons Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald kicked ass. I would love for it to come back one day. @6: This is a big one for me. GF can say all they want on how they don't want to "focus" on the subject of a strong rival, but I'm not buying it. It just seems to me that they don't a little kid's feelings to get hurt when he's barely "insulted" by a character in a video game. I'm pretty sure kids these days can handle being called a "loser" considering many kids under the age of 7 know how to swear and faced a lot worse bullying through online CoD. Here's the way I see it: There's a reason why characters like May and Barry aren't remembered as much as Green/Blue/Gary. Green made more of an impact on the players because he was competitive towards you. He was ahead of you at every turn, and made sure to rub it in your face. He bragged about his accomplishments and his strength as a trainer, and did everything you attempted to do before you, and succeeded. And all that buildup throughout the game eventually led to your final confrontation, which in my opinion still hold the title of greatest Pokémon Trainer fight in an Pokémon game. And yes, I even put it above the Red battle... While May and Barry were nice to you and all that fine kumbaya crap, they weren't a threat to you. You really had no reason to care about them. You knew they weren't a threat because they didn't give you a reason to think they were trying to beat you. Heck, May even gave up half way through your journey because you beat her ass so bad (in a non sexual way). They weren't really strong characters to begin with. @7: I always figured this feature didn't come back because Silver/Gold were sequels to Red/Blue, and their stories were linked (I still don't know why people claim that Black 2 and White 2 were the first direct sequels when Silver/Gold obviously did it before). Still, I would love to see this feature come back. @8: I would love to see both the Battle Frontier and the Pokémon World Tournament return. They gave you more to do in the game for one, but also made you feel like an actual Pokémon Trainer. I know that sounds corny, but things like big tournaments and facing strong but different challenges isn't something touched upon very often in the games, which is odd.
  • JarkayColt - October 8, 2013 10:17 a.m.

    Actually I would disagree about May (or Brendan) to a certain extent. I think the fact that you'd forget about them is the entire point. When is the last battle? Lilycove City, right? There's still a lot of the game left. One of my FAVOURITE parts about RSE is when you reach the end of Victory Road and Wally appears out of nowhere to take up the mantle and smash your face in, and I think that could only happen by having the other rival "retire" and fade away. It was really nice to remember that you helped him out at the start and now here he is, fully confident in his ability. It's a really interesting dynamic and deviation to the usual rival formula and the first time you experience that, it had actual surprise value. You see the end of the tunnel with your hurting team in tow but then BAM, here's Wally to bring the thunder. He was definitely a threat (did a Nuzlocke before and that was the main bloodbath moment, lawls).
  • PlainLikeVanilla - October 7, 2013 5:58 p.m.

    The multiple regions coming back would be pretty awesome but it wont happen. They could barely manage the region they have in X/Y, adding even one more region would be difficult for the team to manage let alone multiple extra areas.
  • J-Fid - October 7, 2013 3:14 p.m.

    The Vs. Seeker!
  • GOD - October 7, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    Pokemon walking alongside, multiple regions, and secret bases with street pass functionality! Give special rewards and items for completing certain tasks in the game that you can then put in your secret base, and then have it exchange secret bases when you street pass with people.
  • codystovall - October 7, 2013 1:25 p.m.

    I do not miss contests as I hated them, but not as much as I hated making poffins. But I do miss secret bases, you got a villa in diamond/pearl but couldnt do much with it.
  • JarkayColt - October 7, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    I agree with most of these. I don't like that the third version generally gets expanded Battle Facilities (e.g. Frontier, PWT). Or rather, what I mean is that those should be in the games as standard by this point. The Tower/Subway isn't really enough after you've tried Emerald and Platinum's Frontiers. Disagreed with the rivals though. They don't need to be "rivals" in the sense that they're stuck-up bullies like Blue was. I really liked Hugh because he was a nice guy, also Barry was hilarious. I like that each one is completely different. Personally I really wanted the Pokétch and the Poké Radar to return in future generations, but apparently not. I like how easy the Radar made it to EV train and find Shinies, and the Pokétch was just useful for pretty much everything. I used to use the Marking Map to keep track of where I'd planted Berries, for example. Also, the Party app let you see at a glance how much HP you'd lost, how many eggs you'd hatched etc without having to go through a bunch of menus to reach the party screen.
  • Frieza - October 7, 2013 5:57 p.m.

