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Pokemon players urge Nintendo to remove trading evolutions in next game

Published: 6/Jul/2020 1:01

by Brent Koepp

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A Pokemon fan went viral after urging Game Freak and Nintendo to drop trading evolutions in future games due to the company’s Online subscription paywall, with many players agreeing and sharing their own thoughts.

Pokemon entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield in November 2019. The latest title in the long-running RPG franchise introduced players to new mechanics such as Dynamaxing and Max Raids.

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However in a first for the series, some of its features are locked behind a paywall with Nintendo’s Switch Online service. Now, players are asking that trade evolutions be dropped in future games because of it.

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Pokemon like Alakazam need to be traded to obtain.

Should Pokemon drop trade evolutions?

From its inception in 1996, Pokemon has featured special evolutions which require players to trade specific monsters with another user. Favorites like Alakazam and Machamp can only be obtained through this method. The mechanic was meant to encourage Trainers to interact with others in real life.

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However, things changed with the release of Sword & Shield in 2019. The Switch title requires an online subscription called Nintendo Online, and some players are not happy about it. A fan of the RPG went viral after making an argument for why Game Freak should drop the feature altogether in future iterations.

Redditor ‘Gettingridofpeople‘ made the post on July 4. “I think that Nintendo/Game Freak should drop trade evolution in future games especially now when it requires getting Nintendo online subscription. It’s enough that you have to search for certain Pokemon and items that they require to evolve but then you have to trust someone that they won’t steal your perfect iv bred shiny,” they argued.

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A reddit post went viral, after proposing that Game Freak drop trade evolutions.

The post quickly went viral on the Pokemon forum, with over 22.5k upvotes at the time of writing. Many long-time veteran players agreed with the argument, as many found the in-game requirement compromised now that it can only be achieved with a paid subscription.

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Another user ’10Tailbeast’ suggested a possible solution. “Just have an NPC that becomes available upon completion of the game. You still have to work for it,” they said. Another user liked the idea and explained, “I wanted to get a full living dex on Isle of Armor, but when I saw the trade evolutions..I gave up.”

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Many in the community agreed trade evolutions are outdated.

While most fans in the thread argued that the online subscription was the biggest problem, others revealed that not having friends was also a major issue. Many original players from the 90s are now adults, and their companions are just too busy to hop on and trade.

With Nintendo now putting a subscription paywall behind all online features, it does strengthen the argument to drop trade evolutions in the future. Whether Game Freak would actually take that step is another thing, though.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

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So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.