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My theory on Pokémon Grey, Ruby/Sapphire remakes and Generation VI.

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Since Pokémon FireRed Version and Pokémon LeafGreen Version were released on the Gameboy Advance in Japan on 29th January 2004, just under 8 years after the release of the Gameboy originals Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Green Version there were calls from the fans for Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silver Version to be remade as well. 5 and a half years later, GameFreak released HeartGold and SoulSilver on the Nintendo DS and people were cheering - until they finished playing the games and realised they wanted Ruby and Sapphire to be remade as well.

Now we've seen two generations with remakes in them, I can understand why people would not only want a remake in Generation V, but how they'd expect one. I honestly would have as well if not for one little fact - Black and White were released on the Nintendo DS. I know, some of you are thinking "Where is this madman going with this?" Well, I'm getting to that (oh and I'm not a "madman" I have "Challenged Sanity"):

The Nintendo 3DS was released in Japan 5 months after Black and White; yet a mere 20-odd days after in the rest of the world. As the Nintendo DS is now out-dated, it would be logical to think that the next Pokémon game would be for the Nintendo 3DS right? Wrong! I direct you to Nintendo's Iwata Asks article about Pokémon Black and White. Now, there are two statements here by Junichi Masuda, the Director of Pokémon Black and White that strike me:
Yes. I had always wanted to make a second generation for Nintendo DS. Because the Nintendo DS family of systems has spread around the world to such an amazing degree.
Now, it could easily be argued that his definition of "generation" may be different to our fan definition and fair enough, I'd accept that. However, this next quote really drills the message in:
Yes. Since this generation would be presented on the same system, I was extremely worried that it would turn out to be basically the same as its predecessor. If we tried to make it the same way as normal, I thought the games would turn out to be similar to Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl Versions.
There we have it. That is why GameFreak will most likely be saving the Nintendo 3DS for the next generation. If they were to move to the new console now, they would only encounter those same problems when it comes to working on Generation VI's Primary Pair.

People may now be thinking "Well, why don't they just end Generation V now?" Well, let me bring to your attention a certain misunderstanding that surfaced due to comments made by Pokémon designer Mana Ibe, which was denied by Junichi Masuda himself. This obviously means that Generation V will have a third version. Now there's the issue of when it will be released and what console it will be for - but wait a minute! On 28th October 2011 it was reported on various websites that in a Nintendo Financial Conference, it was stated that a new Pokémon game will be released in Japan next Spring! Yes, it is likely that the new game will be a "side-game" and not a "main series" game. However, what of the much anticipated surprise announcement at Jump Festa later this week? Considering the vast areas the event covers (anime, games, manga, movies - all of which make up parts of Pokémon's mega-structure) that announcement could be anything, but we've just recently learned of Pokémon Best Wishes Theatrical Edition: Kyurem VS The Sacred Swordsmen.

Now, it was fairly obvious that the Mythical Pokémon Keldeo will be unveiled soon and will star in the latest movie - after all, the Sacred Swordsmen are there. Also, look at the movie's logo:


Doesn't that red strip under the "VS" look like a more stylised version of Keldeo's hair?:


However, what of Kyurem? Well, due to the naming scheme of Black and White, the third version is commonly known as "Pokémon Grey" (or "Gray", if you're American and don't know how to spell properly. Before anyone gets butthurt, that was a joke about the differences between U.K. English and U.S. English, okay). Well, it is certainly clear that Kyurem is part of the Tao Trio. If we look back at Pokémon Emerald version and Pokémon Platinum version, it becomes clear that the third in a "trio" that contains the version mascots will become the next version mascot (the only exceptions being the international release of Generation I, although the Japanese release had all three starters, and Generation II due to Lugia and Ho-Oh not being in a trio). However, Suicune, Rayquaza and Giratina all starred in their own movies during the year, or following the year that, their games were released:
Suicune: Pokémon Crystal (December 2000), Pokémon 4Ever (July 2001)
Rayquaza: Pokémon Emerald (September 2004), Destiny Deoxys (July 2004)
Giratina: Pokémon Platinum (September 2008), Giratina & The Sky Warrior (July 2008)

Pokémon Yellow was excluded due to it being made purely to kill some time while Gold & Silver were still being made and because Pikachu is the mascot of the franchise as a whole. However, if you want, you can look at the Japanese Blue version, which was released in 1996 - a few months after Red and Green. The difference between Blue (1996) and Crystal (2000) is 4 years, which you'll see I bring up in my next point:

Note that the time-gap between each of those games is approximately 4 years. What's 2008 + 4? 2012. I was always taught in maths that something cannot be suspected to a pattern until it occurs twice and cannot be confirmed a pattern until it occurs three or more times. There are three instances there of third versions being released four years apart - and this year also sees a movie starring the suspected mascot of the next third game. What does this mean? Pokémon Black and White's Third Version will be released in 2012.

