When I started comparing Digimon World: Next Order to the Pokemon franchise last week, I had six points I wanted to cover. But in my personal time-worn tradition, I realised I was halfway through my list and the length had already ballooned up once again. They say less is more, but that seems to be a lesson I’ve struggled to take to heart when it comes to my writing.
I finally got my obsessive brain off Digimon World this past week, but that doesn’t mean I’m still not thinking about it. And here’s the fruits of this obsession.
I don’t know if it’s because I ended up blocking a dozen or so people on Twitter, but it feel like, since the release of Isle of Armor, the heat on the Pokemon franchise has cooled off a little. Those #bringbackthenationaldex people are still there, but I feel like they’re just brainlessly parroting themselves at this point rather than actually thinking they’re getting somewhere with their comment spam.
Rather than just being laser focused on that one issue with the mainline Pokemon games, I’ve started to see the criticism broaden out into a more “normal” series of complaints. In which everyone wants their pet demand fulfilled. One of the most common, and one I can’t disagree with being the return of Mega Evolution.
I’m going to apologise in advance for stealing more ideas from Pinkie of Pinkie’s Paradise, a series I’d highly recommend you read through. I’ve been super intrigued by her lists of her favourite Pokemon of each typing, something I wanted to so something similar to myself. However, I’m not sure I could meet her sheer word count when it comes to talking about individual Pokemon.
So instead I’m going to rank my actual favourite Pokemon types overall, from least favourite to mostest favourite. And then list my top three favourite Pokemon of each type at the same time. If I have three I feel strongly enough to list them anyway. When it comes to my justification for classifying one Pokemon in a particular type over another, I’m going to say it’s pretty arbitrary. Mostly trying to go for primary typings and/or the type that represents that particular Pokemon best.
Will I cheat and break that rule? Almost absolutely, but I’ll let you decide that totally invalidates this list or not.