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Pokémon’s spinoffs are the series at its most adventurous

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Pokémon is a phenomenon, one that’s lasted a steady 25 years built on a foundation of approachable roleplaying games.

Just a few years after the breakout success of Red and Blue on the Game Boy in 1996, the company released Pokémon Stadium on the Nintendo 64.

It was a change but still pretty familiar territory for fans, whether they came from the Game Boy games or the animated series.

Soon, though, the spinoffs would explore new territory.

One of the most beloved Pokémon games is Snap, essentially a wildlife photography simulator, where players go on a safari to capture images of their favorite monsters.

It tapped into something the main games didn’t, with a less competitive kind of experience that was welcoming to new players.

Games like Pokémon Pinball, Puzzle Challenge, and Hey You, Pikachu! Much like the still-running Pokémon animated series, these games created new entry points for potential fans, easing them into the fictional universe.

It’s a strategy that’s now commonplace, used by everyone from Disney to Riot Games.

There were fighting games (Pokkén Tournament), narrative adventure games (Detective Pikachu), strategy games (Pokémon Conquest), and puzzle crossovers (Pokémon Picross), to name a few.

Initially, that was limited to Nintendo consoles and handhelds, but as soon as the franchise debuted on mobile, it changed dramatically.

Things started out rather inauspiciously, with the debut of Pokémon Shuffle in 2015, essentially a Pikachu-themed Candy Crush clone.

Today, Pokémon Go is still one of the biggest mobile games in the world.

Since then, releases have become arguably even more surprising, with everything from a café management game to a mobile app to help players brush their teeth.

And soon the franchise will aim for new territory yet again with Pokémon Unite, a competitive multiplayer game that looks like League of Legends, except with Charmander and Squirtle.

It gives Pokémon an opportunity to tap into the burgeoning world of competitive gaming and, once again, potentially reach a whole new audience that has never touched a mainline Pokémon RPG before.


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