Pokémon is a long-running franchise that has dipped its toes into all types of genres. It’s safe to say that Pokémon games are some of the most popular titles of all time. The series enjoyed such success that they were even able to jump into voice commands during the days of the Nintendo 64. The Nintendo Switch is an incredibly powerful console compared to the likes of the ’90s and early 2000’s systems. With Pokémon enjoying another huge spike in popularity due to Arceus, now is the perfect time to dig back into older titles. Below are five titles that are a great choice for remastering for the Switch. This list is going to focus on games that have long been missing instead of things like Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, which will surely see new titles.
5. Pokémon Trading Card Game
Pokémon games expand beyond video games, and in the ’90s, the trading card game was born. Of course, TCG gamers were made for handheld systems to let plays enjoy card combat on the go. You can now download a client to play Pokémon TCG on your smartphone or computer, but the Nintendo Switch is left out. This is a bit surprising since the Switch is a portable system just like smartphones. The screen is also much bigger than a phones, making it much easier to read card abilities.
With the recent explosion of the TCG game over the past few years, now is better than ever to bring the game back to consoles. Many fans already carry their consoles to cons and events, so it would be perfect for on-the-fly duels. It would also be a great way to deal with the scalping problem that has been surrounded the TCG game in recent years. While many players will always prefer physical cards, there is certainly a market for a Switch version of the TCG game to come back.
4. Pokémon Puzzle League
It’s no secret that even in 2022, puzzle games are a hit. When you throw in a Pokemon game that involves puzzles, though, things get even wilder. Despite being a huge departure from the normal battle formula, Puzzle League was loved by the fans who played it. It’s actually a wonder that another has never even been made for mobile devices under the same name. Rebooting Puzzle League for the Switch would be a great idea, especially since it’s already playable for those who have a premium online membership.
The game could greatly be expanded to add in more regions. This would make puzzle fans excited, especially if the game was once again a full-scale retail release. Many new modes could be added in, and it’s a safe bet to publish when looking at the sales of games like Tetris. While battling gym leaders with puzzles may seem weird, it was a delightful experience when the game first launched.
3. Hey, You Pikachu
As you can likely see from the screenshot above, Hey, You, Pikachu is an old Pokémon game. What’s interesting about this title, in particular, is that it used voice controls. You became the owner of a wild Pikachu seemingly overnight. It starts sleeping in your house, and you go with it to different areas during the day. You can’t give it commands like in a normal game and must instead use the included microphone to give Pikachu commands. The better you got at commanding Pikachu, the more the game would progress.
Of course, this process was a bit tricky to perform as voice recognition technology wasn’t great. While the gameplay was unique and fun, Pikachu simply didn’t like to listen. You had to be incredibly clear with your voice and direct. Only a small list of words would work with Pikachu, and you’d need to know how to direct him. With how current-day microphones work for gaming systems, though, rebooting or remaking a game like Hey, You, Pikachu would create a unique and fun experience for gamers.
2. Pokémon Gold and Silver
Another game that desperately needs a current-gen update is the famous games Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver. These Pokémon games are some of the most famous of all times. In fact, many players were surprised that the Johto region hasn’t made it to 3D yet. This is especially true since Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee were released featuring the Kanto region. These Pokémon games were originally supposed to be the last in the series and feature both Johto and Kanto.
The games also introduced a lot of new features like rechallenging trainers and being able to decorate a space. In addition, wander legendaries made their first appearance, as did berries. Johto is where a lot of the series staples come from, yet Nintendo has yet to make these games into 3D. Currently, Gen I through IV has been remade in some form, with only gen II being excluded. If these gamers were remade, it’s guaranteed that it would be one of the best-selling pairs of Pokémon games on -the Nintendo Switch.
1. Pokémon Colesium
Pokémon Colesium is another unique game that debuted on the Nintendo Gamecube. The game featured you playing an older protagonist who was once a member of the criminal organization you are fighting against. It also introduced the concept of Shadow Pokémon to the series. Something that has since been sprinkled into other games and media. You go around snagging back Shadow Pokemon from trainers and purifying them.
You have a partner with you that can see and detect these special Pokemon, and the game is very story heavy. To make matters even better, there was a sequel called XD Gale of Darkness that was released shortly after the first game. These games have a huge cult following, and fans would love to see them both remade for the Nintendo Switch. This would shake up the franchise once again and possibly even allow for a third Pokémon Colesium game to come about.
So, what’s your take on these Pokémon games? Do you agree with our top five picks? Are there any games we should know about? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.