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  • Game Design Challenge: Poké-Spinoff

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  •'s Game Design Challenge is an exercise in becoming a game developer, asking you to look at games in a new way -- from the perspective of a game creator, producer, marketer, businessperson, and so forth.

    Every other Wednesday we'll present you with a challenge about developing video games. You'll have two weeks to brainstorm a brilliant solution (see below for how to submit your answers). After the two week submission period elapses, the best answers and the names of those who submitted them will be posted, along with some commentary.

    The Challenge

    Create a Pokemon Spin-Off.

    Assignment Details

    Nintendo has had success with its Pokemon series of gameplay-focused RPGs since the '90s. The games ask players to explore the world and collect and battle pokemon -- small monsters who run wild throughout the game.


    Of course, that isn't the limit of the gaming applications of the pokemon, even if it's their most famous and original context. No, Nintendo is forever creating spin-off games featuring the creatures, too. The best-liked by non-Pokefans is probably Pokemon Snap, on the Nintendo 64, which had players take pictures of pokemon.

    There have been many others. There was even the surprisingly good Pokemon Pinball.

    Pokemon Dash, Pokemon Ranger, Pokemon Trozei

    Now, with the 3DS coming up, there's no doubt that some new spin-off is in the works. But why not beat Nintendo to the punch? Create an innovative, interesting, or fun game in the Pokemon universe, for any Nintendo system, that would actually be worth playing, and send in your ideas: irreverent or faithful, realistic or unlikely.

    To Submit

    Work on your ideas, figure out your strategy for coming up with a solution, and ask questions on the forum. When your submission is complete, send it to [email protected] with the subject line "Design Challenge: PokeSpinoff." Please type your answer directly in the email body.

    Submissions should be no more than 500 words and may contain up to three images. Be sure to include your full name and school affiliation or job title.

    Entries must be submitted by Wednesday, March 2

    Results will be posted Tuesday, March 8

    Disclaimer: is not responsible for similarities between the content submitted to the Game Design Challenge and any existing or future products or intellectual property.


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