A new Pokemon is definitely on the horizon, after last year's Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Pokefans have been eagerly waiting for Gamefreak to announce the next batch of games on the Nintendo Switch. So what would we want from the new Switch games? Well let's take a look:
Sun and Moon's omission of the HM system was brilliant, no longer did we have to waste one move slot for Cut or have an "HM Slave" like Bidoof to have every HM under the sun (and moon) to be used. Now, all we had to do was to press a button, pick a Pokemon and go. Whether it was the classic surfing Lapras, to a Mudsdale who can ride on rocky terrain, to riding in the sky on a Charizard. The wonder of Pokemon and humans coexisting is really accentuated with the Pokeride. Plus seeing your player character riding around in a Pokemon in real time, fully within your control, was truly a treat.
The Return of Z-Moves
Another major part of Sun and Moon was the introduction of Limit break type moves called Z-moves, you and your Pokemon will dance in unison to deliver a killing blow to your opponent's Pokemon or grant significant buffs to your own. The initial Z-moves were mostly Type-based and every Pokemon could use a Z-move that matched with their moveset and type. A few Pokemon like Snorlax and Pikachu had their own specific Z-moves and it would be great if this mechanic was brought back.
A New Type
Back in Generation 6, at the dawn of X and Y's debut, there was a lot of talk about a new type of Pokemon gracing the metagame. With the reveal of Sylveon, Eevee's new evolution, it was revealed the new type was Fairy and the new legendary at the time, Xerneas, was a Fairy type as well. When it came to Yveltal, people were hoping that it would be a new type as well. Alas, he was just a Dark and Flying type. For years, people speculate on a new type like Sound or Nuclear, and with Fairy being the perfect counter to the overpowered Dragon type, it made for a perfect shakeup that the metagame needed.
Speaking of Sylveon, there are still so many unexplored types of Eevee-lutions that we have not seen. A ghost type, a dragon type, and a fighting type are some of my most wanted Eevees. While this entry speaks for itself, there's just a kind of magic when a new Eevee-lution is unveiled, to see a Pokemon from the very first generation, being reinvented and given new life with every new type, is something unique to Eevee that not even Pikachu can live up to.
Villain Factions Seeking Revenge
Ultra Sun and Moon introduced Rainbow Rocket, a new multi-dimensional villain gang headed by Giovanni along with returning bosses like Archie and Maxie from Ruby and Sapphire. Seeing your long-time foes coming together to try and rule the world brings back memories and drives you to gear up and tackle them with your best Pokemon. Plus it makes for a good story. So maybe the new game will have more than one villain faction battling it out in all-out war, with your character caught in the middle of it all and maybe choosing a side ala Fallout.
Going Back To An Old Region
Many fans will tell you that going back to Kanto in Gold and Silver, was probably the best moment in all of Pokemon history. Coming to an old region with all your new next-gen Pokemon, tackling all the gyms again, all culminating with fights against Blue and Red, was really the highlight of everyone's childhoods. Whatever new region we're getting will always be great, with their own special Pokemon, but going on a nostalgia trip will always be a winning for solution, for old fans and new. Maybe a world tour of every region, only visiting the best spots, will be a good enough consolation for me.
Having Your Pokemon Follow You Around
Gold and Silver definitely did many things right, their remakes, Heart Gold and Soul Silver kick things up a notch. They took a page from Pokemon Yellow and had your first Pokemon in your party to follow you around on the overworld. But this time instead of just your Pikachu following you around, you could have any Pokemon from across generations to follow you about. My personal favorite was having my Red Gyrados right behind me as I tackled the Kanto gyms again, just to show off what Johto has to offer to the Kantoans.
Integration with Pokemon Go
With the Switch being very portable and Nintendo making a big presence on smartphones, an integration with the seminal mobile phone phenomenon would be a great boon to both games. Maybe it could be like how the original games linked up with Pokemon Stadium, where you could transfer your Pokemon on the Gameboy and see them come to life and battle in the Nintendo 64. That way, kids and adults can all participate in Pokemon battles or even trade all through a single Nintendo Switch.