What's next for Nintendo's best?

It's hard to suggest Pokemon is in a rut. Every single game that's vomited onto store shelves sells a gajillion copies, so why bother making drastic changes? Well, because just like Star Fox, there's a very clear direction this series needs to take and Nintendo doesn't seem interested in pursuing it. The RPGs have always been the cream of the Poke-crop, not spin-offs. They're excellent games that work both for kids and adults, so that's the obvious skeleton to work with, but how can you improve it? Take that puppy online, big time.

We're talking a World of Warcraft-level MMO that brings millions of Pokemon Trainers into the same ongoing world. Choose a starter, level it up and set out on a quest to battle other trainers, forge alliances with friends, train up multiple Poke-teams, the options are as bountiful as any MMO out there. Include all 493 Pokemon in one game, even the legendaries - they'd be so powerful, however, you'd need to stitch together a ragtag group of trainers just to take 'em down. We always thought it was a little absurd that something like Groudon or Lugia could be downed by one trainer, so this Poke-MMO would force players to team up to tackle the baddest Pokemon of them all. Even larger, regular Pokemon like Steelix would need more than one person to down - unless you're toting a high-level Charizard, that is.

We can't decide if it'd be better to let you transfer Diamond/Pearl Pokemon over to the MMO, or make everyone start from scratch. The latter sounds better, as this is a wholly new adventure that would benefit from a fresh start. The Poke MMO would be its own sustained world, so you wouldn't be catching Pokes here and then transferring them to your DS or Wii RPG game. Like FFXI, this should exist in a void.

Think we're crazy? Think we're on the money? Have your own ideas for Nintendo's best franchises? Let 'em rip in our forums.

Mar 11, 2008

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  • purple_omlet - December 18, 2008 3:09 a.m.

    the star fox idea sounds like a great spin on the series. i would definitely play that. the Pokemon idea was pretty good too, but it would be harder to make than it first believed to be. the immense game space you'd need to have to create a world that Pokemon trainers can freely battle away in would take forever to program. and don't get me started on trainer cards, Pokemon locations, and numerous missions to fill in the null space of the game. also, would there be a story line? it would be a very strenuous build, but the end product would most likely be one of the best games ever. i would love to see a game like the zelda in the future, just not link. i'm sorry, i just see the zelda series staying in the middle ages. plus, why not create a whole new game that takes the basic idea of that games description? i think it would make for a pretty cool run and it wouldn't lose any fans of Zelda. i don't really care for metroid too much...
  • super-saint - December 18, 2008 4:35 a.m.

    i seriously think that nintendo could pull this off...and make a shitload of cash along the way. i would buy at least 2 of the games and at 50 bucks per game thats $100.
  • dMbeasy - December 24, 2008 6:48 p.m.

    Future Zelda: No. the idea of a furturistic Zelda is absolutely terible. So instead of completely futuristic, why not keep the medieval setting, but add in some cyber elements, like early versions of guns in place of crossbows, stuff like that. Metroid Dread: Probably not. I kinda like the idea of it, but I stilll think we should keep it at side-scrolling, semi-crap-yourself atmoshphere and everything. Maybe a BIT scarier, such as more fearsome monsters, and I like the destructible armour idea, but keep it like it is, and hell, why not go back to 2D while your at it? The last 2 ideas are however just absolutely epic. Star Fox needs to go back 64 style, and Pokemon, just way too true. Make it happen, Nintendo! And on that note, MAKE DK RELEVANT! Make another DKC, or whatever.
  • Krunch - January 7, 2009 9:29 a.m.

    The Zelda game I'm a bit iffy on, the idea is interesting, but it will have to be done very well, and keep the components of the past Zeldas that made them successful. The Metroid game just sounds great, no complaints or anything to add here. Ive never really played Starfox games much, so im not to interested in this. The Pokemon game sounds great also. The in-game money could be used for appearance items for both the trainer and the pokemon, and include contests that show of the looks and power of your pokemon.
  • Trapped_In_Hiskool - January 7, 2009 3:42 p.m.

