October was full of gaming news and I deliciously devoured them for you – so let’s start immediately!
It has been rumored that the beloved pokémon, Pikachu, is getting its own videogame in the near future! Exciting for everyone, right? Well, not really. Some are worried the delivery of this new game could translate into irreparable damage to the character’s fame. Fair enough. However, I believe Nintendo and fans of the franchise are worrying too much over nothing.
Pikachu has had its bad streak of horrendous games. For example, the “Hey You!, Pikachu!” game. Some MAY disagree with me, but that game was beyond awful. “Hey You, Pikachu!” basically involved you talking to Pikachu through voice controls trying to get it to do ordinary things like picking apples and walk to certain spots to complete “missions” in a certain amount of time – not that exciting.
I give Nintendo props for trying to be innovative at the time this game was released, which was around the year 2000. HOWEVER, the game’s flaws outweighed the good. First off, the voice controls were annoying and not culturally sensitive. If you had an accent, forget it. Pikachu was not going to pick up that fucking blue marble for you. Oh, and the microphone itself was a masterpiece. The phenomenal piece of hardware that didn’t work 80% of the time making you lose countless hours of your life repeating the same command to Pikachu 300 times. Let’s add the low replay value due to the limited amount of levels you can explore and minimal commands you can give Pikachu. There’s not that much was happening in that game really. It was a flop – plain and simple.
What happened to Pikachu after the aforementioned fiasco? Literally, nothing. Gamers rarely recall or discuss “Hey You, Pikachu!” Though the flop exists and it’s real, people still find this wonderful creature adorable and relevant in the gaming world. Heck, I even dressed up as him for a costume party this year! My logic: if the little critter survived “Hey You, Pikachu!” flawlessly, I believe he can survived any possible future game flop. His image is untouched. Gamers were not going to disregard such an iconic character over a single game disaster. Pikachu is so famous that even non-gamers know about its existence. Nintendo and fans alike have no need to fret.
In all honesty, all developers need to do is learn from mistakes if indeed this upcoming game sucks. No more, no less. But what do you think? That’s what I’m interested in! Leave your comments below and I’ll see you around!