Jennifer Wilber is a teacher and writer. She holds a B.A. in English and an Associate's in Computer Game Design. She is a life-long gamer.
Why Should "Pokémon" and "Style Savvy" Come Together?
Pokémon is one of the most popular and successful video game franchises in video game history. In addition to the main core role-playing games in the series, there have been numerous spin-off games over the years, including puzzle games, fighting games, art games, and pinball games. Because of its immense popularity, Nintendo can add Pokémon characters to practically any type of game and it will sell well.
Style Savvy (also known as Nintendo presents: Style Boutique in the PAL region and as Wagamama Fashion: Girls Mode in Japan) is another series for Nintendo handheld consoles that is popular within certain demographics of the gaming community. Though many gamers who haven’t played any games in the series assume it is nothing more than a vapid shovelware title, due to the series' focus on fashion, it is a fun, solid game that many gamers who actually have given it a chance greatly enjoy.
Nintendo could reach a lot of new fans and pull them into the Style Savvy franchise by having Game Freak and Syn Sophia team up to create a crossover between Pokémon and Style Savvy for the Nintendo Switch. There are already numerous elements in the Pokémon series that would easily translate into the Style Savvy play style. This crossover game would feature Pokémon characters and focus mainly on the fashion and dress up aspects of the Pokémon universe.
What Would This Game Even Be About?
Style Savvy: Pokémon Edition would be very similar to the main series Style Savvy games, but it would be set in the world of Pokémon. The player would play as a shop owner who runs a fashion boutique that specializes in Pokémon fashion. The customers would be Pokémon trainers looking for fashionable outfits for their Pokémon companions. Some customers might also come into the shop looking for matching outfits for themselves and their Pokémon.
The player would have a partner Pokémon who follows them around throughout the game and assists in the shop. The player would be able to dress up their Pokémon partner and their human character in matching or complimentary outfits, much like how you can dress up your player character however you want in the main Style Savvy games, in addition to dressing customers. Perhaps there would be several partner Pokémon to choose from when you first start the game, such as Pikachu and Eevee, or the three Kanto starters, or perhaps several other adorable favorites such as Jigglypuff. The game could even feature a game mechanic that allows the player to have a team of Pokémon to switch between as an active partner Pokémon, to allow for even more dress up fun. There would be many Pokémon-themed clothing and accessory items available to add to your shop to dress yourself, your Pokémon, and your customers in. Favorite styles from the regular Style Savvy games could return as well, including gothic fashions and the baby doll style.
The main plot of the game could center around cosplay contests, which would combine the Cosplay Pikachu mechanic introduced in Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire and the fashion shows in Style Savvy: Fashion Forward. You and your partner Pokémon would enter various cosplay contest events throughout the course of the game.
In addition to dressing Pokémon up in fashionable outfits, there would also be a hair salon, where you would be given the opportunity to give Pokémon and trainers fancy new hairdos. You would be able to create hair styles like those available for your Pikachu or Eevee in the recently released Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! games on Nintendo Switch.
What Unique Features Would "Style Savvy: Pokémon" Have?
Pokémon Cosplay Contests
Borrowing from the Cosplay Pikachu mechanic introduced in Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire and the fashion shows in Style Savvy: Fashion Forward, Style Savvy: Pokémon Edition’s premise could be based around cosplay contest fashion shows. In these fashion shows, the player would put together outfits for both their self and their Pokémon partner based on a particular theme. The goal would be to put together fashionable outfits for both characters that compliment each other and fit with the overall theme of the contest.
Pokémon Hair Salon
There would also be a hair salon in the game where the player could give Pokémon and their trainers fashionable new haircuts. Hairstyles have been present in previous Pokémon games, including the Let’s Go games on the Nintendo Switch, so the ability to style a Pokémon’s hair isn’t too much of a stretch.
As with Style Savvy: Fashion Forward on Nintendo 3DS, Style Savvy: Pokémon Edition would offer Amiibo support as a means of obtaining special items in the game. All of the Pokémon Amiibo would give the player a special item, as well as certain other Amiibo figurines.
Who Would Play Such a Game?
While it is likely that a lot of hardcore Pokémon fans would absolutely hate this idea, I believe there are enough fans who would enjoy a Pokémon fashion game to make this crossover spinoff feasible. Style Savvy: Pokémon Edition would be popular with a particular niche of gamers Pokémon fans. The Style Savvy series is much more popular than many gamers realize, and Style Savvy: Pokémon Edition would be popular with fans of both series. Such a crossover project may also bring in new fans to the Style Savvy series who would have never even considered playing a fashion/dress up game before but would be interested in a Pokémon-themed iteration of the series.
There are so many other types of Pokémon spin-off games that a Pokémon/Style Savvy spin-off wouldn’t feel out of place. The idea of a fashion-based Pokémon spin-off isn’t any more ridiculous than Pokken Tournament, Pokémon Picross, Pokémon Art Academy, or Pokémon Pinball.
There have been so many other Pokémon spin-off games released throughout the years that I believe a Pokémon/Style Savvy crossover would be an excellent addition to the ever-growing Pokémon game library.
Though Style Savvy: Pokemon Edition wouldn’t be for everyone, I believe there would be enough fans interested in a game like this to make it a worthwhile game to develop. Pokémon is one of the most popular game franchises today, and there are plenty of fans of the Style Savvy series as well. This crossover project would help to bring in more fans to both series and would make fans of both extremely happy.
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