By Liam Moore
March 16, 2021
As we still remain trapped indoors by the coronavirus, we wonder whether or not things will ever get better. Alongside decreasing infection numbers, there are many new things to get excited about in the future. Most recently, it would be the return of many childhood favorites that will get people excited about the future.
First, Pokémon announced on February 27, for their 25th anniversary, that they would be remaking two of their games and are in the works for a brand new game. The remakes are of the fourth generation games Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl and will be titled Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl. The original games, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, came out in 2006, so this year would be the 15th anniversary for the games, no doubt one of the reasons for choosing these specific games. Also, these remakes will be the first to be compatible with the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo’s latest console, which offers lots of room for visual and technological improvements compared to the original games. As the first remakes in seven years, almost all fans are extremely excited to be able to play the game later this year.
Alongside the remakes, Pokémon also announced the release of a new game titled Pokémon: Legends Arceus. This announcement was groundbreaking for the Pokémon community because it showed gameplay for an open world game, the type of Pokémon game fans have been waiting for for years. For non-gamers, open world essentially means that your character is free to roam the in-game world and is typically not bound by the amount of progress in the storyline. Not much about the game is known except that it takes place in the Sinnoh region, is open world, and the three starters are Cyndaquil, Rowlet, and Oshawott.
Second, after more than a decade since the ending of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Nickelodeon has announced the revival of the Avatar universe through Avatar Studios. Although The Legend of Korra finished airing in 2014, many fans were not satisfied with the sequel because it did not live up to the original series, which has been debated as the greatest cartoon and show of all time. Hopefully, many fans can find satisfaction with the upcoming shows and movies that the studio has announced they will be making.
One of the main reasons to announce the creation of more Avatar content was because of its rising popularity. Last year, Avatar and The Legend of Korra released on Netflix in May and December respectively. Also, in January the creators of Avatar announced that there will be a live action movie adaptation coming to Netflix in the future. As many Avatar are aware, there was an attempt at a live action adaptation that is notoriously bad to the point where most people ignore its existence. This was the cause of the skyrocketing popularity of Avatar in the past year.
Although the past year has been hard to look at optimistically, these two franchises could be enough to to turn this year for the better. Both Pokémon and Avatar are franchises that many people hold near and dear to their hearts, so the fact that there are new releases in the future is something to be optimistic about.