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Pokémon Scarlet And Violet Ends Like It Started, With Unmet Potential


After enjoying by means of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s epilogue I can definitively say I used to be largely let down by the Hidden Treasure of Space Zero DLC. Don’t get me unsuitable, the “Mochi Mayhem” episode is an hour of foolish enjoyable alongside a number of the greatest characters to grace the video games’ Paldea area, however it’s simply that—foolish, particularly when in comparison with a number of the video games’ extra memorable moments.

“Mochi Mayhem” is positioned as an epilogue to the DLC relatively than extra broadly Scarlet and Violet as an entire, so it naturally nonetheless facilities on characters and locations launched in The Teal Masks and The Indigo Disk, however fortunately clears some area for outdated mates. Rival Kieran, humbled by his losses within the DLC, invitations the participant and their Paldean mates to go to him and his household within the small area of Kitakami, the place there’s a bizarre curse going round that has civilians doing what’s primarily The Chicken Dance and mindlessly proclaiming how a lot they like to eat Mochi whereas attempting to power it on others. Regardless of the silliness, the horror of a complete civilization being mind-controlled by an unknown power is performed fairly straight, which supplies it a balanced tone of ridiculous and unsettling.

Nemona stands in front of Pecharunt with purple eyes.

Screenshot: The Pokémon Firm / Kotaku

However all of this table-setting is a manner for the video games to facilitate high-level battles towards outdated mates. Nemona, Arven, and Penny from the bottom sport play a outstanding position within the story, and as extra highly effective trainers succumb to the curse, you’ll should battle them to save lots of your self. Even for my stage 100 staff, battling outdated mates was a bit of robust. Properly, as robust as a Pokémon sport ever is.

The A plot is plenty of nonsense culminating within the seize of maybe the least outstanding Legendary Pokémon within the sequence, nevertheless it does fill in some gaps from The Teal Masks’s story and, extra importantly, offers the sport an excuse to convey again the primary trio for yet another journey. As we talked about in our hopes for Pokémon Gen X, the forged dynamic of Scarlet and Violet was deeply underutilized in the primary sport. When the crew lastly comes collectively within the finale, it’s actually particular to see these three diametrically opposed folks butt heads earlier than discovering frequent floor. The thoughts naturally wanders to what a sport that leaned into that dynamic might seem like. Scarlet and Violet’s epilogue provides one other glimpse right into a party-centric Pokémon sport, and a reminder that these video games don’t get sufficient credit score for his or her writing and localization. They’re humorous and heartfelt, and after they need to be, they’re residence to a number of the most compelling worldbuilding Pokémon has ever had.

Kieran, Penny, Arven, and Shep all look at something off-screen.

Screenshot: The Pokémon Firm / Kotaku

Sadly, “Mochi Mayhem” doesn’t obtain these unimaginable moments of readability, camaraderie, and end result. It’s only a foolish little romp with your pals that feels disconnected from most issues that got here earlier than it. Scarlet and Violet’s legacy goes to be its unmet potential, so the DLC sequestering its greatest stuff in secret endings it barely directs you to and largely dropping threads it unfold out in the primary story could be very on-brand. Total, it’s high-quality. It appears like a largely forgettable, tangential episode of the anime and an excuse to hang around with my friends once more. Not every part must be as world-shattering as discovering out the professor is useless and has been changed by an AI-powered robotic, however it’s a reminder that our greatest days are most likely behind us. Onto no matter comes subsequent.