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Pokémon Needs to Stop Trade Evolution

The Pokémon universe has a special place in media and pop culture history. No other media has transcended generations while also remaining relevant in pop culture. This is especially true when you consider the different mediums in which the Pokémon universe dominates and thrives.

Not only is Pokémon still a very popular television show, but it’s arguably one of the more popular games in the world. Many kids have nostalgia about playing their Pokémon games on Gameboy, then slowly progressing to Nintendo DS, and now Nintendo Switch. Some real hardcore fans also remember playing Pokémon XD for Gamecube.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus and fans are already salivating in anticipation of the game. Pokemon Sword and Shield continued the success of the famous brand, and the Pokemon company does not seem to be slowing down any time soon. The newest addition to the Pokemon family is coming out in January 2022.

To hype the game, Nintendo recently re-released an upgraded version of the classic Pokémon games, Pearl and Diamond, under the new titles Shining Pearl and Brilliant Diamond. Re-releases aren’t anything new for the company; in fact, fans of the game series know that some of the older classic Pokémon games, such as Sapphire and Ruby, were also released under new titles onto Nintendo DS not too long ago. Shining Pearl and Brilliant Diamond are very good games that play on nostalgia and offer brand-new adventures that satisfy all types of fans.

However, despite being an updated version of a classic game, it still has some problems. The biggest of which is the trade evolution function. Before going any further, it is important to recognize that a player will be able to be exposed to every single pokémon in the Sinnoh Pokedex in the course of the game. So unlike in the past, you don’t need to trade pokémon to finish your Pokedex. This is a very good thing, and I am happy that they made it this way.

That being said, the trade evolution function is still very lame. At this point, there isn’t really a need for the function to exist. Players should be able to get a Gengar, Golem or Alakazam, without having to trade for them. There is no reason for you to trade your Haunter in order to get a Gengar.

Pokémon Sword and Shield, to their credit, after beating the game, the player was able to catch fully evolved versions of otherwise trade evolution pokémon in the wild. This further proves that there is no reason for the trade evolution function, which is becoming redundant.

Ultimately one of the fun aspects of playing a pokémon game is to beat the game with your preferred pokémon team, and the trade evolution function, especially when it comes to popular pokémon, like Gengar, is a massive blah.

Hopefully, they will just get rid of the function in the future addition.

What do you think?

Written by kevin

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