Some people will still say "Wait, it's still too soon for a third version!" and honestly, I think that argument is one of the most idiotic I've heard - especially as they're the same people asking for remakes. Let's look at the time-gap between past primary pairs (triple alliteration win!) and their third versions:
Pokémon Red/Green (1996) -> Pokémon Blue (1996) / Pokémon Yellow (1998)
Pokémon Gold/Silver (1999) -> Pokémon Crystal (2000)
Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire (2002) -> Pokémon Emerald (2004)
Pokémon Diamond/Pearl (2006) -> Pokémon Emerald (2008)

Now, what year were Pokémon Black and White released in? 2010. Even if we assume that the Spring game is our third version, (throughout the various cultures, Spring can be February, March, April or May), even if the third version is released during those months, the time gap will still be more than that between Red/Green and Blue and Gold/Silver and Crystal. There is also always the possibility that the Spring game could be a spin off and Japan will get the next main series game in autumn (although unlikely considering that the Japanese version mascot poll giveaway is in February, it would make sense if this was done just before the next main series game is released. Still, as the past has shown us, it still wouldn't be too soon.

Would 2012 be too soon for remakes though? Definitely. The last set of remakes were released in September 2009; the ones before that in January 2004. If GameFreak release remakes too soon after another, it would look bad on the company. Sure, they would still make a load of money, but from the innovation, "new idea" point of view, wouldn't it run a huge risk of making investors and analysts think GameFreak are out of ideas? I know that if I was investing in a company, I wouldn't be too happy to see them focusing on recycling their old ideas instead of putting out new ones. Also, as I said earlier - GameFreak will want to finish this current generation on the Nintendo DS, to avoid facing the same problems they encountered during BW's development when they get around to making Generation VI. Before anyone says that a Nintendo DS game in 2012 is a terrible idea - Nintendo UK released their early Spring release schedule today, which contained a Nintendo DS game. Yes, it's only two games (well, two versions of the same game) but a while ago, Nintendo did say that the DS and 3DS can co-exist for some time; it is now obvious that this also extends into 2012. The way I see it, Nintendo will want GameFreak to release the next game earlier than usual to still attract an audience who may still only have a Nintendo DS and to be able to release the game internationally in the same year - I think we can all agree that if Nintendo released a new DS game in western territories in 2013, 2 years after the successor was launched, it would be a bad idea.

So if we go with that, that will mean that 2012 will see the last Pokémon DS game released (which will also be the last Generation V game). This will open up 2013 for Generation VI.
"But wait!" you might ask. "What about Meloetta and Genesect?!". Fair enough - Victini being the star of the movie 14 pair despite being released the previous September did throw a spanner in the works there. I am honestly surprised that Keldeo didn't take its place, or that Keldeo wasn't unveiled earlier. However, it can still be salvaged.

If we go with the theory that Keldeo will be revealed this month or next February (As was the Generation IV standard), that could still leave late-2012 for Meloetta's reveal, then early 2013 for Genesect's. The Pokémon Company could easily giveaway a Meloetta late next year like they did with Victini and have Genesect as the main movie giveaway. They could possibly withhold Melotta's Fateful Encounter tag for a movie-pre-order bonus and advertise its ability to transform, or just give it a special move (after all, that was the only difference between the Liberty Garden Victini and the movie 14 Victini).

So to put it bluntly:
Movie 14 (2011): Victini
Movie 15 (2012): Keldeo
Movie 16 (2013): Melotta and Genesect

This theory is also supported by the fact that as of this thursday with the appearance of Thundurus, Tornadus and Landorus, every non-Mythical Unova legendary Pokémon would have appeared in the anime at some point, which obviously leaves the co-star spot empty...unless it was filled by another mythical Pokémon!

