Remember the second generation of Pokémon gaming, a little land buy the name of Johto; well for now this land is lost. Their is no connection from today’s current line-up of Pokémon games, Diamond and Pearl, to the second generation games. Will we ever see this land again? Well I’m thinking that the the next will be remakes of Silver and Gold, but I know there will be a Pokémon Game featuring Giratini as it’s mascot.
Every portable Nintendo console has seen more than two Pokémon, Their is another Pokémon coming for the DS. And precedence have been set that forces all Pokémon of the same system to be completely compatible, which means the next Pokémon game can’t add any pokémon to the Pokédex. Another precedence is that version mascots and certain other pokémon cannot be both catchable and obtainable from a previous generation game even if they take place in the same region. Example: Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres were not present in generation 2 games even though their respective region was present. It a safe bet that you wont see Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Regirock, Regice, Registeel, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza in a game as both obtainable and transferable from a previous generation, simply because it wouldn’t make much sense.
These rule mean that we can’t have another remake of Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald. Every portable system has seen more than two games. So what are the options? Well one could be the version mascot would be Arceus, but Arceus plays the same role as Celebi, Mew, and Deoxys, in that Arceus is to be unobtainable outside a Nintendo event for eternity.
The other option would to have a legendary pokémon that is currently obtainable in the same generation be the mascot like they did with Suicune for crystal, which is allowed by current precedent. The options are Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Regigigas Giratina, Cresselia, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin. Uxie, Mesprit, or Azelf couldn’t be be the mascot because they are all equal according to the Arceus ledgend. Regigigas, wouldn’t make sense because of his current relationship with last generations Pokémon. He reanimates when all Regi-Pokémon are present, so Regirock, Regice, Registeel must be in the game for him to be unlocked, but that would mean the legendaries would be, obtainable and transferable which is “against the rules.” Next would be Phione or Manaphy, but having these would be a slap in the face to those who obtained these the hard way. Shaymin is yet to be obtainable, but no one would want that kick’um-fuzzball as their versions mascot.I doubt much of a storyline could come from Cresselia. The next options are Darkrai(the Pitch-Black Pokémon), and Giratina(the Renegade Pokémon). Darkrai doesn’t seem like it would fall in line with the who space and time dealie that Heonn story. but Giratina does. Giratina’s head and eyes resemble those of Palkia and Dialga, possable suggesting that they are related. His Pokédex description is as follows: “A Pokémon that is said to live in a world on the reverse side of ours. It appears in an ancient cemetery.” So basically he reject the universe as Palkia and Dialga have structures it. Now that’s a setup for a storyline if I’ve ever heard one. The Giratina’s shiny form is a complete inverse of the common Giratina, I would prefer that Nintendo choose that just to distinguish it from the one in Pearl and Diamond. Team Galactic has problems when the Palkia and Dialga they have captured go out of control, you must capture Giratina to stop Palkia and Dialga, or the universe will be destroyed.
But would that be enough of a refresher to keep Pokémon fans happy, I really don’t think so, but it possible, and if Nintendo plans to only make one game for this handheld generation, this is really the only option. But I think Nintendo will try to milk as many games as they can get. One more wouldn’t be enough. Lugia and Ho-oh are the only Pokémon that were once legitimately obtainable outside a Nintendo event, that are now no longer obtainable the way they once were, they are the only other option outside Giratina. Johto is the only logical next step. We can’t have another Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald. And Johto already host the only other available version mascots.
The concept of Johto starters returning makes sense, the only way to get Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile and their respective evolutions is to get one of them in Emeraldas a reward from Professor Birch for completing the Hoenn Pokédex then transferring them to the current generation.
The main problem is the that the Kanto region and the Elite Four. Gold, Silver, and Crystal all featured the Kanto region with out legendaries and certain changes. I doubt we will have another yet another version of Kanto, because LeafGreen and FireRed are still selling. Nintendo wouldn’t wont to build a game that they already made and are still selling, they only were able to get away with it for Silver and Gold was all the new Pokémon and unseen areas. It’s just as likely they would create a new elite four and areas. What could go along with Johto can only be speculated. The the final four be from the Orange League? Professor Ivy? A whole new area?
Giratini sounds like Giraso which is “an opal that reflects light in a bright luminous glow”. Like Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Pearl, and Diamond, Opal is a Gemstone. Coincidence, I think not. That is definitely a sign that Nintendo plans to make another fourth generation game.
I think we will see something similar to the GBA generation in the fourth generation. 5 games in the same order: two original games(Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire and Pokémon Diamond/Perl), two remakes(FireRed/LeafGreen and DawnSilver/DuskGold) and an enhanced original(Emerald and Opal).