    I like the futuristic Zelda idea, and a Star Fox MMO would make people realize Nintendo isn't all kids games. I've always had the idea of making a pokemon game where you control a team of trainers, not just one, and they all had their own needs too. You'd need to buy food and stop traveling at night. Kinda like a Sims meet pokemon.
  • Taxtm - January 23, 2009 3:49 a.m.

    YES! Oh God, YES to all of these!!!!
  • thatdamnbrit - January 24, 2009 9:31 p.m.

    The metroid dread idea is excellent, I would buy it. I personally loved the creepy parts of corruption, like the part on elysia with the metroids.
  • triforcerpgfreek - January 30, 2009 4:47 a.m.

    twilight princess isn't the best zelda ocarina of time is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • RedOutlive10 - March 18, 2009 7:37 p.m.

    Futuristic Zelda? Maybe you guys from GamesRadar should read your own features mentioning the futuristic Street Fighter showing how sucky drastic changes can be.
  • GRwarrior - April 25, 2009 8:57 p.m.

    ok, gotta say that tey all would be great except for the fact that you wouldn't get to keep Epona in the future link
  • noofer7 - July 4, 2009 2 p.m.

    Looking back at this, a futuristic Zelda could actually be really awesome... These franchises definitely need to change. Is it just me, or are the recaptcha getting more complicated? Mine was "Sun. 3:10, 5:20 tarter."
  • Coolbeans69 - December 14, 2008 10:46 p.m.

    The first 2 don't slide with me, but the pokemon and starfox would be good
  • EvilCheerio - December 18, 2008 5:54 a.m.

    i agree with katwood and i think theres one game you would NEED to put in here if this list was made today. Animal crossing, Personally i offended as a gamer at the nerve of Nintendo. The first animal crossing was great, but the next two version are literally the same game with the corners removed (no collectible NES games for one :( ) This porting a game and calling it a new game behavior would insight riots in any other gaming genres.(well, except for sports games :))
  • buminyaface - December 18, 2008 6:06 p.m.

    the futuristic zelda would turn out like a mix between star wars and Jak 2/3, with a bit of backtracking but it would be cool
  • RaIdEn - December 19, 2008 3:03 a.m.

    i think they should make a version of zelda were your a pirate. i dont mean like in windwaker, i mean were your first sword is like a sabre or a rapier and the ship you were originaly on was destroyed by ganondorf or something. epona could be a sailboat!
  • CashWheel - December 19, 2008 1:56 p.m.

    I think it would also be cool if Nintendo took the time-traveling concept from Link to the Past to its extreme - have Link travel to futuristic Hyrule, to prehistoric worlds, etc.
  • LOUDcarBOMB - December 21, 2008 2:06 a.m.

    i think that zelda taking this step can be great or extremely a bad move. since that some players are looking forward to this and the game could possibly be a piece of crap. metroid also could use a bit more scare in its games. i think that metroid doesnt put the true scare in its scary bosses. star fox putting massive multiplayer in its game would be a hit (probably). also putting the perk system in the game as well as upgrading the perks (ex. ammo perk: upgrades for this perk can help you hold more ammo for weapon every time you upgrade this perk) just like killzone 2 multiplayer. also doing the rpg type gameplay for pokemon could be the best idea for this genre or the worst of its kind.
  • thatonekid1995 - December 24, 2008 3:08 a.m.

    I like the Zelda , Samus and star fox ones but seriously pokemon sux dont try to save it!
  • dMbeasy - December 24, 2008 6:51 p.m.

    @ thatonekid1995: one man (or woman's) opinion. And what do you mean, save it? Look at the sales! It's not the second best-selling series ever for nothing, not to mention one of the best.
  • HIGHLIGHT - December 30, 2008 3:29 a.m.

    The Zelda idea is the worst idea i have ever heard zelda is not a futuristic person he belongs back in the medieval days along with swords shields and magic. Canons would even be hard to bring into the Zelda games. Zelda needs to stay in the same time period to give the same effect. Plus zelda players are more of a setback kind who like to play games from the past. Most people who i know who play zelda play games like Fable and Lord of the Rings games not futuristic games. I mean one of the first zelda games was even called A Link to the PAST. No one would enjoy a futuristic zelda game it just is not a good idea.

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