So if we assume the third version will end Generation V (As it did with Generation II) and following on with that movie theory, it is safe to assume that Generation VI will launch in 2013 (Most likely in September; after all, the movie will be released in July). So the following game time-line seems possible:

2010: Pokémon Black and White (DS)
2012: Pokémon Grey (DS)
2013: Generation VI Primary Pair (3DS).

Now, if we continue the tradition of a third version being released four years after the previous one, that extends to:

2010: Pokémon Black and White (DS)
2012: Pokémon Grey (DS)
2013: Generation VI Primary Pair (3DS).
2016: Generation VI Third Version (3DS).

Now, you might notice that there is a 3 year gap between the Gen VI Primary Pair and third version. Yes, that is too long. So what will fit in-between? As the "Third Version 2 years after Primary Pair" has only occurred twice (RS -> Emerald and DP -> Platinum) we can't call that a pattern yet. However, we do have a clear pattern with third versions being released four years apart. So what other options are they?

Yes fanboys and girls, you can squeal so loud that all other sound becomes inaudible as my ears explode now. The difference between FRLG and HGSS was 5 years in Japan, but 6 years internationally. Now, this time-gap has only happened once so we cannot call it a pattern. FRLG were a special case with releases though, as they were launched in the first quarter of 2004 to mimic how Red and Green are the only other games so far to be launched in the first quarter, so that left the end of the year open for The Pokémon Company, hence why Emerald was released then. If the "One game a year" rule was followed, there would be the six year gap between the games in Japan as well.
Now, 2009 + 6 = 2015.

That could very well make the schedule:
2010: Pokémon Black and White (DS).
2012: Pokémon Grey (DS).
2013: Generation VI Primary Pair (3DS).
2015: Ruby/Sapphire Remakes (£DS).
2016: Generation VI Third Version (3DS).

Now, it could be argued that because of FRLG and Emerald's release years, if we get Grey earlier this year, Japan could get Generation VI this year too, right? Nope. Meloetta and Genesect will still need to be revealed as I detailed above.

Now I know a lot of the fandom are looking at the recent Pokémon Time merchandise that is currently expanding into Generation III Pokémon. However, notice the name "Pokémon Time" and how it focuses on past generations? The line launched in 2008 with Kanto-focused merchandise; 4 years after FireRed and LeafGreen, so it can be assumed that 2009's Johto merchandise coinciding with HeartGold and SoulSilver's release was merely coincidental; especially as the new merchandise has actually been available since last month, so it isn't being specially released for 2012.

Now another interesting point is that recently, Junichi Masuda has become an active user of Twitter (you will even notice a link in my sig to a tweet where he states my dog is cute. She is very cute, don't even try and argue it btw). In October, Junichi Masuda responded to tweets regarding people's love for Ruby and Sapphire and their hope for remakes (which was spun out of proportion due to a mistranslation), yet he has not responded to any tweets regarding a third version. This strikes me that the Ruby/Sapphire remakes are currently not in development, because if they were, there is no way Junichi Masuda would be allowed to talk about them prior to an official announcement. However, interviews of the past have shown that Black and White entered early development after Diamond and Pearl's launch (as did Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver) so it is safe to assume that, even if GameFreak aren't currently working on the games themselves, they are currently working on the scenarios and Pokémon designs for Generation VI.

So there we have it. That is why I feel what I feel in regards to the immediate future of the Pokémon franchise. Now, if anyone can bring forth any strong evidence that suggests why this may be wrong, I will happily listen, unless it sounds like this, which a lot of the fan-reasoning in favour of them being released earlier does.

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  1. Joshawott's Avatar
    Also, you may notice that this blog post doesn't mention the possibility of Ruby and Sapphire being merely ported to the 3DS Virtual Console instead of receiving remakes. This is because despite the Ambassador programme including 10 Gameboy Advance games, Nintendo have outright said that there are currently no plans for the Gameboy Advance titles to be made available to the general public, while they are plans to release the NES portion of the programme.

    Before anyone says that Pokémon games will never be released on the Virtual Console at all, I summed up my thoughts pretty clearly here.
  2. Mijzelffan's Avatar
    Yes. Since this generation would be presented on the same system, I was extremely worried that it would turn out to be basically the same as its predecessor. If we tried to make it the same way as normal, I thought the games would turn out to be similar to Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl Versions.
    There we have it. That is why GameFreak will most likely be saving the Nintendo 3DS for the next generation. If they were to move to the new console now, they would only encounter those same problems when it comes to working on Generation VI's Primary Pair.
    I have no idea what you're getting at here. He's just saying since they decided to do it on the DS, they were worried gameplay was gonna be too much like DP, which is why they changed some fundamental stuff. I'm really not reading anything else into it.

