With Summer 2005 coming up, I think it's a good time to review the 'Future of Pokemon' article I wrote last September. Just to boost my ego further. ^^ I get one point for a dead on prediction and for very close predictions. I get a half point for a sort of right prediction, IE same idea but wrong method etc. I get nil for a completely wrong prediction, one that never happened. First point mentioned is thus: So far, though not 100% confirmed, it's 99% confirmed that we'll be seeing Diamond and Pearl in November this year. 1 point Bingo. Amazing how many people forgot after the Seattle Conference (and the Japanese one in the same morning) that they'd contested it couldn't possibly be on the DS. 1 point Half point It looks like the series will be ready to end by July/August instead (With a two week break from June 2 for Baseball), giving about 4 months for a filler series. Half-Point Instead of releasing it in December or January, they're looking to do it in November. November avoids the problem mentioned in this extract of having to push it back a month. Pokemon Dash was a launch title in Japan and Europe. Win. 1 Point Ahh, How I remember seeing that news as one of the last on Pallet before it died. The full virtual Pikachu game never game but it as incorperated into Dash, probably a sensible move. Half-point. Enter the game with the stupid name, ladies and gentlemen: XD! Point me. 1 Point _____________________________________________________________ Now, onto the calandar. -Pokemon Dash. - Half Point -No new Gen 4 in 2004 - No Points -There was no news of Emerald's USA Release date until the start of this year. No Points - Lucario appeared in March, though not on the official Pokemon of Japan site but rather Coro Coro and the Movie Site. Half-point - Yup, Though they did change the date later to push it back, there was confirmation of an American Emerald Release. 1 Point - Australia beat Europe by a month... for unknown reasons and Europe got it on March 11th - with Pokemon Dash as a launch title. Since i've already taken a point off for Pikachu DS being Dash instead, i'm going to just leave this as 1 point - 3, Manene, Manyula and Usohachi. 1 Point - Haha, this looks like wishful thinking. Celebi's still unobtainable to the west - No Points - Not yet, May the 14th is the last Coro Coro to fit into this timeslot - it WILL have news on a new Pokemon Game but what we see will remain to be seen. No judgement yet. - It's huge popularity (mostly forced upon us) and it's appearence in Dash led to the name Munchlax appearing much, much earlier. No Points - Was released in America 8 days ago. 1 Point And one final point that we can look at set within Summer-Halloween: - XD hits E3 in 9 days and a late summer/early autumn release is extremely likely. _____________________________________________________________ So, in total that gives me 10.5 Points out of a maximum 19. Not bad, eh? ^^ Hopefully by 2006 I can get more accurate hits to get it closer to the top.