    Green/Blue/Gary wasn't really a "stuck-up bully". He bragged in your face and was always ahead of you in your journey (and made sure you knew about it), but he didn't really bully you. He wasn't particularly mean to you (unless you think the term "smell ya later" is a credible insult) and didn't really fight with you outside of Pokémon battles. I'm not saying he was a nice guy as he was an arrogant jerk, but I wouldn't say he went out of his way to make your life a living hell. Just because you're not friends with your main competition doesn't mean he's a bully. ??? was more like a bully. He was a whiny little bitch, but he actually was physically aggressive towards you and constantly called you and your Pokémon weak (despite you kicking his ass whenever you see him). The guy wasn't very good at being a bully, but he was a lot more mean and aggressive than Green/Blue/Gary was. Or maybe our definition of "bully" is just different...
  • JarkayColt - October 8, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    Yeah, maybe bully was the wrong word; definitely more like "jerk". But I do think he was slightly antagonistic towards you on purpose. Not exactly hateful, but cocky and demeaning towards Red (I do think that "smell you later" is a bit trashy, and he'd always boast about having caught more Pokémon/got more badges etc, plus he just bunks off before you fight Rocket as if he doesn't even care what actually might happen to you, whereas other characters in the games have helped you out.) He's noticeably less spiteful to Ethan/Lyra or even Nate/Rosa in his later appearances (which is why I figured he was only out to wind up Red). Maybe my perception of his personality was just aggravated slightly by that idiot Gary Oak from the animé, who's exactly the sort of person you just want to punch in the face whenever you see him. The same sort of applied to Blue. I don't think the rival character should be someone who you actually loathe. Silver's different because although you can hate his attitude he's also the sort of character you can feel "sorry" for, so by extension he's still a likeable/relatable character. Silver actually learns his lesson whereas Blue is still a jerk even after you beat him at the League; not quite as satisfying. Actually I like that you referred to Silver as "???"...I honestly can't be only person who named him that when I played Gold. Because I didn't release the enquiry was a veiled name-entry screen, I called him ???. I wouldn't lie to a policeman!
  • C.King - October 7, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    T-T they not using the pedometer function? what about street pass? ya know i'd love it if move tutors weren't exclusive to the 3rd version!!! man that like my only problem with the whole deal! 1 version enough for me don't wanna get another for the tutor and keep bulldoze on my arcanine when i figured out he can learn dragon pulse T-T
  • JarkayColt - October 7, 2013 12:51 p.m.

    Why would you want Arcanine to learn Dragon Pulse? It wouldn't really do any damage at all. I don't think you can afford to invest in Arcanine as a mixed sweeper. Unless you meant Outrage, which it also got by Tutor? Personally mine has Flare Blitz/Wild Charge/Crunch/Extremespeed with a Choice Band. Not saying that's the only way to go or anything, but there are better Pokémon to wield Dragon moves out there. Anyway, I agree that not having tutors until the second release is annoying (I'm avoiding trying to use the term "3rd version" after BW2 now lol) but maybe the tutor moves are made in response to observations based on the original release.
  • C.King - October 7, 2013 1:35 p.m.

    my current set is wildcharge, heatwave(flamthrower nice too), solar beam(power herb), and bulldoze(for enemy fire types). my battle format specialty is triple battles and as you can see it kinda walled somewhat by the ever so common pseudo legendaries, lati@s, kingdra and occasional cotton guard altaria and a pulse move is handy for the range(range main reason). i like bulldoze but i not getting many situation for it. my arcanine isn't really meant to be a sweeper i guess i'd call my style fake defense and i distributed my ev's evenly, sounds dumb but my arcanine works well with it's teammates ya know i keep forgetting extremespeed an option but man i want that range i can't decide whether i should swap bulldoze for it... but it would see more use... bleh! really can't decide
  • JarkayColt - October 7, 2013 2:36 p.m.

