You have to give it to Nintendo: Whenever it makes an announcement, it’s all over the internet. When Animal Crossing: New Horizons got a new trailer a few months before it came out, people went on the hype train non-stop until it was released. This week’s Pokémon Presents stream is no exception. The show wasn’t even over when everyone started chatting Pokémon Legend: Arceus and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining pearls.
While everyone, including you really, is excited about the new mechanics and features coming to Pokémon, what it’s worth to see do not have changed. Despite Nintendo’s focus on the future of the franchise and the substantial amount of new features in all of their upcoming games, game trailers and explanations because the Pokémon Brilliant diamond and Shining pearls contains a snapshot of a lot of surprisingly old features, especially in the multiplayer and online sections. Pokémon At its core has always been the multiplayer experience, which is all the more disappointing when Nintendo insists on recreating the past so closely that it can’t take a golden opportunity to jump into the future.
Disbanding the Alliance (Room)
The hindrance of Nintendo nostalgia can be most clearly seen in Brilliant diamond and Shining pearls scene. The trailer and the gameplay explanation that follows it are both short-lived on the League Room, a connecting feature taken straight from the original. Diamond and Pearl. In the DS days, the League Room allowed players to enter a room together via local multiplayer. It doesn’t show anything happening in real time other than people entering and leaving the room, but if someone around you has the same game and is also in the Alliance Room, you can start trading or fight them.
This feature is mostly useless outside of conventions and other densely populated areas because if you want to fight or trade directly with a nearby friend you can do it in a virtual area other, simpler than waiting for them to appear in the Alliance. Room. Thanks to Nintendo’s limited Wi-Fi Connect service at the time, and the DS’ having trouble connecting to some home routers, the feature was restricted to local wireless only.
Even considering the communication standards at the time, the Union Room was cramped and unwieldy. People will randomly appear and disappear from the room, even if they are within range of someone else’s DS. Dialogue is slow and laggy, and it takes a long time to start a battle. Most importantly, there is no way to communicate with people other than asking them to trade or fight using the game’s built-in dialogue options, which (unfortunately) has become an indication of Nintendo’s limited online services. In short, it’s a fun novelty, but it’s not the best way to play with friends by all means.
This made Nintendo decide to bring the League Room back Brilliant diamond and Shining pearls quite confusing. In the new games, the League Room will have online multiplayer, which is really how it works long term. The gameplay explanation brags that players will be able to “interact, trade and battle with Trainers around the world”, but if that happens Pokémon Unitelimited ping menu, then… i don’t care.
The truth is there’s a lot that Nintendo could have done with Brilliant diamond and Shining pearlsmultiplayer modes than bring the Alliance Room. The company could have put it in nostalgic value, so that players who haven’t played the game since childhood can say, “Wow, I miss this! It looks like it used to be! “There comes a point where an expression of loyalty becomes too loyal.
Original Diamond and PearlThe Underground’s other major multiplayer feature, much more fun. The player can run around in a network of underground tunnels that run along the Sinnoh region. If other players are nearby, they can enter the tunnel and play together. Activities include decorating a Secret Base that other players can tour and mining for gems, evolution stones, and fossils in the tunnel’s walls. While it’s still not really immersive, you can at least see people moving in real time, and you can even go underground by yourself if no one else is around to play.
The Underground, now known as the Grand Underground, will return Brilliant diamond and shining pearl, and Nintendo is actually adding something to the experience for remakes. Within the tunnels, there are now areas known as Pokémon Hideaways. Each Hideaway revolves around a different geographical theme (ice, fire, etc.) and has a variety of wild Pokemon to catch. Nintendo has sweeted the pot by saying that some of the Pokémon seen in the Hideaways can only be found there, so those looking to catch them all will have to familiarize themselves with the Grand Underground – and its connectivity features it, very likely.
Seeing The Underground return in a new form is a lot more exciting than watching Nintendo resurrect the League of Nations in some sort of dangerous ritual, but it’s still a bit too daunting for the past. Modern online capabilities and networks allow for new ways to interact with other players – just watch games like Journeys aims to create a connection between two random people.
It’s a pity that Nintendo felt that just because it was remaking an old game, it had to include some of the disadvantages and classic elements of that game for the sake of nostalgia. If this is the mentality the company uses when creating its remakes, fan calls for a better online experience will continue to fall on deaf ears. NS Pokémon The series is built on interaction and cooperation with others – its connectivity features are not an afterthought.