WC writes: The Pokémon phenomenon in Japan is getting ready to invade America as the first games for the Nintendo Game Boy, Pokémon Red and Blue, are about to be released. It looks to be an interesting game, based around your character finding, collecting and battling small creature called Pokémon. The Pokémon have specific move-sets, elemental based types that change battle tactics and can evolve into bigger, stronger creatures if you train them hard enough with the aim of conquering ‘gym leaders’ (essentially boss battles) and their Pokémon to gain badges up until you become ‘Pokémon League Champion’. Of course the higher-ups are expecting, or at least hoping, that the wave of popularity it has drummed up in Japan will carry over into the States. With nothing short of global domination in mind, Britain is going to be next my friends.
A lot of people have already become fans of Pokémon, but I’ve managed to play an American cartridge of Pokémon Blue and I honestly don’t foresee it becoming the massive hit many people expect. Why? A variety of reasons, which are helpfully presented in this list. Some of them are cultural differences. Some of them are missed opportunities and some of them seem to be straight up problems with the game that could affect the critical reaction and sales figures when the games get released in the UK in October of next year.