No doubt if you are a fan of the Pokemon series you would of had the choice during your play through of which fossil out of the two the game has do you want. The toughest choice the series would ever propose to you, and one which rattles your mind once you choose if you made the right choice.
Each title in the series has a fossil range in it which you can acquire at a certain point in the game and then get them turned into a real Pokemon. Once you get the Pokemon you will notice one major thing they are not cute and fuzzy Pikachus, no they are big mean fighting machines. They are ancient beasts which more often then not used to rule the world. What did these Pokemon do in their past life, where they trained by the humans of the time? Questions like these are what make you think, why hasn’t there been a Pokemon set in the past or distant future yet? One which shows a different league of Pokemon, one which shows the evolution to our favorite new Pokemon, and ones which show the prime time of the ancient fossil Pokemon.
A Pokemon set in the past would show a new era of Pokemon, we will see the prime life of the various Pokemon from fossils and the evolution to some of our favorites, as well as even some which we haven’t even heard of. There could even be ancient humans training and collecting the Pokemon. Gameplay could either be the same as the current line of Pokemon games, or be similar to Ranger- or even drastically different with trust and companionship been what attracts the Pokemon and makes them stay with their owner. The evil team would obviously take the Pokemon by force and beat them into submission, and the good guy would have the goal of teaching them about love and harmony with their fellow Pokemon.
The game could also feature some of the “legendary” Pokemon of the series as simple low grade Pokemon, it could be a story which shows how these Pokemon become “legendary”. The level system could also be changed to hold much higher level Pokemon which once they go over 100 gain “legendary” status. Some “legendary” Pokemon could even be starter Pokemon for the title. Maybe even an introduction of actually killing Pokemon instead of stunning them could be introduced which would trim down the amount of Pokemon which are around at the end of the game as well as make sure the legendaries are all powerful. It would be sort of like its own mini mass extinction in the world of Pokemon. Heck maybe you are the evil guy in this game- maybe by setting Pokemon in the ancient past can a story which fits the series lore be made which the main character could be evil. Or at least turn evil after the slow increase of power which drives them mad once their legendary Pokemon are level 200 and kill everything in sight.
Pokemon like Mario is the one of the only series which Nintendo can attach to anything they dream up and it would sell like hot cakes. The series has a large amount of spin off games which are various genres. There is even a new spin off coming out soon which clashes the series with another series by introducing Nobunaga characters to the world of Pokemon. The Mystery Dungeon and Ranger spin off series are also resent attractions in the world of Pokemon, so it is clear that Nintendo wants to expand the series to more then the traditional titles which it has been putting out for so long. With this in mind, how long is it until Nintendo starts expanding the lore of the series themselves instead of putting out “Pikachu is Missing” titles for the next twenty years. The expansion of the series lore and one itself which puts it into a more darker world could be what the series needs to keep the older fans who have long since left the series. While Nintendo was able to bring back many fans with the remakes of Silver and Gold as well as Black and White, the series doesn’t have a continuation with the fanbase as much as it used to, with no doubt this new install base of original customers feeling that they don’t need to buy any new titles because they would not be any different to the titles they have previous played, just with more monsters and a crazier story. A spin off which puts the series into the past would put a more series tone to the series, as well as making the spin off titles have some level of reputability and must have for fans.
While this idea does have the stench of a crazy fan idea, it does have merit and is the type of concept Nintendo needs to be pitching themselves to bring the series forward in the next coming generations. Unlike Mario which has the appeal to everyone, Pokemon has a stronger demographic attachment to the younger players and collage kids. Which with the ever changing market of video games, shows that the series doesn’t attach to the blue ocean which has now become the red ocean, which has become the blue ocean again- which I’m pretty sure somewhere along the line became a green murky ocean filled with Call of Duty remakes and Just Dance with Guitar Hero attachments. Or a mix of all three games, shooting lasers out of a plastic guitar controller while dancing. Now that is a type of game I would buy.