New Pokémon Game Coming to iOS, Android

At this point in life, I consider myself to be an adult. I’m 22 years old. I went to college and got a Bachelor’s Degree. I got married. If you were to ask kid-Caleb if he considers current-Caleb to be an adult, he’d emphatically say, “DUH,” and then ask you how soon he gets to have a beard.

Every once in a while, though, something comes along that makes me feel like a total child, and Nintendo’s announcement earlier today that it would be bringing a new augmented reality Pokémon game to smartphones has done just that. I haven’t really played a Pokémon game proper since the second generation of games on the original Gameboy - mostly because I grew tired of having to familiarize myself with all of the new creatures that each successive generation added to the universe. After having to do this once with Gold & Silver, I never wanted to put in the effort to do it again, and I moved on to greener pastures. Since leaving the series behind, however, I’ve only looked back at it with fondness for having introduced me to the broader genre of role-playing games.

The announcement trailer released by the Pokémon Company may turn out to be nothing more than a proof-of-concept, but if the game ends up working at all like it’s being depicted, then I’ll almost certainly give it a try. I suspect I’m not alone in this, either - the video seems to be careful only to include the original 150. If they’re smart, they’ll stick to this strategy and broaden their audience through a combination of nostalgia and accessibility. A ton of ‘90s kids played the original Pokémon, and I’m sure that almost all of those people have a smartphone now. This is the perfect way to revitalize the franchise with something new, while simultaneously hearkening back to the days of yore.

 
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