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Dogasu's Backpack | Rants | 2021 Predictions Check-In
Posted January 1st, 2022
Every year I make an attempt to predict
what will happen in the World of Pokémon and then post those
predictions on my website as a sort of fun little game. Part of that
game is to then check back on those predictions a year later to see how
I did. So let's take a look to see if any
stuff I thought would happen in 2021 ended up coming true.
I still, for the life of me, cannot figure out why this didn't actually happen. Why didn't Nintendo have this ready in time? How are we nearly five years into the system's lifecycle and we still don't have a Game Boy Virtual Console on the Nintendo Switch?
Whoops, we ended up getting those "boring" Diamond & Pearl remakes after all! We are, of course, also getting a "sequel" game later this month, except it's more of a prequel and is taking place a few hundred (?) years before Diamond & Pearl, not 15 years later.
So far we've heard absolutely nothing about any of Game Freak's plans after the release of Pokémon Legends; Arceus, including Generation 9.
I never actually bothered to pick up a copy of the game but it apparently doesn't? And the Pokémon just make random animal noises instead?
A "Kanto Celebration Event" took place from February 21st to February 27th that gave players a chance to get a bunch of Shiny Kanto Pokémon but unfortunately Satoshi Hat Pikachu wasn't one of them. However, a "Secrets of the Jungle Event 2021" took place from October 1st to October 10th that did bring Zarude into the game so I got that one right.
Let's be real, Pokémon Sleep is never actually coming out, is it? I asked that very question back in August and it seems like most people more or less agree.
So far, nothing! I hope we get a new Pokkén Tournament game at some point because the first one was really fun and exactly the sort of game this franchise needs every now and then.
I feel like I'm one of the only people who thinks this...? Everywhere I go people are acting like 2022 is going to be "the last year of Journeys" but I just don't see it that way at all. I mean first of all, we have no idea when Generation 9 is even going to come out but also, why would a new generation mean the end of the series?
Hikari's come back twice now (with a third appearance scheduled for later this month) but Takuto did not.
Satoshi is at Rank 36 as of the end of
December 2021. So I was way, way off! Neither Yarrow nor Makuwa
appeared in the main series in 2021.
They didn't, but that teaser trailer we got at the end of last month tells us that Mary and Nezu are showing up in early 2022 so maybe the Yell-Dan aren't too far behind?
This didn't happen. Project Mew members Tsurugi and Asahi both have one Wulaosu each and Dai Soup slid in an appearance in the very last episode of 2021 but that's about all the Sword & Shield DLC content we've gotten in the TV series so far.
We got another "two-in-one" episode in March; Episode 058 "Panic! A Ball of Gokurin!! / Come On, Kamukame Turtle Race!". We had zero Satoshi-less episodes in 2021, however; I guess that one episode they did back in 2020 was an experiment that the staff of the show didn't think paid off?
Gou has not gotten any new legendary
Pokémon since Suicune.
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" did indeed come out on Blu-ray / DVD on July 14th, 2021.
We did not end up getting a new movie in 2021 and so far we've gotten no word of any coming out in 2022, either. The presence (or absence) of any news in the next month or so will really tell us a lot about what they're planning to do with the movie franchise from here on out.
As far as I can tell no, we did not get any sort of commemorative book.
This didn't happen. In fact, 2021 was the first year in the franchise's history that we did not get a single Pokémon-related CD release in Japan at all!
This did not happen, no. The manga continued its run in CoroCoro Aniki but isn't doing much else as far as I can tell.
It did continue to exist until October, at least, when CoroCoro Comics published the final chapter. Viz Media also started releasing an English translation in the U.S. under the title Pokémon Journeys and will continue to do so throughout 2022.
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