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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Pokémon Presents: Pokémon UNITE Live Reactions!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Yeaaaaaah this is laughably bad.

Last week, The Pokémon Company had a presentation covering several new Pokémon projects. The Pokémon Company asked us to tune in this week for “more news” to “please look forward to”.

And so, myself and Heavy Lobster are tuning in today to...this. Warning, as of publishing, the Like:Dislike ratio is 39K:55K.

Update as of July 10, 2020: They Private'd their upload that was embedded here and uploaded it again, so the Like:Dislike ratio is reset. Now it's 144:396.



[8:51 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0meaWFXuTzc
[8:52 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well, it's set to YouTube "for kids".
[8:52 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: So it's probably not something like Pokkén.
[8:55 AM] HeavyLobster: Sounds lame. Pokken 2 would be amazing.
[8:55 AM] HeavyLobster: Please no Let's Go Johto garbage.
[8:55 AM] HeavyLobster: Dumbing down Gen 1 was bad enough.
[8:58 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...uggh.
[8:58 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I'm more worried about Let's Go Sinnoh.
[8:59 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Johto can afford to get ruined!
[8:59 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It already got a fantastic remake.
[8:59 AM] HeavyLobster: Any spinoff outsourced to a quality studio is hype, any annualized release made by Gamefreak is not.
[8:59 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: inb4 spinoff outsourced to a poor studio
[9:00 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: BEGIN

[9:00 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...nope, 2-minute countdown, again.
[9:00 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Second time in two weeks I got fooled by that.
[9:00 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sakurai's presentation actually started on time!
[9:00 AM] HeavyLobster: Could also just be mobileshit.
[9:01 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sure, it was recorded over a month in advance, but this was recorded in advance, too!
[9:01 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Maybe GAME FREAK is just gonna be a mobile developer from now on.
[9:02 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: BEGIN
[9:02 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: RP-E
[9:02 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Ishihara is back.
[9:02 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Telling us to go buy Pokémon Café Mix.
[9:02 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: NEW PROJECT
[9:02 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: QUESTION MARK
[9:02 AM] HeavyLobster: Tfw the Pokemon fanbase is the only Nintendo one that embraced mobile because they're used to dumbed down stagnant entries.
[9:03 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Pokémon made people trade together.
[9:03 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Trading cards.
[9:03 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: um
[9:03 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "The first"
[9:03 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Pokémon"
[9:03 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Team battle"
[9:03 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Here"
[9:03 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Pokémon Unite"
[9:03 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Presented by Tencent Games.
[9:04 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Does that count as outsourced to a poor studio?
[9:04 AM] HeavyLobster: Yeah.
[9:04 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "enjoyed by all" probably a bad sign
[9:04 AM] HeavyLobster: You called it. Spinoff outsourced to poor studio.
[9:05 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Cooperative Pokémon Game"
"Highly accessible!"
"Deep gameplay!"
[9:05 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Masaaki Hoshino, producer of Pokémon UNITE.
[9:05 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (All-caps)
[9:05 AM] HeavyLobster: Pokemon Shadow Legends
[9:05 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: With "real-time team battles"
[9:06 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: 5 vs. 5
[9:06 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But it's not all Kanto Pokémon.
[9:06 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: There was a Talonflame.
[9:06 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Is this a MOBA
[9:06 AM] HeavyLobster: Or just PokeLeague
[9:06 AM] HeavyLobster: Is League actually any good? I've never played it.
[9:07 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Of Legends?
[9:07 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Stay away from that.
[9:07 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I feel sick
[9:07 AM] HeavyLobster: That's the one. And that's what I've heard.
[9:07 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Free-to-start game for Nintendo Switch and mobile trash.
[9:08 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: With cross-platform play.
[9:08 AM] HeavyLobster: "Free to start"
[9:08 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well, that makes it terrible, confirmed.
[9:08 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: That guy is running a Pichu breeding factory.


Pokémon UNITE Hajimesyacho Pichu plush plushies Snorlax player presentation
Hajimesyacho is having far more fun than anyone who is actually going to play the game will have.
(Poor Pichu.)

[9:09 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Never seen "Koori" as a variation of "Cory".
[9:09 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: No type advantages but each Pokémon has unique abilities.
[9:10 AM] HeavyLobster: Do we really need another game where the only point is to get whooped by Asian shutins?
[9:10 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Can Pikachu evolve without a Thunder Stone?
[9:11 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle start off un-evolved, but other Pokémon like Snorlax and Lucario start fully evolved.
[9:12 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I wonder if there's some kind of balance to that.
[9:13 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: No plans on when to launch it.
[9:13 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Over.
[9:13 AM] HeavyLobster: The response to this will be... interesting.
[9:13 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well, my response is negative.
[9:13 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Although I'm happy that it's NOT, you know, ruining something.
[9:14 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Just yet another crappy (mobile) Pokémon spin-off.



What are your impressions on Pokémon UNITE? Does it look interesting? What do you think the monetisation model will look like? You do realise that being interoperable with mobile devices has large implications for what the game on the Switch will be like, yes?


Some more information on the Tencent partnership in this article.
Ludwig is worried about Tencent's involvement here.

12 comments :

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICbUeWd_EiY

    Just wanna point out they have another video that's a one-minute trailer, and right now it's got a Metroid Federation Force-esque 827 to 7.2k like:dislike ratio.

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    1. Now it's at 1.9k to 2.2k. So did they go and delete 5,000 dislikes...?!

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    2. According to this, it's the most disliked Nintendo video ever:

      https://www.reddit.com/r/NintendoSwitch/comments/hf7v4a/todays_pok%C3%A9mon_reveal_is_now_the_most_disliked/

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    3. In raw numbers, yes, it's the most disliked.

      But in terms of ratio, it's different, especially since YouTube went and deleted a bunch of dislikes while there's been a suspicious like swell.

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    4. There's an outside chance that the removals were legitimate at least partially--I wouldn't put it past rabid Pokemon fanboys to spoof accounts or something to spam multiple dislikes per person on this video.

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    5. In such a short period of time, though?

      Those dislikes accumulated within a couple of hours!

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    6. Well, yes. They wouldn't waste time making sure it gets as many dislikes as they can manage now would they? And I'm pretty sure you can just have a bunch of channels set up on one account (blame Google for that one) and then dislike a video as each channel. Switching between channels hardly takes effort and would take less than 10 seconds per switch.

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    7. And you're saying they got tens of thousands of these in a few hours?

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    8. Done probably by just a couple thousand people. And anyway, I did say this was an outside chance.

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    9. That sounds quite impressive for those couple thousand people to coordinate!

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    10. That's the thing. It wouldn't have BEEN coordinated. Just a couple thousand...not nice people having the same sort of idea. Really, individually it's not that difficult an idea to have.

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    11. A couple thousand is a pretty large proportion of the viewers. :x

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