    This theory is also supported by the fact that as of this thursday with the appearance of Thundurus, Tornadus and Landorus, every non-Mythical Unova legendary Pokémon would have appeared in the anime at some point, which obviously leaves the co-star spot empty...unless it was filled by another mythical Pokémon!
    Darkrai appeared in the anime after it appeared in a movie, so did Deoxys, and the Regi's might have either before or after (I forgot). So I don't think an anime appearence completely excludess a legendary pokémon.

    Plus they can always just include a pokémon from a past generation like with Mew and Lucario, Kyogre and Manaphy, Celebi and Zoroark, etc. Jirachi and the the melody pokémon Meloetta? Mewtwo vs. Genesect, artificially born to brawl?

    This strikes me that the Ruby/Sapphire remakes are currently not in development, because if they were, there is no way Junichi Masuda would be allowed to talk about them prior to an official announcement.
    Once I saw that tweet, I finally gave in to Unown Lord aka Silktree's ramblings about RS remakes being released in gen VI.
  3. Tsutarja's Avatar
    I support your theory pretty much. Especially this fact ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Joshawott
    However, Suicune, Rayquaza and Giratina all starred in their own movies during the year, or following the year that, their games were released:
    Suicune: Pokémon Crystal (December 2000), Pokémon 4Ever (July 2001)
    Rayquaza: Pokémon Emerald (September 2004), Destiny Deoxys (July 2004)
    Giratina: Pokémon Platinum (September 2008), Giratina & The Sky Warrior (July 2008)
    ... makes it pretty evident that there's a high possibility of Gray being announced soon.
  4. tblakey89's Avatar
    I pretty much agree with everything you said. One disagreement is Grey being a DS game. I personally think they are going to make Grey a 3DS game, make it the same as BW, except layering the sprites in 3D, making it fill the entire screen of the 3DS, and other minor tweeks here and there. I just can't see a DS game being released so late after the 3DS has been released.

    I am expecting VGC14 to be 6th gen, and VGC13 to be 5th gen with grey's new tutor moves etc. Therefore I am expecting 6th gen September of 2013 worldwide, just after VGC13 season has ended, so that both US and Japanese players will have the chance to play it before their VGCs begin. Grey needs to be released after VGC12 has completely finished to avoid any confusion with what moves are allowed etc, so I am expecting it in September in Japan (and probably US too, probably not EU ;_;).
  5. Joshawott's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tsutarja
    I support your theory pretty much. Especially this fact ...

    ... makes it pretty evident that there's a high possibility of Gray being announced soon.
    That's the point I was getting at. Grey/Gray will be announced soon and released in 2012.
  6. Tsutarja's Avatar
    Oh, about the Gray being on DS or 3DS, I believe Grey will be released both for DS/3DS meaning that Gray will have some enhanced graphics at certain areas of the game for those on 3DS.
  7. Joshawott's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tsutarja
    Oh, about the Gray being on DS or 3DS, I believe Grey will be released both for DS/3DS meaning that Gray will have some enhanced graphics at certain areas of the game for those on 3DS.
    I'm not sure if it is actually possible for a DS game to have 3DS only features, although if it is possible it would be a cool idea. When I heard about the C-Gear's survey feature, it just screamed "StreetPass!" to me, for example.
  8. himanuts's Avatar
    Thank you for writting this. I agree with basically everything you've pointed out here. The only thing I'm a bit off on is what may happen during 2013-2014. The fact that Meloetta and Genesect being event Pokemon and also being the last things left to promote is just really odd to me, all event Pokemon have starred in a movie and never have two or more starred together. So will that change and they co-star in Movie 15 leading Gen V's final year? If so, it makes it even more odd as it'd make Gen V feel pretty short.

    That possible gap if those two weren't to star together is what makes me consider RSEmakes this generation. But then what you point out on the expirience Game Freak had with Gen V being on the same console as Gen IV and how it would look from a marketing point of view with investors.

    This all makes sense and it's well thought out. Hopefully it all does flow closely to this.
  9. Silktree's Avatar
    I only disagree about Gray necessarily being released for the DS. While the system has yet to be phased out, I don't see why they would wait until September to let the system go out with its final bang; releasing the game this year would have made far more sense if that had been their intention. A March release date would also be preferable to a September one, but since Gray is unlikely to be announced at Jump Festa, that ship also seems to have sailed.

