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Huge Nintendo leak reveals scrapped Pokemon MMO

Published: 25/Jul/2020 18:49

by Brent Koepp


A massive leak of Nintendo data revealed that a Pokemon MMO game was being considered for PC in 2004. The scrapped online project was based on the popular Fire Red and Leaf Green titles.

Ever since the popular RPG made its debut on the Game Boy in 1996, players from around the world have dreamed of an MMO Pokemon game. An online interactive version of Kanto or Hoenn would be a dream come true.

However a major leak of Nintendo data on July 24 revealed that a project like that was almost a reality. The scrapped plans would have brought the franchise to PC, and connected users’ Game Boy Advance consoles.

pokemon fire red leaf green promo art
The Pokemon Company
The 2004 Game Boy Advance titles could have been part of an MMO.

Scrapped Pokemon MMO revealed

On July 24, a massive leak of Nintendo data made its way online, where a variety of cancelled games and proposed projects were discovered. One of those was an online Pokemon game that would have been made for PC in 2004.

Outlet ‘Centro Pokemon’ uploaded slides to Twitter for the cancelled project, and revealed the release was being worked on by iQue. Interestingly, the game would have required players to hook up their GBA consoles to their PC to use it as a controller.

The MMO-like release would have allowed Trainers to connect with other players online to trade, battle, and chat, as well as compete in tournaments. It also would have included an offline mode which could played on the GBA.

Other features from the proposed project include:

  • Game story and map design based on Fire Red and Leaf Green
  • Offline play on the GBA
  • Online play with trade, battle, and chat
  • In offline mode, players could only access 36 Pokemon, new hatch system disabled
  • New hatch system, which uses server info such as date, time, and weather to determine the Egg you get
  • Enhanced Pokemon Center
  • Pokemon distributed on the map changes each time you go online, based on server data such as weather, time, region, and season.
  • Online tournaments based on Colosseum that use 3D renders of monsters
  • Weather changes based specifically on the region
pokemon sword shield players standing by raid den
Game Freak / Nintendo
Many of the features of the MMO project have been implemented in the 2019 release Sword & Shield.

While the concept of connecting a GBA as a controller for the PC may sound outdated today, a lot of the ideas proposed in the online project were incredibly ahead of their time. Many of the features sound extremely similar to what we have today in Sword & Shield.

For instance, the Switch release lets you connect online with other players in the Wild Area where you can trade and take on Raid Battles together. The Gen VIII game also has weather changes based on your internet connection and clock. Still, one can’t help but wonder what could have been if we had gotten a proper MMO.


Pokemon Go March 2 Spotlight Hour: Shiny Krabby, 2x bonus, more

Published: 25/Feb/2021 1:08

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Go’s first Spotlight Hour of March 2021 will focus on the Kanto region’s Krabby. Trainers can get their hands on a Shiny version of the popular crustacean as well as score bonus XP by evolving it. 

While Pokemon Go has technically left Gen I behind with the launch of Season of Legends, the mobile app will still honor one of Kanto’s most popular ‘mon – Krabby – with March’s first Spotlight Hour.

The limited-time celebration will not only give Trainers a chance to stock up on Candy for a Kingler evolution, but if fans are lucky they might even stumble upon a rare Shiny version of the Water-type.

Screenshot of Krabby Pokemon Go Pokedex entry.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
The beloved crustacean will be the star of March 2021’s first Spotlight Hour.

Pokemon Go Krabby Spotlight Hour date & start time

As is tradition every month, Niantic uses each Tuesday to highlight a single Pokemon for an hour. Players who log in during the celebration will encounter the selected ‘mon with boosted spawn rates, and even have a chance at finding a Shiny version.

Kanto’s favorite crustacean, Krabby, will be the star of March 2’s Spotlight Hour. The limited-time event kicks off at 6 PM and will run until 7 PM. Players should make sure to mark their calendars, as it’s based on each Trainer’s local time.

While the Gen I Water-type is by no means rare, its evolution Kingler can pack a powerful punch in the game’s meta. Not to mention the ‘mon is still a fan favorite from the classic RPG titles.

Screenshot of Shiny Krabby in Pokemon Go.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Players can get a Shiny Kingler in the March 2021 Spotlight Hour.

Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour bonus

Over the last year, Niantic has merged the mystery bonus with each week’s Spotlight Hour. Trainers participating in the Krabby event can also score a 2x XP evolution bonus each time they evolve a Pokemon. This works out perfect for those who plan on evolving a Kingler anyway.

Players should utilize the hour to evolve any Pokemon in their storage that they have been sitting on. Might as well get snag the free extra experience points to increase your level! We also recommend using a Lucky Egg at the start of the event – that way you can maximize the bonus.

Avid fans of Krabby that have their sights set on finding a Shiny should make sure to stock up on Poke Balls and Berries. A week before the celebration, swing by your local PokeStops and spin the locations to prepare for the Tuesday event.

Pokemon Go Mystery Bonus Hour screen.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
In 2021, a Mystery Bonus Hour will run alongside Spotlight celebrations.

While not the most popular Pokemon by a long shot, Krabby is still considered one of the classic characters from the first generation. The Kanto region Water-type’s Shiny colors are even a throwback to the Game Boy’s monochrome screen, making it highly sought after by collectors.

With the Kanto Tour in the rearview mirror, Niantic looks to be kicking things up a notch with the Season of Legends launching in March. The three-month-long phase will be packed with epic monsters for Trainers to catch.