How Pokémon Has Kept Mobile Gaming Relevant
Even after all these years, you've still gotta catch 'em all.
It doesn't matter if you're a PokÃ©maniac or a staunch detractor of the popular Pocket Monsters craze. You have to admit PokÃ©mon has done wonders for handheld gaming. It hasn't single-handedly saved it from obscurity, but it certainly has done its part. If you love carrying around your stylish DS and gaming on the go, next time you have a moment stop and thank PokÃ©mon for its many contributions. Or curse it for existing, and move on -- whatever floats your boat. Here are some of the ways PokÃ©mon has helped keep gaming alive.
The only way you've ever been able to enjoy a proper PokÃ©mon game is via handheld. Sure, we've had departures across other systems, but to have the genuine experience you need a Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, DS, 3DS, and so on. The legions of fans PokÃ©mon has amassed over the years are ravenous, and continue to purchase new systems even if they don't need to upgrade, just because of PokÃ©mon. This of course sends a clear message: fans are buying, and will continue to buy handhelds to play PokÃ©mon, the flagship title.
When you've established a bond between player and distributor via handheld promotions and sales, you can think about the content and how it affects the player base. PokÃ©mon games are long and complex, and everyone wants to attempt to complete their PokÃ©dex. This means they're sticking with their devices much longer, forming bonds that likely aren't broken even when the machine does. They know they're getting great value, and come back to purchase more, time and time again. Think of your last PokÃ©mon completion time and compare it with a triple-A treat -- we can guarantee it's going to run circles around your next-gen eye candy.
One of the reasons PokÃ©mon is so popular is because it's so accessible to people from all walks of life. Even players who have never experienced a video game before can jump in and start learning immediately. Then, when they get started, they don't want to stop. It's accessible to children, adults, the elderly -- anyone who wants to play. Anyone can purchase a handheld, and in today's busy world it's more useful than ever to be able to game anywhere, especially if you don't have a smartphone. PokÃ©mon makes it easy.
We've had PokÃ©mon for years now, with many of us having grown up with it. It's safe to say a large chunk of the population knows what a Pikachu is, with the electric mouse being one of the most recognizable icons across the world. It goes to say the games are familiar as well, so when customers go to purchase a handheld device, they see PokÃ©mon and immediately want to get in on the party. When non-gamers make a decision on what they want to purchase to get into the hobby, that's often a "starter" game as well, and thus more handheld purchases are made.
PokÃ©mon is the king of promotions, and they go a long way when it comes to attracting buyers. You see McDonald's toys featuring your favorite monsters and are immediately reminded of the games, series, comics, or other media. What if you don't have one? Maybe your system was lost or you sold it. Great excuse to go out and get a new one while you're thinking about it, right? You probably pick up a new PokÃ©mon title while you're at it too, and before you know it you've bolstered sales, even just by a little bit. Think about that effect multiplied all over the world, and you've got an idea of how the series can help keep handhelds afloat.