    If they are developing Gray for the 3DS, I doubt it's because they want to take full advantage of the system, which is to say its 3D aspects. In other words, they wouldn't ruin Generation VI's momentum by taking the first step toward the 3DS in this generation. I think this is evident from the following quote:

    Quote Originally Posted by Tsunekazu Ishihara
    To be candid with you, the 3DS is not an easy platform to develop software on. Thinking about it another way, though, it's the kind of platform that really makes you want to delve into the feature set and figure out how to make fun things with it. The more you explore the features, the more ideas pop up about how to make games more fun. The 3DS has two CPUs -- one devoted to the game, another devoted to network communication -- and until the June update, I'd say that the communication chip was sort of a work in progress. The update completed the package, so to speak, and now we can get full performance out of that CPU. The fact that these two CPUs work independently of each other is really important -- one can work all by itself without being bogged down by the other. I think taking full advantage of that is one of the keys to 3DS game development.

    To be honest, there isn't much I can tell you yet, sadly. However, I can tell you that we've got just as many surprises in store for the second half of 2011 as we had for the first half, so keep an eye out for us. I don't think every Nintendo DS user has immediately upgraded to the 3DS, so while we'd like to keep DS gamers close in our minds, we also want to show people how much the world of Pokémon can be expanded with the 3DS's feature set.
    My interpretation of this statement is that Ishihara does want the DS players to make the transition to the 3DS sooner rather than later, and the key to persuading them will be the 3DS' network communication rather than its graphics. Since none of the spin-off games are known for their multiplayer features, I doubt Ishihara can hope to gain much from anything but a main series game.

    Now, if they didn't want to alienate the fans that are not inclined to buy a 3DS just yet, I believe that they could release a "3DS-enhanced" DS game; the reasoning is that the 3DS has a separate CPU for network communication, so it should be possible for a DS game to have hidden features that would only be accessible through the 3DS, where they would run smoothly due to the two CPUs working independently. This would allow non-3DS players to enjoy the game while being made aware of its extra features, which if done well could convince them that a 3DS is worth the money (rather like how the Game Boy Color was needed to truly appreciate Gold and Silver). That said, if for whatever reason this suggestion is not quite as practical as it seems in theory, I believe Game Freak will prioritize the 3DS at the risk of disappointing some fans, which I think is more justifiable than letting down those who have moved onto the 3DS.

    But by no means do I expect to see anything big done with the 3DS until Generation VI, so I see no excuse to release remakes in 2013 as by then (2.5 years into the 3DS' lifetime) it will definitely be time to promote every aspect of the system. Only a new generation will truly accommodate that goal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kameinu
    The only thing I'm a bit off on is what may happen during 2013-2014. The fact that Meloetta and Genesect being event Pokemon and also being the last things left to promote is just really odd to me, all event Pokemon have starred in a movie and never have two or more starred together. So will that change and they co-star in Movie 15 leading Gen V's final year? If so, it makes it even more odd as it'd make Gen V feel pretty short.
    They've already broken the pattern by introducing Victini almost a year before Movie 14, which resulted in that movie not having a new event to speak of (the "secret" characters were Zekrom and Reshiram of all Pokémon). I fully expect to see Gray launched with a Wi-Fi event, for which Meloetta would be the ideal candidate. Provided that happens, I don't see them getting away with not showcasing Genesect in Movie 16, especially considering that the other Generation V legendaries won't warrant more screentime.

    A lot of people thought that Keldeo would be featured alongside Victini in Movie 14. Even though that didn't happen (possibly only because Reshiram and Zekrom needed to be promoted, and Keldeo was being reserved for the Musketeer trio), it goes to show that the idea of two event Pokémon in one movie is not unthinkable in case one of them was previously distributed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mijzelffan
    Darkrai appeared in the anime after it appeared in a movie, so did Deoxys, and the Regi's might have either before or after (I forgot). So I don't think an anime appearence completely excludess a legendary pokémon.
    The Regis made their debut in Movie 8, so the example you should have used is Kyogre's role in Movie 9 (after its debut in the climax of Team Magma and Team Aqua's story). Do note that Kyogre had to appear in the AG series, whereas the current two-parter with the Kami trio is unnecessary if they're meant to have a role in Movie 16. Besides, Kyogre basically just made a cameo in Movie 9 with Manaphy having the rest of the movie to itself, and I don't see that being repeated with Meloetta considering the increased number of legendaries per movie in recent years.

