How Would I Remake Pokémon Yellow?
One Pokémon game that I seriously wish Nintendo would either remake or re-release is Pokémon Yellow, AKA the Special Pikachu Edition. For those that don’t know, Pokémon Yellow was a spin-off of the original versions of Pokémon, except it’s loosely based off the first season of the anime in that you start off with Pikachu, Jessie and James are recurring enemies, certain Trainers you battle have their dialogue changed and teams altered to better reflect anime counterparts, and you can obtain Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. A lot of people really liked it (and of course, a lot of people were out to copy Ash’s exact team, lol), but for some reason it was never re-released. And I know, neither was the third version of the Johto Region games either, but at least elements of it were carried over for the Johto remakes. So I thought to myself, if I was put in charge of doing a remake for Pokémon Yellow, what would I do with it? So, that’s what I’m gonna answer right here. These are the things I would do if I were to remake Pokémon Yellow.
This one kinda goes without saying, but since it’s the newest Generation, I’d of course want to use the Generation V mechanics. That means the physical/special split, the newest attacks and their effects as seen in Generation V, Triple Battles, Rotational Battles, and so on.
Obviously, Pikachu being outside the ball for the duration of the journey is a must, and I would personally tweak the system from HeartGold/SoulSilver so that the one that follows you is always Pikachu, unless you box the little guy in which case no one follows you. I would include the little pictures from Pokémon Yellow though, only updated with a few more, like maybe him making his elastic faces from the show. ^_^
The Pokémon found would obviously include all the original 151, but I would toss in every Pokémon that evolves to and from them, any Pokémon from other Regions seen in Kanto during other games where you venture there (GSC, FRLG, HGSS), and maybe just a few others to help balance out the type ratios (or in Dark’s case, give it a frigging presence).
Nothing too big, just a tweak here and there. One in particular, GIVING FLAREON FLARE BLITZ! This is NOT that hard to figure out! They even have the same word as part of their names, ‘flare’!
This would mostly be done for convenience since Pikachu, let’s be perfectly honest, is not all THAT great on his own. Having updated move tutors and including new locations for TMs would be beneficial. In particular, I was thinking a fetch quest near Pewter City to teach Pikachu Iron Tail, or a Move Tutor near Indigo Plateau that teaches Pikachu Volt Tackle.
Why? Because they appeared in damned near every episode of the original series, and I think you only battled them like 4 times in the original game. UNACCEPTABLE. lol Also, thinking by the end they would have Meowth, Arbok, Weezing, Wobbufet, Victreebel, and Mime Jr.
Because it’s too funny to pass up on. XD
Okay, kinda alluded to this earlier, but I’d make a ton of side-quests. Stuff you don’t HAVE to do, but are fun, rewarding, and add to the experience of the game. I’m thinking they would involve Brock and Misty, since they follow Ash in the original series. Maybe even a series of events where you can end with actually dating Misty or Brock, depending on which gender you play as.
I know technically a few Trainers you run into have their dialogue and teams altered to better resemble the characters of the day from the old series, but making their appearances a bit closer and also just including a lot more would be sweet.
Since the Sevii Islands were already in FRLG, I’d just go with them instead of the Orange Islands from the anime, but also include the Orange Crew as boss trainers you can battle. Though obviously I’d need to change Drake’s name since there’s already a Drake. Maybe something like Arthur.
Because it is an AWESOME mode. Also, just to be cute (and to piss people off), I’d replace Red with Ritchie. XD
And that’s all I have in mind for now. Leave your comments and any ideas of what you’d do with the game or any other Pokémon games you’d remake. Ja né!
Posted on January 7, 2013, in Pokémon and tagged Anime, Ash, Ash Ketchum, Brock, Jessie and James, Kanto, Misty, Nintendo, Orange Crew, Pikachu, Pokémon, Pokémon regions, Pokémon Yellow, Sevii Islands, Team Rocket. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.