A labor of love from Pokémon fans and an exploration of the Pocket Monsters' world, "Pokémon Generations" recreates the Pokémon creatures from scratch, allows character customization and fills in early series mythos, but may not be around for long.
Originally surfacing at the turn of the year, and recently moved onto a fortnightly update schedule with Version 4.0 released June 28, the Mac and PC download "Pokémon Generations" acknowledges its debt to the Pokémon anime series and video games.
The "Pokémon Generations" storyline is set between the first generation of games, "Pokémon Red," "Blue" and "Yellow" (released on Nintendo Game Boy in 1996), and second gen "Pokémon Gold," "Silver" and "Crystal" (1999).
And though it is sparse in comparison to Nintendo's highly polished franchise, the small "Pokémon Generations" team is building it from the ground up, with six Pokémon now installed, and plans to implement better AI, character customization, the hallmark Kanto and Johto regions, and all 251 Gen 1 and Gen 2 Pokémon.
But now that news is spreading, a cease and desist from Nintendo is thought increasingly likely, something that the "Generations" crew is no doubt mindful of.
"The goal of Pokémon Generations is to explore the world of Pokémon in a non-profitable, PG, respectful way," advises the game's project page. "Buy Nintendo's PKMN games. They are awesome and support the awesome people who introduced us to Pokemon in the first place. We don't deserve any money, but they sure as hell do."
"Hopefully we can make it to the end of the game before Nintendo finds us," read an earlier update in May.
Earlier in May, Nintendo asserted its exclusive right to advertising revenue from user-created YouTube videos, causing consternation among some of its most devoted followers.
And in Feburary 2013, the fan team behind "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" received a cease and desist notice from Hasbro, erasing My Little Pony characters from its tribute, while back in 2011 the creator of "Streets of Rage Remake V5" was served by Sega two days before the 90s classic "Streets of Rage 2" was re-released on iOS.
Pokémon Generations project page: indiedb.com/games/pokemon-generations
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