    Plus they can always just include a pokémon from a past generation like with Mew and Lucario, Kyogre and Manaphy, Celebi and Zoroark, etc. Jirachi and the the melody pokémon Meloetta? Mewtwo vs. Genesect, artificially born to brawl?
    They've only done that before to promote remakes. But yes, Jirachi/Deoxys could be featured alongside Meloetta/Genesect if remakes were to be released, but that would still be a case of using two event Pokémon in one movie.
    Updated 13th December 2011 at 03:25 PM by Silktree
  10. Joshawott's Avatar
    Fantastic points, especially about the extra CPU thing. If a "3DS Enhanced" DSi Pokémon title was possible, it would be interesting to see how it would be marketed. I imagine that 3D would be impossible as it would only really be using the communications CPU (Well, Cubic Ninja didn't use the 3D in gameplay due to wanting to prioritise the gyro-scope, so it isn't impossible). Would Nintendo market it as a DS title with a big thing on the box saying "Play on Nintendo 3DS for Extra Features!" or would they advertise it as a 3DS game that "Also works on the DS!"?

    Considering the price-drop earlier this year and the rise in 3DS sales though, it is looking more likely that the third version will be on the 3DS, although personally, I'd still want it to be on the DS for the reasons I stated (also, so I can import it and play it...teehee xD)
  11. Mijzelffan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Silktree
    They've only done that before to promote remakes. But yes, Jirachi/Deoxys could be featured alongside Meloetta/Genesect if remakes were to be released, but that would still be a case of using two event Pokémon in one movie.
    What seems more plausible, Game Freak deciding to shove two event legendaries into one movie (therefore gaining less general and merchandising profit) , or them borrowing a past legendary?

    Also, it's unprovable they did it for promoting remakes. They might just be using past legendaries judging on who hasn't been in a movie for the longest time, regardless of remakes.
  12. Silktree's Avatar
    If they retained DS compatibility, I think they would choose to promote the game as being a backwards compatible 3DS title even though it would really be a 3DS-enhanced DS game. The non-Japanese version of Yellow was marketed as a Game Boy game that displayed 4-10 colors on the Game Boy Color (why this wasn't done in Japan is a mystery), while Gold and Silver were promoted as Game Boy Color games (displaying the maximum number of colors and using the infrared port) that were backwards compatible with the Game Boy. As I see it, Gray would be somewhere between those two situations, so the marketing could go either way but chances are that the DS would only be mentioned in small letters.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mijzelffan
    What seems more plausible, Game Freak deciding to shove two event legendaries into one movie (therefore gaining less general and merchandising profit) , or them borrowing a past legendary?
    First, it's not Game Freak's decision to make. Secondly, what do you mean by less profit? It would give them more material to work with for Movie 16, while for Movie 17 they would have brand new event Pokémon. If anything, distributing Victini via Wi-Fi before Movie 14 cost them ticket sales.

    Also, it's unprovable they did it for promoting remakes. They might just be using past legendaries judging on who hasn't been in a movie for the longest time, regardless of remakes.
    Then Mewtwo and the legendary birds deserved to be used in Movie 13 instead of Celebi and the beasts.
    Updated 13th December 2011 at 06:12 PM by Silktree
  13. Joshawott's Avatar
    "Nobunaga's Ambition x Pokémon" is on the Nintendo DS, not the 3DS.

    So yeah, the DS is still alive and kicking.
  14. TerraTF's Avatar
    Notice how RS and FRLG are in the same generation. With the 3DS' size being 2+ times bigger then the DS', maybe we could see the protagonist going to Hoenn and Kanto, much like Nuzlocke of Nuzlocke Comics. The previous statement is pure coincidence though. If Josh is correct about the 6 years between remakes, then Generation 5 may be our first generation without a trip to Kanto or even a visit from Professor Oak.
  15. RedSapphire's Avatar
    Good article. I just wanted to point out a tiny mistake that you may want to fix, just for article touch-up:
    Pokémon Diamond/Pearl (2006) -> Pokémon Emerald (2008)
  16. Joshawott's Avatar
    Pokémon X & Y were announced today for release in 2013.

    Bam.

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