    Well that's the first I've heard of that, lawls. So I'm guessing its has either a Naive or Impish Nature with 128 EVs in both Attack and Special Attack? That means you're only hitting figures of 146 Atk and 136 Sp.Atk at Level 50, which I'm guessing would fail to leave much of a dent in anything. Or did you mean you distrubuted your EVs evenly across ALL it's Stats? Because that's even weirder. XD Honestly, if you wanted to smash Dragons you could go full Attack and give it Outrage, but I don't play Triples much so I dunno if that would be of any detriment (also that's a Tutor move as well so, same issue). But your Arcanine would definitely have the element of surprise. I actually swapped my Arcanine for Rapidash recently, with Flare Blitz/Wild Charge/Megahorn/Drill Run. It's pretty similar. Just done some calcs and Rapidash's Drill Run does about 20% more damage than Arcanine's Bulldoze under identical circumstances despite Arcanine having a slightly higher base Attack, with the added bonus of a crit. (Is it sad that I just went and worked that out?) Honest to God Arcanine needs to learn Earthquake eventually.
  • C.King - October 7, 2013 3:33 p.m.

    i guess i got a funky mind set cause i mean all stats and went with a neutral nature on top of it all, like i said i'm fairly defensive but also not really, i usually debuff(bulldoze slows them down) and tic the enemy down ripe for the picking and sometimes if i'm lucky i get to go to town with my krookodile but i can't seem to get all 6 opponents with krookodile alone and if i want i can to do extra damage with arcanine i got a nintales to say hi and eject button back, my luxray's ice fang usually enough to one shot dragons since hardly anyone invests in defenses and that why i don't go all in on offense cause i want to take hits decently enough that i won't loose turns with simple death. pokemon is crazy with math so i see no problem being technical and calculating. earthquake would be great but i can still see a debate going on in my head with all these options. next gen i may switch to doubles since i already found great use of that new creepy squid
  • JarkayColt - October 8, 2013 10:40 a.m.

    Wow, no lie, that is the most BIZARRE spread I have ever heard of, especially because it would only really work if all your IVs were between 25-31 XD but props for trying something different, haha. I like when people try something a bit left-field. Did you split the EVs exactly evenly though? Because you'd only capitalise on 84 points in each stat. Realistically you could have 85 in each stat but 6 of those points are wasted. Then again, it barely makes any difference. I said that 252 EVs and a 31 IV yielded a stat value of 146 Atk and 136 Sp.Atk at level 50; with 84 EVs it's 141 and 131. Only 5 points' difference, whereas the benefit that 84 points gives to its HP, Def and Sp.Def compared to zero is actually noticeable. It does seem pretty well-rounded. Then again, if you're employing Bulldoze and a Neutral nature is Speed really a factor to you? If you ignore Speed, you could have 104 points in two stats and 100 in the other three for a bit more bulk. But who am I kidding? You seem to know what you're doing, haha. I actually can't strategise for toffee! The only sets that jump out to me are those that involve raw power; being crafty it too much like hard work, lawls, but plenty of people can pull it off.
  • C.King - October 8, 2013 6:39 p.m.

    well u see some speed investment makes it so i don't have to use bulldoze as often but for the rare speedsters or those who try to set up i can keep them down, and even if my arcanine is down that bulldoze lives on for another one of my pokemon's opportunity. buffs use up a turn and die with the user so they're risky but with debuffs i can revenge kill with moxie krookodile and start a sweep without having to do anymore with him thanks for doing some math for me, i'm kind of whimsy with what i do but usually get lucky and things work out nicely. kinda reasoned some confidence in it despite no one spreading stat investments so widely. and yep i did spread it all out exactly even. if i want raw power alone i might aswell use 580+ base total pokemon but less personality in that but a whole lot more satisfaction in trouncing their users
  • paula-isabella-berrios-munoz - October 6, 2013 4:47 p.m.

    Contest, Safari Zone, and visiting all the previous regions and catch all PKMN in one game!!! Game Freak, that would be a goldmine for you!!!
  • stephanie-kay-shockley - September 18, 2013 1:06 p.m.

    Please, PLEASE bring back Pokemon contests and make them play out like on the anime. That would be so awesome if the contests were like that. Adds a bit more of a challenge to it.

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