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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 8:06PM Vinzix said

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Nintendo and F2P MMO? Yeah, you can already scratch that of your wishlist.

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 8:18PM Synthetic said

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Pokemon MMO needs to happen.

A huge, open world with every pocket monster in it and the ability to battle other players would be fun.

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 9:12PM Sorithal said

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@Synthetic

I'm honestly surprised Nintendo hasn't done it yet.

But then I see why they don't - they can make so much more money by creating new games with the same Pokemon + 50 or more new ones and tossing them in a region different yet similar to past ones. That and it's much easier to make a single player game than it is to make an online one, and... honestly, Nintendo hasn't been that great in online multiplayer stuff yet.
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 9:17PM (Unverified) said

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@Synthetic

Ya a Pokemon MMO is just such an obviously perfect choice for an MMO that it boggles the mind that they haven't done it yet.
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 9:52PM DarkWalker said

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@Sorithal

I agree that, up to now, Nintendo has been mostly a failure in the online space. It's got one of the most counter-intuitive methods for finding other players online I've ever seen (the infamous, long and random, friend codes), and their store experience is bad enough I actually use external sites to see if there is anything new, despite having a 3DS with Internet connection at hand most of my waking hours.

Given the success of the Wii and the DS, despite Nintendo apparently not really understanding the Internet, it makes me shudder to think what Nintendo could do if they actually understood the Internet...
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 10:03PM jeremys said

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@Synthetic WoW might be pretty close, when it's next expansion comes out. The WoW pet system is... well there's tons of stuff to read and see on WoW Insider.

This is just a snippet, you can search for more. http://wow.joystiq.com/tag/mists-of-pandaria/page/6/
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Posted: Mar 15th 2012 12:57AM Patently Right said

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@Synthetic Considering how unbalanced Pokemon is and when inclusive of its already grindy and impartial EV/IV systems, hell no. No no no no NO.
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Posted: Mar 15th 2012 3:15AM Synthetic said

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If it ever does become an MMO, Nintendo won't do it right. I'm sure it'll be fun as another installment of the Pokemon series but my concern would be it's success as an openworld game.

I can see it being heavily bogged down by making everything an instance and obfuscating even the simplest of tasks like purchasing pokeballs or trading pokemon or playing with friends. To your points, Sorithal and DarkWalker, Nintendo doesn't have the resume I'd look for in a developer behind this genre of game.

It would have to be done by not-Nintendo. Unfortunately, that's not ever going to happen unless they sell of their rights to those IPs.

@ Jeremys

That aside, World of Warcraft's upcoming Pet Battle System (if it makes it to release) would seem to lack the depth that Pokemon has. Not to mention the pets currently in WoW are mostly uninteresting things - of course, that's an I.M.H.O. statement to be clear. To be more in line with Pokemon I'd think they would need to redo the look of many pets.

It could happen since they don't have details on this system, though.

@Patently Right

You're translation of Pokemon into the MMO space is far too literal. It shouldn't be a straightforward port with multiplayer support and three dimensional graphics, but far more than that to make it a fluid and dynamic game.
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Posted: Mar 15th 2012 5:05AM pcgneurotic said

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@Synthetic

What about the Digimon mmog, that's part of the same family right? I don't know about Pokemon much myself.
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Posted: Mar 15th 2012 10:50AM Softserve said

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@Synthetic I think they could do it right, I'm not convinced they will. They've been so resistant to even obvious, basic online usability in Pokemon games. Like when they finally allowed online battles for the first time, you couldn't even add a person you played as a friend or anything. You'd probably never see them again.

Nintendo is obsessed with this idea of safety. Iwata has outright said that it's based on him to keep his kids safe -- except not everyone is a kid and not every online gameplay experience leads to some form of weirdness.

They seem to be opening up on the 3DS and seemingly the WiiU... So who knows, maybe it'll happen someday. But then there's all the portability to worry about -- I wonder if it could be something that exists on both the WiiU and 3DS simultaneously somehow.

And that's all not mentioning the rampant cheating in the games now. I don't know what they'd have in place to ensure this wouldn't happen on a console, but hopefully it'd actually work.
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 8:46PM Ghostspeaker said

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I actually woulda put Spiral Knights under the Legend of Zelda column. The graphics are totally different of course, but it's an overhead-view action rpg that plays a LOT like Zelda.

I really need to try MilMo. I have no idea why I haven't yet, but it keeps slipping under my radar somehow.

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 9:05PM Beau Hindman said

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@Ghostspeaker You know, you're right! Dang it, where were you days ago?! :)

Beau
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Posted: Mar 15th 2012 2:45AM Sugars said

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@Ghostspeaker

Agreed! When describing spiral knights to someone, I've always mentioned it plays a lot like multiplayer Zelda.
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 9:10PM (Unverified) said

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I would compare Realm of the Mad God to the original Gauntlet on NES personally; very, very similar.

There were some amazing top down RPG/adventure games on the NES. Zelda was just the first, or at least the biggest early hit that inspired a lot of later ones. Can't forget about the Zork series, Little Ninja Brothers or my personal favorite Crystalis.

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 9:15PM Sorithal said

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Yeah. Realm of the Mad God is pretty much Gauntlet online. Minus the need to kill the generators spawning the enemies :P Will be fun to see what Beau has to say on the game. I only played it for... 6 hours and yet did a rather insane amount of stuff in that short time.
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 9:17PM (Unverified) said

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My bad, not Zork... that's another old series. StarTropics, the 2nd being Zoda's Revenge.
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 9:43PM deejrandom said

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I'd say Spiral Knights is more like classic Zelda than Mario Brothers. In fact that is what I thought when I first played it - it was obviously influenced by the classic top down adventure game.

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 9:44PM DarkWalker said

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Not F2P, but jumping challenges in GW2 will most likely resemble the 3D Mario games :)

(BTW, seems like players worldwide were craving for some old school Mario action; the best selling platforming Mario games on both the DS and Wii were the 2D "New Super Mario Bros" games, vastly outselling the 3D Marios available for each system, as well as almost everything else released in the last decade.)

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 10:09PM (Unverified) said

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@DarkWalker

That I didn't know. I still play Mario 3 with friends from time to time, that game is just that good, but honestly that not that impressed with the recent 2D iterations. Compared to Mario 3 or Super Mario World on SNES, the level design, suits, etc of the new 2Ds feels pretty damn lackluster to me whereas all that stuff has been topnotch in the 3D ones (except Sunshine). I prefer Galaxy or 64 to the new 2Ds any day, if I wanted 2D Mario nostalgia I'd go for the NES or SNES games but that's just me.
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Posted: Mar 15th 2012 10:52AM Softserve said

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@DarkWalker To be totally fair, those numbers for the Wii include pack-ins. Nintendo sold Wiis with NSBMWii packed in, they didn't do that with either Galaxy game.
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