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Why haven’t there been more games like Pokemon Colosseum or Gale of Darkness?

Published: 12/Jul/2019 14:31 Updated: 13/Jul/2019 12:49

by Paul Cot

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Pokemon Colosseum and Gale of Darkness for the Nintendo Gamecube are among some of the most revered Pokemon games – but why haven’t there been any similar games since?

Genius Sonority, not Game Freak

Game developers have their own intricacies, which means one company may not the same skills as another. It is the reason why Call of Duty and Battlefield play differently, for example, despite sharing a similar concept.

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Genius Sonority, who developed both the Gamecube games, had their own take on Pokemon games which clearly struck a chord with fans. Game Freak, on the other hand, have their own philosophy that has produced incredible games such as Pokemon Red/Blue, Gold/Silver and Ruby/Sapphire.

Screenshots from Pokemon Colosseum…

Different consoles

When Pokemon Colosseum and Gale of Darkness were at the peak of their popularity, handheld gaming was far more inferior to console gaming – at least graphically.

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Game Freak were, and arguably still are, a developer for handheld consoles – something they did very well. This means it wasn’t in their skill set, or mandate, to develop console style games. 

The Gamecube was released in 2002, competing with the likes of the PS2 and original Xbox…

Conversely, Genuis Sonority were clearly very adept at making games in the style of Colosseum or Gale of Darkness. Since their exploits on the Gamecube, though, they have also been developing games for Nintendo’s handheld consoles.

Genius Sonority may no longer possess the skills needed to make a console style Pokemon game. After all, it was over 10 years ago and companies change a lot in that time.

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Business decision or not capable

The other reason we may not have seen similar games is down to business. It’s no secret that the mainline Pokemon games have been a huge commercial successes. Is that something Nintendo would really want to risk when they know they already have a successful formula?

Also, Game Freak have been entrusted with Pokemon’s biggest titles since the late 90s and there has been no evidence that they could produce a console style game. In fact, there were even rumors in the lead up to Pokemon Sword and Shield that they were struggling because they couldn’t make the most of the Nintendo Switch hardware.

Pokemon Sword and Shield may be the most similar game to Colosseum and Gale of Darkness yet…

Pokemon Sword and Shield a hybrid

Both Gamecube games were released more than 10 years ago and despite this, Pokemon trainers are still clamoring for modern day versions of the games. While they weren’t truly open world, something which no Pokemon game to date can claim to be, they did provide flexibility beyond its years.

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In the build up to the eventual Pokemon Sword and Shield reveal, trainers were hopeful that the 2019 Pokemon game would provide an open world experience where trainers could forge their own path. Instead we appear to have got a traditional Pokemon game with enhanced graphics and part of the game that could be interpreted as open world (the wild area).

Whether Game Freak opted to stick with the tried and tested formula for safety reasons, restricted by hardware limitations, or didn’t have the resources necessary to make such a game, remains unknown. 

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The result of this has been games such as Pokemon Colosseum and Gale of Darkness being brought up, in spite of the hype surrounding Sword and Shield.

We’ll have to wait and see whether we will ever get a Pokemon game similar again, but many fans will remain hopeful.

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Glastrier or Spectrier: Which one should you get in Crown Tundra?

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:21 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 0:22

by Paul Cot

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Glastrier and Spectrier are two new Legendary Pokemon added in the Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC. Unfortunately, you can only get one of them (at least in one save file), so which one is better and why?

First off let’s look at their typings. Glastrier is a pure ice-type and Spectrier is pure ghost.

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Of course, this is somewhat down to preference but when it comes to weaknesses, there’s only one winner. Glastrier is weak to fire, fighting, rock and steel. It is immune against no types and only resistant to ice attacks.

Meanwhile, Spectrier is only weak to dark and ghost attacks. It is immune to normal and fighting, and resistant to bug and poison. In short, Spectrier’s typing is much more favorable.

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Calyrex fusing into its Shadow Rider form…

Glastrier vs Spectrier stats

There’s more to Pokemon than just typings, though. Each of their base stats are as follows:

Glastrier Spectrier
HP 100 HP 100
Attack 145 Attack 65
Defense 130 Defense 60
Special Attack 65 Special Attack 145
Special Defense 110 Special Defense 80
Speed 30 Speed 130

To simplify these stats, Spectrier will provide you with a fantastic fast and strong ghost-type Pokemon. However, while its special attack is massive, it doesn’t have the moveset to take full advantage of it.

Glastrier’s abysmal speed is a problem. Along with its undesirable pure ice typing many trainers won’t be interested in it, and we understand why.

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Outside of those bad points though, the rest of it is very impressive. Along with great defense, it has a far better move pool than Spectrier which is very reliant on Shadow Ball.

If you’re interested in competitive battling then you can’t really go against Spectrier. If you’re playing for fun instead, then Spectrier may be the better option.

How to separate Glastrier/Spectrier from Calyrex

In the Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC you actually catch Calyrex with either Glastrier or Spectrier together. Respectively, it is Calyrex’s Ice Rider and Shadow Rider fusions forms.

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While they do come together, you can separate them to give yourself two Legendaries for the price of one. To do this make sure either of Calyrex’s fusion forms are in your party.

Following that, head over to your inventory and select the Reins of Unity. Give it to the fused Calyrex to separate them. You can rejoin them while they are both in your party by once again selecting the Reins of Unity.

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This is a brilliant option to have, although naturally the fusion forms are stronger. Now, you just have to decide which steed you want!

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