This is Dinah again at the Pokemon Cafe and Media club and I've just engaged in lively intellectual discussion about the Pokemon story and possibilities for the future. It's obvious from the development of the game and its spinoffs these years that Pokemon thrives on diversity. In fact, diversity and evolution are what Pokemon is all about! The latest 'shinka' (evolution) jump in Pokemon Mania is Pokemon Black and White (as if I needed to tell you that). As a mom who likes soft toys that can be thrown around without breaking things, I like the new Pokemon Black and White plush toys, or 'plushies' and my son has added some new Pokemon stuffed toys to his collection, though I must admit I bought them partly for myself. The Pokemon Black and White monsters are by far the 'coolest' so far in the game (as opposed to 'cute') and more dragon-like than cuddly. Still, like all Pokemon, they have agreeable and noble faces. Anyways, the Pokemon Black and White series has made the Pokemon card game a whole lot more interesting as well.
The Pokemon story has been developed in an animated TV and film series of course, and also in 'manga' (comic books). But my beef with Pokemon is that unlike Mario or other simple games, the basic premise of Pokemon is quite sophisticated and entertaining, and describes much better development. Pokemon, as far as I'm concerned, has the potential to be entertaining to adults as well as kids, but so far Nintendo has declined to explore that aspect. The only thing it would need to do is sell the idea to the major film producing companies, which I'm sure would jump at a chance at the project. Given its options, in my opinion Hollywood would definitely be the place to take the idea.
The first thing Pokemon needs is a solid book series. Admittedly, it could get away without one and develop only film scripts (like Star Wars or Pirates of the Caribbean), but personally I'd like to see a well-written book series that was great to read and great to watch as well Harry Potter is the shining example I'm thinking of).
In the release of a rich Pokemon saga that is full of thrills, heroes, and character development, there should be no doubters. Obviously, 3D and special effects of their favorite Pokemon will mesmerize kids more than the flat and silly animation that they already love now, and through solid literary and film production, Pokemon could have enjoyed by all and a classic of our times.
I do not know if making Pokemon more sophisticated would boost its spinoffs, but I really doubted that it would hurt. One thing for certain is that it would push it even higher above its competitors now.